This commercial capital is often ignored as a bit boring metropolis that the Swiss come to for skiing at the weekend. However, Geneva is getting rid of this demure reputation. The city boasts a good mix of lively bars, gorgeous hotels, luxe boutiques, and beautiful architecture. Now imagine all this against a breathtaking background with a picturesque lake and magnificent mountains. We have chosen a few nice places in Geneva so you easily find all you may need.
Food and drinks
A typical lunch here can last too long. To save your time, choose this small sandwich shop for a quick meal. Fresh, American styled bagels are backed here every day. Many sandwich versions including Italian options as well as ones with Swiss cheese are served too. The place’s name is Threekids.
Timothy Oulton is the right choice to have a business lunch at. Offering excellent service and delicious dishes, the place is also curiously decorated with thoroughly selected accessories.
If you are looking for a calm, but social bar, with great coffee (and champagne), visit the Mirror Bar at the Hotel Metropole.
For one of the top bars around, with cozy seats and low-key music, head off to Le Verre à Monique speakeasy. You will find both more traditional and bolder cocktail options here.
When simple drinking out isn’t fun enough, choose ADC Genève. This place provides plenty of dance shows. Its convenient location in Eaux-Vives allows you to drop in to some other bars on Rue Henri-Blanvalet.
For enjoyable shopping, the Old Town is an absolute must visit. The wonderful little shops it offers sell products you will hardly find anywhere else. Visit Theodora to purchase a fine perfume, or Tschin-Ta-Ni, to buy some great Chinese tea.
To see Mont Blanc from the water, rent paddleboards at SUP Genève. With a company of friends, you may like the idea of setting up a small fleet and arranging a pleasant water picnic.
Tiffany Hotel is often recommended by locals, since it provides an impressive art deco atmosphere, delicious breakfasts, and boasts a perfect location in the city’s center.
If you want to stay at the most romantic Genevan hotel, opt for Beau-Rivage. Placed in an old-time palace that was modernized not long ago, this hotel has a lot to tell. Its awe-inspiring atrium is a definite landmark.
During the weekends, Geneva may become quieter because the locals head to the Alps. So these are the places to join them.
It will take you about an hour to get to a charming French town – Chamonix. Situated beside Mont Blanc, it offers a few amazing views. However, you may face some challenges when accessing the lifts since Chamonix is less of a resort than it is of a town.
The refined village of Megève boasts an enormous ski territory, and offers great food as well as numerous luxe boutiques – and no traffic at all thanks to being completely pedestrian.
Portes du Soleil is considered one of the biggest ski terrains on the planet and a major ski sport destination in the Alps. With 13 resorts, of which 7 are Swiss, it is suitable for skiers of all levels.