“I just love the small shops in the upper part of Bern’s Old City with all their knickknacks and pretty things! ‘feines’, founded by a Bern native, is one of those shops – and I’ll always find a gift or something to treat myself to at Chat Noir, Yamatuti, Kitchener, Fizzen, and Maison Art.” - Tatjana Schär
Denise, the big-hearted owner of this vintage fashion store that opened in 2013, literally lays the world at her customers’ feet. The vaulted cellar at Kramgasse 21 is full of lovingly selected finds that she has brought back from her travels. These treasures from times long gone may be from America, the south of France or Rome, for example, and are all unique pieces that tell their very own story. “Mid-century” design classics and softly falling silk foulards harmonise with clothing in mint condition and colourful Murano glass art in antique display cabinets, and everything is surrounded by creative floral arrangements. Her exquisite jewellery collection is a special highlight, crafted personally by her from genuine freshwater pearls, among other things.
For globetrotters and world travellers
“Life is like a box of chocolates!” – proof can be found in the store “feines”. Bern natives Michèle and Steffi design playful stationery products that range from postcards, notepads, and planners to handmade rubber stamps and stickers. With their creations, they want to bring colour into our everyday lives and put smiles on our faces. Environmentally friendly production is important to them, and everything that is sold at feines was produced in Europe or even in Bern. We find it hard to leave the store without treating ourselves to one of their pretty products!
FEINES, MARKTGASS-PASSAGE 3
The hearts of origami fans will skip a beat when entering Daucher Papeterie: it sells the finest handmade paper from Japan, Nepal, and Italy, with delicate drawings and beautiful patterns. In Bern native Vera Daucher’s store, everything revolves around this precious material. But the stationery shop isn’t just for browsing – in her studio, Vera Daucher also teaches courses in box making, bookbinding (including the Japanese method), drawing and sketching.
DAUCHER, GERECHTIGKEITSGASSE 31
A platform for Swiss design and an inspiring place for creative minds to meet and exchange ideas: Mint stands for a creative collective with a shared exhibition space. With their shop, Heidi Schumacher and her daughter Anna support independent and local labels – brands such as lavie and Sode are part of the collective. From Naturaglace’s natural cosmetics to timeless jewellery from les solides to cozy scarves by Textiles Heidi Schumacher or Japanese-inspired clothing from Sode and studio osoi – everything sold at Mint is produced locally and with a wonderful eye for detail.
Mint, Postgasse 56A
Bazaar58 on Gerechtigkeitsgasse alley is mainly famous for its impressive array of buttons. Be it wood, mother of pearl, horn or vegetable ivory – they come in all shapes, colours, and materials. But that’s not all: you’ll also find clothes, bags and backpacks that are designed and sometimes even sewn in the in-house studio. There are also pretty home accessories, posters and postcards created by talented illustrators, and many other everyday treasures.
BAZAAR58, GERECHTIGKEITSGASSE 58
If you’re looking for a witty gift, creative decorative item, or small treat, you’re sure to find it at Chat Noir. For 40 years, the store has been selling all kinds of postcards, posters, decorations, and gifts. The many fun little things you’ll discover while browsing will never fail to put a smile on your face – for this reason alone, we can highly recommend a visit. And at the store’s little sister, Le Petit Chat Noir at 4 Theaterplatz, you’ll find everything a child’s heart desires, whether it’s colourful wooden toy boats, friendship books with cute animal pictures, or kindergarten bags with adventurous space motifs.
CHAT NOIR, MARKTGASSE 53
When you step into Maison Art, you’ll immediately feel the urge to redecorate your home. The French-inspired boutique is filled with accessories that you may not necessarily need but will definitely make you happy! It also sells delicate jewellery, beauty products, and selected dresses from various labels.
MAISON ART, HERRENGASSE 36
When entering Yamatuti, you won’t know where to look first: the countless colourful accessories, small and large gifts, household objects and children’s clothes will all try to catch your eye at the same time. Kitsch and trinkets are not hidden away, but rather put in the spotlight. Whether you’re looking for a farewell gift for a work colleague, a Secret Santa gift for a friend or a cool decorative item for your own home – you’ll find it at Yamatuti. We promise!
