Welcome to Langstrasse
The Langstrasse area is Zürich’s funkiest district. It’s all about multicultural urban living and does its own thing. The 4th and 5th Districts have been like a magnet for artists, architects, industrial and fashion designers, and innovative restaurant owners. In the space of just a few square kilometres, you’ll find scores of studios, showrooms, galleries and small shops.
Old and new, design and demolition, the exotic and traditional Zürich all come together. And a mind-boggling range of stores and studios specializing in fashion, jewellery and furniture have made it their own.
We’ve found all those stores for you and brought them together with the restaurants, the art galleries and many of the other features that are typical of the area. This website and our annual book present Zürich’s liveliest quarter in all its infinite and glorious variety. But why not discover it for yourself.
The Langstrasse district, Zürich’s funkiest area, is as famous as it is infamous. It’s all about multicultural urban living and does its own thing. It stands for fun and exotic cultures. It’s where the immigrants live and work. But it’s also about the struggle for social justice, cosmopolitan life lived to the full, red lights, drugs, creativity and art.
The 4th and 5th Districts have been like a magnet for artists, architects, industrial and fashion designers, musicians and innovative restaurant owners. In the space of just a few square kilometres, you’ll find scores of studios, showrooms, galleries and small shops.
But the success of the creative industry goes hand in hand with the concern that affordable residential and commercial space will be lost, that the present inhabitants will be driven out and that the mainstream will rob the district of its soul. The old Aussersihl area, with its oddballs and eccentrics and all its rough edges, is still – just about – alive and kicking. Old and new, design and demolition, the exotic and traditional Zürich all come together head-on. The area is a hotbed for a mind-boggling range of stores and studios working in fashion, jewellery and furniture you will search for in vain elsewhere.
We’ve found those stores for you and brought them together with the restaurants, the art galleries and many of the other features that are so typical and characteristic of the area. This website and our annual book present Zürich’s liveliest quarter in all its infinite and glorious variety and invite you to go on your own voyage of discovery through the area in and around Langstrasse.
Shops and ateliers
A–Z | by numbers
90 Square Meters
Anna & Juan
Atame + Stefan Steiner
Bliss Modern Antiques + GreenStuff
Bord Design Furniture
Claudia Güdel and Kleinbasel
Comepony & Friends
Deflorin & Brun
Freulein Frech Concept Store
Kenner by Dominik Bachmann
Kevin In The Woods
Kreis 4 Optik
Markant + Nanu
Museum für Gestaltung
Nico Heilmann Lichtobjekte
Paranoia City Buch & Wein
Print Matters! + Sanikai
Sec52 – Die Buchhandlung
Shuala Concept Store
Viadukt*3 – Tisch & Stuhl
Xess+Baba The Shop
Eating and drinking
In the mid-1980s, the legendary Remo Tizziani taught Zürich a new way to dine at his Restaurant Gasometer (now the Josef). Since then, the 4th and 5th Districts have witnessed the birth of a whole host of unconventional concepts for one-of-a-kind culinary and atmospheric charm, eateries whose will to go their own way has served as a model for restaurateurs throughout town. And what was once home to Zürich’s working class is to this day a forge for a lively culture of cuisine and bonhomie. We invite you to check out the following:
In what were once no-go/no-show areas, Zürich’s art galleries have transformed themselves into must-gos/must-shows and enhance the creative identity of the district with world-class art.
The high school of design has to be learnt. And where are the best places in Zürich to obtain a solid grounding in fashion, art and design? Precisely. In the 4th and 5th.
With its maps of the districts and editorial content, the Kreislauf book is a useful guide to districts 4 and 5 at any time – not just for the design weekend. It contains everything you need to know about participating stores and studios, as well as the area’s hippest bars and restaurants. The practical all-year guide to the district is published in April 2016, with
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Here, on either side of Langstrasse, lies the real heart of Zürich, the pulsating centre that drives its creativity, its ideas, its flair for design and its originality like nowhere else in the city. This year, people who enjoy design, fashion and art were treated to the products of this creativity – furniture, home accessories, jewellery and apparel – attractively displayed by around 100 small enterprises in their studios and shops all along Zürich’s charismatic Langstrasse.
Over the weekend of 27 to 29 May 2016, we invited you to come along and discover Zürich’s unique design district for yourself. Again, the stores remained open on the Friday evening until 9 p.m.
Guided tours with well-known personalities: Monika Schärer, Yannick Aellen, Joel Basman, Play Hunter, Clifford Lilley and other well-known Zürich figures were taking small groups of people to their favourite stores on and around Langstrasse.
This year marked the tenth birthday of Kreislauf 4+5. And that’s something worth celebrating. So, on Thursday, 26 May 2016, Kreislauf 4+5 was throwing a big party at Bogen F. As part of the celebrations, there was a cake by John Baker, with a Surprise Act and a lucky draw with prizes from Kreislauf stores.
Time to change to the eTukTuk
If your feet started hurting from all the walking, it was time to take a short ride on public transport or flag down one of the eTuks that were cruising around the district for the whole weekend. You could simply hop on and ride! Perhaps you opted for a quick transfer from the 4th to the 5th or vice versa. And it was all free.
Guided tours with well-known personalities
You had the opportunity to join one of our guided tours. Some of Zürich’s best-known personalities were taking charge of trips lasting an hour-and-a-half to two hours to their favourite stores.
All tours were fully booked.
For ten years, Rolf Vieli was in charge of the Langstrasse Plus project. He knows the area and its history better than anyone else.
Tour on Saturday at 1 p.m.
A larger-than-life figure in every respect, restaurateur Koni Frei knows exactly what's going on and where in the 4th District.
Tour on Sunday at 12 p.m.
She knows precisely where to find all the best men's outfitters. On her tour, the culture and travel presenter will be taking in boutiques where guys can cover all their clothing needs.
Tour on Sunday at 12.45 p.m.
Ewald Furrer + Hans Peter Meier
What's living out on the street in the 4th District really like? The Street magazine Surprise tours give visitors a completely different take on the city’s most ill-reputed area.
Tour on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Author and photographer Play Hunter is ahead of every trend by highlighting what's now-and-wow on playlust.net.
Tour on Sunday at 1.30 p.m.
No one knows the Swiss fashion scene like he does: the man behind Mode Suisse, Yannick Aellen.
Tour on Sunday at 2.15 p.m.
The 4th District is Joel Basman's home and that's the way it will stay: even if the actor and designer is currently taking Berlin and the world by storm.
Tour on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Whether it's a modern new high-rise or a gem of a hidden courtyard, Hannes Hug knows parts of the 5th District that others blithely overlook.
Tour on Saturday at 2.30 p.m.
Jeroen van Rooijen
With a flair for the finer things in life, style guru Jeroen van Rooijen sniffs out the District's very best addresses and is all too willing to disclose them on his tour.
Tour on Sunday at 1 p.m.
With his South African charm and a flair for fabulous-looking ensembles, Clifford Lilley is Zurich's master stylist par excellence.
Tour on Sunday at 2.30 p.m.
For the first time ever, style expert Clifford Lilley invites you to explore Zurich’s design district in English. Join him!
Tour on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Kreislauf 4 + 5 was made possible
by generous financial support from:
We would also like to thank the following
for assistance both conceptual and material: