Insider tips Zurich: the diverse heart of Europe

Insider tips for Zurich

Insider tips Zurich: the diverse heart of Europe

by: Theo

Meet Mauro! A nature loving, half Italian / half Swiss yoga instructor living in Zurich. Sharing apartment, meeting people from all over the world, practice Yoga, meditation and swimming in the Swiss lakes... Let's follow Mauro's step to Zurich!


What makes Zürich a favorite gay destination?

Zürich is in the heart of Europe, with Paris, Milan & Munich just around the corner. Surrounded by nature with lakes and mountains it makes the perfect location to combine city feeling with outdoor activities. Zürich is super gay-friendly with a relaxing open minded international atmosphere. 


What is the best gay event that takes place in Zürich?

For people who love culture like me there is the Pink Apple Film Festival, its a big LGBTQ Film Festival held every year in Zürich. For party lovers, we have the gay parade every year but much bigger and just as gay is the famous Street Parade. The Street Parade is every summer and probably the most attended technoparade in Europe. 


What is your favorite gay establishment to grab a bite for lunch? a nice dinner?

My by far favourite restaurant is HILTL - it's according to Guiness World Records the oldest vegetarian restaurant in the world (1898). It has an endless amazing delicious buffet. Meatlovers will not even realize that there is no meat... :-) 


Best gay bar for a cheap beer?

Every Wednesday is Helden Bar, Sihlquai 240, 8005 Zürich. Cool alternative gay bar with dancing. Very nice in the summer since its along the river Limmat. Otherwise also really nice and open TUE-SAT is DANIEL H Müllerstrasse 51, 8004 Zürich.


Best gay bar for a refreshing cocktail?

Les Garçons, Kernstrasse 60, 8004 Zürich or Cranberry Bar, Metzgergasse 3, 8001 Zürich.


Which famous gay person is from Zürich?

Ernst Ostertag and the german cabaret artist Röbi Rapp - a wonderful gay couple that is together since 60 years and featured in the gay movie "Der Kreis". A film movie documentary about the first Swiss gay magazine in the world. There might be more famous once...but the story of these two men touched me a lot. 


Ready to go dancing--what is the best gay dance club?

HeavenClub, Spitalgasse 5. Fri 23:00 – 06:00; Sat 23:00 – 08:00

Otherwise there are many good parties like Offstream, Kitty or Jack party with different locations - they aren't every week - so just check the local gay party calendar to see which party is going on when you are in the city.


Which gay bar offers the best happy hour on a Wednesday?

Cranberry Bar, Metzgergasse 3, 8001 Zürich or Heldenbar which is on Wednesday only.


Where to start a gay tour in Zürich?

Just explore the beautiful old town and stroll along the lake and river... Best things to do in Zürich that are not touristy: In the summer go swimm at "Oberer Letten" or at "Werdinsel". Both are super cool places to swim in the river. At "Werdinsel" there is a section with lots and lots of gays in a beautiful river, forest setting. For swimming in the lake and in the middle of the city go to "Utoquai". On the left side it's men only. 

In the winter go to one of the many Arthouse cinemas to enjoy a wonderful independent movie. For culture lovers go to the stunning and beautiful "Rietberg" museum or the "Kunsthaus" museum.


Best place to socialize with the local gay community?

In the summer at the swimming place Utoquai (after 5pm). In the winter go to a gay bar and have the courage to talk to the Swiss men - smile at them because they sometimes need some warming up first...


Best place to be surrounded by the local gays?

Whole Zürich seems gay to me :-)


How gay-friendly is Zürich?

Very gay-friendly!


A gay place for brunch on weekends?

Huusmaa, Badenerstrasse 138, 8004 Zürich.


What is gay life like in Zürich?

Relaxed, diverse and open minded. 


What are your favourite gay venues in Zürich?

The whole city is my gay venue :-) I'm not too much in the gay scene and love diversity. Zürich is very gay-friendly and you can feel comfortable in most venues anyway...

Best hiking in Zürich: Hike up mount Üetliberg and enjoy a beautiful view over Zürich. There are many trails that go up the mountain from easy to hard once... I live very close to the mountain so if you stay at my place I will hike up with you :-)

FRIGAY Evening Yoga: In collaboration with gay sport zürich, me and my friend teach a nice and dynamic yoga class for all levels. It's every Friday from 6.15pm to 7.30pm with optional meditation until 8pm. For more information  


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