While Langstrasse is still mostly a night-time hotspot, the surrounding area is growing with new coffee shops and cafes opening up to cater to the artists, designers and young families that are increasingly making the area home. Small and cosy cafes are best found on the side streets off the main Langstrasse, such as Café Noir on the northern end and COFFEE in the south.
The trendy boutique hotel chain from 25Hours Hotel sits at the northern end of Langstrasse, steps from Zurich Hauptbahnhof. The ground floor lobby serves as a meeting point for not just tourists, but locals, thanks to a funky interior design and an open, welcoming space. Besides being home to an excellent bar and restaurant (NENI – amazing middle eastern cuisine!), the hotel regularly features artists-in-residence—transforming the raw industrial space into a kaleidoscope of different designs and colourful collaborations—the perfect Instagram aesthetic and one that changes regularly making it worthwhile for repeat visitors.
Foodie favourite Stubä serves the best steak sandwich in Zurich—it’s not just pub food here, but high-quality meat slow-cooked for 24 hours with special secret spices. Cosy up with friends at the long, shared, wooden tables or saddle up to the bar for a pint. Skip the salad and go full-on fatty with one of Stubä’s homemade mayos with your fries!
Just west of Zurich’s central train station (Haubtbahnhof), Langstraase is (literally) a long street. For many years, it was Zurich’s notorious red light district, however it was also Zurich’s most multicultural neighbourhood, part of District 4. Since the early 2000s, when the city re-invested into the neighbourhood, Langstrasse has become the focal point for Zurich’s nightlife and increasingly attracts trendy locals looking for better prices with Zurich’s same sense of style. Late-night food, bars, and clubs make it the place to be each night, especially weekends.
Longstreet Bar at Langstrasse 92 has kept its seedy interior from the days of when it was a brothel but now you’ll find great cocktails and a lively, social atmosphere behind the flashing neon lights. Les Garçons, a nearby gay bar, serves up pizza with its cocktails and its weekend vibe makes for a fun night out whether it’s your start or finish.
For late-night clubbing, Zukunft (“future” in German), isn’t just a favourite for Langstrasse, but it’s one of the best clubs in Zurich where DJs play music every weekend to a rotating crowd of Zurich locals. They even print a zine with artist and music interviews.
Any trip down Langstrasse will inevitably bring you to the Happy Bäckerei. It’s the perfect pit stop while bar-hopping, or a great place to end your night with savoury breads and other hangover remedies. After (or during) a night out on Langstrasse, make sure to make a pit stop at the Happy Bäckerei for a savoury snack to help fight off that hangover.