Best Chocolate In Lucerne: 9 Must-Visit Shops

best chocolate shops in Lucerne

Want to buy some Swiss chocolates while you’re in Lucerne? There’s hardly a better souvenir or gift to take home, and you’ll be spoiled for choice of chocolatiers. 

Switzerland is world-famous for its delicious chocolates, and a visit to any Swiss city is an opportunity to buy some unique and delicious locally-made chocolates. Lucerne is no exception, and these nine chocolate shops are the best in the entire city! 

Max Chocolatier

Max Chocolatier in Lucerne
Max Chocolatier in Lucerne

Set in the old town of Lucerne, Max Chocolatier is an excellent shop for handmade chocolates. Truffles, chocolate bars, plättli, and many other chocolates can be found at this shop, and they’re all delicious. 

What I like about this shop is that there’s no shortage of interesting flavors. Max Chocolatier has classics like caramel and nougat, but also some interesting flavor combinations like cranberry and chili, as well as pepper and sesame seeds. Whether you’re in the mood to experiment with chocolates or are just looking for the flavors you know you love, this place won’t disappoint. 

In terms of prices, Max Chocolatier is as expensive as you’d expect from an artisanal Swiss chocolatier. Chocolate bars go for 12-18 CHF depending on the ingredients, for 70-75 grams. Truffles and other items are more expensive, going for around 60 CHF for 250 grams. But it all depends on the ingredients; basic flavor combinations are usually the cheapest, while special editions have higher price points. 

Laderach

laderach lucerne
Läderach chocolate blocks
  • Location: Weggisgasse 1 (more shops available)
  • Opening Hours: 9 AM – 7 PM

Läderach is one of the famous Swiss chocolatiers that’s been around for a long time. The brand was founded in Glarus back in 1962, and since then it’s been a pioneer of the industry. Rudolf Läderach, the founder, patented the process for manufacturing hollow chocolate truffles, which revolutionized the industry at the time. 

With countless flavor combinations, Laderach is a great shop for people who like to experiment. And they’ve got truffles, pralines, fresh chocolate, and even snacks like caramel popcorn and others. I highly recommend their truffles; they’re some of the best I’ve had in my life and my favorite guilty pleasure. 

Laderach is pricey, but not as expensive as you might expect. You can get a small box with 3 pralines for 10 CHF, and about 200 grams of fresh chocolate for some 19 CHF. They’re actually one of the more affordable Swiss chocolatiers and a worthy splurge. A box of 36 pralines, which is around 400 grams, retails for 60 CHF, which is significantly cheaper than some other chocolate shops in Lucerne. 

Lindt

Lindt Dark Chocolate Blocks Lucerne
Lindt Dark Chocolate Blocks

Lindt is an iconic Swiss chocolatier with a tradition of more than a hundred years. The confectionery was established in 1845 and since then it’s become one of the staple Swiss chocolates exported all over the planet. 

Lindt is known for their refined taste, delicious chocolates, and excellent flavor combinations. Chocolate bars, pralines, chocolate balls, and virtually any form of chocolate are found at this shop, and the choice of flavors is endless. 

The Lindt shop is at Lidostrasse, in the same part of town where the Swiss Transport Museum is. It’s just 12 minutes by public transport or a 30-minute stroll from the heart of Luzern’s old town. 

As for the prices, Lindt is one of the best chocolate shops for travelers on a tighter budget. Their bars start at a little over 3 CHF for 100 grams, which is very cheap for Swiss chocolate. The company has a few different brands with different pricing, so Lindt Excellence chocolates are the most affordable, while Lindor products tend to be pricier. But it’s all worth the money because the Francs spent on chocolate will always be Francs well spent. 

Confiseur Bachmann

Confiseur Bachmann Chocolate Shop & Bakery
  • Location: Werkhofstrasse 20 (more shops available)
  • Opening Hours: 6:15 AM – 7 PM, Monday through Saturday

Confiseur Bachmann is a local confectionary that’s a mixture of a chocolate shop and a bakery. In addition to delicious chocolates in beautiful packaging, you can buy pastries and other sweets here. It’s one of Lucerne’s best bakeries, but also one of the priciest. 

You can even buy savory food at some of their shops, and in some locations, they even have a cafe. Everything I’ve tasted here was delicious, but I have a soft spot for their muffins. And whenever I’m in the mood to splurge on a muffin in Lucerne, Bachmann is my first stop. 

One thing to note is that Confiseur Bachmann is available at several locations in Lucerne. The shop at Werkhofstrasse 20 is their oldest store in the city and it’s the best stocked one. Other locations are not as well-stocked, so you might walk into a Bachmann in the old town and see just pastries and very few chocolates. The shop at the train station is also well-stocked. 

Bachmann is moderately expensive. The bakery has somewhat high prices for bread and pastries, but the chocolate department is cheaper than most other competitors. Chocolate bars are up to 6 CHF, although I will say that there’s not that much variety. Pralines and truffles are more expensive, with a price point of approximately 33 CHF for 220 grams of pralines. 

