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Health food shopping in Switzerland

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Switzerland may be famous for cheese and chocolate, yet healthy eating is a great concern for many Swiss consumers. Here is Expatica's guide to buying health foods in Switzerland.

Switzerland is a health- and environment-conscious nation. In 2005, the Swiss spent CHF 160 per head on organic produce, in particular vegetables, fruit and eggs, and 11 percent of all Swiss farms had been awarded the organic symbol: a white bud in a green circle. Switzerland has the highest proportion of usable land given over to organic farming in Europe (together with Austria).

Hormones and adding antibiotics to animal feed are both forbidden, and all food containing genetically modified ingredients must be labelled as such, with the words ‘genetically modified’ written in full on the packaging. In 1992, Switzerland became the first country in the world to ban battery farming.

So where can you buy all this produce?

There are plenty of health food shops in Switzerland, which sell a wide range of organic cereals, fresh bread, fruit and vegetables, as well as fresh tofu products. Migros and Coop, the two biggest Swiss supermarket chains, nowadays also sell tofu, multi-vitamin fruit juices and organic cereals, flour, rice, dried raisins, sprouts and vegetables. Prices are slightly lower than in health food shops and quality is high.
Vegetable market
Perhaps the most enjoyable way to shop for healthy food, though, is to visit one (or many!) of Switzerland’s ubiquitous fresh food markets. Most towns and villages have a weekly market selling local, seasonal farm produce, fresh fruit and vegetables and organic foods, as well as flowers. Larger annual markets and festivals also take place from May through November.

Read on for a selection of health food shops (including online shops) in Geneva and Zurich, plus regular outdoor markets in Geneva, Vaud, Ain, Haute-Savoie and Zurich.

 

Health food shops in Switzerland

GENEVA

Au Fournil de la Ferme
4 Chemin de l'Auberge, 1213 Onex
Tel: +41 (0)22 793 14 15
Shop selling organic and natural products including cosmetics.

Bio Servette
3 Route de Meyrin, 1202 Geneva
Tel: +41 (0)22 733 86 74
Health food store selling organic foods and products.

Croqu'Nature
7 Rue Neuve, 1260 Nyon
Tel: +41 (0)22 990 03 70
Organic, bio and natural products.

Grain de Vie

9 Chemin sur Rang, 1234 Pinchat
Tel: +41 (0)22 343 54 90
Web: www.graindevie.org
Organic produce and health food store. Open Monday to Saturday from 09.00–12.30 and 14.00–19.00. Closed Saturday afternoons. Online shopping available.

L'Eveil

80 Route de Chene, Chene-Bougeries
Tel: +41 (0)22 700 05 30
Organic food restaurant with its own grocery shop next door selling organic food, bread, juices and more.

LaimaDinner
Tel: +41 (0)79 509 07 25
Web: www.laimadinner.ch
Delivery service of ingredients and cooking instructions for balanced, healthy family dinners. Most products from local organic farmers.

Le Maraicher Bio
7 Avenue Mirany, 1225 Chene-Bourg
Tel: +41 (0)22 860 06 53
Web: www.lemaraicherbio.ch
Organic fruit, vegetables, baby foods, cereals, jam, biscuits, drinks, pastas, sauces, coffee and dairy products.

Le Relais de la Nature

10 Place de l'Octroi, 1227 Carouge
Tel: +41 (0)22 342 96 21
Organic, bio and natural products including fruit and vegetables.

Satoriz
31 Rue Voltaire, 01210 Ferney-Voltaire
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 40 78 62
Web: www.satoriz.fr
Natural and organic produce supermarket, selling bread, fruit and vegetables, fresh products, cereal, baby products and oils. Online shop.

The Honey Man
1279 Chavannes de Bogis
Contact: Paul Foley
Tel: +41 (0)79 788 3312
Web: www.1279honey.com
British bee keeper producing organic honey with a low carbon foot print, candles and lip balms from his hives in the local nature reserve.

