Nestled in between Blue Lemon and the Galerie Gmurzynska at Paradeplatz 3 —just across from the Credit Suisse headquarters in Zürich— lies one of Zürich's oldest cigar shops now displaying a huge Davidoff sign. This cozy and intimate cigar shop, is located just a few steps away from the Blancpain boutique and Türler featured in our Zürich Watch Shopping Guide here. The shop opened its doors in the 1800s and offers a wide selection of Davidoff cigars, Habanos, loose tobacco, accessories and some very fine liquors. To get to this shop, just get on the VBZ —Zürich Tram System— from the Bahnhof SBB towards the Paradeplatz and in three minutes you'll be there. Now, if you prefer to walk, just follow the Bahnhofstrasse towards the lake but we aware of the fact that you might end up not getting to the cigar shop as you will be doing some serious watch shopping on your way there. This fabulous cigar shop is still owned and operated by the descendants of the original family that opened it more than a century ago. Even its cabinetry, displays and wall decor remain intact.
As you make your way in, you will be amazed by the wide selection of Savinelli pipes, loose tobacco blends in elegant old school glass canisters, Davidoff ashtrays, very exclusive Cognacs, Single Malts and a small humidor at the back of the shop where the heavens open up to a great selection of some of the best names of Habanos from Cuba. While you are at this shop, make sure you grab a bottle of Säntis Malt, Switzerland's finest Appenzeller Single Malt Whisky with strong notes of oak and barley that will blow your mind away. If you are not brave enough to go with a Swiss whisky that has been aged for more than eight years in old beer barrels, you can alternatively get a bottle of Selection Davidoff XTRA Cognac for no less than four hundred Swiss francs.
Once you make it to the humidor, you'll be greeted by the finest selection of Habanos at very reasonable prices when compared to other shops in the area or in Europe in general. The most common brands you will find here include Cohiba, Partagas, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, Vegas Robaina and H. Upmann. If you are looking for less popular and more rare Cuban brands including Ramón Allones, Juan López, Diplomaticos or Bolivar amongst others, a few blocks up on Bleicherweg near Beethovenstrasse you will find the iconic 'La Casa del Habano'.
Next time you are in Zürich attending those important meetings at Credit Suisse or UBS, or perhaps just grabbing a beer at the Zeughauskeller make sure you to stop by this interesting shop and get ready to enjoy the good life.
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