From fashion to chocolate and from luxury to great deals, here's our top pick of shopping ideas in Switzerland.
Switzerland is renowned for its high quality of living and you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to the glamorous boutiques that line the cities' high streets. Geneva, in particular, boasts a dazzling array of luxury brands, especially around the Rue du Rhône area, where you can expect all the biggest names in fashion, jewellery and watchmaking. In Lausanne, head over to the city centre around the Place Palud and the Le Flon district for a spot of shopping. In Zurich, most luxury brands are concentrated on the Bahnhofstrasse. Sniff out up-and-coming fashion and interior design boutiques in the very trendy West Zurich district.
Shopping on a budget in Switzerland
Snapping up bargains in Switzerland is entirely doable with a trip to an outlet store. Located between Geneva and Lausanne, the Aubonne Outlet Center is home to around fifty international brand-name stores offering previous collection items at 30 to 70% off. You'll find similar deals at the FoxTown Mendrisio Factory Store near Lugano next to the Italian border, where over 160 stores await. Enjoy fashion finds at knockdown prices at the Villeneuve Outlet Center near Montreux, too. Between Basel and Zurich, the Outlet Fashion Fish in Schönenwerd also offers luxury brand goods at rock-bottom prices.
Switzerland's finest chocolatiers
What better souvenir of your holiday in Switzerland than a few grams of one of the country's most famous products? Amidst so many renowned artisanal chocolatiers, Teuscher on Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse stands out for its speciality truffles. In Lausanne, cocoa delights abound at Blondel (5 Rue de Bourg), while Geneva's Auer (4 Rue de Rive) is a must. The Maison Cailler is one of Switzerland's oldest chocolatiers and its flagship store can be found in Broc, between Montreux and Fribourg.