Swiss supermarkets and grocery stores: a shopper's guide (2023)

Take your Swiss food shopping to the next level with our expat guide to supermarkets and grocery stores in Switzerland.

Surrounded by Italy, France, and Germany, it’s safe to say that the Swiss know a thing or two about good food. And what better way to get under the skin of the local cuisine than by exploring your local grocery store? As any expat will tell you, supermarket shopping quickly becomes an unexpected highlight of living abroad. And Swiss supermarkets are no exception to that.

If you’ve recently moved to Switzerland, it can be tough to know which supermarkets you should be hitting and how the food buying process works. So to ensure you don’t go hungry, here’s our guide to supermarkets and grocery stores in Switzerland, including information on the following:

  • Grocery shopping in Switzerland
  • Supermarkets in Switzerland
    • Swiss supermarket chains
    • Discount supermarket chains in Switzerland
    • Swiss specialty and organic supermarkets
    • Supermarket opening times in Switzerland
  • Things you need to know about Swiss supermarkets
  • Food delivery services in Switzerland
  • Ethnic grocery stores in Switzerland
  • Food shopping at Swiss markets
  • Specialty stores in Switzerland
  • Health food shopping in Switzerland
  • Convenience stores
  • Liquor stores in Switzerland
  • Buying groceries from your home country

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Grocery shopping in Switzerland

Whether you’ve just arrived in Basel, Bern, or elsewhere, the local supermarket is probably one of the first places you will visit in Switzerland. However, before you go wild in the aisles, you will probably realize that grocery shopping in Switzerland is a little different from what you might be used to. But don’t let that put you off because there is plenty to tantalize your taste buds when exploring those grocery store shelves.

Alternatively, if you would rather avoid those busy supermarkets, you have some other options in Switzerland. There are daily markets in some towns and cities where you can buy fresh food from local producers, such as dairy and meat. If that sounds too much like hard work, though, you can always sign up for a meal kit delivery service. These deliver fresh ingredients and recipes straight to your door. And if you don’t even feel like cooking for yourself? Well, you’ll find plenty of decent restaurants and a few delivery services operating across Switzerland.


Supermarkets in Switzerland

Swiss supermarkets come in all sorts of shapes and sizes; from the bulky, US-style out-of-town hypermarkets to the suburban superstores and the small, city center grocery stores. Therefore, you have plenty of choices when it to comes to shopping. However, it’s important to know where you should be heading to meet all your grocery needs. Essentially, all Swiss supermarkets stock a wide range of goods and as you would expect, this includes a lot of dairy products.

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If you are living in the center of a big city like Zurich, Geneva, or Basel, you will find smaller supermarkets in more urban areas. These sell everything you need in terms of food and drink, but not a great deal else. In suburban areas, meanwhile, larger supermarkets stock more variety and a wider range of non-food items. At the edge of towns, you’ll find hypermarket-style stores which are easily accessed by car and, typically, some public transport connections. These can sell everything from bread and fruit to home electronics and clothes.

As you might expect, grocery shopping in Switzerland isn’t the cheapest. In fact, you can expect to pay significantly more for everyday items in Swiss supermarkets than you would in other European countries. Because of this, many people living near the borders even travel to neighboring countries to do their weekly shopping. You can read our guides to French supermarkets and German grocery stores for more information on these options. However, don’t worry if you’re not near a border because supermarkets in Switzerland can be more affordable if you know where to go.

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Swiss supermarket chains

There are a number of supermarket chains operating in Switzerland. While most of these are nationwide, some cantonal disparities do exist. You may not have the entire selection of supermarkets to choose from in your local area, but you should be able to meet your needs. Some of the largest Swiss supermarket chains include:

  • Migros: The biggest Swiss supermarket chain has over 600 large stores across the country. Migros is a cooperative, and around two million Swiss residents are members. Stores sell everything but cigarettes and alcohol.
  • Coop: Another cooperative, Coop has well over a thousand stores. Products are typically slightly more expensive than Migros, but unlike their major rivals, Coop stores sell cigarettes and alcohol.
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  • Denner: The third-largest Swiss supermarket has stores across the country. Despite being owned by Migros, Denner stores stock a range of alcohol alongside more reasonably-priced groceries.
  • Spar: The Dutch retailer operates a network of smaller stores across Switzerland. Typically found in more rural areas and city centers, products can be a little more expensive.
  • Volg: The fourth-largest Swiss retailer is Volg. Stores can be found in rural towns and villages throughout German- and French-speaking Switzerland.

