How do you spend a quiet weekend afternoon in the summer, when your oldest is at her girl scouts outing so you have a few hours to kill but not enough time for a road trip?
A frequent option is a walk along the lake, maybe drop by Bürkliplatz and browse through the Flea Market a bit. Or you could walk through the Niederdörfli, part of Zurich’s old town, and hit the Curiosity Market.
This market was one of my first “discoveries” when I first moved to Zurich 11 years ago. Also called the Rosenhof Züri Markt because of its location behind the Rosenhof restaurant, you can find it every Thursday and Saturday, March to December, in a somewhat secluded little square just off the Niederdorfstrasse, accessible through Weingasse. [Map]
My husband observed that sadly, there isn’t as much handmade stuff as there used to be, and that might be true – but I still enjoyed browsing through the different stalls, feasting my eyes on the variety of colors and textures.
Sascha also stopped to buy some of that spicy fried dough, Langos, made as usual by the same lady I have always seen at that booth – she must have been coming here for ages. She is warm and friendly, as you would expect from someone feeding you something homemade, soft and spicy, and fried to top it off – pure comfort food. She gave Stella a miniature one, without the cayenne powder, and Stella thanked her politely and excitedly before gobbling it up – or eating it slowly, like a lady, according to the photo – and enjoying every morsel.
Then we left, off to finish our walk, maybe explore a couple more little street in the Niederdörfli, before returning home to meet the girl scout, back from her own afternoon of wandering.
I never get tired of playing tourist 🙂