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Re: Food cost in Zürich?

if you shop in Lidl,Aldi or even Denner is much cheaper than Migros or Coop.

There are a good few Aldi/lidl around, if you go onto the websites you can get a list of how many & where they are
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Re: Food cost in Zürich?

Have a look at this thread too for lots of money saving tips (some of it actually useful )

How to live comfortably in CH on less than 120k - EF savings advice thread
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Re: Food cost in Zürich?

Hey, I think it's valid to ask people already here for a bit of help. There's only so far your own research can get you, that's why experience counts for something

Things I found out about food costs here that I didn't (and couldn't easily) know before I arrived:

- the Migros and Coop regularly have rotating offers (note: not end of life discounts) that can shave half or more off fresh produce if you're flexible with what you eat. 3 whole sea bass for CHF10 in Coop (66% off)? That undercuts London, which actually has sea access. I saw chicken breasts in Coop the other day also, for CHF15 a kilo in large packets

- End of life discounts are more common than in UK supermarkets, and it's common to see 50% off meat and fish with a couple of days remaining in life

- Dry grains (bulgar wheat, quinoa, etc.) are probably on a par with rest of Europe. Ready meals (even frozen) and tinned cost much much more.

- Barkat at Schmeide Wiedikon! If you can stand the bustle of a Saturday crowd, the fruit and vegetables are cheap. I mean, 1Fr for 500g of cherries, 3Fr per kilo oyster mushrooms, 1Fr for several peppers, 50rp for 2 medium aubergines. The quality varies significantly depending on when you go, but straight after a delivery is as fresh as you'll find in the Migros over the road, at 1/4 the price

- Ethnic food that isn't fresh (sauces, pre-made things etc.) remain comparatively expensive

As to how much you can eat for: it really depends on your flexibility, willing to shop around and how much time you have to cook. I tend to cook very healthily, and can eat well for 1Fr (pollock and asparagus wild rice risotto). You could cook a variety of meals for under 2Fr, but adding in fresh meat / fish will bring the number closer to 4-5Fr a person.

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Re: Food cost in Zürich?

Thank you very much. These are very good tips. That is what I am searching for. Some kind of life hacks to reduce expenses.

If anyone has more, please share.
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Re: Food cost in Zürich?

Two other threads on here. A bit repetitive but some excellent ideas too.

Tips on eating cheap
Absolutely cheapest foods in Zürich
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Re: Food cost in Zürich?

go to Edeka, Germany on Saturdays.
COOP and Migros are good for buying meat only.

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Be aware that prices between different retailers vary greatly (30% / 100%) and that restaurants in Suburbia tend to be much cheaper than in downtown. but also vary in downtown.
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Re: Food cost in Zürich?

You can compare Zürich roughly with München, Stuttgart and Köln
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if you shop in Lidl,Aldi or even Denner is much cheaper than Migros or Coop.

There are a good few Aldi/lidl around, if you go onto the websites you can get a list of how many & where they are

DENNER in fact IS Migros, but MIGROS-LIGHT, while GLOBUS is MIGROS-DE-LUXE


And there are articles which in COOP are cheaper than at ALDI and Lidl. But you may also check ALIGRO in Schlieren and some Turkish and Balkanese and Arab and Indian and Chinese independents
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Re: Food cost in Zürich?

It depends on where you will be living, but there are not many Aldi and Lidl around. It is possible you won't find any in your neighbourhood.
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But you may also check ALIGRO in Schlieren and some Turkish and Balkanese and Arab and Indian and Chinese independents
pls excuse me for being a purist, but it's actually "balkan" food, not "balkanese" (so unlike "chinese"). Balkan peninsula, people, food, languages - it's always the same form.

Balkanese is used, but i'd say mostly in german (and for speaking about the people), shouldn't be a proper form in english.
i hope you liked the food, though, whatever you call it.
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Re: Food cost in Zürich?