Confiserie Kurmann

Confiserie Kurmann is a locally-owned confectionary shop in Lucerne. It’s across the street from the Chapel Bridge, on the southern bank of the Reuss River. If you’re in the mood for some unique sweets, this is a great store. 

This is a classic confectionery shop that makes its own cakes, cupcakes, and other treats. My favorites are the fruit-shaped confectionaries that look surprisingly real. Apart from the cakes, the shop also sells homemade chocolates, pralines, truffles, and other snacks. 

They’re one of the more affordable shops, with 100 grams of fresh chocolate retailing for approximately 7 CHF. Kurmann isn’t quite as affordable as the chocolate shops with the capability for mass production, but it isn’t as expensive as those artisanal shops either. 

For classic flavors, delicious chocolates, and the best locally-made sweets, Confisserie Kurmann is one of the best destinations in Lucerne. 

Aesbach Chocolatier

Aesbach Chocolate Shop in Root
Aesbach Chocolate Shop in Root

Aesbach Chocolate is in Root, just 10 minutes by train from Lucerne. The shop is at the train station, so you don’t have to wander around anywhere to find it. The artisan shop is well worth the visit, especially if you want to learn about the ins and outs of chocolate making. 

For 15 CHF per (adult) person, you can tour their entire operation and watch films about chocolate-making. The tour takes approximately an hour and some change, and it includes a 5 CHF voucher for the cafe. You’ll also get to taste many chocolates, so you can figure out what you like before buying anything.

And for an extra 10 CHF, you can make your own chocolate bar to take home. It’s my favorite part of the entire experience because you get to feel like a chocolatier for a moment, and you learn what it takes to produce a chocolate bar. Then you get to experience the deliciousness of the chocolates you’ve made with your own two hands! 

Visit the shop and the cafe even if you’re not interested that much in the exhibit. Aesbach chocolates are absolutely delicious and well worth the short train ride from Lucerne. 

Bebié Konditorei Confiserie GmbH

chocolates from Bebié Konditorei
chocolates from Bebié Konditorei

Bebié Konditorei is situated in southern Lucerne, just outside the city center. It’s more of a bakery and a confectionary than a proper chocolate shop, and a great place if you’re in the mood for some sweet pastries. 

This shop also has homemade chocolates, but that’s not their main focus. Cakes and desserts are what they excel at, and they’ve got stocked shelves to prove it. But their chocolate delicacies are just as good and I remember enjoying their chocolate bunnies. 

I’m not entirely sure about the prices of their chocolates because I haven’t visited the shop in years and I reckon they’ve gotten more expensive over time. But I do know that the pastries are generally inexpensive, at least by Swiss standards. 

It’s also worth noting that Bebié Konditorei offers savory pastries in addition to the sweets. 

au Cachet

  • Location: Pfistergasse 15
  • Opening Hours: 8 AM – 12 PM. 1:45 – 6:30 PM; Monday through Saturday

Au Cachet is the shop to visit if you can’t decide between all these excellent Swiss chocolatiers. In addition to their own handmade chocolates you can buy by the kilo, au Cachet also sells chocolate bars and treats from other Swiss brands. 

There’s not an insane amount of variety for their homemade chocolates, but all the options are delicious. Also, they can make your gift boxes on the spot, and you can choose everything about them, so the shop is great for personalized gifts. Especially since all the gifts are hand-wrapped on the spot, with loads of ribbons. 

The store has been run by the same woman for 40 years. It’s a small local shop with possibly the best service in Luzerne, and that’s why I keep coming back to it. In terms of prices, it’s more affordable than the artisanal chocolatiers and great value for money. 

Confiserie Sprüngli

Sprüngli Chocolate Shop in Lucerne

Sprüngli is another big player in the Swiss chocolate industry. It was founded in 1836 and has operated independently since 1892. This shop is in the heart of Luzern’s old town, close to the Manor department store. 

Chocolates by Sprungli are always delicious and a good option. The brand is particularly famous for the Luxembourg Burgers, which are just Sprungli’s take on macarons. They’re always delicious no matter the filling, but the caramel ones will always have a special place in my heart. 

Sprungli also has truffles, pralines, chocolate bars, snacks, pastries, and even savory options. It is one of the more expensive chocolate shops in Luzerne, with chocolate bars retailing for 9-18 CHF, depending on the ingredients. But Sprungli also has some unique flavors that you won’t find elsewhere, and the quality of the chocolates is absolutely worth the price.  

Map of the Best Chocolate Shops in Lucerne

Written by Ashley Faulkes
As a twenty-year resident of Switzerland, I am passionate about exploring every nook and cranny of this beautiful country, I spend my days deep in the great Swiss outdoors, and love to share these experiences and insights with fellow travel enthusiasts.

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