Stationery and Crafts
Life is full of surprises! And feines celebrates life in an array of pastel shades, with originality and a lot of love. The stationery store features beautiful, vibrant products designed by Michèle and Steffi, both native to Bern. Their sleek postcards, notepads, planners and printed canvas bags are sure to set creative hearts aflutter. It’s impossible to leave the shop without treating yourself to a special little something!
FEINES, MARKTGASS-PASSAGE 3
Fans of origami find plenty of inspiration in Daucher Papeterie. The stationery shop features the finest handmade paper from Japan, Nepal and Italy, with the most exquisite patterns. In this specialty store, run by Bern’s own Vera Daucher, paper is seen as an exclusive gift – not as merely disposable packaging. Those interested in working with paper first-hand should consider registering for one of Daucher’s bookbinding or box-making courses. After hours of careful crafting, when you finally see your finished box before you, there’s no doubt you will have fallen in love with the amazing material.
DAUCHER, GERECHTIGKEITSGASSE 31
Clémentine represents the work of four creative superwomen, who bring together four different fields under a single roof. Maria Degiorgi (decorator), Regina Rüfenacht (interior designer), Karin Hänzi Berger (copywriter) and Karin Hänni (graphic artist) style the fine shop and showroom on Postgasse with a keen eye for detail. It’s a graphics studio and workshop in one, where visitors can also find beautifully designed notebooks, postcards and Moroccan treasures that add some zest to life.
CLÉMENTINE, POSTGASSE 56A
It’s a button-lover’s dream, and a button-hater’s worst nightmare! Bazaar58 maintains an unbelievable arsenal of over 10,000 buttons! Buttons made of wood, mother-of-pearl, horn and ivory – in every shape and color imaginable – are neatly sorted in dozens of drawers. Bazaar58 also carries the DEWA bag collection, made of leather and Indonesian ikat fabrics originally worn as sarongs. Beautiful watercolors by illustrator Farina Kuklinski are also available here.
BAZAAR58, GERECHTIGKEITSGASSE 58
Chat Noir is a wonderland for those looking for that extra-special gift or unique home furnishings. The shop is brimming with hundreds of postcards, posters, home decor and gift items. Products include strings of lights to make your bedroom cozier, cork globes to capture your next travel ideas, and witty games for this weekend’s party with your housemates. Our favorite item – the turquoise-colored illustrated poster of people swimming in the Aare – perfectly reflects the Bernese way of life in the summer.
CHAT NOIR, MARKTGASSE 38
A visit to Maison Art will have you itching to refurnish your home. The positive mantras painted on enamel signs, glass tiered serving trays, and sweet figurines for seasonal decoration all provide inspiration for happy living. They are things that no one really needs; they just make life a bit happier. The boutique has a touch of French flair and features treasures such as filigree jewelry with Swarovski crystals, beauty products and selected fashion from various brands. Our absolute must-have: With their colorful patterns, the raincoats and boots from Tom Joule are real eye-catchers on rainy days and at muddy festivals.
MAISON ART, HERRENGASSE 36
When you step into Yamatuti, it’s hard to know where to look first. The countless accessories, large and small gift ideas, furnishings and children’s clothing all vie for your attention. Novelties and kitsch are celebrated here, rather than being swept away into a closet. Whether you’re looking for a farewell gift for a workmate, something for a gift exchange, or an unconventional decorative item for your own home – you’re sure to find it at Yamatuti!
YAMATUTI, AARBERGERGASSE 16
Spiess Idea is a goldmine of inspiration for all hobby crafters out there! The craft store offers everything you could possibly need to fuel your creativity: paint, glue, feathers, buttons, wigs, decor and even toys. The huge range of products makes it easy to “do it yourself” – and to surprise grandma with a homemade gift for her next birthday. Good to know: You can also shop here with the BERNcity Gift Card.