Tournesol

31 Grand Rue, 1180 Rolle
Tel: +41 (0)21 826 14 06
Organic and health food.

ZURICH

Barkat Lebensmittel
Birmensdorferstrasse 143, 8003 Zürich
Tel:  043 811 54 90
Multicultural indoor food market.

Bio Veritas
Metallstrasse 9a, 630 Zurich
Contact: G. Jellinghaus
Tel: 041 544 20 43
Web: www.bio-veritas.ch
Organic supermarket selling vegetables, fruit, dairy and soy products, soft drinks, bread, noodles and natural cosmetics. Open Monday to Wednesday and Friday 09.00–19.00, Thursday 09.00–21.00, Saturday 09.00–17.00.

bio-direct.ch
Lauterbackstrasse 11, 4665 Oftringen
Tel: 062 721 62 34
Web: www.bio-direct.ch
Organic food, fruits, vegetables and more, with home delivery. Founded by five bio-farmers, with locations across Swiss-German Switzerland.

bionetz.ch
Baerenplatz 2, 3011 Bern
Web: http://bionetz.ch
Website listing stores that sell organic products, organised by canton.

Butchery Berchtold
Buonaserstrasse 2, 6343 Rotkreuz
Tel: 041 790 12 20
Web: www.berchtold-metzgerei.ch
Homemade beef, turkey and fish specialities. Also sells olive oil, balsamic vinegar, wines and gift baskets. Catering service. Open Monday to Friday 06.00–18.30, Saturday 06.00–16.00.

Confiserie Honold
Rennweg 53, 8001 Zurich
Tel: 044 211 52 58
Native Zurich coffee shop, famous for its homemade birchermuesli. Open Monday to Friday 07.30–18.30, Saturday 07.30–17.00.

Egli
Badenerstr. 9, 8004 Zürich
Tel: +41 (0)44 242 40 13
Health food chain with stores throughout Zurich, offering organic food, organic wine, gluten free products, macrobiotic products, fresh fruit and vegetables, organic baby food, as well as , natural cosmetics.  All open Monday to Saturday and some on Sunday, with varying opening hours.

Frucht-Punkt
Stadelhoferstrasse 22, 8008 Zurich
Tel: 044 260 71 71
Local as well as exotic produce, and dried fruits and vegetables, delivered daily. Open Monday to Saturday during normal store times.

knospehof.ch

Margarethenstrasse 87, 4053 Basel
Tel: 061 385 96 10
Web: www.knospehof.ch
Bio Suisse guide to farm shops offering direct sale of organic products, listed by canton.

Marinello
Shopville, Bahnhofpassage, 8000 Zurich (main location)
Tel: 044 2225 40 00
Web: www.marinello.ch
Fresh vegetables, fruit, dairy and bakery products sold in six locations in Zurich. Delivery service. Open Monday to Friday 08.00–12.00 and 13.00–17.30.

Muller Reformhaus Vital Shop AG
Renweg 15, 8001 Zurich
Tel: +41-044-2211736
Part of a large natural food and supplement store chain in German-speaking Switzerland with over 20 stores. All open Monday to Saturday with varying opening hours.

Sunnehof
Mettmenstetten
Tel: 044 776 86 03
Web: www.fruechtepfluecken.ch
Strawberries, cherries and prunes can be picked (in season) at this family farm business, as well as regional products bought in the farm shop.

Schwarzenbach
Münstergasse 19, 8001 Zürich
Tel: 044 261 13 15
Web: www.schwarzenbach.ch
Coffee, tea, spices, honey, rice, dried legumes, dried fruits and nuts. Open Tuesday to Friday 08.00–18.30, Saturday 09.00–17:00.

 

Outdoor markets in Switzerland

GENEVA

Grand Pré
Rue du Grand Pré, Geneva
Fruit and vegetable market. Mondays and  Thursdays 06.30–13.00.

Liotard

Rue Liotard, Geneva
Local market selling fruit, vegetables and manufactured goods. Mondays and Thursdays 06.30–13.00.
 
