Restaurants

Le Refuge de Florimont

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

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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Alma Restaurant

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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Le Bordu

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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Hic et Nunc

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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A Historical Brasserie

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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May the Potence Be With You

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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Tartares & Co.

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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Lakefront Family Dining

The mighty downpour of the last few days calls for some cheering up, so here’s a personal recommendation for a child-friendly restaurant offering plenty of outdoor space for the kids and – on a clear day – amazing views over Mont Blanc: the Buvette du Port de Crans. Many of you are probably already familiar with this buvette right on the Route Suisse in Crans-près-Céligny (VD), but a little reminder won’t go […]

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BAP Urban Korean Food

It’s been a while since we last posted about any good restaurants in the area. Enter BAP Urban Korean Food, a contemporary Korean eatery on Rue de Coutance, just a short walk from Cornavin station in Geneva. The menu at BAP is simple but really quite delicious and authentic, if the Korean families and couples who filled its tables were anything to go by. As well as ‘bap‘ (rice) and kimchi […]

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A Pocket Foodie Guide

What do you get a foodie friend or better half who has everything? The answer might well be the latest gourmet guide “Allons Manger ! Genève” published by Studio Rubic in Geneva. An elegant pocket-sized trove of delights, this fabric-bound guidebook lists 16 of the best restaurants in Geneva, selected not only on the basis of their culinary prowess but also on their service levels, decor, vibe & atmosphere. Each restaurant is […]

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Little Creature Comforts

If you’ve just moved to Geneva, chances are you will be on the lookout for various bits & bobs for the house, including furniture. We’ve been there and understand how difficult it is to get it all sorted (in our particular case with 3 little reluctant shoppers in tow and a significant lack of DIY skills). It is true that IKEA in Vernier and Aubonne (VD) offer excellent supervised play areas and family-friendly restaurants, but […]

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B is for Brasserie

We’ve already talked about B Com Brasserie on our facebook page and in our post about child-friendly restaurants, but the feedback we got by so many of you was so overwhelmingly positive that we just had to share more photos here! Opened in 2012, B Com Brasserie is a contemporary French brasserie with open kitchen, modern decor & a great indoor play area for the little gourmands, equipped with DVD player, IKEA play kitchen & plush […]

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Child-Friendly Restaurants

We have posted so many bits of information about child-friendly restaurants in the Geneva region both on the blog and our facebook page that the time has come to tidy it all up into a simple list. This should make for straightforward browsing and hopefully help you find what you’re looking for at the click of a button. This is set to be an ever-growing list so make sure you check it […]

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That’s Amore

We haven’t posted about good family restaurants for a while, so it’s time to share some photos of our latest discovery: Il Pulcinella in Rolle (VD). Situated along Route de Lausanne, across the road from the lake, it might look quite plain from the outside but it’s the perfect place for a relaxed family meal. Not only is service friendly & efficient, but they also have a small indoor playroom for […]

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Pizza for Two?

You know the exhilarating feeling you get when a family member/trusted friend offers to look after your little rascals for the evening, so that you can enjoy a night out with your better half? Well, for me, that felling is always accompanied by a panicked frenzy. As used as I am to thinking of the little buttons first and choosing restaurants accordingly (“Do they have highchairs? What about a play […]

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French-Style Steak & Chips

Recently opened, L’Entrecôte Mademoiselle in Divonne-les-Bains is a great place to enjoy French-style steak & chips at a reasonable price. The family and I, spurred on by a very carnivore husband, decided to try it this weekend and gave it the thumbs up. From its traditional brasserie wooden tables and wine crates to Edith Piaf’s husky tones playing in the background, this is the full French Monty. Just sit down and wait for […]

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Au Boeuf Rouge

A couple of weeks before Christmas Expat Husband and I managed to sneak out for lunch without the kids (yep, I can’t believe it either). We quickly scanned all the restaurants within a 2km radius and decided to try a lovely brasserie we’d spotted nearby: Au Boeuf Rouge in Crassier (Vaud). Nestled at the centre of this pretty vadois village, Au Boeuf Rouge stands out for its traditional stone walls, bright red wooden shutters […]

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Kings of the Burger World

What great news for all hamburger-lovers and those of us feeling an insatiable craving for crunchy bacon, pickles & cheese melting over a juicy beef patty: The Hamburger Foundation have opened their first THF ‘stationary’ Burger Bar & Restaurant in Geneva! Until the 4th of February 2014, The Hamburger Foundation will be working on the “soft opening” of their new restaurant, meaning they’ll be testing everything and will be very pleased to receive your feedback. […]

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Kids Welcome Here!