As well as these supermarkets, you’ll also find a number of other stores. Some will be regional or local shops, while others will be independent grocery stores. Either way, don’t be afraid to head inside and see what’s on offer.

Discount supermarket chains in Switzerland

As in most European countries, you will find a number of discount supermarkets in Switzerland. These stores offer a no-frills shopping experience, with cheaper groceries but less choice. Leading discount supermarkets in Switzerland include:

  • Lidl: The German discounter has around 150 stores across Switzerland. Stores sell a narrow range of food and non-food items for affordable prices.
  • Aldi Suisse: The local name for the German discount supermarket, Aldi, Aldi Suisse has over 200 stores in the country, making it Switzerland’s largest discount grocery chain.

Swiss specialty and organic supermarkets

Looking for something the normal supermarkets don’t stock? Whether you’re after the latest superfood, the best local organic produce, or simply something a little more indulgent, you have several options in Switzerland. These are some of the leading Swiss specialty supermarkets:

  • Manor: If you’re looking to take your grocery shopping to the highest level, then check out the food retailer of the Manor department store chain. You can expect to pay more for luxury goods and high-quality products.
  • Globus: Another high-end food retailer, this is the supermarket from the Globus department store that has top-quality delicatessen foods and offers a home delivery service for all your party needs.
  • Alnatura: Switzerland’s leading bio-supermarket is actually owned by Migros. You’ll find the widest range of organic produce here, although most supermarkets stock decent amounts.
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Supermarket opening times in Switzerland

When compared to other European countries, Swiss supermarket opening times are fairly conservative. For instance, you won’t find any 24-hour hypermarkets here, and your options are severely limited in the evenings and at weekends. Most stores open around 08:00 or 09:00 in the morning and then close around 18:00 or 19:00. Some larger stores and city center outlets may stay open later, but only for an hour or so. In rural areas, some supermarkets may even close at lunchtime. That said, opening times can vary significantly between chains and locations, so check ahead to avoid turning up at a closed supermarket.

Swiss supermarkets are typically closed on Sundays, apart from the occasional Sunday in the run-up to Christmas. If you’re in need of some last-minute groceries, you’ll probably be able to find some smaller marts open. These are typically at fuel stations or public transit hubs. However, these stores can be significantly more expensive than the already pricey Swiss supermarkets. Therefore, you may want to plan ahead or treat yourself to a meal out or home delivery on Sunday.


Things you need to know about Swiss supermarkets

If you’re new to Switzerland, here are a few things you should be aware of before you reach for your shopping basket:

  • Think about your drinks: Remember that Migros doesn’t sell alcohol or cigarettes, so you’ll need to stop by somewhere else if you need to stock up on any wine, beer, or spirits.
  • Bring some coins: If you’re planning to buy a lot, you’ll probably need a shopping cart. If you do, bring some CHF 1 or CHF 2 coins as a deposit. You can get them back once you’ve finished and returned the cart.
  • And some bags: As in many other European countries, the locals bring their ownreusable, heavy-duty shopping bags. If you forget, you should be able to pick some up in-store, but you’ll need to pay for them.
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  • Watch those opening hours: Swiss supermarkets close earlier than you might expect and don’t open at all on Sunday. Therefore, plan ahead to avoid going hungry, or head to the small stores in train and fuel stations which stay open longer.
  • Look out for budget ranges: Swiss grocery stores are expensive, there’s no getting around it. But the bigger chains have their own budget ranges which can save you money in the long run.
  • There’s no medicine: You won’t find painkillers and other basic medicines on the shelves of Swiss supermarkets. You will need to find your nearest pharmacy, instead.