Yamatuti, Aarbergergasse 16/18
This Bernese arts and crafts store is a mecca for handicraft enthusiasts and DIY fans. Its huge assortment will make their heart skip a beat – there is nothing that you can’t find at Spiess Idea. From wool, fabric, wooden items, paint and glue to beads, make-up, and cake decorations: let your creativity soar. By the way: you can use the BERNcity gift card to shop here.
SPIESS IDEA, SPITALGASSE 26
When you descend into Amuse Brocante’s vaulted cellar, you’ll discover a smorgasbord of treasures and trouvailles from times gone by: gilded mirrors, antique dressers, designer shoes from the eighties, shimmering silver brooches and pearl necklaces – there’s a highlight, a story waiting in every corner of the shop. By the way: The more than 400 items of clothing from different eras can also be rented. Perfect for your next theme party or upcoming murder mystery dinner! However, you’ve only got until the end of 2021, which is when the Amuse Brocante will sadly close its doors for good after 22 years.
AMUSE BROCANTE, MÜNSTERGASSE 4
Klötzli Messerschmiede Bern
For almost 175 years, the Klötzli family has devoted itself to the art of making knives. The popular store at 84 Rathausgasse, run by Siblings Nina and Samuel Klötzli in the sixth generation, offers the largest selection of knives and scissors in all of Switzerland! They offer a grinding service and products range from Swiss Army knives, kitchen knives, folding knives, pocketknives, and outdoor and leisure knives to swords and pocket tools of all sorts.
Klötzli Messerschmiede, Rathausgasse 84
“Ächt Schwyzerisch” – everything that finds its way into this shop was made in Switzerland. If you haven’t had the opportunity to find the right souvenirs on your trip to Switzerland, this is it. The products are lovingly made, mostly in small businesses or ateliers, and delight visitors and locals alike. By the way: you can use the BERNcity gift card to shop here.
HEIMATWERK BERN, KRAMGASSE 61
This store in Bern’s Old City has the potential to transform the kitchen of any amateur cook into a perfectly equipped gourmet space. Beautiful porcelain and glass tableware is neatly arranged on the shelves, colanders hang from the ceiling, and kitchen appliances in all shapes and colours serve as eyecatchers and handy gadgets in one. Now if that doesn’t make you want to put on your apron and start cooking ... bon appétit!
KÜCHENLADEN, GERECHTIGKEITSGASSE 60
A tiny world of beautiful wooden figurines by different artists awaits at HolzArt: there are piano-playing Santas, grumpy nutcrackers, guardian angels with balloons, and Easter bunnies wearing suits and bow ties. Be it for your shadow box, Christmas tree or the bedside table – you’ll definitely want to take home some of these miniature works of art.
HOLZART, MÜNSTERGASSE 36
Flair Blumen- & Hofboutique
This flower boutique is sure to catch your eye when strolling through the alleys of Bern’s Old City: a select part of its beautiful arrangements and flower creations is presented out on the street. It’s worth stepping inside, too, because in addition to beautiful eyecatchers, the Flair Blumen- & Hofboutique sells jams and syrups that will make your mouth water. The treats come from the organic Kardenhof farm in the Bernese Seeland region.
Flair Blumen- & Hofboutique, Kramgasse 60
Iljos Cucina stands for great tableware and cool household items. In this store in the Old City, you’ll discover an incredibly diverse range of great products: beautiful Moroccan tea glasses are waiting to be brought home and filled with fresh, sweet mint tea, creative cookie cutters will make you want to get started on Christmas cookies no matter what time of year it is, and the delicate sugar roses are quite literally the icing on the cake. And that is just a small selection of what Iljos Cucina has to offer. By the way: you can use the BERNcity gift card to shop here.
ILJOS CUCINA, KRAMGASSE 51/ MÜNSTERGASSE 46
Colourful garlands, ceramic tea sets and creative garden gnomes – “einLaden” sells lovingly designed and produced accessories and everyday objects, made at the workplaces of the Werkstätten Bern by people who have performance limitations due to psychological issues. Our favourite products are the little wooden houses for wild bees that can be placed on the balcony or in the garden – they look beautiful and, as an added bonus, are a good deed for the local bee population.
