Shopping on a Sunday in Zurich is challenging to say the least. Switzerland is not very favorable to long shopping hours and on previously holy days. All the shopping malls are closed, as well as the standard shops and supermarkets. And although people have tried to change the Swiss laws in past referendums, it has not changed much.
As such, you won’t find a huge range of options for shops that are open on a Sunday in Zurich. If you want to learn more about it, head to this site (and use Google Translate).
However, if you wish to do a little grocery shopping, grab a new phone charger or some extra alcohol for that Sunday BBQ, then these are your Zurich Sunday Shopping options.
Shopping at Zurich Train Stations (And The Airport)
The biggest exception to the no shopping on Sunday rule in Switzerland is train stations, petrol stations and airports.
This means that if the train station has a contained shopping area that is part of the station then it is allowed to stay open on Sunday. The same applies for Zurich Airport.
So, your best bet for finding a decent selection of shops to go to on a Sunday is the Zurich Hauptbahnhof (aka HB or main station) or Zurich Airport.
Zurich HB Shopville
Your best option for shopping on a Sunday in Zurich is the main station. There is a huge range of shops in Shopville under the station, with corridors and branches leading you in every direction. The main options include a big Migros, a smaller Coop, quite a few food and takeaways, and a variety of specialist stores. On top of this, it is easy to reach!
Zurich Airport is a little harder to reach, but is only a few train stops away from the main station. There is also a reasonable amount of shops including again a large Migros, a pharmacy, post office, a lot of luxury and clothings stores, and a large Ochsner sport. There is also a food court with a few options including Mcdonald’s, Asian and pizza. Of course, it is also a great place to pick a few things up on your way to a flight too!
Zurich Enge Train Station
Enge train station is not huge, but at least they have a few things like a decent Coop and Migros, a Brezel Konig if you like those, and a Sprungli. There are a few other shops, but it is more a place to stock up on food than anything else. However, if you live in that area, it might be a lifesaver on a Sunday
Stadelhofen Train Station
Stadelhofen is quite close to Zurich HB, but if you are down the “Gold Coast” side of the lake, it might be easier to reach. There is an underground area down the escalators where there is a big Coop, pharmacy, an Ochsner, Sprungli, Chicoree and a few other shops
Uster Train Station
If you are all the way out in Uster you might appreciate having a Coop in the train station, along with a few other options like a Kiosk and Brezel Konig. However, there are not a lot of shops to choose from on a lazy Sunday.
Sunday Shopping Before Christmas
The one exception to the no shopping on a Sunday rule in Switzerland is Christmas. In the three weeks leading up to Christmas shops are allowed to open for Sunday trading.
The following are the 2022 Sunday shopping days in Zurich:
- November 27, 2022: 11.00am – 6.00pm
- December 4, 2022: 11.00am – 6.00pm
- December 18, 2022: 11.00am – 6.00pm
You can learn more about Sunday shopping and late-night shopping in Zurich during the Advent period on the Zurich website.