Food delivery services in Switzerland

If you’re unable to visit your local grocery store, or simply prefer the convenience of having your food shopping delivered to your home, then you’re in luck because Switzerland has a number of different food delivery options. For starters, most major chains offer delivery services, letting you shop online and have your goods delivered during your chosen timeslot. Alternatively, your local store may offer a collection service where you can pick up your groceries from a designated point.

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There are other Swiss delivery options, too. These include the increasingly popular food boxes that offer seasonally fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and more that are collected directly from local producers. There are also meal-kit recipe boxes, which contain fresh ingredients selected for recipes you choose in advance. Meal-kit providers in Switzerland include:

Fortunately, if spending the evening in the kitchen sounds too much like hard work, then you don’t have to cook in Switzerland. The alpine nation has a surprising number of restaurant options in its major cities; ranging from neighborhood snack bars to haute cuisine. And if you’re staying in, you’ve got a few delivery platforms that operate throughout the country, including the following:

On these platforms, you’ll be able to connect with your favorite takeouts and restaurants from your neighborhood. Whether feasting with family or hosting friends, all you have to do is sit back and wait for your food to arrive.


Ethnic grocery stores in Switzerland

For a relatively small country, Switzerland has a surprisingly diverse population. This diversity means that it is easier than ever to find ethnic supermarkets and grocery stores throughout the country. These are mostly concentrated in the bigger Swiss cities, such as Zurich, Basel, and Geneva. That said, you might be surprised at what stores you come across in Switzerland. These shops stock a much wider range of foreign food products, particularly from Middle Eastern, Asian, and Eastern European cuisine.

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Generally speaking, you’ll find these ethnic grocery stores are much cheaper than the standard Swiss supermarkets for certain items. These include herbs and spices, certain dried goods, and other foreign ingredients. You’ll also find some stores that stock UK and US brands in larger cities. These can be great if you’re craving something particular from home, however, be aware that these stores can be expensive.

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Food shopping at Swiss markets

Feel like getting some fresh air while you stock up on your weekly groceries? Then why not check out your local food market? If you’re living in any of Switzerland’s large towns and cities, you’ll soon become acquainted with the local markets. Here, you’ll be able to pick up everything from fresh produce and meat to locally-produced jams and hand-crafted chocolates. Visiting these markets is a great way to live sustainably in Switzerland, and there is something a little magical about wandering around Swiss markets, taking in all the sights, sounds, and smells.

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The biggest and best markets can be found in Switzerland’s main cities, and visiting these can be a day’s entertainment in itself. If you’re looking for some unforgettable food markets, check out Geneva’s ever-popular Carouge Market or Zurich’s Helvetiaplatz Market. These are both twice-weekly, and definitely not to be missed if you want to peruse the very best and freshest food Switzerland has to offer. For more local options, though, it’s best to check websites and forums where you live and see what you can find.

Specialty stores in Switzerland

For many expats living in Switzerland, the best thing about being at the heart of Europe is all the excellent specialty stores that quickly become a part of everyday life. You’ll find the best variety of these stores in larger towns and cities, but you’ll be surprised at your options wherever you are. The selection and names of these local stores will largely depend on where you live, but here are some to look out for:

  • Bakery: Boulangerie/Bäckerei/panetteria
  • Butcher: Boucherie/Metzger/macelleria
  • Fishmonger: Poissonnerie/Fischhändler/pescheria

Health food shopping in Switzerland

Generally speaking, the Swiss are a health-conscious bunch when it comes to food. Therefore, you will find a decent range of fresh and organic produce at most supermarkets, while dedicated chains like Alnatura stock a much greater range of these items. There are also many markets across the country where you’ll be able to stock up on fresh, organic produce straight from the farmers themselves. However, if you’re looking for something a little more niche, then you’ll want to check out the many health food stores Switzerland has to offer.

As you might expect, you will find a greater selection of health food stores in the larger Swiss towns and cities. These stock health products, vitamins, alternative remedies, and much more. They can also be a great place to pick up organic cosmetics as well as natural and organic foods for babies and children.

However, when exploring your new home, you’ll soon realize that many of these health food stores are independently-owned. You can check online to find your nearest Swiss health food store.

