In zurich schwamendingen means as a ghetto. Its not. But it has also nothing special there a few little shops, but a good connection to the city. So if you live there its fine, but you dont need to go there and expect something special
The Schamendingerplatz has recently been renovated, now it looks modern and cool. Lots of dining options, shops nearby, cafes. There is a beautiful forest 5 min walk from there. And all that just a short ride from the city centre!