Petit-Lancy
Ecole du Petit-Lancy, Geneva
Local market selling fruit and vegetables. Mondays and Thursdays 06.00–14.00.
 
Plan-les-Ouates
Place des Aviateurs, Plan-les-Ouates
General produce market. Mondays and Thursdays 07.30–13.00.

Pré l'Evêque
Place du Pré l'Evêque, Geneva
Fruit and vegetable market. Mondays 08.00–13.00.

Grand-Saconnex
Place Carantec, Le Grand-Saconnex
General produce market. Tuesdays  07.00–13.00.

Meyrin
Place des Cinq-Continents, Meyrin
General produce market. Tuesdays and Wednesdays 06.30–13.00 and Fridays 14.30–18.45.

Paquis
Place de la Navigation, Geneva
Market selling fruit, vegetables and manufactured goods. Tuesdays and Fridays 06.30–13.00.

Plainpalais
Plaine de Plainpalais, Geneva
Local market for fruit, vegetables and manufactured goods. Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays 06.30–13.00.

St Jean
Rue Bleuet,
Fruit and vegetable market. Tuesdays and Thursday 08.00–13.00.

Carouge
Place du Marché, Carouge
General produce market. Wednesdays and Saturdays 06.30–14.00.
 
Fusterie
Place de la Fusterie, Geneva
Fruit and vegetable market. Wednesdays 08.00–18.00 and Saturdays 06.30–18.00.

Helvétique
Boulevard Helvétique, Geneva
Local market selling fruit, vegetables and manufactured goods. Wednesdays 06.30–13.00 and Saturdays 06.30–13.45.

Onex Cité-Nouvelle
27 Avenue des Grandes-Communes, Onex
General produce market.  Wednesdays and Saturdays 08.00–13.00.

Champel
Avenue de Champel, Geneva
Fruit and vegetable market. Thursdays 06.30–13:00.

Geneva Organic Market
Avenue De-Gallatin/Chemin François-Furet, Geneva
Organic food market selling fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, wine and bread. Thursdays 16.00–20.30.

Onex Village
30 Rue Gaudy-le-Fort, Onex
Weekly market for fruit and vegetables.

Satigny
Satigny village
Weekly market for fruit and vegetables, fish and cheese. Thursday mornings.

Versoix
Place du Bourg, Versoix
Weekly market for dairy products, fruit and vegetables. Thursdays 07.30–13.00.

Chênes-Bougeries
Place Colonel-Audéoud, Chênes-Bougeries
General produce market. Fridays 08.00–14.00.

Collonge-Bellerive
Collonge-Bellerive village
General market in the centre of the village. Fridays from 13.30 onwards.

Grand-Lancy
Place du 1er Août, Grand-Lancy
Fruit and vegetable market. Fridays 06.00–13.00.

Grenus
Place du Grenus, Geneva
Fruit and vegetable market. Saturdays 06.30–13.30.

Veyrier
Place de l'Eglise, Veyrier
General market. Mornings.

VAUD

Grancy
Boulevard de Grancy, Lausanne
Local market for fruit and vegetables. Mondays 08.00–13.00.

Vevey
Place du Marché, Vevey
Large market with fruits, vegetables and local and exotic products. Tuesdays until 13.00 and Saturdays until 13.30.

Yverdon-les-Bains
Promenade Auguste-Fallet, Yverdon-les-Bains
General market selling fruit, vegetables, meat, bread and mushrooms. Tuesdays and Saturdays 08.00–12.00.

Lausanne
Place de la Riponne, Lausanne
Local market selling fruit, vegetables and manufactured goods. Wednesdays and Saturdays 08.00–14.30.

Morges
Grand Rue, Morges
Traditional market selling fruit, vegetables, local products, meat, cheese, chocolate, crafts and flowers.  Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Nyon
Town centre, Nyon
Market selling fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs and honey. Wednesdays and Saturdays 08.00–13.00.

Grancy
Boulevard de Grancy, Lausanne
Local market for fruit and vegetables.  Thursdays 08.00–13.00.

