As Greek expats in Switzerland, we often need to find some Greek specialties in order to cook our favourite recipes or just because we miss a taste of Greece every now and then.
For the last 9 years that we have been living in Lausanne, we have discovered various places offering Greek extra virgin olive oil, honey, cheese, herbs, paksimadia from Crete (barley rusks), pies, wines etc. This list is continuously evolving. In this blog post, I share some of the addresses we use a lot and a few others that have been recommended by other Greek expats via social media.
Here is how I have categorized them:
- By region (Vaud, Geneva, Fribourg, Monthey, Zurich, Zofingen, Basel )
- Online shops
Wellbeing & various products
This is not an exhaustive list and I am sure more places can be added; if I’ve missed your favourite addresses in Switzerland that offer Greek specialties, send me an email so that I can include it.
VAUD – LAUSANNE
The Coffee Project: Vangelis Katselis has brought and serves specialty coffee from Greece and here you can also find a few Greek specialties such as freddo cappuccino and espresso and Greek coffee. You can read more about The Coffee Project in this article.
The Greek Project: Greek traditional dishes such as moussakas and gyros to be enjoyed on the premises of The Coffee Project or for take-away. You can also order via Smood and UberEats.
ZEA épicerie: located at a lovely neighbourhood of Pully, at ZEA you will find many Greek products such as extra virgin olive oil, honey from Crete, paksimadi (rusks), trahana, fava, various items in bulk, a variety of wines. They also have Greek pitas to make your souvlaki day at home and delicious frozen pies “Oi pites tis Marianas” with various fillings (spinach, cheese, leek).
Epicerie Traiteur Y Grec, Lutry
Greek traditional dishes (moussaka, aubergines farcies, keftés, feuilletés épinards feta) and various mezze to be enjoyed on the spot or for take-away. The deli offers a variety of products such as honey, marmalades, dried figs, olive oil, artisanal pasta.
Pitta, food stand and catering services
At the open market in Lausanne, you will find every Wednesday and Saturday the food stand which offers Greek pies (pita) and other traditional Greek dishes such as moussaka and giant beans. Yota and Anastasis also offer catering services.
Aux Spécialités de la Palud
At Place de la Palud, this tiny colourful shop offers various Greek food products such as phyllo for pies, tzatziki, taramosalata, moustokouloura and tsoureki (Greek Easter sweet bread).
O Mylos – Greek Street Market
Near Riponne, this new address opened at the end of 2022 and offers traditional Greek dishes and products.
Rue du Valentin 15
Supermarkets and mini-markets
Oftentimes, we find many Greek products (particularly feta cheese, graviera, manouri) in our local mini-market. Also, at the food section of Globus you can find various dairy products (feta cheese, yoghurt), extra virgin olive oil and also fyllo (dough) for making pies. At COOP supermarkets you can find feta cheese, and a few more products such as kritharaki and Greek coffee (in their ethnic section).
Domaine Katranztis, extra virgin olive oil – Grandvaux
Artisanal extra virgin olive oil from Lesvos and olive oil tasting seminars.
Delivery within Switzerland.
Marché du Goût – Montreux
This boutique shop in Montreux offers some Greek products alongside other ones from all over Europe.
La Feuille de vigne, Greek restaurant & delicatessen – La Chaux de Fonds
Haven’t been there yet but I like the fact that on the online menu, they state what kind of olive oil they use for cooking.
Greek extra virgin olive oil from small, Greek producers delivered to your home in stainless “amforas”. Once you run out, you simply order a refill. I love how they bring the Greek farmers and producers they work with on the spotlight and their approach of educating the audience on why and how to use extra virgin olive oil.
A selection of honey will also be added soon to their shop.
Melia Delices Grecques, Delicatessen
Large selection of Greek products. You can also shop online as they deliver within Switzerland.
KHORA, Greek restaurant
Emilios, Greek restaurant & catering
Mediterranean Taste, Catering
There is a Menu of the Week and also Family Lunchbox options with traditional dishes, pies and sweets.
Idées Crétoises, Greek restaurant & catering
Ziogas, Bakery & delicatessen
Their selection of Greek products is also available online.
Lemonia, Shop & Bar
At this shop, you can find Greek specialties, mezze plates, wines & coffee. They also organize brunch, pop-up events and they offer catering services. Every Thursday and Saturday they serve a Greek dish, which is also available for take-away.
Elia-Lemoni, food truck
This food truck serves Greek specialties (grill, traditional dishes and sweets) in the Sihlcity market since August 1, 2019. They also offer catering services.
On this shop in Zurich you will find a large selection of Greek products, and also from other countries (Italy, Turkey, Portugal, Switzerland and Balkan countries).
An online shop is also available
My Mythos, Restaurant
This restaurant serves Greek dishes since 2004. They also have a delivery service (through partners).
Oh My Greek, restaurant – food truck – catering
A father and son working together to bring Greek cuisine to Switzerland. What began as a food truck has now evolved into a restaurant. They also offer catering services.
V.P. Catering, bistro & catering services
This bistro where you can also find a selection of wines and olive oil was founded in 2004 by Ms Vaso Papathanasiou. Catering service is also provided and the bistro can be rented for private events.
Mykonos wine shop
The main focus of this shop is wines and other spirits. There is also a small selection of other food products (olives, vinegar, honey and saffron). Online shop also available. Check the opening times.
Kreta in Zurich
Greek traditional delicacies with a focus on specialties from Crete.
Exopolis, Shop & Catering
On Friday and Saturday, there is a Greek menu available on the shop such as homemade pies or moussakas. Coffee, wines & other spirits and also Greek products to take back home or as a gift can be found at Exopolis and there is an online shop as well with a selection of Greek products.
George the Greek – Delicatessen
Variety of Greek products available on-site and online as well.
The founder originates from the island of Kythira and sources many of the products from there.
Yam Yam Greek food, truck & restaurant, Liestal (near Basel)
A food truck offering Greek pita and other homemade specialties. In September 2020, they also opened a restaurant. here you can also find olive oil, olives, herbs, wines and more.
An online deli with many Greek products. They also organise tasting events.
This is an online deli with a big variety of products: dips, sauces, herbs and spices, extra virgin olive oil, honey, pasta, alcoholic drinks and a selection of wellness products (toothpaste, soap and essential oils).
Shipping: free shipping for orders above 120 CHF
This e-fine grocery sources Mediterranean products with a focus on “healthy, natural and organic”. They have a category called “Greek specialties” which includes various mastiha products (liqueur, loukoumi), a few products from Ergon delicatessen such as trahanas, fava and kritharaki (one of my favourites in Greece!) and olive oils. The selection is not big but it’s worth checking out.
Shipping: Delivery to all Switzerland in 48 hours by Swiss Post. Free delivery for orders over 100 CHF.
Online store with various Greek delicacies.
Online shop, wines & olive oil
B. Wellbeing, books & various products
Korres wellness products: found in Globus
Apivita wellness products: found in Manor
Coco-Mat mattresses can be found in Geneva and Gland
Children’s books can be found on this newly-launched online bookshop
If you know of any other places offering Greek specialties, food or otherwise, send me a message and let me know.
Which are your favourite places where you can find Greek or other international specialties in Lausanne/Switzerland? I would love to know!
Photo Credits: Featured image by loes jpg on Unsplash
Updated: 26 April 2021
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