Shopping in Switzerland has its reputation for good reason. The reputation as that of providing beautiful, hand crafted, practical, and beautiful gifts. Locarno is no different and offers an array of beautiful handmade items, those famous Swiss watches, amazing food, and with the Italian culture swirled into the city, Italian gifts and food as well.

For starters you can head to Piazza Grande in the center of the city. The piazza is lined with boutiques that you can dedicate a good amount of time to. This is the center of all town activity. Visitors love Mannore for handcrafted gifts that are affordable. Younger people love the streetwear at  Svizzera on via Trevani.

On Thursdays, Piazza Grande hosts the city's market. Visitors should definitely come this day to check out the amazing food, gifts, and more. If you're not able to make the market however, you can head to Migros grocery store which is stocked with Swiss and Italian specialties. Similar to large American stores, they even have clothing and other household goods.

If you're wanting to buy some wine, why not go to the source? Delea and Matasci vineyards are located nearby. The vineyards sell the wine they make and offer tours as well.