EINLADEN, RATHAUSGASSE 70
You might have a hard time finding your way back out of the multi-storey Bernese furniture store “intraform”: the labyrinth of small galleries, staircases and mezzanines is a mecca for furniture fans, design enthusiasts and architecture aficionados – we could spend hours marvelling at the exhibited designer pieces. Mario Franz, who runs the store in the Old City in the second generation, provides competent and friendly assistance. By the way: you can use the BERNcity gift card to shop here.
Intraform, Rathausgasse 76
Kon-kret combines wood with concrete, creating puristic, one-of-a-kind pieces. The ash wood comes from Bern’s Elfenau neighbourhood and is paired with concrete to make unique, handcrafted objects that can be used as stools, bedside tables, or side tables. The designer pieces can be admired, tested and purchased in the store on Münstergasse alley.
Kon-kret, Münstergasse 52
The three O’s of “ooonyva” stand for the three creative minds behind the chic store: Bernese designers Debora Rentsch, Zara Nydegger and Nathalie Pellon showcase and sell their own labels as well as pieces from guest designers. You’ll find colourful, creative fabrics and patterns, clean-cut lines, and everyday companions that can be combined in countless ways. Don’t be surprised if you hear the rattling of a sewing machine from the back of the store – they also tailor at “ooonyva”.
OOONYVA, MÜNSTERGASSE 35
Feinfracht offers high-quality clothing and accessories for the modern man. The unique designer products all tell their own story and stand out thanks to quality craftsmanship. Whether it’s Swedish “Indigofera” jeans, brass key chains from the Japanese brand “Rinouma”, Red Wing shoes from Minnesota, or storm lamps, nail brushes and elegant stationery – you’ll find everything a man’s heart desires.
FEINFRACHT, KRAMGASSE 13
From a very young age, Arlette Schneider designed her own fashion collections – back then, they were made out of garbage bags. So, it’s only logical that she now runs her own fashion business. The Bern native has dedicated her work entirely to Slow Fashion. In her store in the Old City, you will find exquisite garments by Swiss and European designers – ecologically and sustainably produced, elegant and timeless pieces that can be worn every day.
RYTZ, BRUNNGASSE 54
The atmosphere at STOOR on Rathausgasse alley is young and urban. The clothes sold here are sustainably and ethically produced, so there’s no need to feel guilty if you can’t hold back while shopping. And that’s quite a realistic scenario, because this store in Bern’s Old City is a veritable treasure trove: beautiful, high-quality pieces from select labels celebrate our individuality. After all, who wants mass-produced, off-the-rack stuff?
STOOR, RATHAUSGASSE 53
♂ eniline - fashion | bar | suits
At eniline, man is in the best hands. Especially if the suit that you bought off the rack pinches or is too short or too long: coats, shirts, pants and suits are made to measure in order to give gentlemen the perfect look for a gala evening, wedding or business occasion. Selected men’s fashion is also available off the rack. If you get thirsty while trying on garments or taking measurements, you can sit down for a drink at the bar conveniently located in the front part of the store. eniline is a family business: the store is run by the Schlapbach brothers.
ENILINE, JUNKERNGASSE 58
The Holländerturm tower, which served as a defence tower in the 13th century, now houses a store that sells handmade shoes from selected manufacturers. The family-run business stands for beautiful and, most importantly, comfortable and ecological footwear. The soft leather shoes from the Portuguese brand Softinos or the Italian quality label Halmanera will let you stroll through Bern’s alleys completely blister-free. For kids, there’s little moccasins made of natural leather from the New Zealand manufacturer Bobux. Absolutely adorable! By the way: you can use the BERNcity gift card to shop here.
COMPANERO'S, WAISENHAUSPLATZ 15
Kitchener’s beginnings date back to the swinging sixties, when a basement store in the lower part of the Old City sold second-hand Afghan fur coats, Indian jewelry, and hippie posters. Today, Kitchener is a nationally known concept store that offers much more than “just” the iconic Kitchener gym bags: there’s plenty of fashion, accessories, decorative items, and stationery for sale in the stylish store. And since 2006, they’ve been selling high-quality designer products under the label “Kitchener Plus”.
