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Quiet Spaces, indoors, to Study and Work - Zurich

This thread is about quiet indoor spaces to read, study and work, specifically in Zurich.
If you have suggestions in other cities, please start a separate thread. Thank you.

  • Libraries
  • Educational Centres
  • Canteens / Self-service Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Hotels with quiet foyers
  • Coworking
  • Advice Centres

Preamble re Corona/Covid:
For most situations, now, during Corona, I wouldn't recommend the following. However, I feel for those who can't face being cooped up at home for one more day, and just need to get out of their space, to stay sane and even healthy. Although Just Stay At Home is a good policy, sometimes home is untenable, and then one has to strike a balance between being epidemiologically sensible, and one's mental health.

Some of the following now have restricted opening hours (especially over the holidays and/or because of Corona measures) and for some, one must register in advance, to ensure social distancing. Some require masks. Fewer people also usually means more quiet.

For any place that does not require registration, just go by and have a look. If the place seems too busy, don't stay. In some places, such as waiting rooms or the foyers of hotels and museums, it can be best not to ask, but just to use the space (as long as one is not blocking a legitimate customer of the business) quietly and respectfully, until challenged.

I hope others add further tips and suggestions.

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Re: Quiet Spaces, indoors, to Study and Work - Zurich

Libraries

See also: https://www.englishforum.ch/educatio...ace-study.html

Zentralbibliothek
Central Library
With reading rooms
Free membership
https://www.zb.uzh.ch/de/


Pestalozzi Bibliothek
A chain of libraries throughout the city, with reading rooms
Annual membership (with reductions)
https://www.pbz.ch/


Das Literaturhaus
http://www.literaturhaus.ch/lesesaal/angebot
Inexpensive membership fees and day cards (reductions for students)
http://www.literaturhaus.ch/museumsg...itglied-werden


Christian Science Reading Room
Officially set up in order to promote their religion. However, depending on the staff, locally, any member of the public may be permitted to sit there quietly and read.
http://www.christianscience.ch/EN/ch...rich/index.php

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Educational Centres

ETH
Quiet places to study. Access only with an ETH card.
https://ethz.ch/students/en/campus/w...-students.html


University of Zurich
Opening hours
https://www.uzh.ch/cmsssl/en/studies...ninghours.html
Opening hours for work spaces over Christmas 2020/New Year 2021.
https://www.uzh.ch/cmsssl/en/studies...christmas.html

A full list of the many libraries of the university, and their opening hours.
https://www.uzh.ch/cmsssl/en/studies...navigator.html

In some cases, a working space can/must be reserved in advance.
For members of the university: https://hbzwwws005.uzh.ch/booked-ubz...%3D1%26sid%3D6
For external users:
https://hbzwwws005.uzh.ch/booked-ubz...%3D1%26sid%3D6


ZHdK
Züricher Hochschule der Künste
Toni-Areal https://youtu.be/w11cKfeSnEY
Open groups of chairs and, sometimes, tables, free.
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Canteens / Self-service Restaurants

Migros Restaurant
Very busy over lunch-time, often nearly empty before and after.
Self-service.
Cheaper than regular cafés.
Both of these restaurants have many separate spaces, some with partitions and alcoves, so that, with a little luck, it is sometimes possible to find a quiet place to sit and read.
Oerlikon
https://filialen.migros.ch/de/migros...likon-neumarkt
City
https://www.migros-city.ch/de/gescha...estaurant.html

There is several others, including one at Limmatplatz, which are smaller, and in which it takes yet more luck to find a quieter spot.
Brunaupark
https://filialen.migros.ch/de/migros...ich-brunaupark


Staff Canteens of the City of Zurich
Open to the public. Extensive staff training and integration support.
Very busy over lunch-time, often nearly empty before and after.
Self-service.
In Stadthausquai 17, Eggbühlstrasse 23, Lindenhofstrasse 19 and Werdmühleplatz 3
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Cafés

See also: https://www.englishforum.ch/entertai...fes-study.html
including some discussion about the fairness towards the café, of how long you can reasonably occupy a table, so as not to block their business. Although you might be very welcome.
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Hotels with quiet foyers

Hotels may have a foyer with chairs. In the larger hotels, one can often simply walk in and sit down and no-one will question it.
If you are approached and why you are there, simply ask whether it's possible to order a cup of coffee, there. It often is. Not always cheap, but perhaps worth it if the chair is comfortable, the lighting good enough, and the place generally quiet-ish.

