Part of my recent trip to Vitra in Basel included a few nights stay in Zürich where I got to catch up with my Swiss cousins, and of course visit a few bookshops!
My cousin recommended Pile of Books, which sells only English books. Located in a quiet street about 15 minutes walking from the hotel, this bookshop looks like a converted apartment with two front rooms and two back rooms.
I asked for recommendations of Swiss authors published in English, but they only had two titles in stock.
I was also delighted to find a mix of new and second-hand books.
Another bookshop with an English section is the Orell Füssli central branch on Bahnhofstrasse. This bookshop is very much like a Barnes & Noble with different departments on different floors, and English books taking up the entire third floor.
There’s also a Swiss-interest section, where I picked up these two titles.
And I found this stunner in the discount section for 50% off.
On our last day in Zurich, we spent a couple of hours walking in the Old Town and came across two more shops – The Travel Book Shop and Medieval Art & Vie – but as it was Sunday, they were closed. A reason to visit again, then.