KITCHENER, AARBERGERGASSE 40
Olmo, the iconic clothing store with brands ranging from A for Adidas to F for Freitag to V for Vans, has been a fixture in Bern since 1977. Even Bernese cult band ZüriWest pops in regularly, and the Olmo shoe store on Zeughausgasse alley has even served as the backdrop for an autograph session. Olmo streetwear is also available at Olmo Splendid in the von Werdt-Passage, at G-Star on Theaterplatz square, and at the Olmo Outlet in the Breitenrain neighbourhood. By the way: you can use the BERNcity gift card to shop here.
OLMO, ZEUGHAUSGASSE 20
♀♂ TOKU swiss labels
“TO I KU (TOKU)” is Japanese for “special”, and that describes the store perfectly. At TOKU, you’ll find high-quality women’s and men’s clothes, accessories, and shoes from select Swiss labels. A particular eyecatcher: Tokushuu’s iconic Zoccoli, which can even be seen – and heard – on international catwalks. The wooden sandals are produced in the company’s own manufactory in Münchenbuchsee near Bern. The leather comes from cattle from the region, the soles are made in northern Italy.
TOKU, GERECHTIGKEITSGASSE 53
Originally, Fizzen was intended to be a bicycle store for the Dutch “Fietsen” bikes. But the founders returned from their shopping trip to Amsterdam in the early 90s with loads of second-hand clothes instead of bicycles. Today, Fizzen sells vintage as well as new clothes and accessories for hipsters, retro fans, and everyone in between. All second-hand clothes are washed, mended and sometimes spruced up with a more modern cut in Köniz before they land on the shelves.
FIZZEN, RYFFLIGÄSSCHEN 13
If you see a horde of mostly young people camping out on Zeughausgasse alley with sleeping bags and mats, you haven’t walked into an urban scout camp – they’re waiting to snatch a pair of new, exclusive sneakers as soon as the store opens. Titolo is known throughout Switzerland as THE mecca for sneaker fans! You can find sneakers from all brands and in all colours and variations.
TITOLO, ZEUGHAUSGASSE 19
Coup de Chapeau
Stepping into Coup de Chapeau feels like stepping into a time capsule. The store in Bern’s Old City sells short and long gloves, elegant walking canes, fashionable umbrellas, and an incredible selection of ladies’ and men’s hats: bowler hats, Panama hats, flat caps, hats made from felt, straw, leather – there’s something to suit every taste and head. By the way, owner Michel Curchod runs his own little hat museum right above the store.
COUP DE CHAPEAU, GERECHTIGKEITSGASSE 56
Sattlerei Fiona Losinger
The smell of leather is in the air: Sattlerei Fiona Losinger is store and atelier in one. On Münstergasse alley, Fiona Losinger and her team manufacture leather goods that last a lifetime and are made from environmentally friendly materials. The chic, practical and straightforward pieces bear elegant names such as Camarade, Copine and Flaneur. We especially like the small toilet bags: they are the perfect gift for quality-conscious people. Speaking of quality: it’s also possible to have a bag made to measure.
SATTLEREI FIONA LOSINGER, MÜNSTERGASSE 48
Is there any use for old number plates from disused fire hydrants? No, you might think. Unless they are turned into belt buckles, which is exactly what first happened 12 years ago at Streetbelt.ch. Today, it’s not just number plates anymore, but also lucky numbers, symbols, company logos or even the emblem of Bern’s soccer team, the BSC Young Boys. Fans of the Bernese design pieces include Swiss musician Seven and ski racer Lara Gut (and ourselves).
STREETBELT.CH, RATHAUSGASSE 53
Zigerli + Iff
For 125 years, Goldsmith Zigerli + Iff has been selling brand-name watches and jewellery as well as its own creations. The Bernese business has been in the same family for four generations and located in the same charming vaulted cellar since 1911. Our recommendation for lovers and engaged couples: it’s the perfect special and elegant setting for picking out wedding rings. By the way: you can use the BERNcity gift card to shop here.
