Have you just arrived in Luxembourg? One of the first things to do when arriving somewhere is to go shopping. We give you here the practical information and the references to have to make its shopping in Luxembourg.
Luxembourg is full of stores and places to shop once you become familiar with the places and the shopping habits.
You will find here the 8 things you need to know to shop in Luxembourg: opening hours of the stores, our shopping tips to save money and all the practical information to shop in peace.
1 – How to pay for your purchases?
The official currency of Luxembourg is the euro (EUR).
All stores accept cash. If you don’t have euros, you can withdraw euro bills from ATMs using your bank card. There is no limit to cash payments.
We do not recommend that you exchange your currency in Luxembourg. There are very few exchange offices in Luxembourg. Banks reserve this service for their customers, on prior order. However, you can find some ATMs that allow currency exchange. Please note that withdrawals may be limited in amount.
All stores accept bank cards for payment, debit or credit.
Payments can also be made via your bank’s mobile application or Payconiq. Ask your bank for more information.
2 – Value Added Tax
The prices displayed in the stores and services in Luxembourg include value added tax (VAT). The standard rate is 17%. However, some items such as food, books and medicines may benefit from a reduced VAT rate.
3 – Store opening hours
Opening hours during the week
In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, retail stores are generally open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm maximum . Some stores close at 6pm, others are closed on Monday morning.
More and more stores are extending their opening hours on Saturday nights, especially in the city.
Supermarkets and stores located in shopping malls have more flexible hours from 8am and/or until 8pm. Find out more beforehand.
Store closures on Sundays and holidays
The opening and closing hours of stores are regulated. With some exceptions, stores are not allowed to open on Sundays or public holidays. The period before Christmas, the Freijoershoppiung or the Mantelsonndeg are exceptions.
Attention: remember to do your shopping the day before the holidays, including buying your bread. The bakeries are also mostly closed!
Exceptional openings on Sundays
Sunday opening of essential stores
Hypermarkets, supermarkets, mini-markets open on Sunday mornings until 12 or 1 pm.
Some shopping centers, in line with the hypermarkets they house, open exceptionally. The Pall Center shopping center in Oberpallen is open every Sunday and holiday.
Only the following stores are authorized to open on Sundays and holidays until 6 p.m. maximum
- bakeries and pastry shops,
- butchers and caterers,
- consumer shows,
- Kiosk-type newspaper stores, souvenir shops or tobacco shops,
- stores in train stations or airports,
- cafes, hotels, restaurants,
- funeral home,
- fairs and exhibitions,
- cabs and ambulances.
Traditional Sunday openings
During the year, Luxembourg’s stores open exceptionally on Sundays for special events. On these days, stores are granted exemptions to close later or to open on Sundays. This is particularly the case for the following events:
- Fréijoersshopping or spring shopping
- Mantelsonndeg on the Sunday before All Saints’ Day
- Christmas shopping: see our article on Advent Markets
4 – Where to shop in Luxembourg?
Overall, Luxembourg has a wide variety of options to meet all your daily and exceptional needs.
Supermarkets and hypermarkets
For your daily shopping, you will find supermarkets and hypermarkets throughout the country. The most popular chains are Cactus, Auchan, Delhaize, Match, Aldi, Colruiyt, Naturata. Supermarkets offer a wide range of food and household products. You can find fresh products, meat, fish, dairy products and bakery products. The vegan and organic departments are developing more and more.
You can also find fresh products at Grand Frais and cheaper items at Action.
The city of Luxembourg and more and more towns and villages offer weekly open air markets. You can buy fresh products, fruits and vegetables, meat, cheese, plants and other local specialties. Among the most popular markets are the Saturday market in the city center, the Wednesday market in Esch-sur-Alzette and the Sunday market in Howald.
Learn more about fresh and local markets
If you need to buy something quickly or outside of store hours, you can go to a convenience store. The most popular convenience store chains in Luxembourg are Shopi, Proxy Delhaize and Smatch.
You can also find convenience products at service stations, which have longer opening hours.
You will also find independent food shops in the city centers and some villages. The prices will probably be higher, but the quality is often better.