SPIESS IDEA, SPITALGASSE 26
The antique store located in a vaulted cellar on Münstergasse offers a smorgasbord of odds and ends from times past. Each unique item has its own special story to tell. Dress forms with long evening gowns are positioned in front of gold-plated mirrors; designer shoes from the 1980s are lined in front of antique dressers; silver brooches glisten next to pearl necklaces. The shop owner, Alexandra Kohler, also rents out over 400 dresses from different eras, including accessories from the corresponding period. Dressed from head to toe in an authentic costume from Amuse Brocante, you’ll be all set for your next themed party or murder mystery dinner with friends.
AMUSE BROCANTE, MÜNSTERGASSE 4
Old Town stationery and crafts shops walking map:
At Heimatwerk, Swiss craftsmanship is king. If you’re looking for a high-quality gift for your godchild, your mother’s birthday, or as a thank-you for your neighbor, you’re sure to find the right thing here. Some of our favorite items include the little bags and cases made of recycled army blankets by Karlen Swiss from the Upper Valais, or the elegant, timeless ceramic vases from Linck Keramik, a company started by Bernese artist Margrit Linck. These vases have been manufactured in Worblaufen, near Bern, since the 1930s and still serve as a stylish eye-catcher in any home. Good to know: You can also shop here with the BERNcity Gift Card.
HEIMATWERK BERN, KRAMGASSE 61
Have you ever heard of mushroom brushes? If not, then it’s time for a visit to Cornelia Minder-Stingelin’s KüchenLaden. The shop is sure to transform any home cook into a passionate chef with a fully equipped kitchen. Beautiful porcelain and glass dishes line the shelves, colanders hang decoratively from the ceiling, and helpful appliances in every shape and color offer an attractive addition to any kitchen. Shoppers will be itching to tie on their apron, grab their ladle and put their next cake in the oven. Bon appétit!
KÜCHENLADEN, GERECHTIGKEITSGASSE 60
At HolzArt, the great big world is suddenly transformed into miniature size. Beautiful wooden figurines and ornaments made by various artists will cause you to stop in delight and wonder, whether whimsical Santas shoveling snow or playing the double bass, nutcrackers with their sullen expressions, guardian angels carrying balloons and lanterns, or Easter bunnies wearing a suit and bowtie. With all of this inspiration around you, it’s easy to picture your next Christmas tree and start dreaming of the next Yuletide.
HOLZART, MÜNSTERGASSE 36
Flair Blumen- & Hofboutique
Step into the flower boutique on Kramgasse, where you’ll encounter artfully composed bouquets and arrangements displayed in soup bowls, on porcelain platters or in antique furniture – little works of art with charm and history. The shop’s flowers, herbs, blossoms and berries are sourced from Kardenhof – an organically run farm in the Bernese Seeland that promotes biodiversity and environmental sustainability. But the flower boutique not only offers beautiful things to look at, it also has some treats for the palate. Mouth-watering jams, syrups and other preserved delicacies from Kardenhof are sure to bring back memories of past summer vacations.
FLAIR BLUMEN- & HOFBOUTIQUE, KRAMGASSE 60
Iljos Cucina celebrates the culture of fine dining. The shop delights customers with a diverse range of products. Beautiful Moroccan tea glasses put shoppers in the mood for a fresh mint tea. Unconventional cookie cutters – including a skull and crossbones, the Statue of Liberty and a chili pepper – will add some excitement to your next cookie platter. And delicate sugar roses lend the finishing touch to a special cake, like for your grandmother’s birthday. If your office coworker isn’t a morning person, the shop also has the perfect gift for him or her; funny mugs with different facial expressions are sure to turn even the worst mood around. Good to know: You can also shop here with the BERNcity Gift Card.
ILJOS CUCINA, KRAMGASSE 51/ MÜNSTERGASSE 46
Colorful garlands with hearts made of fabric, a polka-dot tea set or little garden gnomes for your flower bed – einLaden has a number of lovingly made accessories to add a touch of comfort to your home. The products are made in the sheltered workplaces of Werkstätten Bern by people with mental disabilities. One of our favorite products are the pretty wooden houses for wild bees on the balcony or in the garden; they are not only attractive but also help the local bee population.
