The bar and restaurant Nordbrücke, open since May 2008 (just celebrated its 5th anniversary!), is just beside the local train station Wipkingen and is great for Saturday afternoons. Buy your fresh vegetables, fruit and flowers at the nearby stall and then spend the rest of your time enjoying a beer or a coffee in the former train station buffet, while you watch people pass by. It’s a place to go for drinks or coffee, but also a good address to get some food, especially over lunch.
Combining old (they simply varnished the nicotine-stained walls, kept the tables and chairs, and added comfort with Biedermeier sofas) with new (a blue/green fitted bar and new lighting system), the venue still has an air of train station buffet, but with a contemporary feel. But when the sun is shinning you’ll be on one of the two terraces anyway.
The big windows are great for people spotting and have been unveiled after a lifetime behind net curtains. The result of the gentle makeover is a charming and comfortable bar in which you immediately feel at home. It’s a place where you sense the past, making it feel somehow more real than many of today’s cloned modern, trendy bars. Every other Tuesday, there’s a club night going on downstairs. Check the website for the programme. Every Sunday from 09:30 they set up a large buffet for a great brunch.
Nordbrücke also offers a flat to rent, if you intend to extend your stay in Zurich.