Hotel St Georges
https://www.hotel-st-georges.ch/

Hotel Hottingen
https://www.hotelhottingen.ch/en/

Hotel Plattenhof
https://plattenhof.ch/en/bar-lounge/

Hotel Arlette
https://hotelarlette.ch/de/hotel
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Museums

Kunsthaus
Café, but also a section of free chairs and tables not related to the café, in the foyer
No entrance fee necessary to use the café.
On Wednesdays free entry to the collection (not the current exhibition).
https://www.kunsthaus.ch/museum/


Museum für Gestaltung
https://youtu.be/Y8JRRyhijDo
and in Gessnerallee
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Coworking, Office Space for short-term use, Meeting Rooms

Impact Hub
Office space share
Monthly membership or daily pass available
https://zurich.impacthub.ch/join-us/

Citizen space
Office space share
Monthly membership. 24-hour access
https://citizen-space.ch/tickets-2/
Wander around the Zurich airport. There are some spaces with not only chairs but tables. And fewer travellers overall.

Büro Züri
Office space share
Here are free office spaces in Zurich Bahnhofstrasse. You need to register and reserve online.
https://www.zkb.ch/de/uu/nb/buero-zueri

Hush
Office space share
https://hush-zurich.ch/coworkingspace/
Queit co-working spaces, meeting rooms and individual offices.
Monthly membership fee, or a flat fee for a room.

Brunau Stiftung
Office space to rent, on an hourly or daily basis
https://www.brunau.ch/wp-content/upl...ionsraum_2.pdf

Sport Mental Akademie
Coaching centre for sports. Rents out rooms for meetings, etc.
Unfortunately, I could not find the prices on the website.
https://sportmentalakademie.com/uebe...tsitz-zuerich/

OBC Suisse
Rents out office space by the hour or day.
Unfortunately, I could not find the prices on the website.
https://www.obc-suisse.ch/tagesbuero-zuerich/

See also: https://www.englishforum.ch/business...ch-wanted.html
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Advice Centres

Lernstube
A low-threshold system of free "lounges" for people to improve their literacy, numeracy and pc-competence.
No appointments necessary, no reservation, drop-in system.
Although the set-up will vary according to who's on duty at the time, I think it is highly likely that, if they are not full on a particular day, and one simply turned up and asked to be allowed to sit quietly in the corner and read, permission would be granted.
https://www.lernstuben.ch/index.php?...id=271&lang=de
In Oerlikon, Dübendorf and Kloten.

Bullinger Winterstube
This is a free drop-in centre run by volunteers of the cloister.
Offers warmth, a place to shower, use of the washing-machine and access to the internet.
Max. 24 guests at a time.
https://www.stadtkloster.ch/images/d...be_2020-21.pdf
https://www.stadtkloster.ch/images/d...interstube.pdf
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Educational Centres

ETH
Quiet places to study. Access only with an ETH card.
https://ethz.ch/students/en/campus/w...-students.html


University of Zurich
Opening hours
https://www.uzh.ch/cmsssl/en/studies...ninghours.html
Opening hours for work spaces over Christmas 2020/New Year 2021.
https://www.uzh.ch/cmsssl/en/studies...christmas.html

A full list of the many libraries of the university, and their opening hours.
https://www.uzh.ch/cmsssl/en/studies...navigator.html

In some cases, a working space can/must be reserved in advance.
For members of the university: https://hbzwwws005.uzh.ch/booked-ubz...%3D1%26sid%3D6
For external users:
https://hbzwwws005.uzh.ch/booked-ubz...%3D1%26sid%3D6


ZHdK
Züricher Hochschule der Künste
Toni-Areal https://youtu.be/w11cKfeSnEY
Open groups of chairs and, sometimes, tables, free.
Also the PH has free access and a library or sofas and seat that can be used by anyone. Just next to the mainstation (Europaallee)
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Canteens / Self-service Restaurants

Migros Restaurant
Very busy over lunch-time, often nearly empty before and after.
Self-service.
Cheaper than regular cafés.
Both of these restaurants have many separate spaces, some with partitions and alcoves, so that, with a little luck, it is sometimes possible to find a quiet place to sit and read.
Oerlikon
https://filialen.migros.ch/de/migros...likon-neumarkt
City
https://www.migros-city.ch/de/gescha...estaurant.html

There is several others, including one at Limmatplatz, which are smaller, and in which it takes yet more luck to find a quieter spot.
Brunaupark
https://filialen.migros.ch/de/migros...ich-brunaupark


Staff Canteens of the City of Zurich
Open to the public. Extensive staff training and integration support.
Very busy over lunch-time, often nearly empty before and after.
Self-service.
In Stadthausquai 17, Eggbühlstrasse 23, Lindenhofstrasse 19 and Werdmühleplatz 3
The SBB canteen at the mainstation in Zurich is also open to the public. Small but usually quiet.
https://www.sbb.ch/de/bahnhof-servic...rant-oase-c19b
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Quiet shops

Oremus Cloister Shop sells wooden gifts, wines, cookies and jams made in 18 different cloisters in Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland and Lithuania. The shop aims to keep an atmosphere of quiet and peace.

