The best places to shop in Fribourg
The city centre has mainstream brands and department stores while the old town is the place to go for specialty shops. The Chocolate Villars (FR) is a special Fribourg stop, having over one hundred years of tradition and expertise. They host factory visits and workshops. Espace Jean Tinguely Niki de Saint Phalle (DE/FR) sells souvenirs of the two famous artists' work. Sciboz (DE/FR) is a local cheese maker that is the place to go for fondue mixtures and related paraphernalia.
For furniture and household goods check out Conforama (DE/FR) in Granges Paccot, Pfister (DE/FR/IT) in Avry Centre, Lipo (DE/FR/IT) in St. Leonard commercial centre, Fly (DE/FR) in Givisiez and Ikea (DE/FR/IT) in Lyssach. Other options include Kian Déco, Styledesign (FR), and Forme & Confort SA.
Shopping for essentials
Markets in Fribourg
There is a vegetable and flower market at Place Georges-Python and Pérolles on Wednesday mornings and another at Place de l'Hôtel de Ville on Saturday mornings. Place de Petit Saint Jean has a flea market from April to November on the first Saturday of the month from 06.00 to 15.00.
Shop opening hours in Fribourg
Shops in Fribourg are generally open on weekdays from 08.30 to 12.00 and 13.30 to 18.30, and until 16.00 on Saturday. There is a Coop supermarket located at the train station that stays open in the evening during the week and also on Sunday. Larger and central shops may stay open over lunch and until 21.00 once a week on Thursday or Friday.
For flexible hours and to avoid crowds, try shopping online for groceries at LeShop or Coop@Home. Zalando (DE/FR), Laredoute (DE/FR) and Koala are a few good options for clothes and shoes. For gift ideas, try visiting Geschenk Idee (DE) and sort through their wide collection based on the person you are shopping for. For book purchases online look at Payot SA, Thalia (DE) and FNAC (FR).
Useful information on shopping in Switzerland
- Most shops are closed on Sundays in Switzerland. The only shops open on a Sunday are at train stations, airports, and at petrol stations in and around urban areas.
- In most occasions, grocery carry bags must be purchased at the store or brought from home.
- Customers pack their own bags at the grocery store.
- Shopping trolleys require a CHF 1-2 coin deposit.
- Fruit and vegetables are available pre-packaged and priced or loose to be weighed. For non-priced items, place them on the scale, enter the item's corresponding code and print the price tag.
- Sales are held twice annually in January and July.
- Many shops offer loyalty programmes and regular discounts. For tips on living cost effectively in Fribourg, read the article Discounts and saving money in Fribourg.
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