When the minimum is no longer enough

The coronavirus restrictions are continuously being relaxed. But while most of us return to work or school or enjoy a beer with friends, the situation for marginalised groups is more precarious than ever. That’s why we want to provide an overview of a few of the support facilities available in Zurich city centre.

Café Yucca

Café Yucca is managed by the Zurich Stadtmission (City Mission). It offers somewhere for people to rest, keep warm and have a chat with others. There are also various games, such as chess or Swiss Jass, for guests to play. The café serves an affordable lunch every day and also evening meals several times a week. You can also get welfare advice with information and suggestions for further support.

Häringstrasse 20, open every day, Website


Freier Fairteiler

Freier Fairteiler is an organisation based on the food-sharing principle. People leave food such as bread, fruit and vegetables on shelves and in refrigerators. The donations can then be picked up by others for free. There are seven Fairteiler in Zurich in total. Food donors post what is currently available on the shelves and in the freezer on the Foodsharing website.

Various locations, Website


Caritas Market in district 4

Caritas Markets sell food at affordable prices. The markets provide dairy products, fruit and vegetables as well as baby food, toiletries and laundry detergent. In order to buy the products at Caritas Markets, you need a Caritas Market card. This is free and anyone who receives benefits or has a low income can apply. The card can be used to shop in all 24 Swiss Caritas Markets.

District 4, Reitergasse 1, 8004 Zurich, open Monday to Saturday, Website


Arche Brockenhaus & Bistro

The Brockenhaus in Altstetten houses a second-hand shop, a workshop for electrical repairs, a bike workshop and a music café. The adjacent Bistro serves affordable lunchtime meals from Monday to Friday, which are also currently available to take away.

Arche Brockenhaus & Bistro, Hohlstr. 489, 8048 Zurich, open Monday to Friday, Website

Speak-Out soup kitchen

Speak-Out offers people in need a few hours of rest, warmth and a simple, free hot meal. It is a non-political and non-denominational association that is able to continue operating thanks to support from the City of Zurich, donations and volunteer work.

Gassentreffpunkt, Häringstr. 3, 8001 Zurich, Website