ZIGERLI + IFF, SPITALGASSE 14
The traditional Swiss family business only opens branches on the “most beautiful and well-known shopping and business streets in Switzerland” – which of course includes Bern’s Old City. The elegant boutique sells first-class luxury watches and exclusive jewellery, part of which are the company’s own diamond collections. A must for watch and jewellery aficionados with high standards.
Bucherer, Marktgasse 2
Yvonne Schediwy and Sara Lehmann’s Silberschmiede is a mother-daughter business, run with passion and love for the material and the craft. True to their motto “old becomes new”, the silversmiths are specialized in creating new pieces of jewellery from their customers’ old gold and other materials. Countless blows of the hammer on their ancient anvil shape unique, handcrafted creations inspired by nature. By the way: you can use the BERNcity gift card to shop here.
Silberschmiede, Kramgasse 3
The third generation of the Stadelmann family and its employees create beautiful, delicate goldsmith’s pieces. The Bernese jewellery collection with the “Mutz” is particularly well known: be it as a necklace or on a key ring, the silver bear is omnipresent. For avid equestrians, Bijoux Stadelmann also has a collection that revolves around horses. By the way: you can use the BERNcity gift card to shop here.
BIJOUX STADELMANN, MARKTGASSE 29
♀ Denise Boutellier
Denise Boutellier’s goldsmith’s studio on Münstergasse alley is a real feast for the eyes. She has been forging unique pieces of women’s jewellery here for 20 years, pairing white or red gold with colourful gemstones. Red or green tourmalines, turquoise aquamarines or iridescent moonstones – gemstones don’t only look beautiful, they are also said to have healing powers.
DENISE BOUTELLIER, MÜNSTERGASSE 52
At this toy store on Münstergasse alley, you’ll find wonderful gifts for children – from music boxes and colourful tin toys to wooden doll houses and retro-style kindergarten bags. You’ll notice right away: nostalgia and French charm are in the air! It comes as no surprise that purchases are rung up at an old cash register and receipts are written by hand. Fun fact: the name “Bilboquet” comes from a game of skill said to have been invented by the Canadian Inuit that later became a popular game in France.
BILBOQUET, MÜNSTERGASSE 37
The Drachenäscht brings joy to children and adults alike: the two-story store on Bern’s Rathausgasse alley is the ultimate place for card and board games, comics and – as the name (“dragon’s den”) suggests – dragons. The huge selection of games really leaves customers spoilt for choice. The passionate sales staff is happy to make suggestions and help you find what you’re looking for. By the way: We recommend the game events that Drachenäscht regularly organizes for game-crazy people of all ages.
Drachenäscht, Rathausgasse 52
Moms and dads, aunts and uncles, godmothers and godfathers, beware! The baby and children’s store U-TIGER might just send you into a buying frenzy. Practical things like baby and children’s beds, changing tables and mats, beautiful toys made of fabric and wood, paper lamps, as well as selected children’s books await. It was love at first sight with the beautiful stuffed animals and small baby tooth boxes, but we also love the tiny little leather moccasins.
U-TIGER, GERECHTIGKEITSGASSE 69
Le Petit Chat Noir
Colourful music boxes, lunch boxes with smiling clouds on them, plush hedgehogs, crocodiles, and sharks, the book that tells the funny story of the adventurous mouse ... If you like Bern’s iconic shop Chat Noir on 53 Marktgasse, you will love its little sister. At Le Petit Chat Noir at 4 Theaterplatz, proud (grand/god)parents can discover all kinds of gifts for their little ones – all high-quality and carefully selected.
Le Petit Chat Noir, Theaterplatz 4
Aerni is a perfect one-stop shop. Only a few steps lie between the hairdresser’s chair and the wellness area, or the fashion collection and the fresh mint tea at the bar. The high, arched windows, columns and stuccoed ceilings are remnants of what used to be a luxurious, Art Nouveau style lobby: over a century ago, this was the Simplon Hotel. A beautiful place to unwind and dream of times gone by.
