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    Confiserie Bachmann, Luzern: A fine Swiss chocolate shop in Lucerne

    by hopang Updated May 16, 2014

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    Confiserie Bachmann at Schwanenplatz is one of the largest chocolate shops in Lucerne, if not the largest. Confiserie in Swiss means sweet meat but we were not interested in confiserie. We went into the shop just for fine Swiss chocolates. There is a cafe in the shop for those who are hungry and thirsty. Warm food such as pizza, hotdog, hot panini and baguettes are available in the cafe.

    If you have sweet teeth, this is definitely the right place for you. Beside their own chocolate brand, they also deal in other famous Swiss chocolate products. Almost all chcolate products from Lindt are available in the shop. We bought several variety of fine Swiss chocolates especially from Lindt which are not available in Sweden to bring home to give away as gifts as well as for self consumption.

    We discovered this shop from Luzern guide. There is a voucher in the current guide where you can bring along to the shop and present it to the cashier at the counter and you will receive a small package of Swiss premium milk chocolate (55 g) absolutely free. The chcolate shop is opened daily from 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. For more information you may write to the following e-mail address:- info@confiserie.ch

    Bachmann Chocolate Shop in Lucerne Bachmann chocolates Cafe inside Bachmann in Lucerne Bachmann Chocolate Shop in Lucerne Impressive Bachmann Chocolate Shop in Lucerne
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    Sprüngli in Zurich: Shopping for delicate Swiss chocolates

    by hopang Updated May 10, 2014

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    This is certainly a sweet teeth paradise. Sprüngli has been around in Switzerland since the middle of the 19th century and is still going strong until today. They definitely make fine delicate Swiss chocolates. They are one of the two famous Swiss chocolate makers, the other is of course Lindt.

    This branch of Sprüngli is not so crowded compared to the other one also along Bahnhofstrasse at Paradeplatz which also has a cafe where visitors can taste their delicacies. But we prefer to shop from this branch of Sprüngli at Bahnhofstrasse. They certainly produce high quality Swiss chocolates such as truffles, luxemburgerli and pralines made from finest Swiss chocolates. They are no doubt expensive but visitor to Zurich must try some of them for full range of chocolate experience!

    What to buy: Try luxemburgerli, pralines and truffles.

    What to pay: Expensive but certainly worth it when you are in the city of Zurich on your vacation.

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    Teddy's Souvenir-Shop in Zurich: Shopping for souvenirs and gifts

    by hopang Updated May 4, 2014

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    There are very few souvenir and gift shops in the city of Zurich unlike in the city of Lucerne where more souvenir shops are available along the streets. We guess more tourists visit the city of Lucerne than the city of Zurich! We discovered this souvenir shop from our Zurich Guide given with the purchase of our Zurich Card. We bought several high quality refrigerators' magnets (as depicted on our third and fourth photographs) from this souvenir shop and of course other items as well including some t-shirts and postcards. The holders of valid Zurich Card are entitled to 10% discount. It is not much saving but something is better than nothing.

    What to buy: We bought some high quality refrigerators' magnets, postcards and t-shirts. They also deal in other gift items such as clocks, knives, caps, clothings etc.

    What to pay: You will receive a discount of 10% from your purchase if you are a holder of valid Zurich Card. That helps in some of your savings.

    Teddy's Souvenir-Shop in Zurich Teddy's Souvenir-Shop in Zurich High quality refrigerators' magnets from Zurich High quality refrigerators' magnets from Zurich
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    Sihlcity Shopping Center, Zurich: One of the largest shopping centers in the city

    by hopang Updated May 4, 2014

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    Sihcity Shopping Center is perhaps the largest shopping center in the city not including the outskirts of the city as we were told that there are larger shopping centers located at the outskirts of the city. However this one is located within the city limit. There are at least 100 shops and restaurants in the shopping center making it the largest not counting the shopping center at the basement of the main railway station. These shops are located mostly on the lowest two floors of the shopping complex.

