What is Vom Fass, you ask? It’s only the coolest place to shop for unique and fun spirits, wine, and liqueurs in Switzerland! During an evening in Fribourg with friends, we headed for a tasty little ice cream shop on the Rue de Lausanne, one of the most touristy walking-only shopping streets in town. On the way, we popped into a heavenly tea shop in search of the perfect chai tea that a friend had recommended. As soon as we left the tea shop, we stopped up short at a classy, over-sized window. With our noses pressed to the glass, we peered inside with fascination at the fancy transparent jars filled with mysterious liquids, pyramid of small wooden casks, and shelves filled with glass bottles of all shapes and sizes.
Inside, the sales lady left us to browse as we took in the impeccably displayed wine and spirits for sale “on tap”, as well as oils and vinegars which could be sampled . After reading through flavors like South Tyrolean Mountain Herbal Liqueur (what even is that?!), green absinthe, and Islay Single Malt Whiskey (for a cool $600 per liter), I finally selected a rich and creamy Latte Macchiato Liqueur.
The sales lady explained how to make our purchase, leading us to a wall of clear glass bottles in all shapes and sizes. I chose a simple square glass bottle with a hollowed center that could be stacked with two identical bottles for a more decorative display (obviously we’ll be coming back again!). The liquid products were priced by deciliter, and the sample bottles were marked with the price of the bottle as well as the content volume. She then filled my chosen bottle from the liqueur jar spigot right in front of me, capped it, and finished it with decorative rafia.
For those looking for a more unique (and expensive) gift idea, they even offer decorative bottles filled with hand-blown glass scenes. Want to display a miniature glass Santa Maria, sails billowing, on seas of vodka? You’ve come to the right place!
Know Before You Go:
- Note the hours on their website as they’re only open a few hours on Monday, are closed Sunday, and close daily for lunch.
- Official website for Vom Fass in Fribourg
What’s up next on our agenda?
Touring the Maison du Gruyere to see how traditional Swiss cheese is made…