What are the items that I should bring with me because they’re not available (or are too expensive) where I am going?
Basel should have just about everything you would want or need, although you may not recognize the brands and the prices may be a bit higher. Because of the diverse population, most items, including foods from around the world, are readily available in shops and supermarkets.
Will anyone have particular trouble finding clothes that fit?
Generally, this shouldn't be a problem as Basel and other surrounding areas have a number of large department stores and clothing boutiques that cater to all sizes and shapes. However, those with extremely long legs or who wear sizes XXL or higher will most likely have to shop in one of the specialty shops.
What grocery stores do expats in your city shop at?
Although it is more common for the locals to shop local markets rather than large supermarkets, the most popular supermarkets that expats shop in are Coop, Migros, Denner, Manor and Globus.
The local markets are well-stocked with fresh fruit and vegetables as well as an array of beautiful, fresh flowers. They also have stalls selling bio-products, cheese, bread, tea, spices and meat products.
Where can other household items (such as cleaning materials and home furnishings) be found?
Cleaning products may be purchased at any of the big supermarkets listed above. Other household items can be found at Möbel Pfister, IKEA and Conforama (just outside Basel in Pratteln).
What are factors that might affect my shopping habits in this country/city?
You may have to alter your shopping habits as stores close at 6:30 p.m. during the week and at 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays, with a late night on Thursday and Friday (8:00 p.m.). However, various smaller Coop shops and private supermarkets are open on Sunday and until 10 p.m. during the week.
Some people cross the border to France or Germany to shop, but beware that there are strict limits on what you can bring back before you have to start paying duties at the border to import it into Switzerland.
Recycling is very prevalent here and garbage bags are taxed, so you may find that your consumption on some things declines compared to your home country.
Basel is also very much a Christmas city. The beautiful Old Town sparkles during the festive season and shopping becomes a very special experience, with one large Christmas market open in the city during the whole month of December.
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