Where do all the cool kids flock in Zurich on a Saturday afternoon? To the ‘Flohmi’ (Swiss German for flea market) at Kanzleiareal, of course! And it’s not just them: hipsters in coloured trousers rub shoulders with immigrant families, punks converse with bargain-hunting grannies, night owls returning from the clubs stop by on their way home, and greying 68ers haggle over a tea pot with teenagers.
On a sunny Saturday afternoon, the Kanzleiareal, a schoolyard covered in pebbles, is brimming with people browsing scores of stalls offering used books, clothes, household wares, CDs, motor saws and bicycles. As the Zurich legend goes, if your bicycle is nicked during the week, chances are you can buy it back at the next Kanzlei Flohmi.
For your culinary needs, there are a few stalls selling hot snacks, and you can get coffee and drinks at the delightful on-site Xenix bar and cinema (which warrants an article in its own right). Browsing and haggling are the most fun when the sun is out, but the Flohmi takes place every Saturday regardless of the weather. Spend a few hours here to see Zurich at arguably its most diverse.