Shopping in Lugano takes on a Swiss/Italian flair, and no visit would be complete without at least a little peek in the shops.

If you are traveling from the United States, you might find the limited hours at Lugano stores a bit unusual, so be sure to take note of the hours and shop when the stores will be open, to avoid disappointment.

Most stores are open all week, with most opening around 8 or 9 a.m. and closing for the day around 6:30. Many close for 1 to 2 hours in the middle of the day, and on Saturdays, most shops close at 5 p.m. Supermarkets and department stores are open all day (without the midday closure) and stay open on Thursdays until 9 p.m.

Head for the historical street of Via Nassa for sophisticated shopping, or enjoy some regional goodies at the Lugano market. The market is open Tuesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon on Piazza della RiForma and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The weekday markets features mostly locally grown produce and flowers, while the weekend market also features antiques and handcrafts, along with the requisite flowers and produce.