EINLADEN, RATHAUSGASSE 70
Scandinavia and design have always been a good match. Perhaps it’s the long winter months that make the Scandinavians appreciate stylish and cozy living. Viking Moderna is a special find for those who love Nordic interior design. The small furniture store on Brunngasse specializes in vintage Scandinavian furniture from the mid-twentieth century. In addition to sofas, armchairs, tables and dressers, the store also features glass vases, lamps and candlesticks. And there’s nothing to stop you from testing the furniture, since Viking Moderna also serves as a small coffee bar. Come and drink coffee in style!
VIKING MODERNA, BRUNNGASSE 44
A wonderland for furniture lovers, design enthusiasts and fans of architecture. Those who step into intraform – a multi-story furniture store on the corner of Brunngasse and Rathausgasse in Bern – will be in no hurry to leave. This is partly due to the wonderfully winding labyrinth of small galleries, stair-cases, rooms and raised floors, where it’s easy to lose your way. But also because it’s a place where you could spend hours admiring the high-quality designer furniture and selecting that perfect piece for your home. The store offers a combination of world-famous brands and small, classy manufacturers. We immediately fell in love with the bookshelf pictured here. Shoppers receive knowledgeable and friendly advice about the various pieces – including from Mario Franz, whose family has been running the furniture store for two generations. Good to know: You can also shop here with the BERNcity Gift Card.
INTRAFORM, RATHAUSGASSE 76
The three “O”s in ooonyva represent the three creative minds behind the brand. Bernese designers Debora Rentsch, Zara Nydegger and Nathalie Pellon present their own labels in the classy boutique on Münstergasse, while occasionally serving as a platform for other labels. Besides colorful and unusual fabrics and patterns, the shop’s style relies heavily on clean lines and casual separates that can be combined in countless ways. And don’t be surprised if you hear a sewing machine rattling away in the back of the shop: in addition to its focus on fashion consultation and sales, the shop also makes clothes on the premises, which is especially useful for having individual alterations made right on-site.
OOONYVA, MÜNSTERGASSE 35
Feinfracht specializes in upmarket men’s clothing and accessories. The designer products all have a personal story to tell. They represent quality craftsmanship and individuality. Jeans from the Swedish brand Indigofera can be found alongside brass keychains from the Japanese brand Rinouma, Red Wing shoes from Minnesota, lanterns, nailbrushes and elegant stationery products. Everything that the contemporary man of style might need.
FEINFRACHT, KRAMGASSE 13
♀ rytz | Textile Kompositionen
When she was just a child, Arlette Schneider produced her own fashion collection using garbage bags and often visited her grandfather’s carpentry workshop on Brunngasse. She never dreamed that she would one day run her own fashion shop in the building just next door. The Bern native is dedicated to the concept of “slow fashion.” Her shop, rytz | Textile Kompositionen, features selected pieces from Swiss and European clothing designers – made with sustainable, environmentally compatible manufacturing processes, and with an elegant, timeless, yet casual look.
RYTZ, BRUNNGASSE 54
STOOR, one of the newer shops on Rathausgasse, radiates urbanity and youthfulness. The clothing sold here is produced using sustainable and ethical manufacturing practices. So at least your conscience will be clear if you can’t resist buying everything in sight. And no wonder it’s irresistible; the shop is a veritable treasure trove! Gorgeous, high-quality pieces from selected labels champion more individuality in place of off-the-rack fashion. In addition to dresses, you’ll also find jeans, footwear, underwear and accessories. Tip: The vegan nail polish from Australian label Sienna Byron Bay is a particular eye-catcher.
STOOR, RATHAUSGASSE 53
Eniline is the right place for you if off-the-rack suits just never seem to fit properly. Here, men’s coats, shirts, slacks and even shoes are made to measure, ensuring the perfect look when appearing at a gala, wedding or business presentation. Eniline is actually a family-owned business; the clothing shop is run by the Schlapbach brothers from Wabern (near Bern) along with their team. Besides tailored suits, they also offer a hand-picked collection of European brand-name fashion. And if all the measuring makes you thirsty, you’re just a few steps from the bar in the front of the store – complete with a jukebox. We like!
