Family Fun

Tea Time at Laduree

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If macaroons are you weakness and you dream of a relaxed, civilized Wednesday afternoon with the little ones then you’ll be happy to learn that Ladurée in Geneva are now organizing afternoon tea-times for children aged 5 to 10 (accompanied by an adult or carer or frazzled mum, of course). The Ladurée “Goûters des enfants” will take place at 2.30pm in their tea-room on the Quai des Bergues (rue du Mont-Blanc […]

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Carnival 2017

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Carnival celebrations are so popular across Switzerland and France that it would be a shame to miss out on all the fun, so here’s a quick run through of the main ones coming up during the months of February and March 2017. During these street parties you can expect masked parades, Guggenmusiks (carnival marching bands), folk dances, confetti fights as well as street performances and many activities for children. It is also […]

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Le Refuge de Florimont

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Following on from our previous post about the best fondue restaurants in and around Geneva here’s a recent discovery we hope you will enjoy as much as we did! Perched only 6 km away from the Col de la Faucille in Gex (France), Le Refuge de Florimont serves up some delicious alpine specialities such as tartiflette, potence, reblochonnade, raclette, fondue, pierrade and Gexiflette.       This is the perfect place to bring family and […]

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Living Room Bar & Kitchen

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Back from last week’s press launch of the brand new Living Room Bar & Kitchen at the Hotel de la Paix in Geneva, it’s time to share some photos and tips with you here! With Italian chef Alessio Corda at its helm, the all-day Living Room Bar & Kitchen will be serving up delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinners, Sunday brunches and afternoon teas (not to mention vintage cocktails for after-work meet-ups!) inspired by Corda’s experience working as […]

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House of Fairies

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Launched in March 2016 by Danish expat mum Benedicte Krüger Nielsen, House of Fairies is a great online shop stocking some of the coolest kids clothing brands from Denmark and Holland. From Hummel’s cool and comfy sports collections to Dolly by Le Petit Tom’s chiffon dance tutus and dresses, you’re guaranteed to find a unique selection of practical and fun brands for your little ones.       House of Fairies was founded by Danish […]

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What’s On in December 2016

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The countdown to Christmas has begun and we have a fab list of events coming up in the area during the festive season: from ice-skating to fabulous Xmas markets, this is wonderful time of year in French-speaking Switzerland. Remember to keep checking these listings regularly as we will be updating this post with more events each week! KEEP ACTIVE THIS DECEMBER: 2nd-3rd December 2016: 39th edition of the Course de l’Escalade in Geneva. The […]

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Alma Restaurant

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In the last couple of years, Peruvian cuisine has taken the London restaurant scene by storm and, in all honesty, we’ve been yearning for the same culinary wave to reach this side of the Alps. Lo and behold, our wishes were granted when Alma opened its doors in Geneva just a few months ago! With its pastel blue walls, tall banana plants and copper light fixtures, brand new restaurant Alma has brought a breath of Peruvian cool to […]

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Augustine et Balthazar

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Being pulled in all directions (sometimes quite literally, and by three sets of tiny, sticky hands), I don’t always manage to update this blog as much as I should and so many interesting places sadly slip through the net. But every now and again a little gem comes along, a place so special and blog-worthy that I try my best to post a few photos, an address – of course – and a […]

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Le Bordu

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If you’d like to make the most of the last days of summer, head to Le Bordu café in Rolle (VD) before it closes for the season and enjoy a light lunch accompanied by stunning views of Lac Léman. This quaint wooden caravan-cum-café sits at the bottom of one of the luscious gardens overlooking Rolle’s lakefront promenade. With its dappled outdoor seating and homemade fare of savoury quiches, terrines and smoothies from locally […]

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What’s On in September 2016

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The summer holidays have flown by so fast and it’s time to go back to our routines but don’t worry as there is still a great deal to do with children in this wonderful area during the autumn months. Make the most of our events listings for the month of September and remember to keep checking our blog on a general basis as we will be updating this post with more events […]

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Water Fun in Divonne

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This is going to be an extra short, snippety post to share some photos of the brand new water-play area at Forestland in Divonne-les-Bains (France). We’ve already posted about this fab outdoor park last year, but this year’s best features are definitely the tipping buckets and water-sprays! If you have young children or toddlers this is a perfect way to beat the heat without worrying about deep waters or the cold temperature of the lake. […]

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What’s On in July 2016

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The kids’ summer holidays have started — can’t believe how fast this school year has flown by, can you? Whether you’ll be away, working or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and (hopefully) sunny time of the year. Scroll down to see the list of summer activities in Geneva and Vaud, who said there’s nothing to […]

