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Ocado or Waitrose equivalent in Switzerland?

I am looking for online groceries or grocery stores.

For lack of a better explanation is there a Ocado like online store in Switzerland?

I find that Coop and Migros don’t really have a good selection of all the sort of I guess you could say luxury grocery products and food that Ocado has.

If not online is there any other shops in Switzerland that are similar to Ocado or Waitrose for groceries and food?

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Re: Ocado or Waitrose equivalent in Switzerland?

Manor or Globus or Jelmoli are probably the most luxurious in Switzerland.

The have both stores and online services but I don’t know how good they are for online food orders.
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Re: Ocado or Waitrose equivalent in Switzerland?

What are you looking for? By luxury do you mean quality or just the brand?

There are a lot of small high-quality Swiss shops who do online deliveries, or order and collect options since you're in Zurich.
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Re: Ocado or Waitrose equivalent in Switzerland?

I just call the local specialist (fish / fruit&veg / whatever) and ask them to deliver what I want. otherwise manor is probably as good as or better than waitrose, particularly for cheese. But there are also small independent shops that are even better. Manor do deliver I think but only locally to the store.

wine, I get online and/or by email from from daniel vins or flaschenpost. drinks.ch has pretty much all spirits/mixers you'd ever want.

you probably need to get used to living a little differently. once you stop fighting for the old ways you'll have an easier (and better) life.

what exactly are you after?
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Re: Ocado or Waitrose equivalent in Switzerland?

No, unfortunately, simply, no. I still fantasize about the equivalent shop to the ones you mentioned in South Africa. Globus and Manor somehow never had the kind of things that I was looking for. Coop is as good as it gets here in my opinion.
I try to look at the silver lining, you eat less or you become a better cook yourself. Welcome to germanic cuisine...you adapt with time but it’s still something I always look forward to when going home.
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Re: Ocado or Waitrose equivalent in Switzerland?

And if you are looking for (british) cheese I can recommend the British Cheese Centre in Zurich.
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And if you are looking for (british) cheese I can recommend the British Cheese Centre in Zurich.
be nice if they had a website that allowed you to order from. but they don't.

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coop is crap here. ok for everyday essentials and thats about it.
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be nice if they had a website that allowed you to order from. but they don't.
They do, just maybe not now (Christmas break).
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be nice if they had a website that allowed you to order from. but they don't.
They do, actually, have for over a decade. However, they had to turn off the option to order because they were simply unable to keep up with demand in the run-up to Christmas. I prefer for a company to do that rather than be disappointed. The key to getting what you want for this time of year is to get all your orders in at least a month beforehand.
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No, unfortunately, simply, no. I still fantasize about the equivalent shop to the ones you mentioned in South Africa. Globus and Manor somehow never had the kind of things that I was looking for. Coop is as good as it gets here in my opinion.
I try to look at the silver lining, you eat less or you become a better cook yourself. Welcome to germanic cuisine...you adapt with time but it’s still something I always look forward to when going home.
Yes this is kind of what I figured. I have been looking quite a lot and it seems Coop is the closest to Waitrose / Woolworths type selection.

The Coop app is also much better than LeShop. So it will have to do. I was still impressed to find some vegan cheese and oat milk pretty impressed.

Hey ho, we give a little to get a lot of other things hey.
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I was still impressed to find some vegan cheese
Did they have any vegetarian meat though?
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Re: Ocado or Waitrose equivalent in Switzerland?

If you want Waitrose stuff, order from The Cornershop.co.uk. All British products in conjunction with Waitrose.

English prices, but an inport charge. Up to 30 kg possible!

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The Coop app is also much better than LeShop. So it will have to do. I was still impressed to find some vegan cheese and oat milk pretty impressed.
Even Lidl here sells vegan 'cheese'.

Manor has sold Waitrose products in the past.

My problem is the sort of stuff that these online companies sell is not the sort of stuff that I would have bought at Waitrose anyway.

I miss fresher stuff like watercress, lamb shanks and pheasant and so on which won't ship.
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Lidl certainly does. Their vegan cheese is actually quite good - most vegan cheese is dreadful. I find pretty much all Swiss fake meat unbearably salty.

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They do, just maybe not now (Christmas break).
Yes, of course they do. https://britishcheese.ch/. And yes, the online-shop is closed until January 2021 but the shop in Viadukt is open.