ENILINE, JUNKERNGASSE 58
♀ kleinbasel by Tanja Klein
Visitors from Basel feel right at home on Kramgasse, considered to be one of the world’s most beau-tiful streets. Designer Tanja Klein, a native of Basel, has had her own shops in Basel and Zurich for several years now – and also opened one in Bern at the end of 2016. Her clothes, bags and accesso-ries are authentic Swiss designs. They are largely manufactured in Switzerland but also in nearby countries, and with an emphasis on fair working conditions. A sleek, timeless style is the common thread in her collections. And by the way, kleinbasel also offers a small, refined collection of mer-chandise for men.
kleinbasel by Tanja Klein
Inside the historic Holländerturm, which served as a defensive tower to protect the city of Bern in the thirteenth century, the family-run shoe business Companero’s now sells handmade shoes from specially selected manufacturers. The focus is not only on attractive footwear, but especially on comfort and environmental compatibility. People can stroll through the streets of Bern without getting blisters on their feet, clad in Birkenstock sandals or in soft leather loafers from the Portuguese brand Softinos or the Italian quality label Halmanera. The store even has something for the smallest of feet – including sweet little moccasins made of natural leather by the Bobux label from New Zealand. Good to know: You can also shop here with the BERNcity Gift Card.
COMPANERO'S, WAISENHAUSPLATZ 15
Kitchener’s beginnings can be traced back to Bern’s colorful 1960s, with a basement store in the lower Old Town that sold second-hand Afghan fur coats, Indian jewelry and hippie posters. Today, Kitchener is known throughout Switzerland as a concept store featuring not only the legendary Kitchener bags, but a wide array of fashion and accessories, decor and stationery items. Kitchener follows a simple mantra: “Anything goes!” In keeping with this motto, Kitchener is always blazing its own trail when it comes to fashion, independent of current trends. And since 2006, the store has also offered Kitchener Plus – a range of designer labels and premium products for its more discerning clientele.
KITCHENER, AARBERGERGASSE 40
Since 1977, Olmo has been a well-known iconic clothing store in Bern, with brands ranging from Adidas to Freitag to Vans. Züri West also frequents the store and in 2017, the band even held an autograph session in the neighboring Olmo shoe store to promote the release of its new album Love. Olmo streetwear is not only available in the store on Zeughausgasse. It can also be found at Olmo Splendid in the city’s Von Werdt-Passage, at G-Star on Theaterplatz and at the Olmo Outlet in Breitenrain. Good to know: You can also shop here with the BERNcity Gift Card.
OLMO, ZEUGHAUSGASSE 20
♀♂ TOKU swiss labels
What began as work shoes and then served as fashionable eye-catchers in the flowery seventies have experienced a comeback on international catwalks and on the cobblestone streets of our Old Town in recent years. Toku swiss label's iconic clogs are designed by Zimi Kesselring, Mariann Lammerskitten and Rebecca Studer and are produced in their own factory in Münchenbuchsee, near Bern. The leather used for these wooden sandals comes from regional cattle, while the soles are manufactured in northern Italy. Not only do the clogs look great, they are also comfortable to wear. After all, wood and leather are breathable, “living” natural materials that perfectly adapt to the shape of your foot over time. We look forward to the clatter of Toku swiss label shoes on the city streets throughout the summer!
TOKU, GERECHTIGKEITSGASSE 53
Fizzen was originally intended to be a shop specializing in Dutch bicycles. In the early nineties, the owners went to Amsterdam intending to procure bicycles for the shop – but returned instead with a pile of second-hand clothing. Today, Fizzen not only features vintage fashion, but also new clothes and accessories for hipsters, fans of retro fashion and everyone in between. All of the used clothing is first washed, mended and sometimes even modernized by Fizzen before appearing on the rack.