AERNI, AARBERGERGASSE 60
If you smell the clean, fresh scent of soap while strolling through Bern, the soap manufactory “bblubb” must be nearby. Owner Simone Mosimann is a passionate “soap baker” full of ideas and always creating new shapes: bears, gentians, Einstein busts and even the traditional Unspunnenstein in soap form are lined up on the shelves and make wonderful, fragrant gifts. All soaps are handmade, from the first to the last step. Our favourite: the soap made from real organic honey!
bblubb, Bahnhofplatz 10a (C / O Tourist Information)
Art of Scent
The perfume studio “art of scent” is a fragrant and calming oasis in the middle of Bern’s Old City. Dozens of fragrances in elegant flasks are neatly lined up, inviting you to dive into the inspiring world of scents. Our recommendation: the Bern Collection, which consists of the perfumes “aarewasser” and “finn” inspired by the local river and the BearPark’s papa bear, respectively. If you’re up for it, you can even create your own personalized fragrance under the expert guidance of perfumer Brigitte Witschi. Opening hours by appointment, but the fragrances can also be purchased at the Rathausapotheke pharmacy!
ART OF SCENT, RATHAUSGASSE 49
Whether he opts for a five o’clock shadow, a moustache, a full beard, or a clean-shaven face: the modern man – and above all his facial hair – wants to be well groomed. Nassrasieren.ch is a pro at beard care, and its products are available at Büchi Optik in the Old City. On the shelves, you’ll find sandalwood beard balm, Hungarian beard wax made from fragrant beeswax, and foaming shaving soap in stylish wooden containers. Utensils such as safety razors, shaving brushes and beard sets are also sold here. Nassrasieren.ch also teaches courses on the perfect shave.
Nassrasieren.ch, Kramgasse 25 (Büchi Optik AG)
The Chäshütte in the Old City is a Bernese fixture: it was run by the Heugel family for four generations until the Bärfuss brothers took over in 2014. In addition to the large selection of cheeses (the “Belper Knolle” is a huge hit!), you’ll also find products from local farms, syrup from the Sirupier de Berne, Bernese liquors such as Ingwerer and Chili-Schnouz, and homemade antipasti which the Bärfuss brothers have been selling at the farmer’s market in Münstergasse alley for years. Rumour has it that their fondue blend, a family recipe that uses six different types of cheese, is the best in town.
ZUR CHÄSHÜTTE, RATHAUSGASSE 82
In the mood for some cheesy goodness? Head to Chäsbueb! If you’re standing in front of the Zytglogge (Clock Tower) and notice an irresistible smell, you’re close. In this speciality store, cheese lovers will find a large selection ranging from creamy soft cheese to aromatic hard cheese to distinctive blue cheese. By the way: stepping down into their ChäsChäuer is also worth it, be it for an extensive Saturday brunch or tasty appetizers in a unique setting! By the way: you can use the BERNcity gift card to shop here.
CHÄSBUEB, KRAMGASSE 83
Ginger and grape balsamic vinegar, apricot kernel oil, or maybe a flavoured grappa? You can find it all at vomFASS. Large glass barrels are filled with fine vinegars and oils as well as liqueurs and spirits, and tasting is expressly encouraged. Find your own favourite flavour combination and watch as it is filled into an elegant glass bottle on site. We particularly like the bear-shaped ones – typically Bernese. By the way: you can use the BERNcity gift card to shop here.
VOM FASS, GERECHTIGKEITGASSE 70
Did you know that Bern is the birthplace of chocolate? No wonder chocoholics love it here – and at Confiserie Tschirren especially: the handmade truffles, cakes, and chocolate bars will take you straight to chocolate heaven. And the two shops of the third-generation family business (in Kramgasse alley and the Christoffelunterführung underpass) look just like sets from the movie “Chocolat”. By the way: you can use the BERNcity gift card to shop here.
Confiserie Tschirren, Kramgasse 73
Ferrari Vins et Comestibles
Visiting the Italian speciality shop on Münstergasse alley is like a trip to the Adriatic: Customers are greeted with an authentic “buongiorno”, a radio plays “Azzurro” in the background, and the shelves are filled with Italian delicacies. Fresh pasta and pesto, Parmesan cheese and salami, cantuccini and tartufi, wine and grappa – Italy’s entire culinary spectrum is available. Ferrari Vins et Comestibles has been delighting the locals with edible Dolce Vita since 1921. All that’s left to say is “buon appetito”!