And they got a lot more than just cheese.
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Yes, of course they do. https://britishcheese.ch/. And yes, the online-shop is closed until January 2021 but the shop in Viadukt is open.

And they got a lot more than just cheese.
thank you. i'm not about to drive 2-1/2 hours for some crappy cheese when manor and gabbani in lugano or banconiere in olgiate comasco have such wonderful options. as i've said before this is a swiss forum not a zurich forum. about the only time i might want some british cheese is around xmas so why they would close around that time, god knows? surely peaks in demand can be met by controlling available stock and drafting in extra staff as other businesses manage.

i don't have anything against the place (which i gather is run by an english man who frequents the forum) but i wish people would stop pushing it as mecca to ALL of switzerland. especially as, when one finally relents and looks it up, you can't even order online.

one of the GREAT things about this covid period is that people need to make do with what is great about their local area. I used to frequently lament the fact that special stuff was now available so easily globally. I miss the days when you would travel somewhere and get the specialty from that place and take it home. santa maria novella from florence before they had stores in heathrow, london and new york. back before ryanair brought millions of clueless 'travelers for the sake of it' to places like bergamo and destroyed it. there's not much 'tier 1 stuff' that isn't available without traveling to the source these days and for that that is, travel is (or was) too cheap and easy and what was once great became commoditized, commercialized or purchased by bernard arnault.

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Lidl certainly does. Their vegan cheese is actually quite good - most vegan cheese is dreadful.
It wasn't around the years I sacrificed for vegan principles and I am grateful to not have to think about vegan versions of regular stuff, tbh. Vegan mayo, yoghurts...ick. Though vegan burgers made out of roasted nuts were quite amazing.

I agree with DL21 - local stuff is extraordinary.

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thank you. i'm not about to drive 2-1/2 hours for some crappy cheese when manor and gabbani in lugano or banconiere in olgiate comasco have such wonderful options. as i've said before this is a swiss forum not a zurich forum. about the only time i might want some british cheese is around xmas so why they would close around that time, god knows? surely peaks in demand can be met by controlling available stock and drafting in extra staff as other businesses manage.

i don't have anything against the place (which i gather is run by an english man who frequents the forum) but i wish people would stop pushing it as mecca to ALL of switzerland. especially as, when one finally relents and looks it up, you can't even order online.

one of the GREAT things about this covid period is that people need to make do with what is great about their local area. I used to frequently lament the fact that special stuff was now available so easily globally. I miss the days when you would travel somewhere and get the specialty from that place and take it home. santa maria novella from florence before they had stores in heathrow, london and new york. back before ryanair brought millions of clueless 'travelers for the sake of it' to places like bergamo and destroyed it. there's not much 'tier 1 stuff' that isn't available without traveling to the source these days and for that that is, travel is (or was) too cheap and easy and what was once great became commoditized, commercialized or purchased by bernard arnault.

rant over.
And breath... I think you are being everso slightly unfair, and might realise that once you're calmed down a little.
Grumpygrapefruit has done his level best to please everyone and I understand that his physical shop had remained open in the run up to the holidays, with staff willing to accept and fill telephone orders where possible. Despite this the business is still a relatively small affair and they simply couldn't cope with the unexpected online rush, sensibly this was realised and to avoid disappointment the online service was suspended.

I'm also too far away to visit easily (and do agree with you that sometimes this forum is too biased towards not just Zurich but the entire germanic side), but I fully intend to do so when it's finally possible. Not necessarily to buy cheese, but that's perhaps not the sole the point of the Viaduct, I'll go for the friends I know I'll meet.
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And breath... I think you are being everso slightly unfair, and might realise that once you're calmed down a little.
Grumpygrapefruit has done his level best to please everyone and I understand that his physical shop had remained open in the run up to the holidays, with staff willing to accept and fill telephone orders where possible. Despite this the business is still a relatively small affair and they simply couldn't cope with the unexpected online rush, sensibly this was realised and to avoid disappointment the online service was suspended.
Indeed - some of us appreciate the small businesses of this world and choose to support them over corporations like "Waitrose". Grumpygrapefruit has written to me on numerous occasions when I inquired over a special order. His successful business in a sea of Swiss corporate cheese selling conglomerates is a reflection of that. Pfff rant over
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Re: Ocado or Waitrose equivalent in Switzerland?

Apart from that, there are several small local companies in the Viadukt, so if you want to support local business, there you are
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