FIZZEN, RYFFLIGÄSSCHEN 13
If you see a crowd of primarily young people camping out on Zeughausgasse with their sleeping bags and mats, it’s probably not an urban scouting troop, but more likely a line of eager customers waiting to buy the newest pair of exclusive sneakers when Titolo opens the next day. Titolo is known across Switzerland as a utopia for sneaker fans. The store focuses on sneakers of every style, color and brand. In the early twentieth century, sneakers were used only for sports; but when American idol James Dean was spotted wearing them in the 1950s, the shoes began their steady ascent to becoming the recreational shoe of the masses.
TITOLO, ZEUGHAUSGASSE 19
Coup de Chapeau
Coup de Chapeau transports visitors back in time. The store features men’s and women’s hats, short and long gloves, elegant walking sticks, sturdy umbrellas and other fashionable accessories for a stroll through the arcades. There is no end to the options of what to wear on one’s head – whether made of felt, straw, or leather, whether a billycock, Panama hat or visor. The shop owner, Michel Curchod, also runs his own small hat museum directly above the store.
COUP DE CHAPEAU, GERECHTIGKEITSGASSE 56
The scent of leather is in the air. Fiona Losinger’s leather studio is a shop and crafting studio in one. Everything is made right there in the studio on Münstergasse. The production process uses environmentally compatible materials, and customers can have leather bags made to order. These leather goods are suitable for daily use and feature names such as Camarade, Copine and Flaneur. The premium-quality practical items also make especially nice gifts for loved ones.
SATTLEREI FIONA LOSINGER, MÜNSTERGASSE 48
What do you do with the old number plates from fire hydrants that are no longer in service? Nothing, you might think. Unless you convert them into a belt buckle – which was the idea that gave birth to STREETBELT.CH. Today, the shop’s belts don’t just feature old number plates but can also bear company logos, a symbol of your choice or your own lucky number. The Swiss musician Seven and ski racer Lara Gut are well-known fans of this Swiss design concept from Bern. In short, these above-the-belt eye-catchers are truly unique.
STREETBELT.CH, RATHAUSGASSE 53
Zigerli + Iff
For over 125 years, Zigerli + Iff has been selling world-famous brand-name watches and jewelry as well as individual creations from the store’s own goldsmith’s workshop. The Bernese family-run business is in its fourth generation of management and has operated at the same location since 1911. Our tip for couples: The store’s vaulted cellar provides a special setting for picking out wedding rings. Good to know: You can also shop here with the BERNcity Gift Card.
ZIGERLI + IFF, SPITALGASSE 14
Hb Eyewear Switzerland
At Hb Eyewear Switzerland, it’s all about wood. The Bernese industrial designer Marco Zimmermann is fully dedicated to working with this natural resource. The result is a unique collection of eyeglasses with wooden frames, a blend of modernity and constancy. Here, it’s not a mass-produced item that provides perspective; it’s an individualized designer piece, developed entirely in Bern. Wearers will be surprised at how light the glasses feel on their nose. Hb Eyewear Switzerland is only available in select stores – including Optik Bötschi on Gerechtigkeitsgasse.
HB EYEWEAR SWITZERLAND, GERECHTIGKEITSGASSE 65
The Adamek goldsmith workshop has been known throughout Bern since 1937. In the world’s most beautiful street, the store window displays sparkling diamonds, fine gems and elegant rings. The jewelry collections are designed and crafted in the store’s own workshop or by fellow goldsmiths closely connected to the business. Our favorite pieces are the decorative gold pendants featuring the Bernese bears or the Zytglogge (Clock Tower). They are especially nice for those who are homesick for Bern, letting them keep a piece of Bern with them at all times. Good to know: You can also shop here with the BERNcity Gift Card.
ADAMEK, KRAMGASSE 56
The Stadelmann family and its staff have been producing exquisite, delicate goldwork for three generations now. The shop is especially known for its Bernese jewelry collection featuring the beloved bear; whether on a bottle stopper or a keychain, the silver bear is an iconic fixture. Bijoux Stadelmann also has its own themed jewelry collection for equestrians and horse enthusiasts. The perfect Christmas gift! Good to know: You can also shop here with the BERNcity Gift Card.
