Ever wondered what it’d be like to do grocery shopping in another country?
Not that it’s crazy different in Switzerland. It’s grocery shopping. Different country (and prices!) but pretty much the same rules, same stuff.
But still, a few days ago for example, I went to Chur, Switzerland to do some light grocery shopping in a supermarket center called ‘Coop’ (rhymes with ‘pope’) and it was quite interesting and fun.
Most grocery stores over here have a parking garage underneath them.
Europe condenses a lot of its space so you’ll almost never see huge parking lots lying around here and there like you will see in America.
We have all the room we want there! But it’s not the same over here. Not in Switzerland anyway. Or Germany.
Next are the grocery carts. Now, I personally didn’t need a grocery cart to do my shopping because the items I needed were small enough to fit in a hand basket. However, should you need a cart, you’ll have to make a little deposit of CHF 2 coin. Each cart has a coin slot. And each cart also is ‘chained’ to the next cart, and this cart to that one and so on. So the only way to get a cart is to deposit a CHF 2 coin in the buggy and turn the key which will then free your cart. When you’re done shopping, simply return the cart so you can get your coin back.
Another difference is the way the stores are designed. Not all, but most grocery stores in both Germany and Switzerland are designed to make everyone go through the whole grocery store before they can make their way out again.
In the States, if you can’t find what you’re looking for (or just decide to not shop at that particular store) it’s easy to walk right out again. Not quite the same over here.
Even the day I hung out in Czech Republic, I had stopped in a grocery store and there were these doors I had to pass through after the entrance. The only way to get out was to pass through the cash registers…and of course you’d have to buy something.
Best chips eveeeeer! 😀
So after entering Coop and grabbing a basket, I made my way past the produce section which was right next to the bakery. The smell of fresh baked bread is such a wonderful smell. Fresh baked European bread at that!
I grabbed a loaf and threw it in the basket. Next, I made my way over the to chocolate aisle. One thing I love about Switzerland: there’s always a whole aisle full of chocolate. Chocolate of all sorts. Genuine high-quality Swiss chocolate that will melt in your mouth: Cailler, Ragusa, Toblerone, Lindt, etc.
I bought several different brands (that quickly added up) and continued my shopping. I mistakenly skipped breakfast that morning and everything looked good (especially being in a Swiss grocery store) and I could barely think straight. Lunch time would be soon… Hmm, what did I want? Guacamole!! Time to go back and get an avocado – lucky, too. They were on sale for CHF 1.25 each.
I only wish tortilla chips could be cheap. It’s kinda tough paying nearly CHF 4 for such a small bag that I could literally eat in one sitting. #lifeishard
Next I bought some Swiss cheese – which is actually fairly cheap over here, mostly likely due to the fact that the Swiss have an endless supply of it. (Why is chocolate so expensive, though?)
I found myself on the aisle of sweets. There were cookies, sweet rolls, breads, and all things in between. There is something called the Appenzeller, which tastes a lot like gingerbread to me, and there is marzipan filling in the middle. If you look closely, you can see a man on the cookie. (If that’s what it is.) Not very sweet, but it’s charming.
I bought a pre-prepared pack of ‘Rösti’ – basically, a package of shredded potatoes inside and ready to be fried. Too lazy to buy actual potatoes that day so why not do the American way?
The very same jam I help make and can here in Graubünden! 😀
I decided to also sample some special drinks that you can only buy here in Switzerland. My favorite is called Rivella, which is a carbonated drink and I’m not sure if they come in a non-carbonated form. There are usually different flavors to choose from.
(Carbonated drinks are the thing over here, including carbonated water!)
When I finished I took my items up the to cashier and came out with a total of CHF 30, which wasn’t too bad, even though I probably would only pay half that amount back home.
Wow, check out the goodies at the check-out! 😀 😀
I really do enjoy grocery shopping in Switzerland.
My favorite part is always going in the bakery section and browsing the chocolates and sweets. There are a ton. Literally. These people over here have no idea how wonderful it is. Or perhaps they do 😉
Time to wait for the bus and go home