Health food Switzerland

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. 

Where can you buy healthy food in Switzerland? 

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.

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 Switzerland

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, pasta, 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 beekeeper producing organic honey with a low carbon footprint, 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.
 
Food in Switzerland

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 bircher muesli. 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 through 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 a 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.
 
Food market Switzerland

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.
 
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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 bread, 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 specialities and delicious bread from Poschiavo among others. Wednesdays 10.00–20.00.

 

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1 Comment To This Article

  • Maike posted:

    on 12th February 2017, 13:55:29 - Reply

    Thank you for this article. I was always happy to realize about the amount of places in Switzerland where you can really eat healthy! Not many countries can offer sucha variety of organic restaurants. Besides healthy eating, one can easily drink healthy. Many soft drink brands appear all over Switzerland, right now it is a competitive market. Hempfy is one of the brands I recently tried.