BIJOUX STADELMANN, MARKTGASSE 29
Denise Boutellier’s tiny goldsmith’s studio on Münstergasse is a true feast for the eyes. For 20 years, she has been creating custom women’s jewelry from white or rose gold combined with colorful gemstones. Red or green tourmaline, turquoise-hued aquamarine, or earth-toned moonstones – gemstones are not only beautiful but are also said to have healing properties.
DENISE BOUTELLIER, MÜNSTERGASSE 52
Silversmiths Yvonne Schediwy and Sara Lehmann run a mother-daughter business with passion and a love for the materials and for their craft. In the shop window, you will discover their beautiful handmade jewelry made from silver and gold. The women are specialised in turning old gold and materials that clients bring into the shop into new pieces. On the ancient anvil, the precious materials are forged into handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gems inspired by nature. By the way: you can use the BERNcity gift card when shopping at Silberschmiede.
Silberschmiede, Kramgasse 3
Drachenäscht (which means “dragon’s nest”) is sure to bring a sparkle to children’s eyes. The two-level store on Bern’s Rathausgasse is the place to go for a wide range of card games, board games, comics and even dragons. Game enthusiasts will have a hard time choosing from among the huge selection; but with the help of the motivated sales staff, everyone is sure to find the right pick for hours of fun. Those who would rather not stay home alone playing solitaire should consider joining one of the group game events regularly hosted by Drachenäscht. And by the way, Drachenäscht isn’t just for kids. It’s a treasure trove for people of any age who love playing games!
Drachenäscht, Rathausgasse 52
One step into the Bilboquet toy store on Münstergasse sends you on a journey back in time. Not only will you find Barbie and Ken, but music boxes, colorful vintage-style tin toys, wooden dollhouses and retro kindergarten book bags. The air has a hint of nostalgia and French charm, and it makes you wish you were a child again. Purchases are rung up on an old cash register, fitting with the atmosphere, and receipts are written out by hand. Incidentally, did you know that the name “Bilboquet” can be traced back to a game of skill originally invented by the Canadian Inuits? It was said to be popular in France in the late sixteenth century.
BILBOQUET, MÜNSTERGASSE 37
Attention all moms, dads, aunts, uncles and godparents! At the baby and children’s store U-TIGER, there’s a high chance of finding an item or two you can’t resist buying. The shop features toys made of wood and fabric, nursery furniture and paper lamps, and a selection of children’s books. The tiny leather moccasins are also just precious! And you’re sure to fall in love with the fairytale stuffed animals and the adorable little baby tooth boxes from the Danish brand Maileg. The store’s iconic status is in the making!
U-TIGER, GERECHTIGKEITSGASSE 69
Old Town toy stores walking map:
Art of Scent
The elegant perfume studio Art of Scent is a sweet-smelling oasis of wellbeing in the heart of the Old Town of Bern. Dozens of fragrances in sleek bottles neatly line the walls, welcoming visitors to immerse themselves in the aromatic world of scent. We especially recommend the unique Bern Collection with its special creations “Aarewasser” and “Finn” – inspired by the city’s river and the BearPark’s papa bear. Or would you rather create your own perfume under the direction of perfumer Brigitte Witschi?
ART OF SCENT, RATHAUSGASSE 49
If you notice the fine scent of soap drifting through the arcades in Bern, the soap manufacturer bblubb can’t be far away. The owner, Simone Mosimann, is a passionate “soap baker” and is constantly creating new shapes. The shelves are lined with soaps shaped like regional symbols such as bears, ibex, gentian, Einstein heads and even the legendary Unspunnenstein – all packaged to give as gifts. The soaps are made entirely by hand. Our special recommendation is the honey soap, made with organic honey!
BBLUBB, BAHNHOFPLATZ 10A
Aerni offers the total package. The wellness area, hair salon, latest fashion collection, and fresh mint tea or espresso at the bar are all within a few steps of each other. More than a hundred years ago, this location was the site of Hotel Simplon; the high arched windows, columns, and stucco work on the ceiling are remnants of the former hotel’s luxurious Art Nouveau lobby. It’s the perfect place to relax – and to dream of past times.
