Geneva: Unusual Tasty Discoveries

My best addresses in Geneva !

By Sakura le Petit Chou Bloggueuse gourmande

Sakura was born in Geneva. She loves its cultural variety and its marvelous restaurants, and shares her best addresses with us through this traveller's journal !

Tokyonama

Concept Store

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Japan in Geneva

I propose that you plunge into the Japanese universe of this little shop in the heart of the Carouge district. Yves Bennaïm lived in the Japanese archipelago for 5 years, and here he recreates the ambiance of day-to-day Japan. Here you will find a subtle mixture of tradition and modernity, in the image of that fabulous isle of the Orient.

Rue de Carouge 75, 1205 Genève, Switzerland

La sixième heure

Tea house

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Take a break at La Sixième Heure

A café unlike the others! Here, the furniture is completely uncoordinated. No one piece of furniture looks like any other, and it's this that creates the charm of the place. In this little café, you can eat excellent pies while drinking good hot tea. Perfect for catching up with girlfriends!

Place des Philosophes 6, 1205 Genève, Switzerland

La potinière

Café

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Coffee or apéritif?

Come admire the Flower Clock and stroll through the English Garden! And just behind this essential clock you will find the ideal place to take a coffee break or have an apéritif. Recently, la Potinière, a local institution, gained investment from the owners of famous wine bar Rouge et Blanc with the goal of becoming the iconic venue of the Genevois.

Promenade du Lac 2, 1204 Genève, Switzerland

Barbershop

Cocktail bar

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Barbershop is a bar

Geneva is dead at night! No, I disagree! The Rue de l'École-de-Médecine has a reputation for being lively starting Thursday nights, and between the Kraken, l'Établi, etc., you've got a choice of spots! But as for me, what I prefer is the Barbershop! Surrounded by décor reminiscent of New York, Kevin the barman gives you a show and welcomes you with a big smile.

Boulevard Georges-Favon 14, 1204 Genève, Switzerland

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  • Le banc de la treille

    Public square

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    The longest bench in the world!

    The old part of the city and the cathedral chart the history of Geneva, but it's for the Banc de la Treille that I come here. Did you know that it is the longest bench in the world? It is more than 120m long. On nice days, I sit on this bench to do some reading and take in the panoramic view. Afterwards, my steps lead me towards the patio of the Café de la Clémence.

    Place de Neuve, 1204 Genève, Switzerland

    Timothy Oulton

    Bar lounge

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    Geneva's “so British” bar lounge!

    The place I want to make you discover is the Timothy Oulton. This furniture shop is a “so British” café lounge decorated in a way that's unique in Geneva. Ensconced in those big leather couches drinking tea or a good glass of wine, I never want to leave there. And what's more? The couch on which I'm sitting is for sale!

    Rue du Rhône 42, 1204 Genève, Switzerland

    Terrasse du Paradis

    Salad bar

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    This is Paradise!

    On the terrace of the Paradis restaurant, I love to settle myself into the deck chairs and order their homemade lemonade (excellent and refreshing). From the day's first rays of sun, you will find me here. I bring a book with me and spend my sunlit afternoon on the terrace. The establishment sells fast food.

    Quai Turrettini, 1201 Genève, Switzerland

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    Street Gourmet

    Sandwich shop

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    This is not a burger!

    This is a favorite little gem of mine in Geneva! It's a little shop in which you can eat not burgers but excellent hot sandwiches like you've never eaten before! The research, the process and the recipe are developed in their kitchen in Rolle by chefs from starred restaurants. Why not indulge in a Collex Bison or Pulled Pork sandwich?

    Rue du Prince 10, 1204 Genève, Switzerland

    Parc des Eaux Vives

    Hotel

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    Picnic!

    I go through La Grange park to admire the magnificent rose garden there, and stroll through the parc des Eaux-Vives until I come to a green space facing the lake. It is so good to laze on the grass here. Add a little blanket and the place becomes perfect for picnicking. This grassy area reaches all the way up to the Parc des Eaux-Vives Restaurant, where it's very pleasant to have a drink while admiring the view.

    82, Quai Gustave Ador, 1211 Geneva

    Geneva is dead at night! No, I disagree!

    Le bain des Pâquis

    Local cuisine

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    Bain des Pâquis area

    Le Bain des Pâquis is a local institution. In the summer, I come here for a quick dip in the lake, to sunbathe, or to eat lunch in the sun with a 14 CHF daily special. In the winter, I love coming here to savor the excellent no-fuss fondue! Entry is free or only costs 2 CHF during the summer season. So who can still say that Geneva is an expensive city?

    Quai du Mont-Blanc 30, 1201 Genève, Switzerland

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