    However we were interested only in Coop Megastore on the first floor. This is probably the biggest Coop department store and supermarket in the city. As we were staying at Hotel Senator near Limmatstrasse on the opposite side of city, we were able to do heavy shopping as tram line 13 travels all the way to our hotel.

    What to buy: We bought mainly food and drinks from Coop Megastore. There are realisation sales every now and then. So you might be able to find some bargains considering Zurich is one of the most expensive cities in the world. In fact it is the second most expensive city in the world after Oslo.

    What to pay: In our opinion prices here are more reasonable compared to those of the shops nearer to the main railway station in the city center.

    The building in front of Sihlcity Shopping Center Sihlcity Shopping Center in Zurich Sihlcity Shopping Center in Zurich Sihlcity Shopping Center in Zurich Sihlcity Shopping Center in Zurich
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    Markthalle: covered market at Basel

    by gwened Written Oct 25, 2013

    This is a big market hall near the train station when I went on tuesday afternoon was a bit empty but not their best day and too early.

    However, it is a nice place ,big and convenient to all near the train station, just to the left of it coming out.

    the hours Mondays to Wednesdays are from usually for the shops 10h to 19h and for the restaurants as well.

    The place can hold events there too like expos , exhibitions and music.

    What to buy: fruits, vegetables, cheeses abound on the day I went even if almost closing time.

    What to pay: best prices for produce

    markthalle inside markthalle
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    A musst for everyone, a swiss Army Knife

    by mabu Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    What to buy: A musst for every traveller: A Swiss Army Knife

    A few facts about it:

    - The knife the soldier gets in the army isn't red but silver, and doesn't have a cork screw (wich is one of the most important tools on a good pen knife!).

    - To get a original: Look out for these makes: Victorinox (my favorite) and Wenger

    - If you compare prices in different shops you possibly can find the same knife much cheaper.

    - When flying don't take the knife with you in your hand lugage.

    - A good knife (for me) needs to have: A big blade, a small blade, scisors, can opener and a cork screw. All the other features only make a knife big and heavy

    What to pay: Of course it depends on what gimmicks the knife of your choice has got. A good Knife with all the musst features will cost about CHF 30.-- to 40.--

    A Victorinox Pen Knife

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    Lots of different stores: Buy and eat some cheese

    by iammon Written Oct 11, 2009

    In Switzerland there are more than 450 different cheeses to eat and try. A few examples: Emmentaler, Appenzeller, Sbrinz, Vacherin, Gruyère or Tête de Moine. Therefore the Swiss make a lot with cheese like Fondue, Raclette.

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    Heimathaus: All Hand-Made in Switzerland

    by DueSer Updated Mar 21, 2009

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    This shop is the headquarters of the Schweizer Heimatwerk, which was created to preserve local craft traditions in Switzerland. Everything for sale in this shop (and the others around the city, including one at the Hauptbahnhof) is guaranteed to have been made in Switzerland by Swiss artisans.

    They have a shop at the Zurich airport as well.

    What to buy: There is a wide variety of items here - clothing, tableware, items for childrens, and a lot of things decorated with the Swiss flag or Edelweiss.

    What to pay: The prices range from reasonable to very expensive.

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    Would not advise shopping

    by antonela Written Sep 8, 2008

    What to buy: Gstaad is really very tourist orientated , you will find everything swiss, and gimmicky, but also very expensive, so I would leave the shopping and do it in Berne or Zurich, where there are also street markets.

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    ANY OF THE SHOPS: BERN AT CHRISTMAS TIME

    by Onedragon Updated Mar 9, 2008

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    ONE OF THE FASCINATING TIMES OF BEING IN BERN WAS AT CHRISTMAS A FEW YEARS AGO...AND THERE WERE NO PARTICULAR STORES..BUT ALL THAT I WENT INTO WERE FUN TO SHOP...A DAY TO BUY SHOES MADE IN SWITZERLAND AND A JACKET TO COMPLEMENT THOSE SHOES, AS WELL AS NOT HAVING BOUGHTEN A BEAUTIFUL STUFF TEDDY BEAR WITH A MOUNTAIN CLIMBER'S HAT AND SHORTS ON HIM.....BOY DO I REGRET NOT BUYING THAT BEAR..AS I REALLY WANTED TO TAKE HIM WITH ME... A YEAR LATER I DID GO BACK TO FIND THAT THAT STORE NO LONGER EXISTED ...I WAS BUMMED!!!! SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT THE BEAR WHEN I SAW IT AT FIRST. .A MEMORY SOMEWHAT SAD!!!!!!