Convenience stores

Need to grab a quick bite? Forgotten one of the all-important ingredients for tonight’s dinner? Don’t worry. Switzerland has you covered with its network of convenience stores. These are mostly independently-owned and serve local neighborhoods or towns. Convenience stores at train stations and fuel stations are your best bet if you’re looking for groceries late at night or on Sundays.

Liquor stores in Switzerland

Buying alcohol in Switzerland is not as straightforward as you might expect because while Swiss supermarkets are allowed to sell alcohol, the country’s largest chain, Migros, does not. However, you’ll find a wide range of beers, wines, and spirits on sale at most other supermarkets. If you prefer the knowledge and selection of your local wine merchant or liquor store, though, you can simply search online to find your nearest.

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Essentially, the legal age to buy alcohol in Switzerland depends on what you are buying. For instance, the law is set at 18 for spirits and 16 for most other drinks, including beer and wine. And as always in Switzerland, you can expect to pay a little more than you are used to. If you live near a border, however, you may want to consider hopping over and stocking up somewhere a little cheaper.

Buying groceries from your home country

Missing your favorite groceries from home? Well, luckily, many Swiss supermarkets offer a small selection of foreign foods. In larger stores, you may even find a world foods section with products from around Europe and beyond. Some cities also have international grocery stores. However, if these aren’t convenient, a growing number of online grocery stores can deliver your favorite foods from home directly to your door in Switzerland. This includes British Corner Shop, which specializes in UK goods. You can explore ourdirectory listingsto find out more about this.


Swiss supermarkets and grocery stores: a shopper's guide? ›

Migros is Switzerland's most popular supermarket

However, according to the new survey, Migros is now by far and away the most popular supermarket in Switzerland, with 41 percent of respondents preferring to shop at the “Orange Giant” - despite their lack of alcohol.

What is the most popular supermarket in Switzerland? ›

Migros is Switzerland's most popular supermarket

However, according to the new survey, Migros is now by far and away the most popular supermarket in Switzerland, with 41 percent of respondents preferring to shop at the “Orange Giant” - despite their lack of alcohol.

What is the difference between Migros and Coop Switzerland? ›

Coop vs Migros

The major difference between Migros and Coop is that Migros has fewer brand name products and more of its own cheaper versions of common everyday items. Also, they do not sell alcohol of any kind.

What's the difference between Aldi and Aldi Suisse? ›

Stores sell a narrow range of food and non-food items for affordable prices. Aldi Suisse: The local name for the German discount supermarket, Aldi, Aldi Suisse has over 200 stores in the country, making it Switzerland's largest discount grocery chain.

How can I save on groceries in Switzerland? ›

10 Ways to Save on Groceries in Switzerland
  1. Try out cheaper foods. Buying cheaper foods is an easy way to save money. ...
  2. Buy the sales. Special promotions can save you money. ...
  3. Shop by red dots. ...
  4. Try out other shops. ...
  5. Collect loyalty rewards. ...
  6. Redeem coupons. ...
  7. Make it yourself instead of buying ready-made. ...
  8. Shop at farm stalls.
Jan 11, 2022

What is the Swiss equivalent of Walmart? ›

There used to be Carrefour superstores in Switzerland, probably the closest thing to Walmart. Eaten by Coop. ABM was somewhat comparable to Target, a bit more stylish than average at lower prices than classic department stores.

What is the biggest retail chain in Switzerland? ›

All data is supplied by Retail-Index (
  • Coop. Turnover: €30.4 billion (2021) Coop tops the list with a turnover of €30.4 billion in 2021. ...
  • Denner. Turnover: €3.68 billion (2022) ...
  • Aldi. Turnover: €2.1 billion (2021)
Apr 24, 2023

Why is there no alcohol in Migros? ›

Advertisement. Migros was founded in 1925 by Swiss businessman Gottlieb Duttweiler. One of the founding principles of the organisation was that the health of customers was paramount - and as a result, outlets would not sell alcohol or cigarettes.

Who is the competitor of Migros? ›

Some of its primary competitors include Coop Group, Denner, Manor, Lidl, Aldi, and Spar. These companies collectively vie for consumer attention in the highly competitive retail sector, offering a diverse range of products and services that challenge Migros Group's market dominance.

