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Shopping in Bern is anything but stressful

Fruit and vegetable market in the Burg Square
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What is really great and extraordinary about Bern – and you won’t find that in any other European city – are the 6 kilometres of arcades that lead through the Old Town and make up a long weather-sheltered shopping promenade. Whether you explore Bern on a rainy or a sunny day, you’ll have a great time visiting the many boutiques, galleries and small street cafés in a gorgeous architectural surrounding. Much of the Old Town is reserved for pedestrians only. Its main street is Kramgasse where you’ll find many luxury stores. Also Spitalgasse, Postgasse, Marktgasse and Gerechtigkeitsgasse are popular shopping streets. There you find speciality stores for leather goods, antiques and fashion.


In regard to souvenir shopping, we recommend a store called Heimatwerk which is located near the Clocktower. Heimatwerk offers great handicrafts, Swiss souvenirs, and gifts. Also in Bern, the Swiss tradition of watch making is present. The Bucherer store – a high-end jewellery store offers a great selection of luxury watches as well as its own brand “Carl F. Bucherer”.


If you are looking for authentic Swiss shopping, then strolling through the markets that come to life early in the morning on Thursdays and Saturdays, is a great thing to do. People from the region come into town to sell their products (crafts and food). The most famous market event in Bern is the annual Zwiebelmarkt (Onion market), that takes place in late November. Plaits made of onions and onion tarts in many variations are sold by the many vendors on this occasion. This tradition dates back to when people used to stock up on onions before the winter came. Now the Onion Market is more like a fun fair with music and streets covered with confetti.


Chocolate always makes up a perfect gift for your loved ones at home. So make sure you take some of this sweet temptation with you. A great chocolaterie in Bern – which by the way is the native town of the inventor of the Toblerone chocolate –is the Laederach store located in Old Town. The family-owned business offers a great selection of freshly made chocolate, pralines and truffles. If you want to taste a variety of different chocolates, also check out Beeler and Abegglen. Both belong to the city’s leading chocolatiers.


Of course this is only a small selection of recommendations on where to go for shopping. The general recommendation is, to stay in Old Town, stroll through the beautiful streets and check out the many stores at your own pace. You’ll be surprised by the great variety and the beautiful surroundings.


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