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Hic et Nunc

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When it comes to best-kept foodie secrets in the Vaud region, pop-up fish & chips bar ‘Hic et Nunc’ in Grens (VD) is probably up there with the best of them. Although they are open on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm until 10pm throughout the year, summer is the best time to go for a relaxing evening out. When the sun shines, patrons spill out on the courtyard of the old Grens station and […]

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What’s On in June 2016

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Summer is finally here & the countdown to the family holidays has begun. Here’s our monthly list of events in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France, filled as usual with exciting outings for the whole family. Remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating this post with more events each week. Take a look at our previous post to find all the best child-friendly places to enjoy a delicious and stress-free Sunday brunch with your little buttons. If […]

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A Roman Holiday

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Did you know that the lakeside town of Nyon in Canton Vaud is over 2,000 years old? Founded by the Romans between 50 and 44 BC, Novidonium grew to be one of the most important Roman colonies in modern-day Switzerland. If you’d like to take a (giant!) step back in time and learn about everyday life in ancient Roman times, don’t miss ‘Une journée romaine à Nyon‘ on Saturday 11th of June […]

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Simply Theatre

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Simply Theatre is celebrating 10 years this year as Switzerland’s premier English speaking performing arts training school and children’s theatre producing company. Founded by Thomas Grafton and Jenna Melling, Simply Theatre’s mission is to enrich lives and brighten futures through professional courses that build on children’s self esteem and confidence, communication and social skills as well as create magical cultural productions that broaden children’s experiences. Simply Theatre has two locations […]

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Habitat Suisse

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Following the success of their pop-up store in Geneva (now closed for refurbishment but set to re-open in August 2016), Habitat Suisse have launched a swanky new showroom in Etoy. From statement storage to minimalist dinnerware, this contemporary furniture store won’t disappoint: expect smart shopping ideas, beautiful wooden furniture and sofas for all room sizes. Ready for a quick preview? Here’s some pics we took last Saturday…       Alongside their signature chic staple pieces, Habitat […]

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What’s On in May 2016

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The month of May is here with so many exciting family events you’ll be spoilt for choice. Here’s our initial list of events taking place in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France but remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating this post with more events each week: You can read our previous post to find all the best child-friendly places to enjoy a delicious and stress-free Sunday brunch with your little buttons. Stuck for […]

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Easter Events & Activities 2016

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Easter is just around the corner, so if you’re in town during the Easter break take a look at the listings below for some great family and child-friendly events, including some fab egg hunts for the little ones! Remember to keep checking this post for all the latest events we’ll be posting soon. Saturday 12th March 2016: if there are any budding pirates in your household, you won’t want to miss […]

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What’s On in March 2016

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Spring is almost here and the list of events in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France is filled with exciting outings to enjoy with the family. For more ideas, you can also take a look at our previous posts about skiing with the tiddlers, winter sledging and indoor playcentres. Here’s our list of suggestions for March 2016, but remember to keep checking our blog, as we will be updating this post with more events each week! CARNIVAL CELEBRATIONS If […]

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Carnival Events

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Carnival celebrations are so popular across Switzerland and France that it would be a shame to miss out on all the fun, so here’s a quick run through of the main ones coming up during the month of February 2016. During these street parties you can expect masked parades, Guggenmusiks (carnival marching bands), folk dances, confetti fights as well as street performances and many activities for children. It is also traditional to […]

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What’s On in January 2016

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Still recovering from ringing in the new year with friends and family? Same here, hence the late posting of our monthly listings (apologies for that!). January is usually a slow start for everyone, so please remember to check our listings regularly as we will be adding new events every week. Find more info about family-friendly brunches in our post “Sunday brunch with kids” or book your little one’s ski lessons to make the most […]

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A Historical Brasserie

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Much to our delight, last week we were invited by Le 49 Rhône restaurant to try a few signature dishes from their brasserie menu. As the name suggests, Le 49 Rhône  sits right in the heart of Geneva’s most luxurious shopping avenue, in the exact location where a distinguished brasserie has stood for over a century. Preceded by the former Brasserie Bavaria – established in 1912 as bistro of choice for all League of Nations delegates – and […]

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Family Classes at Music Together

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During the cold winter months it’s sometimes hard to find the right activity to stimulate your young child’s imagination and ability to learn, while at the same time making new friends. If you’re feeling a bit stuck for ideas and are dreading the freezing winter months ahead, take a look at the list of upcoming Family Classes at Music Together in Geneva, which will begin on the 11th of January […]

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What’s On in December 2015

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The countdown to Christmas has begun and we have a fab list of events coming up in the area during the festive season: from ice-skating to fabulous Xmas markets, this is wonderful time of year in French-speaking Switzerland. Remember to keep checking these listings regularly as we will be updating this post with more events each week! KEEP ACTIVE THIS DECEMBER: 4th-5th December 2015: 38th edition of the Course de l’Escalade in Geneva. […]