Clothing and accessories stores
Luxembourg has a wide range of stores selling fashion clothes and accessories. You can find designer boutiques, high-end stores and luxury brands. The big chains of fast fashion and more affordable brands are also present such as H&M, Zara or C&A.
The luxury stores are rather present in the Rue Philippe II in Luxembourg. The Rue de la Gare has more stores from the big clothing chains.
Video, audio, electronic items
For electronics and household appliances, you can go to stores such as Hifi International, MediaMarkt, Saturn or Fnac.
You want to know the products and 100% Luxembourgish and buy local? Don’t miss the “Lokale Maart” promoted by the association Let’z go Local
Internet orders and delivery in Luxembourg
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can always order online. However, some foreign merchant sites do not deliver in Luxembourg.
However, there are solutions that allow you to get around this disadvantage. You will be able to continue to order your products on your favorite websites. Among other solutions, you will find Packup Import, a service offered by Post. lu and Colisexpat.com.
Internet sales have developed a lot with Covid. Letzshop.lu, a digital platform, offers the possibility to buy online the products sold in the Luxembourg stores. An excellent way to promote Luxembourg’s businesses, when you don’t have the possibility to travel.
Eshopping.lu is also a solution developed to facilitate shopping in Esch-sur-Alzette, the 2nd largest city in the country.
5 – Good shopping plans
The winter and summer sales are 2 big periods for the shops. The dates are set by ministerial order.
The 2022/2023 winter sales : from January 2 to January 28, 2023.
The 2023 summer sales: from June 24th to July 22nd included.
Grand braderie of Luxembourg
The big flea market of Luxembourg-City is always held at the end of the“Schueberfouer(beginning of September).
The braderie is a Luxembourg tradition. On that day, stores hold promotional sales on the sidewalk. The sale takes place in the streets of the city center and in the station area. All the stores open their doors and sell off their items for the occasion.
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6 – Transportation for shopping
To make the most of Luxembourg’s stores without the inconvenience of traffic or parking, don’t hesitate to take public transport. Public transport is free in Luxembourg!
All routes (1-31) of the Capital Bus Network as well as some RGTR routes are accessible throughout the day.
In addition, the City of Luxembourg offers a free shuttle bus service. With the City Shopping Bus you can make your purchases more easily. The free shuttles leave every 10 minutes, between 1:30 and 6:30 pm, from the Glacis parking lot at the Limpertsberg to the Beaumont street in the city center!
Also consider the P+R parking lots in the suburbs.
The municipalities have also developed a free transportation-on-demand system, ideal for getting around their territory. More information on the on-demand bus system.
7 – Recycling
Luxembourg has a comprehensive recycling program. It is often possible to be reimbursed for a portion of your purchase by returning certain types of containers. This is the case for glass bottles and aluminum cans. Simply return them to the collection points located in the stores.
8 – City shopping Info Point Luxembourg
Shopping information area in Luxembourg
The City shopping Info point is an information area dedicated to shopping in the city center of Luxembourg.
The Cityshopping Info Point receptionists will orient you in the city of Luxembourg. They will also inform you about the commercial offer of the capital. You will receive a personalized welcome and find answers to all your questions.
It will be very easy to find your way around the city and to find your favorite stores thanks to the shopping map that is offered to every visitor of the Cityshopping Info Point.
The Cityshopping Info Point is a unique concept in the region. It proposes a selection of the latest collections and favorites from the shops in Luxembourg City. You will also find all the information you need to find your way around the city. All the products on display are for sale within walking distance of the showroom, in the different areas of the city.
Don’t miss any more new stores in town, by regularly consulting the “New shops in town” corner.
Where to find shopping information?
Cityshopping Info Point – 2, place d’Armes – L-1136 Luxembourg-Centre
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday in summer from 10 am to 6 pm and in winter from 11 am to 5 pm. Sunday from 2pm to 6pm.
Also check out their website available in several languages.
Our shopping experts know what to look for, whether you’re looking for a brand, a fashion tip, a good restaurant, a nice place to have a coffee, practical help, a supermarket, a charming hotel, beautiful jewelry, a beauty salon, gift ideas, or even cultural activities.
Project Manager , Cityshopping Info Point.
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