What to Buy in Switzerland: Tips on Department Stores, Outlets and Tax Free Shopping

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What to Buy in Switzerland: Tips on Department Stores, Outlets and Tax Free Shopping

If you are planning to visit Switzerland and love shopping, in this article you will find information about department stores, outlets, shopping malls, tax free shopping, and tips on what to buy.

Swiss Shopping Guide

What to Buy in Switzerland

1. Chocolates

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The Swiss chocolates are world famous, and during your visit you can’t miss to try and buy the delicious Swiss chocolates at excellent prices.

2. Cheese

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Swiss cheeses are also famous and you will find numerous options in supermarkets.

3. Watches

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Swiss watches are another symbol of the country, famous Swiss watch brands include Rolex, Chopard, Breitling, Omega, Swatch and many others.

4. Souvenirs

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On any trip it is worth buying souvenirs of the destination such as mugs, key chains, postcards, T-shirts, and many other items, either as a gift or as a souvenir.

Department Stores in Switzerland

1. Bongénie Grieder

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Bongénie Grieder is a Swiss department store with stores in some of Switzerland‘s most beautiful and iconic locations such as Zurich, Basel, Geneva, Bern, Interlaken, Lucerne, Lausanne, and others.

In the stores you will find clothing and accessories from luxury brands such as Moncler, Gucci, Valentino, Versace, and also beauty products.

Visit the official site to check the address of all the stores.

Website: www.bongenie-grieder.ch

2. Manor

Manor©Manor – Department Store in Switzerland

Manor is another Swiss department store with stores in Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Lugano, Thun, and other destinations.

In the Manor stores you will find more economical clothing and accessory options including brands such as Guess, Esprit, Lacoste.

Visit the official site to check the address of all the stores.

Website: www.manor.ch

3. Globus

Globus - Department Store in Switzerland©Globus – Department Store in Switzerland

Globus is a premium department store in Switzerland and has branches in Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, Bern, St. Gallen and Wallisellen.

Website: www.globus.ch

Outlets in Switzerland

1. landquart Fashion Outlet

Landquart Fashion Outlet - Outlet in SwitzerlandLandquart Fashion Outlet – Outlet in Switzerland

Landquart is the gateway to internationally famous Swiss destinations such as St. Moritz, Davos, Klosters, Laax, and Bad Ragaz. By car it is 60 minutes from Zurich.

The outlet has more than 160 brands and also options for restaurants and cafes. It is the largest outlet serving the greater Zurich area.

Tardisstrasse 20a, 7302 Landquart, Switzerland

Website: landquartfashionoutlet.ch

Hours of Operation: Every day from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

2. Fashion Fish Outlet

Fashion Fish Outlet - Outlet in SwitzerlandFashion Fish Outlet – Outlet in Switzerland

The Fashion Fish Outlet is an outlet located in Schönenwerd that offers a wide variety of brands such as Diesel, Fila, Gant, Guess, Hallhuber, Max Mara, Nike, Puma.

Parkstrasse 1, 5012 Schönenwerd, Switzerland

Website: fashionfish.ch

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

List of Shopping Malls in Switzerland

Shopping centers in Zurich

1. einkaufszentrum Letzipark

Baslerstrasse 50, 8048 Zürich, Switzerland

Website: www.letzipark.ch

Hours of Operation: Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

2. Europaallee

Europaallee, 8004 Zürich, Switzerland

Website: www.europaallee.ch

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

3. Einkaufszentrum Glatt

Neue Winterthurerstrasse 99, 8304 Wallisellen, Switzerland

Website: www.glatt.ch

Hours of Operation: Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Shopping centers in Geneva

1. Centre Commercial Planète Charmilles

Prom. de l’Europe 11, 1203 Geneva, Switzerland

Website: www.planete-charmilles.ch

Business Hours: Monday through Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Saturday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

2. Les Cygnes Centre Commercial

Rue de Lausanne 16/20, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland

Website: www.lescygnes.ch

Business Hours: Monday through Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Saturday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Shopping centers in Lausanne

1. metropole Lausanne

Rue des Terreaux 25, 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland

Website: www.mymetropole.ch

Hours of Operation: Monday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM, and Saturday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

2. Portes-St-François

Pl. Saint-François 1, 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland

Website: www.portesstfrancois.ch

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 9 pm and Saturday from 6:30 am to 8 pm.

Shopping centers in Lucerne

1. Shopping-Center Schönbühl

Langensandstrasse 23, 6005 Luzern, Switzerland

Website: www.schoenbuehl-center.ch

Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 7 pm, Friday from 8:30 am to 9 pm, and Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm.

2. Löwencenter Luzern

Zürichstrasse 5, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland

Website: www.loewencenter.ch

Hours of Operation: Monday through Wednesday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Thursday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Friday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Switzerland Tax Free Tips and Information

1. Who is eligible to apply for tax refund in Switzerland?

If you are not a resident of Switzerland, you are eligible to claim Tax Free in some stores.

2. What is the minimum purchase amount to apply for Tax Free?

The standard rate (VAT Rate) is 7.7% and the minimum spending amount to claim a refund is CHF 300.

On the Global Blue website you will find a guide with the stores and also details on how to apply for a tax refund.

Featured Photo ©Landquart Fashion Outlet

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