Delicatessen and souvenirs: Food and other goodies!
There are some typical Italian style food shops here with a wide selection of Italian goodies. Whether you fancy pasta, sauces, fruit, salami, panetone or even outrageously expensive truffles, you won't leave empty handed for sure! The shops are a very pleasing eyesight and very popular for taking pictures.
If you are there during lunch time, you may want to buy a snack over the counter and sit in the park or by the fountain on a bench and enjoy what's going on.
Lugano market: Original taste
The Lugano market offers the typical food products of small farmers that sell their goods directly. The market takes place in the city centre and may be reached with any means of public transportation.
The Lugano market takes place on: Tue & Fri from 8 to 12 am on Piazza della Riforma: Flowers, fruit and vegetables. Sat from 8 am to 5 pm. District Canova: antiques and handicraft District Via Vegezzi & Via Soave: flowers, fruit and vegetables.
Centro Lugano Sud: Different stores
A big shopping center just few minutes outside Lugano.
Lot of different stores like IKEA and MEDIAMARKT.
At the top floor you will also find a Swedish restaurant owned by IKEA, with delicious food, a place to rest a eat something after your shopping or maybe just in the middle of the shopping.
Also a big multimedia store, MEDIAMARKT is available at the second floor.
A big parking is available at the ground floor, if you are going there by car i suggest to arrive early in the morning, the center is really full of people during the Sathurday and on Thursday evening, so if you are late, you will probably have troubles finding a place to park your car.
MONDAY - FRIDAY 09.00 - 18.30
THURSDAY 09.00 - 21.00
SATHURDAY 09.00 - 18.00
il fornaio: rare local food products
it's a tiny colurful shop - one of the tiniest in fact - but it still manages to sell about 100 different types of bread from all over switzerland. What else? There's a large selection of cheeses, especially rare delicious one
What to buy: bread and cheese in particular - but also fresh vegetables and fruits. For cheese, try to ask if they have the "Piora". it's one of the bet local mountain cheeses
What to pay: about 5 Sfr for a sandwich
Manor and Coop City: Where to get your CHOCOLATE
I go to these stores to buy my bars of chocolate and already boxed up chocolate.
The first store is: Manor
Monday- Friday (except Thursday) from 8.15 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Thursday: from 8.15 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Saturday from 8.15 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Phone: +41 (0)91 912 71 71
Piazza Dante 2
It is a department store, but if you head down the escalator, the grocery store is there. Step off the escalator and turn right, you can't miss the huge aisle of chocolate.
The second store is: Coop City
Monday - Friday (except Thursday) from 8.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Thursday: from 8.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Saturday from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., Nov-Feb: to 5.00 p.m.
Phone: +41 (0)91 913 73 33
Via Nassa 22
It is also a department store. When you enter, to the left, is the chocolate section. It is slightly less here. The variety of products may be different, so I would look at both stores.
I like the selections at Manor and Coop City more than Migros and Carrefour.
You can go to Merkur to buy the same bars, but I've found the prices to be a bit more expensive. BUT, if you are looking to pick your own chocolates and have them boxed, then go here. Their window of chocloate slabs is very tempting and it often draws me in to buy the chocolate with honey....love it!!
Watches and Jewellery
Lugano is a shopping paradise... for the very rich! I'd never seen so many jewellers and watch shops in such a small area and if you have the money, there are many beautiful things to choose from.
Even if you're not planning to buy, enjoy the fabulous window displays.
APERTO: Open Daily at the Train Station
The shop is open daily from 6:00am to 10:00pm.
Although more expensive than Manor, it is open on Sundays when nothing else is open.
What to buy: The bread is very good here and they sell wine at a premium of 50% over other stores like Manor. They sell some fruit, vegetable and cheese in addition to almost everything else.
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Ponte Treste Market: Better and Cheaper Across the Border
This is an Italian market.
They sell food as well as everything from clothing to birds and flowers. Most things are cheaper and the food is very food.
What to buy: Buy Parmesian Regino. You have a choice of the one year, two year or three year varity.
What to pay: You will pay half of what you pay for it in Lugano.
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Gabbini: Food, Wine, Flowers delivered to your door
This is located in the town center of Lugano.
It has sausages hanging outside like jewelry.
What to buy: Everything here is very good, but the fact that they deliver makes it much better.
What to pay: Depends on what you buy and in what quanities.
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Fox Town Mall: Outlet
Fox Town Mall may not look as grand as the rest of the mall in Lugano. This place has all the branded shops you can find everywhere else in the world. This outlet is approximately 15 minutes away from Lugano train station. So far I think it is the best for cheap designer shopping. If you are ever in town and want to buy expensive named brands, do not forget to check this place out.
Street vendor: Catch a quick snack
What to buy: The only minor 'troubles' we had in Lugano had to do with parking our car and finding a quick snack. After I'd parked our car in the city somewhere near the Hotel Colorado, I traded a couple of euros for Swiss francs in the hotel lobby. I think we bought some sandwiches and bananas with our last francs ; we paid our cappuccino on Piazza della Riforma with euros, which are - as far as our knowledge goes - widely accepted in Switzerland ...
via Nassa: Expensive Shops
Shops are generally open from 8.00 or 9.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. (some with a one or two hour interval, others are open all day); Saturdays shops close at 5.00 o’clock. Supermarkets and department stores are open all day and on Thursdays they are open until 9.00 p.m.
What to buy: Via Nassa is one of Lugano’s historical streets - its particular and sophisticated shops will accompany you in your shopping.
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GIUSEPPE FORZANO: HAIR STYLING
If you need a good and excellent hair cut , then this is the right address. A little bit expensive but worth it!!
Just ask to have the cut done by GIUSEPPE and that you come because I told you so.
What to buy: Cut your hair, colour and and and
What to pay: Pretty much
Lugano Train Station: Calling Cards are cheapest here and they work!
In Lugano Train Station, the last glass door on your left, is where they sell the calling cards for different amounts of Swiss Francs.
What to pay: 20 CH
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