AERNI, AARBERGERGASSE 60
Designer stubble, a five-day beard, a full beard, a moustache or clean-shaven? The modern man – in all his bearded glory – needs regular care to preserve his style. Nassrasieren.ch is here to help. Its products can be found in the Büchi Optik shop on Kramgasse. The shelves are lined with products such as sandalwood beard balm, Hungarian beard polish with fragrant beeswax, and foamy shaving soap in a stylish wooden shaving bowl. Shaving utensils such as safety razors, brushes and beard sets are also available. Nassrasieren.ch also offers shaving courses.
NASSRASIEREN.CH, KRAMGASSE 25 (BÜCHI OPTIK AG)
Old Town beauty shops walking map:
At Chäsbueb, it’s all about the cheese! Tourists visiting the Zytglogge (Clock Tower) are sure to catch the irresistible aroma of cheese from Chäsbueb, located just a few steps away from the popular Bernese monument. The specialty shop offers cheese lovers a huge selection of this Swiss export – from creamy soft cheeses to savory hard cheeses and strong blue cheeses. It’s also worth stopping off at the ChäsChäuer, whether for an extensive Saturday brunch or a delicious cheese platter with drinks! Good to know: You can also shop here with the BERNcity Gift Card.
CHÄSBUEB, KRAMGASSE 83
The Chäshütte is an Old Town institution. Established in 1894, it was run by four generations of the Heugel family before the Bärfuss brothers took it over in 2014, lovingly continuing the tradition and the special affection for cheese. Besides its large selection of cheeses (including the bestselling Belper Knolle), the traditional shop sells various products from local farms, syrup from Le Sirupier de Berne, Bernese liqueurs such as Ingwerer and Chili Schnouz, and homemade antipasti specialties, all of which the Bärfuss brothers have been selling at the Münstergasse market for years. We especially recommend the house fondue, made from the Heugel family’s original recipe – ostensibly the best fondue in town, featuring six different varieties of cheese! It also tastes great in the summer, which fits in well with the Chäshütte’s mantra “Hüt isch Fonduewätter” (It’s fondue weather today!).
ZUR CHÄSHÜTTE, RATHAUSGASSE 82
Ginger-grape balsamic vinegar, apricot kernel oil, or perhaps just a fine grappa? At VOM FASS, sampling is encouraged as a part of the shopping experience. Large glass casks filled with fine vinegars, oils, liqueurs and spirits are ready for customers to sample. Everyone is sure to find their own preferred flavor combination, which is then decanted on-site into an elegant glass bottle. Of course, the bear-shaped bottles particularly caught our attention – adding that typical Bernese element. They make the perfect gift for those who love spending time in the kitchen. Good to know: You can also shop here with the BERNcity Gift Card.
VOM FASS, GERECHTIGKEITGASSE 70
Did you know that Bern was the birthplace of chocolate? No wonder chocolate lovers are on cloud nine when they visit here. Confiserie Tschirren is a magnet for chocoholics. For three generations, the shop has been selling handmade pralines, truffles, chocolates and cakes that are pure bliss. The beautiful shop looks like a scene straight from the movie "Chocolat". Good to know: You can also shop here with the BERNcity Gift Card.
CONFISERIE TSCHIRREN, KRAMGASSE 73 UND RATHAUSGASSE 49
Ferrari Vins et Comestibles
A visit to the Italian specialty shop is like taking a day trip to the Adriatic! You’re greeted in Italian, an Italian radio station can be heard in the background, and the shelves are filled with Italian delicacies. Fresh pasta and pesto, parmesan and salami, cantuccini and tartufi, wine and grappa – Italy’s range of culinary delights, all in one place. Since 1921, the specialty shop has been treating the people of Bern to a taste of the dolce vita. Now all that’s left to say is “buon appetito!”