Is Trader Joe's owned by Aldi's? ›

The one big thing Trader Joe's and Aldi have in common

They've both owned by the same people. According to Reader's Digest, Trader Joe's founder Joe Coulombe sold his business to Theo Albrecht in 1979, officially making the Albrecht family the proud owners of both prosperous markets.

What is the American version of Aldi? ›

Geographic distribution
CountryNameAldi group
United KingdomAldi UKSüd
United StatesAldi USSüd
Trader Joe'sNord
Total number of Aldi Nord owned stores
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What does Aldi mean in German? ›

“Albrecht-Diskont,” meaning “Albrecht's Discount.” The name was eventually shortened to Aldi (Albrecht-Diskont) in 1962.

Do I need to carry cash in Switzerland? ›

Despite all the big banks, there are many transactions in Switzerland that are largely a cash-based, and Swiss Francs—paper money and coins —are still preferred and in some cases essential. To feel like a local, become familiar with Swiss currency—often referred to as CHF—and familiarize yourself with Swiss coins.

Do I need a lot of cash in Switzerland? ›

A commonly asked question is 'Do I need to carry cash in Switzerland? ' The simple answer is no however I believe it's always a good idea to have a small amount of cash with you for purchases such as a coffee or ice cream or for luggage storage lockers at train stations.

How much does a dinner cost in Switzerland? ›

Swiss cuisine is varied and it includes many different dishes, so prices vary accordingly. Set lunchtime menus, at CHF 25 to 30, are less expensive than dinner. In the evening, you'll pay between CHF 20 and 50 for a main dish from an 'à la carte' menu.

What do they eat for breakfast in Switzerland? ›

In Switzerland, breakfast typically includes bread, butter or margarine, marmalade or honey, maybe some cheese or cereals, plus milk, cold or hot chocolate, tea or coffee. Lunch may be as simple as a sandwich or a birchermüesli or it could be a complete meal.

How do you say hello in Switzerland? ›

Grüezi. Grüezi is the Swiss-German word for hello, used mostly in more formal settings. This greeting is widely and universally used in Switzerland; however, it is used more frequently in Central and Eastern Switzerland. The word is derived from the expression 'Gott grüez i' meaning 'may God greet you.

Do you tip in Switzerland? ›

In Switzerland, the guest is not obliged to tip. In many restaurants, however, it is customary to pay a tip. This amounts to approximately 10 percent or it is rounded up to a round amount.

What are the leading Swiss brands? ›

Largest companies
RankNameRevenue (Mil. CHF)
1.Glencore217 597
2.Vitol178 213
3.Trafigura136 421
4.Cargill International SA108 010
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What is Europe's version of Target? ›

UK equivalent of Target includes:

Marks & Spencer – Offers high-end food (particularly for entertaining) at higher prices and high-quality clothes at reasonable prices.

What is the German version of Target? ›

Target and Monoprix are general purpose mini-dept. stores.

What is the shopping capital of Switzerland? ›

This is the largest Swiss city, which means when we speak of shopping in Zurich, Switzerland, we know this is a land of opportunities for the shopaholics.

How much does a pizza cost in Switzerland? ›

Expect to pay about CHF 18-28 per 30cm pizza. We end up ordering a lot of pizza on our Swiss holidays to avoid sitting in a restaurant for two hours.

What is Switzerland's most famous business? ›

The largest company in Switzerland, by market capitalization, as of November 15, 2022 was Nestlé, with a market capitalization amounting to approximately 319 billion U.S. dollars. Nestlé SA was founded in 1866 in Switzerland and is the largest food company in the world.

What is the main alcohol in Switzerland? ›

Beer is a popular alcoholic drink in Switzerland, both lager and dark beers are enjoyed. White wine is popular because it is traditionally served with fondue. Most of the wines produced in Switzerland tend to be white, however, there are other good varieties in the country.

