The best places to shop in Neuchâtel
Neuchâtel's old town has many traditional shops where one can buy fine jewellery, local cheeses and some of Switzerland's world-famous chocolate. Try out La Maison du Fromage for excellent local cheese or Wodey Suchard (FR) for chocolate.
Many shoppers take the short train ride to Bern to enjoy the wide choice of shops in the capital city. For more about Bern, read the article Shopping in Bern.
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Shopping for essentials
There are two main shopping centres in Neuchâtel. The Maladiere Centre (FR) has grocery, clothing, furniture and electronic stores, as well as a supervised play area for children ages two to eight years old. Similarly the Marin Centre (FR) also has a day care for kids ages two to six year olds. It has a range of shops including a small Globus department store. Both centres are open late on Thursday until 20:00.
Markets in Neuchâtel
There is a fresh produce market at Place des Halles on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning during the summer months. Two other markets in the region are in La Chaux-de-Fonds on Wednesday and Saturday morning and in Le Locle on Saturday morning.
Shop opening hours in Neuchâtel
Shopping hours are generally from 08.00 – 19.00 Monday – Friday, with some shops staying open until 20:00 on Thursday. Closing times vary on Saturday. Like the rest of Switzerland, shops are closed on Sunday except for at the main station. The Coop in the train station is open from 05.00 – 24.00 daily, including Sunday.
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.
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 Neuchâtel, read the article Discounts and saving money in Neuchâtel.