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You want to try out the best gourmet restaurant? You’re looking for a cosy café? You’re looking forward to relishing local specialities? Or you want to turn the night into day at a cool club? Let our select choices inspire you.

    • Café du Soleil

      Best fondue
      Le Café du Soleil is the oldest restaurant in Geneva. It is said to serve the best fondue in Switzerland. In fact, Swiss cuisine is the focus in this establishment. Valais dried meat as a starter, fondue and cheese specialities for your main course, and Swiss beef in every variation. Try the Swiss speciality meringue for dessert.
      Place du Petit-Saconnex 6
      1209 Geneva
      +41 22 733 34 17
      cafedusoleil.ch
    • Brasserie La Bâloise

      Local dishes
      The brasserie offers local specialities and products of the very best quality. Classics such as fish and meat are prepared on a hot stone, but so too are masterly creations by the young chef Yves Jordan. The atmosphere is cosy and friendly.
      Rue Philippe Plantamour 19
      1201 Geneva
      +41 22 731 26 72
    • Café Calla

      Organic and modern
      Seasonal and fresh – only locally-sourced, high-quality produce is used at Café Calla. Sit back and enjoy healthy Swiss and French dishes with a modern touch, without getting a guilty conscience. Perfect for a light lunch. Be sure to sample the wonderful, freshly prepared organic cocktails, as well as taking a look at the impressive wine list. There is a fantastic Sunday Brunch.
      Quai Turrettini
      1201 Geneva
      +41 22 909 00 00
      cafecalla.com
    • La Cantine des Commerçants

      Bistro with style
      The restaurant offers top quality «bistrogastromic» cuisine. From snacks to sophisticated dishes, everything here is first-class. The interior is fresh and modern, all in green and white and with lots of wood. There are live jazz concerts every Wednesday evening. It’s perfect for a quick snack at lunchtime – but also for an extended multi-course meal in the evenings.
      Boulevard Carl Vogt 29
      1200 Geneva
      +41 22 328 16 70
      lacantine.ch
    • La Perle du Lac

      Lovely lakeside location
      This restaurant truly is a lakeside gem. Enjoy first-class cuisine and marvellous views of Lake Geneva. The ambience is rustic and traditional, the dishes timeless and yet modern. You can sit in the delightful salon or outside, on the enchanting terrace, and sample the unusual dishes such as foie gras with kiwi juice or whitefish with wasabi cream at La Perle au Lac.
      Rue de Lausanne 126
      1201 Geneva
      +41 22 909 10 20
      laperledulac.ch
    • Le Chat Botté

      Gourmet restaurant
      The Chat Botté in the Hotel Beau Rivage is probably the loveliest gourmet restaurant in the city. It serves contemporary and creative dishes, conjured up by head chef Dominique Gauthier, holder of 18 Gault-Millau points and one Michelin star. He creates and serves clever combinations of the area’s products. Wine connoisseurs will be spoilt for choice by the tremendous selection of wines and rare vintages. The wine cellar of the Beau Rivage is one of the most extensive in Switzerland.
      Quai du Mont-Blanc 13
      1201 Geneva
      +41 22 716 69 20
      beau-rivage.ch
    • Funky BBQ – Food Truck

      American specialities on wheels
      At last - something more than fries and burgers. You can get some genuine American specialities at the Food Truck, all of them home-made. Slow smoked beef with baked beans, along with a Mac n' Cheese served with coleslaw. Barbecue fans will not be long in coming to wherever the Funky BBQ Truck stops. Specially created sauces and freshly baked corn bread are particular favourites. From Monday to Friday, the Funky BBQ Truck can be found at different locations in the city, always around lunchtime. You can see these on their homepage.
    • Café de Paris, Chez Boubier

      Café de Paris
      Monsieur Boubier developed the Café de Paris in 1930. The butter was amazingly successful, and soon became famous all over the world. The recipe remains a closely-guarded secret to this day, which guarantees its unique character. The classic is served exclusively at the Chez Boubier. Rump steak with fresh French fries, salad and the inimitable butter. The restaurant – entirely Parisian in style – is a place you simply have to see. But be sure to book in advance!
      Rue du Mont-Blanc
      1201 Geneva
      +41 22 732 84 50
      chezboubier.com
    • Chez Jacky

      Classic
      The restaurant Chez Jacky has been a constant for 20 years now. The ambience is down-to-earth and comfortable. When the weather permits, you can sit outside on the terrace. The evening menu contains three options and a taster menu that is a combination of French and Swiss cuisine. Daily and business menus are served at lunchtime. The wine list contains mainly local wines. Fans of the Chez Jacky praise its irresistible dessert trolley.
      Rue Necker 9
      1201 Geneva
      +41 22 732 86 80
      chezjacky.ch
    • Le Café de la Gare

      Brasserie
      Typical Parisian brasserie dishes such as sausages, calf’s kidneys, blood sausage, boeuf bourguignon or sauerkraut are served here. The offer also includes Swiss dishes such as cheese fondue and raclette. The Café de la Gare is simply somewhere you’ll feel comfortable – in the typical brasserie style. The restaurant is in a central location right near the railway station and the lake.
      Rue de Montbrillant 2
      1201 Geneva
      +41 22 733 77 84
      montbrillant.ch
    • Paganel