What is the popular liquor in Switzerland? ›

Every region has its own favorites, but the most popular nationwide are kirsch, a strong, clear brandy made from cherries, and Pflümli, a kind of plum-flavored schnapps. The Valais drink Williamine is made from fragrant Williams pears, while Graubünden prefers a syrupy, cherry-flavored concoction called Röteli.

Can you walk around with alcohol in Switzerland? ›

Switzerland. Public drinking in Switzerland is legal. Although Switzerland has a legal purchase age of 16 for beer and wine, and 18 for spirits (18 for both in Ticino), it is not illegal for a minor to consume alcohol in public by federal laws.

How do you pronounce Migros in Switzerland? ›

  1. Phonetic spelling of migros. mi-gros. Mig-ros. Mi-gros.
  2. Meanings for migros. One of the largest retail companies, which is located in Switzerland and is founded in the year 1925.
  3. Examples of in a sentence. Migros Bank (CH) Fds SwissStock. Hotels near Migros Pärkli. ...
  4. Translations of migros. Arabic : ميغرو Russian : Мигрос

Who are Rothschild and co competitors? ›

Competitor comparison
  • Citigroup Inc Headquarters. United States of America. No. of employees. 240,000. ...
  • BNP Paribas SA Headquarters. France. No. of employees. 193,122. ...
  • Wells Fargo & Co Headquarters. United States of America. No. of employees. 238,000. ...
  • The Goldman Sachs Group Inc Headquarters. United States of America. No. of employees.

What does Migros stand for? ›

The name comes from the French "mi" for half or mid-way and "gros", which means wholesale. Thus the word connotes prices that are halfway between retail and wholesale.

Does China own Trader Joe's? ›

Trader Joe's is owned by German billionaires Karl and Theo Albrecht, who also own the Aldi food chain. The change apparently does not affect products containing multiple ingredients, of which some may be from China.

Why did Aldi split? ›

In 1961 – when Aldi had more than 300 stores across West Germany – the brothers split the business into two divisions after a disagreement about whether to sell cigarettes. Theo wanted to sell them, but Karl thought they would attract shoplifters.

Why did Aldi and Trader Joe's split? ›

But back in the 1960s, the brothers argued over whether to sell cigarettes in their stores — and eventually ended up splitting into two independent companies operating within separate geographical areas.

Who owns Trader Joe's now? ›

Who is the parent company of Aldi USA? ›

Owned by a German company called Albrecht Discounts, ALDI is a discount grocery chain that started in Germany in 1948. Decidedly no frills, the company stocks virtually all house-brand products, all offered at very low prices thanks to exclusive deals with their suppliers, many of which are big-name producers.

What are the sister companies of Aldi? ›

In 1979 Aldi Nord acquired all Trader Joe's in the United States, but continued to let them “operate independently.” On the other hand, Aldi Süd is the parent company of Trader Joe's in Europe and Aldi locations in the United States.

What grocery chain did Aldi buy? ›

In 1979, Theo's Aldi Nord bought a small California grocery chain called Trader Joe's reportedly because liked the chain's commitment to low prices and the stores' loyal customer base, according to Fortune.

Where does Aldi's food come from? ›

Aldi sources its products from all over the world.

You will regularly find food and Aldi Finds sourced or made in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Thailand, China and a handful of other countries across the globe. If you want to know where something is made from Aldi simply look on the packaging.

Do you need to pay for toilets in Switzerland? ›

You have to pay to use the bathrooms (in major cities)!

In Switzerland, the term for bathrooms is “Toilets”. There are also signs that say “WC” which are also public toilets. In major cities like Zurich, Luzern, Bern, and others, you have to pay to use the bathroom or toilet.

What you Cannot bring into Switzerland? ›

Many goods may not be imported into Switzerland at all, or else in restricted quantities or only with special authorisation. These include cash, weapons, drugs, narcotics, cultural property, counterfeit brand-name products and medications.

Should you carry your passport with you in Switzerland? ›

Carry your passport when crossing borders, even within the Schengen area. Check local media and ask transport providers for updates on border issues. Drivers must: be at least 18 years old.

Should I use cash or credit card in Switzerland? ›

Switzerland accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash, with plenty of ATMs available throughout the country. Credit cards are the best payment option thanks to their wide acceptance and safety measures.