Marché du BAP
Administratif de la Pontaise, 2 Avenue des Casernes, Lausanne
Fruit, vegetable and cheese market at the Bâtiment. Fridays 08.00–13.00.

Montreux
Town centre, Montreux
Market for fruit and vegetables. Friday mornings.

AIN

Ferney-Voltaire
Avenue Voltaire/Grand'Rue, Ferney-Voltaire
Small general produce and clothes market. Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Bellegarde-sur-Valserine
Town centre, Bellegarde-sur-Valserine
Market for general produce. Thursdays 07.00–14.00.

Divonne-les-Bains
Salle des Fêtes car park, Divonne-les-Bains
Fruit and vegetable market. Fridays 08.00–12.30.

Gex
Rue des Terreaux, Gex
General market. Saturdays 07.30–12.30.

Divonne-les-Bains
Town centre, Divonne-les-Bains
Market for general and regional produce in the town centre. Sunday mornings.

Saint Genis Pouilly
Car park between the Mediathèque and the Centre Culturel Jean Monnet, Saint Genis Pouilly
Small market selling fruit and vegetables. Sunday mornings

Thoiry
Rue de la Mairie, Thoiry
Fruit and vegetable market. Sundays 07.00–14.00.

HAUTE-SAVOIE

Thonon-les-Bains
Town centre, Thonon-les-Bains
General market for fruit and vegetables in.  Monday and Thursday mornings.

Annecy
Various locations, Annecy
General market for fruit and vegetables. Tuesdays (in the old town and on Place des Romains),  Thursdays (in Quartier de Novel), Fridays (in the old town) and Saturdays (Boulevard Taine and Boulevard Nicollet) and Sundays (in the old town)  07.00–13.00.

Annemasse
Place de la Libération, Annemasse
Local market for fruit and vegetables. Tuesday and Friday mornings.

Vetraz-Monthoux
Place du Tilleul, Vetraz-Monthoux
Small market for fruit and vegetables at. Thursday mornings.

Ambilly
Town centre, Ambilly
Small general market. Saturday mornings.

Gaillard
Town centre, Gaillard
General market for fruit, vegetables and local food products in the. Saturday mornings.

Collonges-sous-Saleve
Town centre, Collonges-sous-Saleve
General market. Sundays 07.30–14.00.

Ville-la-Grand
Town centre, Ville-la-Grand
General market for fruit and vegetables. Sunday mornings.

ZURICH

Bürkliplatz
Bürkliplatz, Zurich
Twice-weekly market offering  fresh vegetables, regional specialities, organic produce and fresh mushrooms, as well as flowers and potted plants. Tuesdays and Fridays 8.00–11.00.

Altstetten
Lindenplatz, Zurich
Traditional food and flower market. Saturdays 06.00–12.00.

Helvetiaplatz
Helvetiaplatz, Zurich
Traditional international grocery market. Home-grown and exotic produce. Tuesdays and Fridays 08.00–11.00.

Milchbuck
Milchbuckstrasse, Zurich
A wide range of fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, flowers and more.

Oerlikon
Am Marktplatz, Zurich
Flower and vegetable market offering breads, delicious ‘Zopf’ (a plaited Swiss white bread), freshly caught fish, cheeses, pasta, fresh mushrooms, herbs and spices, as well as vegetables and fruit directly from the producer.  Wednesdays 06.00–11.00 and Saturdays 06.00–12.00.

Rathausbrücke/Gemüsebrücke
Gemüsebrücke, Zurich
Weekly flower and vegetable market;  the locals call the Rathausbrücke the ‘Gemüsebrücke’ (Vegetable Bridge).  Saturdays 8.00–12.00.

Zurich Main Station
Hauptbahnhof, Zurich
Speciality goods from vendors all over Switzerland: air-dried Grisons beef, high-quality cheeses, organic vegetables, chocolate, fruit,  whole-grain baker's specialties and delicious bread from Poschiavo among others. Wednesdays 10.00–20.00.

 

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