      Sweet temptations
      No one who enters the Café Paganel can resist them: the range of patisseries, cakes, gateaux, confectionery, chocolates and ices is so extensive and enticing that you’ll want to try them all. The cosy tea room is perfect for a break. Salads, soups and sandwiches are served at lunchtime, and English pies in winter. And if you’d like to take some really good chocolates home with you, this is the place for you.
      71, rue de Carouge
      1205 Geneva
      +41 22 320 49 12
      paganel.ch
    • Gelato Mania

      Ice dreams
      The queues outside the Gelato Mania can get long - really long. Very long indeed on a pleasant summer’s evening. The ice cream parlour (there are three branches in Geneva in all) is extremely popular. And quite rightly so. The offer is tremendous. There is an amazing range of different varieties, ranging from traditional to unusual. All in the very best quality. However, it has to be said they have their price; a scoop of the ice cream does not come cheap.
      Rue des Paquis 25
      1201 Geneva
      +41 22 741 41 44
      gelato-mania.ch
    • Café Cuba

      A touch of the Caribbean
      You might be in Geneva, but you feel as if you could be in Cuba? That’s due to this café. You can either chill between sightseeing and nightlife with a coffee, or enjoy the selection of drinks. The name says it all: the menu also contains mojitos, pina colada and Havana cigars. And the very best tapas. So – go there and feel as if you were in the Caribbean.
      Place du Cirque 1
      1204 Geneva
      +41 22 328 42 60
      cafecuba.ch
    • Café des Bains

      Really relaxed
      After enjoying the coffee, espresso or latte macchiato at the Café des Bains, you’ll want to stay and relax for a while. The atmosphere is a combination of modern pub and French bistro, and is the perfect spot to do so. The owner has added her own personal touch to the café with her own pictures. The Café des Bains is the perfect place for a relaxing break on a shopping or sightseeing tour.
      26 rue des bains corner rue des vieux Grenadiers
      1205 Geneva
      +41 22 320 21 22
      www.cafedesbains.com
    • 5 Lounge Bar

      Fabulous views
      Enjoy a Geneva sunset while sipping a freshly-mixed cocktail - all this and more is possible at the 5 Lounge Bar. There are a number of different finger-food menus to choose from on the roof terrace of the Metropole hotel, where the excellent service leaves nothing to be desired. An ideal spot to end a balmy summer's evening. It can get really crowded, especially at weekends, so it's better to book!
      34 Quai General Guisan
      1204 Geneva
      +41 22 318 33 55
      www.5loungebar.ch
    • La Suite 115

      Sit in comfort with a glass of wine
      This bar is friendly and comfortable. People go here for an aperitif, and can easily end up staying until the small hours. The «in» bar is in the Eaux quarter. Not only can you sip a drink in the warm, friendly ambience, but you can also enjoy a delicious meal. It offers 155 different wines, which are also all available by the glass. And when the hour gets late, the music adds its bit. This is where you’ll experience the real Geneva.
      Rue des Eaux-Vives 61
      1207 Geneva
      +41 22 786 11 15
      lasuite115.ch
    • Le Chat Noir

      Live acts
      Au Chat Noir is the hot spot in the nightlife in the Geneva suburb of Carouge; it’s always packed. Next to the cosy bar is a tiny stage where various acts perform in the evenings. The most important thing is to have a love of music. And music lovers are never disappointed when they leave. It’s the perfect place to sip a pleasant drink, enjoy the ambience – and the fabulous live music.
      Rue Vautier 13
      1227 Carouge
      +41 22 307 10 40
      chatnoir.ch
    • Usine

      Club of clubs
      For years, the Usine has been an institution in Geneva’s nightlife. The temple means DJs of the very first order, alternative music and top concerts. People who are open to new things will enjoy the never-ending range of musical discoveries. Although the club is still defined as a venue for an alternative audience, to many it is simply THE underground temple. Best to go along and see for yourself.
      Place des Volontaires
      1204 Geneva
      +41 22 781 34 90
      usine.ch
    • Java Club

      Popular meeting place
      The Java Club in the Grand Hotel Kempinski is considered one of the most popular addresses in Geneva’s nightlife. The glamorous decor is just as impressive as the generous offer of drinks. And sooner or later, the huge dance floor will have even the least enthusiastic dancer up on his or her feet. Trendy guests enjoy sitting in the cool seats and watching the activities, or dancing the night away to the popular rhythms played by top DJs.
      Grand Hotel Kempinski
      Quai du Mont-Blanc 19
      1201 Geneva
      +41 22 908 90 88
      javaclub.ch
    • Palais Mascotte

      Pure nightlife
      The Palais Mascotte has been popular – and busy – from the very beginning, and is known all over town. The interior is designed along the lines of the Moulin Rouge in Paris. It hosts shows, concerts and parties – plenty to keep even the most ardent night owl happy! Whether a show or hits from the 80s, the Palais Mascotte is all about party time! There is an entry charge on Fridays and Saturdays.
      Rue de Berne 43
      1201 Geneva
      +41 22 800 33 33
      palaismascotte.ch