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Free Christmas Activities

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Here’s a brief list of fun Christmas activities you can enjoy with your little ones in the coming weeks, and they are all free of charge! There will be plenty more to come, so remember to check this post and our facebook page regularly for the latest updates.   16th November 2015-2nd January 2016: Joyeux Noël at the Balexert shopping centre. Visit the « Chalet du Père Noël » on the first floor and […]

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Reach for the Stars

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Small but perfectly formed, the Musée d’Histoire des Sciences is one of Geneva’s coolest museums, especially if you love science. The museum’s current exhibition “Terre et Soleil” tells the story of how Copernicus, Galileo and Isaac Newton first put into doubt the ancient geocentric theories and subsequently provided their own theories of a dynamic system of planets orbiting around the sun. If you think this sounds too complicated for children, it’s not. The exhibition is […]

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What’s On in November 2015

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All too soon the days have started drawing in, leaves are falling and the air carries a chilly hint of the months to come, but even as winter approaches there are plenty of great activities to be enjoyed together as a family. Here’s our events listings for the month of November, remember to keep checking these listings regularly as we will be updating this post with more events each week. PATINOIRES Christmas is not […]

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Swiss Bricks

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Nestled in the elegant gardens of the Domaine de Penthes, the Musée des Suisses dans le Monde is about to unveil a brilliant new exhibition, one we can’t wait to get our hands on (quite literally!). If you thought that LEGO ® and history were an unlikely combination, think again because the Musée des Suisses upcoming exhibition, “Histoire en Briques“, will be doing just that. From the 1st of November 2015 until the 14th […]

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Central Park

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Possibly one of the best (and largest!) playgrounds outside Geneva, the Avenue de la Gare espace de jeux in Divonne-les-Bains is home to the Central Park café and beer garden. If you’ve yearned for a vast yet safely fenced in playground where the little tykes can burn off all their excess energy, while you sit down for a little breather — ideally with something chilled or steamy (of the cup variety) at hand, then […]

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Halloween Events

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Here’s a run-through of the most spooktacular Halloween events coming up this October. Keep checking the list below as we will be adding more family-friendly events as we dig them up! You’ll also find that many parents at local Swiss schools now get together to take the children trick or treating on Halloween night, so make sure you check with your local Association de parents d’élèves and your neighbours to see if they are organizing […]

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Cézanne For Kids

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If you missed the “Ô Cézanne” art exhibition at the Espace des Inventions in Lausanne last February, you’ll be happy to know that it will be coming soon to the Espace Nouveau Vallon in Chêne-Bougeries! Suitable for children aged 5 to 11, the Exposition-jeu d’éveil culturel : Ô Cézanne  is a fun way to introduce your little ones to one of the most iconic painters of the 19th century. If you’ve never taken them […]

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What’s On in October 2015

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Here’s our events listings for the month of October, remember to keep checking our listings regularly as we will be updating this post with more events each week. HALLOWEEN 2015 Take a peek at our Halloween post for best Halloween parties, events for kids and workshops!   TOY & BOOK LIBRARIES On those gray, drizzly autumn days when nothing seems to placate your little buttons, remember you can visit your local ludothèque for a spot of free […]

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House of Creativity

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If you have little ones aged 6 months to 6 years-old, don’t miss the grand opening of the new Maison de la créativité on the premises of the old Musée d’ethnographie in Conches (Geneva), which will take place on Saturday 3rd of October 2015 from 2pm until 5pm. This newly-refurbished family space, dedicated to young children and their carers, is a spectacular creative hub where little ones will be able to explore the […]

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Fresh From the Farm

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If you enjoyed our previous post about unmanned farm shops and started sourcing more of your groceries from a local farm rather than large supermarkets, you’ll be happy to know that the Domaine de Bois-Bougy in Nyon (VD) is not only a good supplier of fresh, seasonal vegetables but also a little corner of paradise for dairy lovers. This lovely farm on the edges of Nyon does in fact boast an automatic dispenser of raw milk (lait cru* […]

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Playgrounds in Geneva, Vaud & Lausanne

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The city of Geneva boasts a grand total of over 85 playgrounds, which include great playing fields like those at the parc la Grange; parc Trembley and the Jardin Botanique, and all schools’ recreation grounds that remain open to everyone outside school hours and at weekends. Bise or shine, they’re great places to make new friends and let the little munchkins burn off energy before heading back home. Not to mention the fact that […]

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What’s On in September 2015

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The summer holidays have flown by so fast and it’s time to go back to our routines but don’t worry as there is still a great deal to do with children in this wonderful area during the autumn months. Make the most of our events listings for the month of September and remember to keep checking our blog on a general basis as we will be updating this post with more events […]

