We will be in Chur for our first night after our flight to Europe. We will arrive via train and will stay at Hotel Drei Koenig. Any recommendations for an inexpensive meal or take out? We will be desperately trying to stay awake until 9pm! Are there take out food options at the Coop near the train station? We also hope to pick up "picnic" supplies for our train trip to Italy the next day. Do all Coops have wine? Assuming there will be baguettes and pastry, or is there a bakery we should check out? Also plan to pick up cheese. Any uniquely Swiss foods other than chocolate that would be suitable for picnics? I'm not one for souvenirs, but will the Coop store, or could you recommend a store close by, sell attractive, Swiss inspired dish towels? I like to pick one up for a mini picnic table cloth and to bring home.
After 1 week in Switzerland, I am an expert on Coop!!! LOL, I actually love going to local supermarkets and markets etc... I can't speak to the Chur Coop, but we hit Coops in Zurich, Lucerne, Murren, Wengen, Grindlewald and Spiez.. Some were big, others small but they all had wine/beer/cider etc, and picnic supplies (bread/cheese/meats).. I don't recall any prepared dinners for take out. The Coop brand is quite good and affordable. And since you are trying to stay awake, they have a Coop version of Red Bull too at .50 CHF per can!!!! I suspect the Chur store would be bigger than most.
Don't know about Chur, but there was definitely prepared food at the Coop in Interlaken, like curry & rice, salad, sandwiches, grilled chicken, chicken nuggets, fries. At the very least there should be salad and sandwiches.
There is also a medium sized Migros in Chur, relatively near the Ibis pyramid. Coop and Migros are the two main supermarket chains in Switzerland.
We also just returned from Switzerland and frequented many Coops. Keep in mind, all the ones we went to closed at 6:30, so plan ahead!
Coop is a grocery store with all kinds of sandwiches and foods perfect for a picnic. As recommended above, pay attention to when the store closes.
Thanks for all the great responses so far and great comments regarding hours and alternatives. I tried to be thorough in my question, but I should have mentioned that I am quite a fan of the Coop stores having shopped them in Basel, Lauterbrunnen, Murren, Grindelwald and Interlaken. I have never been to Chur so hopefully I can get some suggestions for Chur. I wouldn’t typically try to get so specific, but we will hopefully arrive at about 3pm, will want to get to bed early and be leaving on a train at 8:30am. Thanks!
I’ve been to the Manora restaurants which are part of the Manor department stores. I enjoyed the meals in both the Lugano and Lucerne locations. I have not been to Chur.
It’s cafeteria style restaurant. They will cook some dishes (chicken, fish) to order. Pay at the cashier and find a table.
Since you've been to other Swiss cities, you know that some Coop branches are just supermarkets, while others are full departments stores. Some of the larger ones are called Coop City (if you know the Bronx, you know why that name always makes me smile). It seems there's a Coop City right near the Chur train station, and they should have dish towels (what sorts, I couldn't say).
Information about this branch: https://www.coop.ch/de/services/standorte-und-oeffnungszeiten/detail.html/2606/coop-city-city-chur.html
Near the top of that page, if you click "Alle Ergebnisse," you'll get the list of all the Coop and Coop-affiliated stores in Chur, complete with hours.
Thank you, Rocket, I will look for the Manor department store. Thank you, Harold, I wasn't aware of the different designations. I noticed a coop city close to the train station.
Ooof, Rocket, just glanced at your link. Good thing. The Coop doesn't open in the morning until after we leave town. Will need to collect the picnic supplies the night before!
There's a Coop Pronto at the station, that opens at 5 AM (presumably, for situations just like yours): https://www.coop.ch/de/services/standorte-und-oeffnungszeiten/detail.html/3721/pronto-chur-bahnhof.html
With a name like Coop Pronto, I assume this is a smaller store with a more limited selection, but since it's right at the train station, they're likely to focus on items suitable for onboard picnics.
Thank you Harold