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
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.--
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.
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.
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.
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.....
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Any shop, chain store, trainstation, airport etc.
What to buy: You cannot visit Switzerland without tasting Swiss chocolates. Chocolates mouthwatering velvety melting sensation which temps to have more and more - how can you resist this temptation.
Wherever, I go my suitcase always has some space for a few slabs of chocolates for friends and relatives. I have even gotten into the habit of taking some for helpful hotel staff and people I meet along the way.
What to pay: Depends if you buy from Migros, Coop (our chain supermarkets) etc.
Switzerland is not only an alpine paradise but also a shopping paradise. Especially for luxury goods as watch, jewellery or Swiss chocolate ;-).
Why not to let you tempt by a Swiss made watch from a famous brand, usually there are available in the big Swiss cities but also in Alpine resorts as Zermatt, Gstaad, St-Moritz...
Do not forget to ask the tax free form to get a VAT refund when you’re leaving Switzerland (to know how to process see my other shopping tip on my VT Swiss page)
What to buy: - Swiss Watches
- Swiss Chocolates
- Swiss Knifes
What to pay: $$$
I only would like to mention that there are lots of great shops in Lugano, some of them are irresistible, so prepare yourself for a nice shopping in Lugano, and be ready to spend good money there!
What to buy: Gifts, clothes, souvenires and shoes!
The VAT rate in Switzerland is 7,6 % and is included in the sales price. All visitors residing outside of Switzerland are entitled to claim back the VAT, if they spend more than CHF 400 in one shop in one day. The goods must be exported within 30 days after purchase date and the export must be confirmed by an official Swiss customs stamp.
What to buy: 3 easy steps to claim your refund :
1. In the store
Shop where you see the Tax-free Shopping logo and simply ask for your Global Refund Cheque. You will receive an information leaflet with detailed explanation in different languages.
2. At customs
When leaving Switzerland, present your Global Refund Cheque to Swiss customs authorities and have the goods ready for inspection.
3. Get your refund
Hand in the blue original of your Global Refund Cheque. You have several choices to get your refund:
- Immediate cash at our nearby Cash Refund Office.
- Mail your Cheque to Global Refund. The refund will then be credited to a chosen credit card, a Swiss bank account or you will receive a bank check to your home address.
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