Oremus Klosterladen
Spitalgasse 6
8001 Zürich
Dienstag–Samstag 11:00–18:30 Uhr
https://oremus-klosterladen.ch/HOME


Strobel Bookshop sells theological books and religious objects, such as candles, rosaries or jewellery, including some made by people with disabilities. It has been a bookshop since 1957, and run by the Strobels since 2008.

Buchhandlung Strobel
Weinbergstrasse 20
8001 Zürich
Montag bis Freitag: 09.00 Uhr – 18.30 Uhr
Samstag: 09.00 Uhr – 16.00 Uhr
https://www.buchhandlung-strobel.ch/ueber-uns/

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Bank Foyer

Migrosbank
Seidengasse
8001 Zürich
https://www.google.com/maps/uv?pb=!1...px8wCnoECBYQCA

This branch has financial advisors who keep office hours. At the entrance just next door, however, there is a nice little hallway with several cash machines, and no staff. In the windows, there are wide benches where one can sit, undisturbed, except for the people coming and going to draw cash. The hallway is at least partially heated, and safe... although you'd probably be on camera and perhaps, after a while, a security officer might wander over and ask you what you're doing there... (counting out your money).

In the photo above, the person in the white jacket and red jeans is looking in towards those benches. The benches are made of granite, so take along a little cushion or mat.

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Hotels with quiet foyers

Hotels may have a foyer with chairs. In the larger hotels, one can often simply walk in and sit down and no-one will question it.
If you are approached and why you are there, simply ask whether it's possible to order a cup of coffee, there. It often is. Not always cheap, but perhaps worth it if the chair is comfortable, the lighting good enough, and the place generally quiet-ish.

Hotel St Georges
https://www.hotel-st-georges.ch/

Hotel Hottingen
https://www.hotelhottingen.ch/en/

Hotel Plattenhof
https://plattenhof.ch/en/bar-lounge/

Hotel Arlette
https://hotelarlette.ch/de/hotel
Zurich Youth Hostel
https://www.youthhostel.ch/en/hostels/zurich/ (scroll to click on "Photos")
Mutschellenstrasse 114
8038 Zürich
Large common room, with a reading area. Of course, just how quiet this will be will vary according to the guests at the time, but it might be quiet. For as long as the Corona rules are in place, it is obligatory to wear a mask indoors.

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Quiet Shops (or at least possibly slow shops, where one wouldn't be pressurised to leave, or bothered by staff, and depending upon the other customers at the time, the place may or may not be quiet.)

Second-hand shops in general, especially the larger ones which sell both furniture and books.
During the Covid restrictions, one does have to wear a mask while indoors. However, there are often spaces outdoors where one can walk or sit (even in the cold) for a few minutes' fresh air, to be able to cope with the mask again for a while, when returning indoors.

https://www.archezuerich.ch/arche-bi...hung-inklusive
Arche Brockenhaus
Hohlstrasse 489
8048 Zürich
Montag bis Freitag:
10 bis 18.30 Uhr
Samstag:
10 bis 17 Uhr

https://emmaus-zh.ch/#s_315123524
Emmaus Brockenhaus
Ringwiesenstrasse 17
8600 Dübendorf
Montag – Freitag
10:00 bis 18:30 Uhr
Samstag
10:00 bis 17:00 Uhr

http://www.zuercher-brockenhaus.ch/
Zürcher Brockenhaus
Neugasse 11
CH-8031 Zürich
Mo bis Fr: 10.00 – 18.30 h
Sa: 10.00 – 16.00 h

There is a lovely image of this particular Brockenhaus in this article, also about other queit-ish spaces.
https://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/zueriti...story/26649366

http://pileofbooks.ch/about/
Pile of Books Bookstore
Zentralstrasse 16
8003 Zürich
Wednesday – Friday 12 noon – 6.30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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