FERRARI VINS ET COMESTIBLES, MÜNSTERGASSE 49
All you need is a reusable container, and you can get started. Palette uses a packaging-free store concept. All of the products are sold without packaging. Rice, flour, coffee, nuts, oil – everything is bagged or bottled in the customer’s own containers and carried home. Palette wants to take a stand against packaging waste and also attempts to keep its product range as local as possible. Aside from groceries, the store also carries organic cleaning products, storage containers and other everyday items.
PALETTE, MÜNSTERGASSE 18
This basement store on Kramgasse isn’t actually an apple store; it’s a store with a huge selection of groceries containing no animal products. Items range from hazelnut butter to coconut oil, smoked tofu, cheese substitutes, bulgur, chickpeas and much more. You’ll also find vegan pet food for your dog or cat, shoes made of artificial leather, and bamboo toothbrushes. Or bring along your own jar and purchase rice or pasta from the bulk bins, with no packaging in sight. After all, it doesn’t hurt to eat fewer animal products once in a while – and it gives you a chance to discover new foods in the process.
EVA’S APPLES, KRAMGASSE 63
Every child in Bern is acquainted with the Loeb department store – and not just because of the popular Bernese meeting place on the street corner outside or the bunnies in the store window before Easter. The long-standing business has been in operation since 1881 and, over the decades, has evolved from a simple clothing store to a large company with multiple stores. Loeb Lebensmittel is the store’s grocery department, which features regional specialties as well as exotic fruits and vegetables and other delicacies that you’d never find in a regular supermarket. Specialties include Thai basil for fragrant curries and fresh, handmade pasta for your next dinner party. Looking for a tasteful hostess gift from Bern for an upcoming dinner invitation? Consider some gourmet preserves from Ruth’s Delikatessen.
LOEB LEBENSMITTEL, SCHAUPLATZGASSE 39
Books & Music
Buchhandlung zum Zytglogge
This bookstore is just a few steps away from Bern’s Zytglogge (Clock Tower) and also shares the monument’s name. Buchhandlung zum Zytglogge is a traditional, charming bookstore that could easi-ly pass for the setting of movie classics such as Notting Hill. The store features fiction and poetry, with a special focus on regional works. A shelf in the back left-hand corner of the store is full of local literary gems from Bern, including Mani Matter’s songbook and the comic series The Fall by Bernese illustrator Jared Muralt. As an especially nice, inspiring touch, the bookstore allows its customers to display their favorite books in the shop window for a week at a time. Art also has its place in the win-dow, which is designed and staged by different artists for a month at a time.
BUCHHANDLUNG ZUM ZYTGLOGGE, HOTELGASSE 1
A dreamland for bookworms! The shelves in this narrow shop bend under the weight of all the books, lined cover to cover from floor to ceiling. There must be thousands of books here, patiently waiting for their next owner. The second-hand books are in good condition and are available to purchase at great prices, in keeping with the store’s philosophy that “books don’t belong in the wastepaper basket!”
BÜCHER-BROCKENHAUS, RATHAUSGASSE 30
The Voodoo Rhythm & Pantichrist Hardware Store
The record label Voodoo Rhythm Records is internationally renowned on the underground music market and has bands from around the world signed to it. The label, specializing in trash rock, was founded in Bern in 1992 by Beat “Reverend Beat-Man” Zeller. The Voodoo Rhythm & Pantichrist Hardware Store is located under Restaurant Harmonie and sells records and merchandise from its own label as well as other vinyl recordings. “Reverend Beat-Man” runs the shop with Robert “Pantichrist” Butler, whose graphic prints and exclusive printed panties are also available here.
THE VOODOO RHYTHM & PANTICHRIST HARDWARE STORE, MÜNSTERGASSE 76
Serge and Peppers Records
Serge Berthoud’s dimly lit basement record store specializes in music – but only good music, handpicked by Serge himself. Musical novelties representing a broad spectrum of genres – indie, pop, country, electro, hip-hop, metal and more – line the shelves at Serge and Peppers Records and are restocked on a weekly basis. The shop focuses on CDs and vinyl records. Fans of these physical recordings will especially enjoy immersing themselves in the musical spheres that await them in this unique store.
SERGE AND PEPPERS RECORDS, RATHAUSGASSE 55
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