Seriously Wolli: On what planet are you living on? With the CHF being 1:1 can you absolutely freaking not compare Zurich "roughly" with any German city...
- You can get a very decent modern 3 bedroom flat in Cologne for around 1000 CHF a month. In Zurich is it at least twice that.
- Doener Kebab in Zurich is around 10 EUR... which can feed a family of four in a Kebab shop in Germany...
- Small beer in a bar in Cologne: 1.50-2 CHF.
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Seriously Wolli: On what planet are you living on? With the CHF being 1:1 can you absolutely freaking not compare Zurich "roughly" with any German city...
To be fair, Wolli didn't say the comparison would be favourable... One could also compare Switzerland to, oh, I don't know, the Maghreb, or some Balkanese country, and discover that they're different.

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Seriously Wolli: On what planet are you living on? With the CHF being 1:1 can you absolutely freaking not compare Zurich "roughly" with any German city...
- You can get a very decent modern 3 bedroom flat in Cologne for around 1000 CHF a month. In Zurich is it at least twice that.
- Doener Kebab in Zurich is around 10 EUR... which can feed a family of four in a Kebab shop in Germany...
- Small beer in a bar in Cologne: 1.50-2 CHF.
I agree Zurich is off course more expensive, although probably not so much (or maybe not at all) when you also compare the take-home money of an average Joe or Jane.
In general, all those absolute comparisons are not really usable. People need to concentrate on comparing the leftovers - what do they remain with at the end of the month and what can they do with that amount of money.

Anyway, I must say that 10 eur in German Kebab shop will NOT feed a family of four! I know that first hand.
In Baden it may just feed Mama und Papa. And get them a bottle of water to give kids something to drink.
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Re: Food cost in Zürich?

a) the OP asked specifically about food prices, not about the affordability depending on an average income and tax level... that's a valid question for a lot of people who have a fixed financial situation regardless of where they are located at... for example students living off a budget from their parents.

b) I don't know what Kebabs you had... but the going rate in the more "multicultural" parts of large cities is something around 2-2.50 EUR a piece. No, that does not include a drink. The 9-10 CHF in Zurich doesn't either. A coke would be another 4CHF... which is between twice and three times the price of one in Germany...
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Thank you for these great tips!
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a) the OP asked specifically about food prices, not about the affordability depending on an average income and tax level... that's a valid question for a lot of people who have a fixed financial situation regardless of where they are located at... for example students living off a budget from their parents.

b) I don't know what Kebabs you had... but the going rate in the more "multicultural" parts of large cities is something around 2-2.50 EUR a piece. No, that does not include a drink. The 9-10 CHF in Zurich doesn't either. A coke would be another 4CHF... which is between twice and three times the price of one in Germany...
You're very right on a), I'm excusing myself, I should pay more attention to the post subject. Absolute prices are actually very useful answer for this post.

However as a side note on b), Zurich is not 4x more expensive than "Kebab shop in Germany". It may be 4x more expensive than SOME (big) cities in Germany, but less than 2x for others. Germany is a very big and varied country.
As mentioned previously, I personally do pay kebabs around 5 CHF, in German Kebab shop.

But that's just a noise for this post, since, original idea of the post is about absolute money amounts.
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Re: Food cost in Zürich?

i find the turkish shops as the best place to get veg and fruits.
price wise it's maybe the same as the big super markets
but the quality is much better
one kilo of tomato range between 2.3-5.6 CHF
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if you shop in Lidl,Aldi or even Denner is much cheaper than Migros or Coop.

There are a good few Aldi/lidl around, if you go onto the websites you can get a list of how many & where they are




beer in COOP is CHF -.50 to CHF -.60 per 5 DL and so the same as in Denner and Lidl and Aldi and is to get down to -.40 to -.50 shortly
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Seriously Wolli: On what planet are you living on? With the CHF being 1:1 can you absolutely freaking not compare Zurich "roughly" with any German city...
- You can get a very decent modern 3 bedroom flat in Cologne for around 1000 CHF a month. In Zurich is it at least twice that.
- Doener Kebab in Zurich is around 10 EUR... which can feed a family of four in a Kebab shop in Germany...
- Small beer in a bar in Cologne: 1.50-2 CHF.

It is NOT 1-1 but 1 EURO = 1.08
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