FERRARI VINS ET COMESTIBLES, MÜNSTERGASSE 49
Everything you need for a vegan lifestyle: this shop in a vaulted cellar on Kramgasse alley offers a wide range of foods that do not contain any animal products – there’s everything from hazelnut cream and coconut oil to smoked tofu and cheese substitutes to bulgur and chickpeas. Vegan pet food, shoes made from faux leather, and bamboo toothbrushes are also available. If you bring your own jar, you can also stock up on zero-waste rice, flour, or pasta. Our conclusion: it’s worth a visit – and great for part-time vegans and curious foodies, too.
Gaias Garden, Kramgasse 63
Loeb is a household name in Bern – and not only because of the creative window decorations and the fact that the “Loebegge”, the corner facing Bahnhofplatz (Station Square), is the city’s meeting place. The traditional business has been around since 1881. Its food department has regional specialities, an exotic selection of fruits and vegetables, and delicacies that are hard to come by in other stores. Looking for fragrant Thai basil for an authentic curry? Or maybe fresh, handmade pasta for a spaghetti dinner? If you like good food, you’ll love Loeb’s food department.
Loeb Lebensmittel, Schauplatzgasse 39
Zero-waste is the credo at Palette. Rice, flour, coffee or nuts – everything here is filled into reusable containers, glasses or cloth bags by the customers. It’s Palette’s contribution to a sustainable economy. In addition to food, the co-op in Bern’s Old City also sells eco-friendly cleaning products, containers, and beauty products, preferably local and organic.
Palette, Münstergasse 18
Nobile – artisti del cioccolato
Willi Schmutz and Martin Schwarz’ chocolate manufactory is located in the town of Bätterkinden, but they also have a Cioccolateria in Bern’s Rathausgasse alley. And a reputation that precedes them: in the 2018 Choco-Guide, Casa Nobile took first place in both the ranking of the best chocolatiers and the best chocolate in the world. And thanks to the collection “Bärner Momente”, the federal city now even has its very own signature truffles! The chocolate masters combine cocoa paste with local products such as potatoes from an organic farm in the Emmental or cheese from the renowned Jumi dairy, creating very special treats for blissful moments of joy.
Nobile artisti del cioccolato, Rathausgasse 45
Books and music
Serge und Peppers Records
Music sets the tone in Serge Berthoud’s store in Bern’s Old City. Almost every genre – from indie, pop, country and electro to hip-hop or heavy metal – can be found at Serge und Peppers Records. New records are added each week, all hand-picked by the owner. We are convinced: descending the stairs into the vaulted cellar is definitely worth it, even if you’re not a vinyl geek.
SERGE AND PEPPERS RECORDS, RATHAUSGASSE 55
Buchhandlung zum Zytglogge
This traditional and charming bookstore just a few steps away from Bern’s Zytglogge (Clock Tower) could easily have been used as a set for the iconic movie “Notting Hill”. It sells works of fiction as well as poetry, with a special focus on regional literature: there’s a shelf filled with Bernese gems such as the Mani Matter songbook or the comic “The Fall” by illustrator Jared Muralt. What we love: selected customers get to display their favourite books in the shop window for a week, and the display cases are curated by artists for one month at a time.
Buchhandlung zum Zytglogge
Bücher-Brockenhaus (second-hand books)
A mecca for bookworms! The shelves seem to bend under the weight of the books, works are lined up alongside each other from floor to ceiling – it feels like thousands of them are waiting for their next owners. The second-hand books are inexpensive and in good condition. Your old books don’t belong in the bin – they belong in the Bücher-Brockenhaus!
The Voodoo Rhythm & Pantichrist Hardware Store
The record label “Voodoo Rhythm Records” is internationally known in the underground music market and has bands from all over the world under contract. The label, which specialises in trashy rock ‘n’ roll, was founded by Beat “Reverend Beat-Man” Zeller in Bern in 1992. Fans can browse through merchandise and vinyl records in his vaulted cellar below the restaurant Harmonie.
The Voodoo Rhythm & Pantichrist Hardware Store, Münstergasse 76