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Old 17.05.2008, 20:09
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Equivalent Swiss Shops

It would be really helpful if someone could compile a list of Swiss shops / stores that are equivalent to UK stores. It takes me aaaaaages when coming to a new country to find out where i can buy normal stuff.
For example, I tried to buy suntan cream and it took me two weeks to find out that the local supermarket seems to be about the only place to buy it. Is there a "Boots" equivalent in Switzerland?

Also I just found B&Q equivalents are:
Co-Op Bau+Hobby, Landi, Migros Haus and Garten and BauHaus

It would be great to have a list of where to buy this and that in Switzerland. Can others add to this please?

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Old 17.05.2008, 20:36
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Useful information, let's add to that. Suntan cream in pharmacies?

Thanks for the information. If it grows and people add information on where they buy all kinds of stuff, it can be a very useful thread, for somebody who needs to buy something but doesn't know where. Conceivably a long list of contributed messages saying where to buy some sort of special batteries, type of ventilator, almond-grinders, etc. Anything you wanted to buy and took it some thinking or searching to get somewhere to buy it - after you found it, post a note saying where this kind of thing can be bought.

For such general things as you referred to, there are chains of stores that sell them all around Switzerland. As soon as we get to more specific matters which are sold in a few shops here and there, it would probably better to make a thread for every city or populated area in Switzerland.

As for suntan cream - I recall you could get it at most pharmacies (Apotheken), can't you?
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Old 17.05.2008, 20:40
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Re: Equivalent Swiss Shops

Most electrical goods can be bought in:

Migros electric, interdiscount, fust or media markt (feel free to add to this)

Mobile Phones from swisscom shops, post office, interdiscout, migros coop, mobile zone ....

suntan cream can also be bought in the chemist...

No there is no boots equivalent here...

will add to the list later....
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Jumbo is the best DIY store but for all garden & farm stuff, Landi rocks
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Is there a "Boots" equivalent in Switzerland?
Your local "Drogerie" is probably about the closest you're going to get to a Boots. Migros used to stock some Boots products, but I think they've kicked them out.

Don't forget to use the search function on here, especially when looking for brown sugar, golden syrup and self-raising flour etc
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Old 17.05.2008, 23:33
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Re: Equivalent Swiss Shops

thanks for the thread, i'm sorry that i can't add to it, but would like to ask a question:
is it possible to buy canned sliced cooking apples? i've seen apples in every shape imaginable here except the one i actually use! in a country that seems inundated with apples in any form, i find this really strange...and i'm sure it's me looking for it in the wrong place rather than the general availability...
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Old 17.05.2008, 23:44
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Re: Equivalent Swiss Shops

Yes, I'll second that and try Mueller Drogerie (downstairs basement of Jelmoli, Zurich). They're quite large, have a good range of beauty products, lotions etc and are not so expensive.
As far as I know Migros still sells limited range of Boots cosmetics situated in cosmetics/perfumes section..

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Don't forget to use the search function on here, especially when looking for brown sugar, golden syrup and self-raising flour etc
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Re: Equivalent Swiss Shops

Good idea - I wondered what would be the equivalent of Woolworths (small selection of lots of household goods). But I guess this is Co-op City or larger supermarket stores.

The one thing I haven't found yet is frozen sweetcorn - maybe the stores I'm going to are too small.....
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The one thing I haven't found yet is frozen sweetcorn
To that I would add "White Corn", it's far better tasting than sweet corn!

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Re: Equivalent Swiss Shops

I've never seen sliced apples in a can, apple puree is very common though
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Good idea - I wondered what would be the equivalent of Woolworths (small selection of lots of household goods). But I guess this is Co-op City or larger supermarket stores.

The one thing I haven't found yet is frozen sweetcorn - maybe the stores I'm going to are too small.....
people here tend to eat it fresh & in season, alternative is conserve / canned. Have never seen it frozen in bags.
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