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What’s on in August 2015

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The best season of the year is in full swing, whether you’ll be away or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and sunny time of the year. Remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating this post with more events each week. SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS Take a look at our recent […]

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Swiss National Day

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Swiss National Day is celebrated on August 1st to commemorate the foundation of the Swiss Confederacy – make sure you don’t miss these fab events! This year, why not celebrate Swiss National Day with a brunch at the farm, a Swiss tradition by which farmers welcome the public on their farms for a delicious meal made with local produce?   Fête Nationale du 1er Août à Genève The celebrations in Geneva will start […]

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Free Summer Activities

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In addition to our previous post about enjoying Geneva for free, we have more tips for you on the best summer activities you can enjoy in the area…FREE OF CHARGE — with or without kids! Because summer fun doesn’t have to cost the earth. FREE SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS Geneva: Sortir pour lire, free outdoor activities organized by the Bibliothèques municipales de la Ville de Genève at different locations across town during the months […]

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Music Together in Geneva

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If you’re looking for baby and toddler music classes in Geneva this autumn, take a look at the Music Together in Geneva timetable of courses for children aged 0 to 5, starting on Monday 21st of September 2015. These 45-minute classes are fun and friendly, as well as a great way to make new friends. Each lesson includes songs, nursery rhymes, instrument play and movement to the music.     The Music Together in Geneva autumn […]

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What’s On in July 2015

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The kids’ summer holidays have started — can’t believe how fast this school year has flown by, can you? Whether you’ll be away, working or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and (hopefully) sunny time of the year. Scroll down to see the list of summer activities in Geneva and Vaud, who said there’s nothing to […]

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Plage de Rolle

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Summer’s back and the sun is out: what could be better than heading to one of the fab beaches on Lake Léman with a picnic basket and your little ones in tow? This weekend we did just that and – eager to try somewhere new – we spent a great afternoon at the Plage de Rolle in Canton Vaud. Located in the chocolate-box-pretty lakeside village of Rolle, this vast, lovely beach is one of the many hidden treasures of La […]

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Honesty in a Box

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Explore the lush Swiss farmland that’s right on our doorstep and, in all likelihood, you will soon stumble upon an autocueillette sign inviting visitors to pick-their-own fruit and vegetables, or stock up on farm eggs, cheese and home-made jams. Alongside weekly farmer’s markets, Swiss farmers are now happy to offer their bounties of nature in “libre service” from unmanned stalls or sheds that remain open to the public all day and at weekends. This exchange is […]

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Best Ice-Cream Parlours

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We’ve already posted a list of our favourite ice-cream parlours in June 2013, but so many new Italian gelaterie have opened in the area that it’s probably time for a little update, just in time for summer. Italian-style gelato is soft, creamy and simply scrumptious, with a texture that’s entirely different from that of mass-produced ice-cream. The list below only includes Italian gelaterie in the Geneva & Vaud area because, to be […]

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May the Potence Be With You

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Al fresco dining is one of the many reasons why we love living in Switzerland so, when summer kicks off, we begin anew our search for the best outdoor terraces around. One that certainly qualifies is the Restaurant La Croix Verte in the heart of the village of Vich (VD). Opened in 2012, this cool little bistro boasts not only a lovely outside space with a fenced play area (very safe even for young toddlers) but […]

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What’s On in June 2015

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Summer is finally here & the countdown to the family holidays has begun. Here’s our monthly list of events in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France, filled as usual with exciting outings for the whole family. Remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating this post with more events each week. Take a look at our previous post to find all the best child-friendly places to enjoy a delicious and stress-free Sunday brunch with your little buttons. If […]

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Les Puces de Nyon

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If you love scouring flea markets for unique finds, don’t miss the next Puces de Nyon market, which takes place on the last Sunday of every month in the lovely lakeside town of Nyon (VD). Stretching along the lakeside and with the spectacular backdrop of the Château de Nyon perched high on the hill, this flea market is probably one of the most scenic in the area.       The market stalls […]

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Tartares & Co.

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Originally a French dish, steak tartare is now such a firm staple of traditional Swiss cuisine that you can’t leave the country without having tried it at least once (unless you’re vegetarian, of course). Yes, it is true you will find tartare de boeuf featured on most restaurants’ menus, but if you’re looking for a modern, buzzy restaurant for a fun night out with friends then Tartares & Co. in Geneva is the place for […]

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A Day-out at the Arboretum

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When it comes to Swiss National Parks, the Arboretum in Aubonne is one of the best. A unique botanic park featuring 3,000 different species of trees and shrubs from all over the world’s temperate zones, the Arboretum is open all year-round and is free of charge. Spring and summer are a great time of the year to discover the Arboretum’s orchards, which feature many heritage fruit varieties; “La forêt des abeilles” trail and the pathways meandering across the Aubonne river valley. […]

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