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Are there Swiss Equivalents to these British Shops?

Hi there!

I was wondering where everyone goes for certain things that you may get in England such as birthday cards, stationary, make up etc..

In England I'd frequently visit shops such as:

WHSmith
Superdrug
Boots
Card Factory
Paperchase
Holland & Barrett

I am struggling to find the equivalent shops that maybe the locals know about. For example, birthday cards...where do people go for these? I only see them in places such as Manor and Coop.
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Old 12.04.2019, 17:35
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Re: Are there Swiss Equivalents to these British Shops?

They go in a Papeterie, Drogerie or Drogeriemarkt, Parfümerie, bookstore (Buchladen), florist (Blumengeschäft), or a department store.

PS: The closest to Superdrug or Boots is "Müller Drogeriemarkt".

PPS: There are two Pfäffikon. It might help if you add SZ or ZH.
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Hi there!

I was wondering where everyone goes for certain things that you may get in England such as birthday cards, stationary, make up etc..

In England I'd frequently visit shops such as:

WHSmith
Superdrug
Boots
Card Factory
Paperchase
Holland & Barrett

I am struggling to find the equivalent shops that maybe the locals know about. For example, birthday cards...where do people go for these? I only see them in places such as Manor and Coop.
This is what we do:

WHSmith:

We wait until we go back to the U.K. and stock up there. My kids love WHSmith.

Superdrug:

Probably Mueller.

Boots:

We wait until we go back to the U.K. My Swiss wife loves Boots. You can't get medicines here and chuck them in your basket like at Boots.

Card Factory:

We buy cards online.

Paperchase:

There are quite a few stationery shops here with stuff similar to Paperchase.

Holland & Barrett:

Most towns have an Apotheke selling some of what Holland & Barrett sell.

As aSwissInTheUS wrote - which Pfaffikon do you live in?
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Old 12.04.2019, 18:34
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This is what we do:

WHSmith:
We wait until we go back to the U.K. and stock up there. My kids love WHSmith.
Well, in Zürich there is of course Orell Füsseli in Zürich, which has most of these latest books, but prices for paper / hardbacks here are crazy:

https://www.orellfuessli.ch/shop/eng...s-the-bookshop

Best thing I ever did (although it took a lot of overcoming my original distaste), was to buy a Kindle e-reader, as most books are available on-line, at really peanut prices.

Search on Amazon.com for the kind of book you're looking for (to get the latest), and then order it from Amazon.de. It's delivered to your Kindle within milli-seconds, if you've saved your credit card details. Day-or-night.

Avoid at all costs the Tolino e-reader, which only focuses on German reading, and is also extortionate in the prices it charges for "foreign books".
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Well, in Zürich there is of course Orell Füsseli in Zürich, which has most of these latest books, but prices for paper / hardbacks here are crazy:
They like WHSmith for all the pens, pencils, colouring books etc etc.
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They like WHSmith for all the pens, pencils, colouring books etc etc.
Yes, and also if you need Christmas crackers or other traditional UK things and snacks. Really good store on 4-levels, worth at least a visit.
Actually thinking about it they usually have a reasonable selection of cards. But for cards in Zürich I'd go to Globus, Bahnhofstrasse, as they also have a good selection in English.
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Re: Are there Swiss Equivalents to these British Shops?

You could try McPaperLand. They come in two or three variants, the one in Pfäffikon SZ has the usual office supplies but also gifts, toys, and handicraft supplies.
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Re: Are there Swiss Equivalents to these British Shops?

Thanks I will give those all a try
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Re: Are there Swiss Equivalents to these British Shops?

WH Smith has an awful reputation these days.

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WH Smith voted UK's worst High Street shop in Which? survey
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44274654
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WH Smith has an awful reputation these days.


https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44274654
They'd fit right in here...

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Customers complained the shops were out-of-date, products were expensive and staff were rude in the survey by consumer group Which?
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Re: Are there Swiss Equivalents to these British Shops?

If you have one nearby the Sunstore pharmacies are a bit like Superdrug.
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Re: Are there Swiss Equivalents to these British Shops?

Just walk down any town's main street and look out, you never know, you may be pleasently surprised and find something that is even better suited to your purpose
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Re: Are there Swiss Equivalents to these British Shops?

Our train station (Winterthur) has a fairly extensive card store. Wachter, i think. And for some arts and crafts, pens, pencils etc - coop city, manor and we also have a Schoch (I think that’s the spelling). Larger Mueller stores also have a weird combination of household, stationery, non prescription drugs and cosmetics.
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Re: Are there Swiss Equivalents to these British Shops?

Thanks everyone, these are all really useful. I'm happy to try new places and not missing the UK shops, just need to find some equivalents
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