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Zurich - Shopping


A value-added tax (VAT) of 7.6% is included in the price of most goods and services. A reduced rate is applicable on some goods and services (e.g., it is 3.6% for hotels, and 2.4% for newspapers, magazines, books and basics such as foods and non-alcoholic beverages).

There is a 15% service charge included in the price of all services. If the service has been good in restaurants or taxis, many Europeans round up the bills.

Shopping hours in Zurich vary. By law, shops must close no later than 8pm on weekdays and by 5pm on Saturdays. Hence, most shopping hours are from 9am to 630pm. The exceptions are the shops in the train stations that remain open daily.

For groceries and day-to-day necessities, Coop and Migros are the overall best national supermarket chains, with many outlets and competitive prices. In terms of selection, Coop offers more international brands. For the address list of Supermarkets in Zurich, click here. For online grocery shopping, LeShop is the largest Swiss online supermarket.

Apart from supermarkets, there are a number of fresh produce and flower markets located throughout Zurich. These markets offer a great range of local fresh produce, and it is a good opportunity for expatriates to understand more about Zurich's local food culture. The markets at Buerkliplatz and Helvetiaplatz operate from 6am to 11am on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the markets at Lindenplatz (in Altstetten) and Marktplatz (in Oerlikon) operate from 6am to 11am on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Some English is spoken but not always; nonetheless it is never too difficult to communicate for what you want.


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