The Café Alpin is a really multitalented shop. At ground / first floor it is a fashion store for good quality Swiss fashion. On the terrace and in the basement it is a coffee-bar with a huge selection of coffees and wines. For what reason you are visiting it, this will be your choice, but it is an ideal combination. But the owner Stephan Minder has more ideas in his mind like music events he wants to host here.
alpin opening hours:
Monday 14:00 - 18:30
Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 18:30
Thursday - 20:00
Saturday 9:30 - 16:00
café alpin serving hours:
Wednesday 17:00 -
Thursday - Saturday 9:30 - 23:30
Sunday 11:00 - 18:00
The Arts and Crafts Market (Kunsthandwerkermarkt) takes place in Münsterplattform, the terrace behind the Münster church, on every first Saturday of the month. Local and regional artisans sell their products.
What to buy: Really beautiful things of all kinds, from woodcarving to jewellery, gifts to yourself or to others. Every artisan has a unique style in a special craft.
One stall had, for example, Noah's Ark and an enormous variety of little woodcarved animals, wild and domestic species from all over the world. I found and bought a wombat...
What to pay: Prices are what individually made handicraft is worth.
OK, I'm not the one that should give any shopping tips, other then maybe electronic ones, but Sue took a couple of these pictures and I thought they would give anyone who looks at these a small insight into some of the fashion wear here in Switzerland. I'm sure after viewing these 2 pictures that you had no idea this was standard dress in Switzerland. You probably thought hiking boots, those German shorts and the suspenders to hold them up. Or at the very least you envisioned Heidi type dresses. But I'm hear to tell you forget those images, this is the NEW SWITZERLAND!!!
Alright, maybe I'm exaggerating just a bit, but we did see these in 2 different stores on Kramgasse in old town Bern and they did have a price tag on them, so somebody has to buy these right?
In Bern's railway station you will find lots of different shops and all of them are open every day and from 08.00h to 22.00h at least.
you can find a big migros-supermarket to get all kind of food, a shoe shop, a beer and wine shop, a butcher, 2 bakery's, lots of sandwich places, a cd-shop, a parfume shop, dry cleaners and many more.
Just don't want to go to the Migros for a quick shopping in the evening after 18.30 or on saturdays after 17.00. Thats the normal closing time of the shops, and obviously everybody didn't have enough time to shop and goes then.
What to buy: Whatever you need.
What to pay: Mostly the prices are the same as in the other shops outside the station specialy in the Migros and Coop. "Aperto" and "Kiosk" are more expensive
We bought at Tschirren the best chocolates we had in Switzerland. And all of them were great… But the ones we had there were so special, that we even came back later in the afternoon to do a further purchase.
En Tschirren compramos los mejores bombones que tomamos en Suiza. Y todos eran riquisimos… Pero los que compramos aqui eran tan especiales que incluso volvimos por la tarde para comprar mas. .
What to buy: Try the Jungfrau type. I liked very much also the ones which had grinded tea on the top: a very subtle taste which made a difference. We were at the one located at Kramgasse, but they have another branch in the Bahnhof.
Probad los Jungfrau. Tambien me gustaron mucho unos que tienen te molido espolvoreado encima: un sabor muy sutil que le daba un toque diferente. Estuvimos en la tienda situada en Kramgasse, pero tienen otra sucursal en la Estacion de tren.
What to pay: Well, it is chocolate... It will depend upon how many of them you buy
Be careful! My husband is a 'i'll wait outside' person. Many of these stores have a basement floor. After my daughter and I shopped we left by a basement door--coming up and out of one of the cellar doors--felt strange!--and we were in a completely different part of the street. Took some hunting, but we found the husband eventually...
What to buy: We do have the Espirit clothing brand in the USA, but not their second line, the EDC clothing. So we always make a point to look for it.
There are many great shops in the whole area between the Hauptbahnhof (main railway station) and the Zytglogge (clock tower) area of Bern. Shops are open only until 16:00 on Saturday and closed on Sunday - which can be irritating for the tourist. In Bern especially, avoid peak-time shopping if at all possible (e.g. 15:00-16:00 on Saturday is several times busier than during the week from 10:00-11:00 or 15:00-16:00).
What to buy: Music and videos here are quite cheap, for example in CityDisc. Clothes are good value too, for example in H&M.
Switzerland is famous for its chocolate. Where to buy?
You'll find all the well known fabricates as 'Lindt' and 'Cailler' in the EPA store, which is in Marktgasse, left hand sided if you look from the station to the bearpit.
You'll find as well at Merkur which is situated directly near the Zytglogge tower, but in EPA the same product costs you lesser.
Loeb is one of Berne's traditional Departement store. And in Switzerland its the smallest Store-Chain. The Firm Loeb is owned mostly by the Family Loeb and by the public through issuing "Partizipations-Scheine" a sort of shares.
The Shop offers a wide range of goods from clothes, shoes, toys to food. The quality is generaly good, and the customer service is excellent!
A musst see are the shops windows, probably the most original decorated of the town.
The location of the shop is probably the best in town, next to the Railway station and to the main Tram/Bus station. Loeb is known as the meeting point, so if anybody suggests meeting at the "Loeb-Egge" they mean the Corner where the main enterance to the shop is.
What to buy: Whatever you need...
The shpooing Mile
The main shopping streets are Spitalgasse and Marktgasse, starting at the Station and ending at the Zytglogge.
From these two streets you can go in to the side streets where you can find lot's of smaller stores.
Lot's of little shops, boutiques and art galleries can be found in the Altstadt the old part of the town, thats down Gerechtigkeitsgasse (from Zytglogge towards the Aare) and its side streets.
The best about Shopping in Berne: if it rains you don't get wet because of the covered walkways on both sides of the streets.
In Bern you will find different kind of shops in the Old Town. These shops are so great to walk by. When you come to Bern, bring a full wallet with you. :)
This is a very large department store, taking up the hole corner of Spitalgasse.
What to buy: Cheapest place I found for film on the trip.
What to pay: What the Swiss consider discount prices...
Looking for a nice souvenir to take home?
Something special to bring back to your family: A kind of almond cake formed like a little bear!