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The stores in Geneva are as varied as its culture. You will find all what you want in its innumerable shops and its many department stores.


La rue du Rhône is beyond doubt the "richest" street in Geneva. Here you will find an impressive number of watch and jewellery shops selling the most renowned brands. 


Carouge, City of craftmen. Along certain streets still beautiful frontages with arcades of the artisan houses of the XVIIIè century. In 1790, the city counted some 450 craftsmen specialized in around thirty trades. If some disappeared, others remained whereas the new ones appeared. Path of almost forgotten trades...
To learn more… (source: www.carouge.ch)


Opening hours of the stores

Apart from bank holidays, the usual working week is 5 days, from Monday to Friday (administrations, companies, banks, etc), but stores are open on Saturdays.

In general, supermarkets and other stores open from Monday to Saturday, from 8:30 or 9:00 am until 6:30 - 7:00 pm. Sunday, they are closed. Exceptions: certain stores close on Monday (or Monday morning), Thursday at 7:30 or 9:00 pm (certain supermarkets), Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturdays at 6:00 pm. Certain trades (in the stations or airport), or family grocers open 7 days a week, from 8:00 to 9:00 pm, or even later.

Shopping malls

To allow you to carry out your purchases in the large surfaces located downtown of Geneva or in the neighborhoods, as well as in neighbouring France, here are some addresses:


1. Centre Commercial de Balexert
2. M-Parc - La Praille
3. Chavannes Centre
4. Signy Centre
5. Centre Commercial de Meyrin
6. Planète Charmilles
7. Blandonnet Centre
8. Pfister Meubles
9. Les Cygnes
10. Confédération Centre
11. Eaux-Vives 2000
12. La Combe - Nyon
13. Centre Commercial de Carouge
14. Plainpalais Centre
15. Lancy Centre
16. Porte de Rive
21. La Praille


Neighbouring France

17. Val Thoiry
18. Géant - Annemasse
19. Shopping Etrembières
20. Vertes Campagnes Gex

Supermarkets: Grocery stores

The main grocery stores in Switzerland are Coop, Migros and Aligro.

  • Migros sells neither cigarettes nor alcohol.
  • Coop is another large chain of supermarkets, that one finds in all the districts.
  • Aligro (one in Geneva)


Swiss online supermarket: to make your purchases without moving from home 


In case of sanitary problems, you can contact the food controls Service:

Outdoor Markets

10 outdoor markets:  where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables and other goods from local farmers and craftspeople

(source: www.ville-geneve.ch)










The well-known "Marché aux puces" of the Plaine de Plainpalais and its history



Extract of the text of Armand Brulhart

Des brocanteurs d'antan aux "Puces de Genève"



Bargaining In Switzerland

Bargaining does not correspond to the local traditions or practices. But it is possible, for example at the flea market, to discuss with the merchants a drop in prices when the goods are not new.