Guide to Dining in Geneva
Swiss cuisine is influenced by many of its neighboring countries, France, Germany, Italy, as well as by cultures from around the world. Due to Switzerland’s having a large agricultural region, many traditional Swiss dishes tend to be simple, with basic ingredients.
Some of the known dishes to sample are raclette and fondue (molten cheese eaten with bread or potatoes)., rosti (fried potatoes), muesli (an oatmeal type breakfast), and Zurcher Geschnetzeltes (veal and mushroom with creamy sauce). Tarts and quiches are also traditional Swiss dishes. My favorite is the apple tart!
Geneva’s food scene ranges from extravagant dining to charming cafes tucked in along cobblestone streets, serving delicious meals in unique settings. I encourage you try new foods and experience some of Switzerland’s chic restaurants.
WHERE TO EAT:
There are several locations of this establishment. We visited the one near Lake Geneva on Rue Pecolat 2, and in fact, the food is so good we came here twice, once for breakfast and another for lunch. For breakfast, we had a bagel & cheese with orange juice. The freshness of the bagel made all the difference. For lunch, we had the Pastrami sandwich and the Club sandwich. The food is fresh, yummy, and offers a delicious variety of sandwiches and drinks. The prices here are reasonable, and the staff is friendly and prompt.
Located overlooking Lake Geneva, this is a great place to sit outside and enjoy the view. Offering first-class filet fish with grilled vegetables is their signature dish. Other items to consider are the Blanc Pizza and caesar salad or Margareta Pizza. You will find great selections, and the food is delicious.
This tiny dessert shop serves up a great French style breakfast with the finest ingredients. This small European restaurant offers a precious outdoor space to enjoy the morning sunlight while eating a delicious quiche or fluffy pancakes.
Located inside the Hotel Wilson is the world-class Lebanese restaurant L’Arabeque which offers authentic Lebanese Meza (appetizers) and entrees.
This restaurant is situated overlooking Lake Geneva. The view is simply magnificent. The menu offers excellent selections of appetizers, salads, and fish. We ordered the very yummy cheeseboard. Our entrees consisted of the baked white fish and Filets de Perches and Fish Ceviche.
Le Petit Lac
Geneva has hundreds of fondue restaurants, and Café du Soleil proclaims that it serves the best. The restaurant is almost always full, so clearly, the public agrees. Similarly, it might well be the oldest restaurant in Geneva, having kept itself afloat for around 400 years. The menu has a good variety, but the fondue is probably the best bet, a traditional meal served in a bustling but sophisticated atmosphere.
Cafe du Soleil
Cafe du Soleil
Globus is both a high-end department store and home to the best food court in Geneva. They’ve got your every desire catered for: whether you are in the mood for gourmet burgers, Italian antipasti, sweet and savory crepes, or Thai cuisine. There’s even a wine bar. In short, there’s excellent food for a reasonable price (by Geneva standards).
La Taverne du Valais
A “grill your own” food type of restaurant. They offer a wide variety of meats, chicken, and shrimp. We selected the Aged Ribeye, Shrimp, and Chicken. The Aged Ribeye was particularly good. We all had a great time cooking our own and pairing such with their large selection of sauces. Everything was succulent and delicious. The service was very prompt and friendly.
La Taverne du Valais
Switzerland can be an expensive vacation but let me suggest sharing a meal is not a bad thing and can save you some money. We typically would order an appetizer along with a meal and shared the entrees. Visit a local supermarket or small cheese store and pick a few items to eat lunch. Find a park nearby and enjoy a meal!
To learn more about what to see and do in Geneva click HERE.
Here are some other blogs to read about Switzerland:
- Exploring Geneva, Switzerland
- Best Sightseeing in Zurich
- What to See in A Day in Lucerne
- City Guide to Basel, Switzerland
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My mouth feels watery reading & seeing all these delicious stuff. Geneva is like a heaven for all the foodies out there. I am also planning a trip to Geneva with Geneva car service, and I will definitely try these cafes or restaurants. Thanks for sharing..
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