Sunday, November 20, 2011

Geneva Ranks Last in European Shopping Survey

Manor, a large Swiss department store, is advertising their new “late night” shopping hours on a gigantic poster: the store is now open until 8 p.m. on weeknights. While this is a big deal for Switzerland, it’s still not enough to put a Swiss city on anyone’s list for a shopping tour. Especially considering the prices. (Yesterday my husband paid $10 for a bottle of barbecue sauce. Sigh.)

In a recent survey, “Globe Shopper City Index” by the Economist Intelligence Unit, of the 33 European cities studied for shopping, the one Swiss city in the survey—Geneva—came in last. I can’t say I’m surprised. Geneva is a city where you can’t even find a restaurant that’s open on a Saturday night, let alone a store.

Anyhow, top cities for shopping in this survey were: London, Barcelona, Madrid, and Paris. Some of the things considered in the survey were number of shops, opening hours, and affordability.

What are your favorite European cities for shopping?


Tanya D said...

Ha ha. My favorite are coincidentally: London, Barcelona, Madrid & Paris :)

Bill Harby said...

First rule of shopping at Manor, as I told my step-son a couple nights ago: don't look at the prices. We bought take-home dinner in Geneva for 3 people: tabouli, salad, roast chicken stuffed with mushrooms, Chilean wine: CHF56. All was delicious; Manor always gives top quality. How do they say it in English? "You pay what you get for."

Remove Before Flight said...

It's last on the list because you can always find the branded clothes cheaper elsewhere. People travel a lot or choose to order online. I believe the fact that shops are closed on Sundays is a big minus too. I like shopping in my hometown: Gothenburg :)

Chantal said...

You can pretty much find ANYTHING cheaper elsewhere. I mean come on, $13 for a small container of ice cream?

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