What is the best way to pay for things in Switzerland? ›

Carry both a debit card and a credit card. Ideally one card should use Visa, and the other Mastercard. That way, if one payment method does not work, you can use a different one. Cash is king: Banknotes and coins are the most popular payment method in Switzerland.

Is it better to exchange money or use credit card? ›

Credit cards typically provide better exchange rates than what you'll get from ATM machines and currency stands. Depending on your card issuer, your purchases might automatically qualify for insurance. This coverage doesn't simply apply to consumer goods — it also covers travel delays and lost luggage.

What is the most common dinner in Switzerland? ›

Switzerland's national dishes
  • Cheese fondue. A cheese fondue – the name comes from fondre, the French for 'to melt' – can be made in lots of variations and with different cheese mixtures. ...
  • Rösti. Rösti is a kind of potato cake served as a main course or side dish. ...
  • Raclette. ...
  • Muesli.
Nov 11, 2020

How many meals a day do the Swiss eat? ›

And like all social etiquette in Switzerland, the Swiss diet revolves around a fairly rigid schedule. There are five daily meals in Switzerland – Zmorge, Znüni, Zmittag, Zvieri, and Znacht.

What 5 products is Switzerland famous for? ›

Six things Switzerland is famous for
  • Heidi. The world is not short of classic orphan stories – Oliver Twist, Harry Potter and Mowgli all spring to mind – but Heidi tops them all. ...
  • Fondue. ...
  • Chocolate. ...
  • Watches. ...
  • Fasnacht. ...
  • Christmas markets.
Nov 6, 2020

What is Switzerland largest brand? ›

As of 2022, Nestlé's brand value earned the multinational company the accolade of the most valuable Swiss brand. Its brand value was estimated at 19.23 billion Swiss francs. Nestlé was followed by financial services company UBS, and the luxury watch brand Rolex.

What is the richest company in Switzerland? ›

The largest company in Switzerland, by market capitalization, as of November 15, 2022 was Nestlé, with a market capitalization amounting to approximately 319 billion U.S. dollars. Nestlé SA was founded in 1866 in Switzerland and is the largest food company in the world.

What is the most common clothing in Switzerland? ›

The traditional attire of Switzerland for women is quite like today's “dirndl“, which is basically a full skirt and a tight sleeveless top. Their shoes are back slip-ons like the men and they also wear brightly colored tights or stockings plus a hat or a headpiece.

What clothing is popular in Switzerland? ›

Gallen and skirts with gold and silver decorations in Unterwalden are examples of traditional women's apparel. The men wear a short leather outfit known as lederhosen in the Swiss Alpine region. Slip-on leather shoes are popular among both men and women.

What are 2 products Switzerland is famous for? ›

Other than watches Switzerland is very famous for its cheese and chocolates. Over 400 varieties of cheese are produced in Switzerland and it has the world's highest rate of chocolate consumption. These cheese and chocolates are so successful in the market because of the use of unpasteurized milk in their production.

Why are Sundays a big deal in Switzerland? ›

Blessed Sundays

The day when people have a whole day for themselves to rest. Switzerland is one of the countries where people have a free day on Sunday. This law was put in place in order to restrict the noise and disturbance people might experience. The Swiss are highly respectful towards their neighbors.

What is something unique to Switzerland? ›

The Swiss Alps are still a major highlight for any trip to Switzerland, however. The country has an impressive 208 mountains over 3,000 metres including the towering Matterhorn, the jewel of the Swiss Alps.

What American companies are based in Switzerland? ›

Other big US firms which have been based in Geneva for a number of years include J P Morgan bank (1,000 staff), Cargill (400), Caterpillar (400), Ralph Lauren (350), Manpower (300) and Bunge (250).

What is the most famous product in Switzerland? ›

Best Swiss Products: 12 Famous Things to Buy
  • Swiss Army Knife.
  • Swiss Chocolate.
  • Swiss Watches.
  • Swiss Cheese.
  • Swiss Cuckoo Clocks.
  • Swiss Wine.
  • Heidi Books.
  • Railway Clock.
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