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  • 1. Confiserie Tschirren

    Altstadt

    The self-styled prince of Bernese chocolatiers, Tschirren has been making its divine assortment of artfully rough-hewn truffles since 1919.

    Kramg. 73, Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland
    031-3111717
  • 2. Crafts Fair (Berner Handwerkerärit)

    Altstadt

    About 100 arts-and-crafts stands fill the Münsterplatz on the first Saturday of the month between March and December. In December, the market also happens on the first Sunday and the third Saturday and Sunday.

    Münsterpl., Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland
  • 3. Meat and Cheese Market

    City Center

    Münstergasse, between Zytglogge and Münster, offers meats, dairy products, bread, fish, fruit, veggies, and more every Tuesday and Saturday.

    Münsterg., Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland
  • 4. Cachet

    City Center

    This unusual store stocks items such as iron Japanese teapots, colored grass baskets, camel-hair rugs, Turkish lamps, multicolored bottles, whimsical mobiles, and soulful carved-wood furniture from India, Indonesia, and Pakistan.

    Amthausg. 1, Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland
    031-3118466
  • 5. Chlätterbär

    City Center

    This shop sells fully stocked wooden kitchens, xylophones, beaded jewelry, drum kits, hand puppets, and wooden dollhouse furniture.

    Amthausg. 3, Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland
    031-3111196
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  • 6. Confiserie Beeler

    City Center

    The specialty at Confiserie Beeler is the Caramelina, where truffle meets caramel in seven flavors, including mocha-cardamom and cassis. There's also plenty of seating for those who like to linger over tea and cake.

    Spitalg. 36, Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland
    031-3112808
  • 7. Confiserie Eichenberger

    City Center

    Find an assortment of pralines and truffles, as well as hazelnut gingerbread emblazoned with the iconic bear, at Eichenberger. There are five stores in Bern, three of which have cafés.

    Bahnhofpl. 5, Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland
    031-3113325
  • 8. Depot

    City Center

    Clean, livable, often joyously colorful and affordable designs channel faraway locales at Depot, where the focus is on decorative items like candles and vases, plus necessities like towels, sheets, and dishes.

    Spitalg. 4, Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland
    031-3115667
  • 9. Globus

    City Center

    Good-quality, stylish, often vibrantly colorful home accessories and cooking gear fill the upper stories at Globus. On the lower levels, fashionable hats and scarves, cosmetics, and designer labels give way to foodstuffs—from specialty oils to cheese—in the upscale supermarket downstairs.

    Spitalg. 17–21, Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland
    058-5784040
  • 10. Holz Art

    Altstadt

    Colorful handmade wooden figures and candelabras, delicate shaved-wood trees, and lacy wooden cutouts adorn Holz Art.

    Münsterg. 36, Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland
    031-3126666
  • 11. Läderach

    Altstadt

    Giant slabs of chocolate studded with nuts and fruit are the main attraction here. The samplers sold in cellophane bags are fun for immediate sharing, or choose the sturdy wooden gift box for an indulgent souvenir.

    Spitalg. 2, Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland
    031-3184385
  • 12. Loeb

    City Center

    Founded in 1881 by four Bern brothers, Loeb features clothing for adults and children along with toys, craft supplies, and housewares. At ground level you'll find accessories, stationery, and cosmetics.

    Spitalg. 47–51, Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland
    031-3207111
  • 13. Orell Füssli

    City Center

    At this German-language chain store, globes, dictionaries, multilingual travel guides, English-language fiction and biographies, a play area for kids, and a sizable selection of books about Switzerland are highlights.

    Spitalg. 18–20, Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland
    0848-849848
  • 14. Produce Market

    The Bärenplatz is filled with fresh produce, herbs, and flowers every day except Sunday between May and October.

    Bärenpl., Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland
  • 15. Puppenklinik

    Altstadt

    The owner of the Puppenklinik has a passion for restoration. The result is a huge collection of vintage dolls, toys, teddy bears, and puppets from around the world. The store is closed weekends.

    Gerechtigkeitsg. 36, Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland
    031-3120771
  • 16. Stauffacher

    City Center

    It is easy to get lost in the sprawling multilingual Stauffacher (also owned by Orell Füssli), emporium of books, maps, and multimedia, but there are far worse fates. The substantial English Bookshop occupies the third floor of the west wing; regular readings (some in English) are held in the Café Littéraire.

    Neueng. 25–37, Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland
    031-3136363
  • 17. Swiss Design Market

    Altstadt

    This inviting concept store features a good range of products solely from young Swiss designers, including furniture, bed linens, jewelry, clothes, bags, housewares, and ceramics.  

    Zeughausg. 29, Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland
    079-5812397
  • 18. Trader's Market (Markt Waisenhausplatz)

    Altstadt

    This awning-covered warren is the place for handmade soaps, antique copper pots, silver jewelry, handmade hammocks, tie-dyed scarves, and toys, including helium-filled balloons. Open on Tuesday and Saturday year-round, the market also opens on Thursday between April and October.

    Waisenhauspl., Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland
  • 19. U-Tiger Kindermöbel

    Altstadt

    There are few hard edges at U-Tiger, where cloud sofas, green-dragon bean bags, quilted soccer fields, and fuzzy sheep hot-water bottles headline the creative selection of room furnishings and other accoutrements for children.

    Gerechtigkeitsg. 69, Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland
    031-3279091
  • 20. Weihnachtsmarkt

    Altstadt

    Throughout December, hot mulled wine adds spice to the arts and crafts, colorful decorations, and seasonal produce lining the stalls set up around Old Town during the Weihnachtsmarkt, open daily from late November till December 24th. 

    Münsterpl. and Waisenhauspl., Bern, Bern, 3011, Switzerland

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