    What to buy: THE THINGS YOU LIKE MOST..IT MIGHT BE IF YOU DON'T BUY THEN..YOU MAY NEVER FIND THEM AGAIN !!!

    What to pay: THAT BEAR WOULD HAVE BEEN ABOUT $25.....

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    Swatch Shops: Why pay more.....

    by barbskie Updated Aug 6, 2006

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    Wanna have some souvenirs from Switzerland? From a simple design to luxurious ones. A real Swiss quality with reasonable prices. Watches and accessories en vogue. Visit these shops all around the country. Swatch watches are shock-resistant, extremely reliable, precise and ultra robust. Fashion jewelries are beautifully designed and is a limited quantity.

    What to buy: For kids are "Flik-Flak" the best with its colorful designs. The yearly collections especially for Valentines Day, James Bond collections and the classic ones. Swatch accessories are every woman's best friend.

    Prices: from CHF60 up

    Swatch Shop One of the newest

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    Best Chocolate buy

    by amlanza Written Jun 30, 2006

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    What to buy: Head to any grocery store to buy your chocolate. This is much less expensive than specialty shops, especially if you need to buy in bulk for gifts. You can be sure the quality of all the chocolate is good.

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    Candy Shops: Cailler Chocolate

    by hartti Written Apr 23, 2006

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    The story of chocolate began in the New World with the Mayans, who drank a dark brew called cacahuaquchtl. Later, the Aztecs consumed chacahoua and used the cocoa bean for currency. In 1523, they offered cocoa beans to Cortez, who introduced chocolate to the Old World, where it swiftly became a favorite food among the rich and noble of Europe.

    From the beginning, turning raw, bitter cocoa beans into what one 17th century writer called "the only true food of the gods" has been a fine art, a delicate mixture of alchemy and science. Centuries ago it was discovered that by fermenting and roasting the beans, an almost otherworldly flavor could be created.

    In 1875, after years of trying, a 31-year-old candy maker in Vevey named Daniel Peter figured out how to combine milk and cocoa powder. The result — milk chocolate.

    Peter, a friend and neighbor of Henri Nestlé, started a company that would quickly become the world's leading maker of chocolate. For three decades the company called Peter, Cailler, Kohler relied on Nestlé for milk and marketing expertise. In 1929, the almost inevitable merger took place as Nestlé acquired Peter, Cailler, Kohler.

    What to buy: It's a good reason to buy a Cailler Ambassador box for souvenier.

    Cailler Ambassador
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  • DeLaf?e real gold chocolate: Cool and outrageous souvenir from Switzerland

    by smart-steve Written Apr 6, 2006

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    There is a really cool chocolate you can buy in Switzerland. It's swiss CHOCOLATE decorated with 24 karat real edible GOLD. Yes, that gold you eat on the chocolate. Ridiculous but guaranteed impact as a gift to take home.

    You can order DeLafee on their webiste at www.delafee.com

    I do not think many shops carry it but rhey deleiver the next day in Switzerland.

    What to pay: The small box is 35 francs^. the big one is 99 francs.

    DeLaf?e Swiss Gold chocolate DeLaf?e Swiss Gold chocolate
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    World's best chocolates

    by fashionapple Written Mar 16, 2006

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    I guess chocolates are the only thing which are not expensive in Switzerland. So how can you miss delicious world's best chocolates? You can't get this quality any where else in the world so buy as much as you want. I bought five large packs of 2.5 kg total costing just CHF 7 ( US $ 6 appox ) from Migros in Bahnhofstrasse.

    What to buy: Off course, Chocolates from yourself, friends and family.

    What to pay: No bargaining here. Prices are fixed.

    Delicious Swiss Chocolates
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