Welcome to Helvetimart

Exclusively Swiss fine food
Our history
Concept

A new style of store is now open in Lausanne, where you can explore the culinary specialities of each of Switzerland’s cantons, all under one roof. Switzerland is not JUST cheese and chocolate. In fact the country’s culinary heritage is bursting with specialities, and we have chosen to present them by canton.
Our history

It all began eight years ago in the classrooms of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, where Alexandra and Guillaume met. They were both passionate about good food, and loved eating, so it didn’t take them long to come up with the idea of a grocery dedicated to high-quality products.

When they travel, they are always most excited about what they will discover of the food culture of the countries they are visiting. But the diversity of the world’s cuisine nearly made them miss the obvious! The rich and varied heritage that would form the basis for their concept was hiding right under their noses, in Switzerland.
That was the lightbulb moment: why not simply bring together all of Switzerland’s gastronomic specialities under one roof?! Everyone knows that Switzerland’s 26 cantons and half-cantons are very different from one another, but what is less well known is that each one of them has its own culinary treasures.
The idea then took shape: they would not only stock all the products to be found in every corner of the country, but would also promote Switzerland’s culinary heritage through the products that define it, on a canton-by-canton basis.
For more than a year and a half, during their free time, Alexandra and Guillaume travelled relentlessly back and forth across all of Switzerland’s cantons, from Schaffhausen to Ticino and Geneva to Grisons, seeking out these products and the producers and farmers behind them.
From these amazing encounters, they identified a list of more than 400 products, some more surprising than others.
What was most pleasing was that the producers were won over by the idea, delighted that the Swiss population and tourists alike would finally have easier access to the fruits of their labours and would be able to explore Switzerland’s culinary heritage without actually having to travel.
It’s a sock in the eye for the ‘röstigraben’, the supposed divide between Switzerland’s French and German food cultures.
After further calculations, a big dose of creativity, and long hours of thought, Helvetimart was finally born.
Alexandra and Guillaume are really looking forward to sharing this exciting adventure with you, so why wait? Go and visit them at their shop in Lausanne now!
Services

A team of staff on hand at all times to provide information and advice, and discuss the products with you.
In-store tablet providing information so you can find out more about the cantons and products

Every lunchtime, come and give our takeaway menu deal a try: sandwich or salad + drink + dessert. Our product range is prepared by us and varies depending on the products available and our promotional theme

Our shop stocks high-quality Swiss groceries, recipes typical of the cantons, prepared by a chef in jars, gift ideas, accessories and cookbooks

In-store we offer daily tastings of our products and regularly hold workshops and meet-the-producer events, themed by canton and season

Our offers

Gift boxes

If you would like to create a personalised gift box, please come and see us at the shop – we will be delighted to advise you on our Swiss products

Business service #1

If you would like to create a personalised gift box for your employees or customers for a specific occasion, please contact us – we would be delighted to help

Business service #2

If you want to organise an event on the theme of Switzerland’s cantons at your offices, we can provide food platters and accompanying drinks 

We want to know what you think!

Are you a producer and believe your product has a place in our range? Contact us

Is there a cantonal speciality you love that we have missed? Let us know and we’ll make every effort to source it
Any other questions? We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible

Contact us

Opening hours

Open Monday to Saturday
Monday – Friday: 11h00 – 19h00
Saturday: 10h00 – 18h00
Sunday and public holidays: closed
Adress

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Helvetimart

Rue du Petit-Chêne 3
1003 Lausanne

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