A very warm welcome to our guest blogger Michelle Levesley, a British mum-of-three & English teacher living in France. In her first post for Geneva Family Diaries she shares a rave review about Gastro-Mômes, a delicious & child-friendly café-cum-takeaway-service in Douvaine, equipped with a superb play-area. Thank you Michelle!     My Wednesdays as an expat mum living in France have always involved me being a taxi service for Number One to and from […]

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Japanese Delights in Geneva

A bright new star is shining in Geneva’s gourmand firmament and I’m overjoyed that Expat Husband decided we should pay a visit this weekend. The new Japanese Izumi restaurant, nestled on the rooftop of the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva (33, Quai des Bergues), offers a culinary experience like no other in this city of international peace. With its Japanese-fusion signature style based on the innovative concept of Nikkei cuisine, […]

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Organic Lunch

A few weeks ago, Expat Husband and I booked (or should this be begged?) the kids’ favourite baby-sitter to come on Saturday morning so we could head off to Val Thoiry to order some bits of furniture & lighting for our new house. Yes, unfortunately it looks like my 3 little buttons inherited their shopping-endurance genes from their dad not me, which means they can’t tolerate spending more than 15 […]

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Family Luxe at Le Richemond

True to my gluttonous nature, I was overjoyed to receive an invitation to savour the new bar menu at Le Richemond in Geneva. To make this foodie premiere even better, I was joined by a group of lovely & enthusiastic Genevan bloggers who share my passion for great cuisine & writing – what more can a blogger ask for? In between delighted camera snaps, we were treated to some truly scrumptious tasters […]

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Buvette de la Plage

Sadly, the time has come for la rentrée and I can assure you there are quite a few long faces around here (including mine!)…how come the summer holidays always fly by so fast ?! Fortunately, the beautiful area we live in is filled with hidden gems that allow us to enjoy a bit longer the last few days of summer still lingering. One of our favourite places – and one that […]

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A Midsummer Night at the Bains

A local treasure with a long history dating back to 1872, the Bains des Pâquis hold a special place in the hearts of those who have lived here all their lives or just for a few years. The Bains des Pâquis are the place to go for a delicious fondue au crémant, a relaxing hammam or a long day at the beach. Not only that, Expat Husband and I love to come to the Terrasse Bar […]

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Brunch in the Sun

The summer weather we were all waiting for has finally arrived, so what better time to post our list of favourite places to enjoy a Sunday Brunch in the sun ? Some restaurants are perfect for a relaxed family brunch with very young children while others are better suited to older kids, please let us know what you think and if you have other recommendations to share. Bon appétit and…don’t […]

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The Thrill of the New

A press day at the swanky, newly-opened Hotel N’vY Geneva was a great opportunity to discover some fab 2013-2014 collections and to enjoy the hip, laid-back atmosphere of the hotel itself.       An authentic slice of NY boho-chic right in the heart of Pâquis, the Hotel N’vY boasts a lounge cocktail bar where a giant block of ice is cut to measure for each drink and the bartenders have been trained at the […]

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Best Thai Bistro in Meyrin

First of all, I have to thank Italian expat Francesco for mentioning the Aéro Bistro to me during dinner one evening. We were talking about Thai restaurants in Geneva and he told me this little bistro served some of the best Thai food he’d ever tasted in the area. And boy was he right… The Aéro Bistro in Meyrin is a true hidden gem, huddled at the far end of Route H.C. Forestier behind […]

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Swiss Style Fish & Chips

The family and I came across the Restaurant la Nautique in Nyon a few weeks ago, completely by chance. It was a sunny Saturday morning and we were taking a lakeside stroll from the gorgeous gardens of the Conservatoire de l’Ouest Vaudois, along rue des Pecheries and towards Nyon’s town centre. This is actually a lovely lakeside walk, complete with handbook mountain-views and plenty of sailing boats to delight all aspiring little sailors. This […]

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Café Brocante with Style

I have to thank lovely Paola from Uzume for introducing me to Le Coup de Girafe in Geneva’s Eaux-Vives. Tucked away at number 18 rue Maunoir, this is a cool, quirky café brocante with plenty of style and delicious sweet & salty treats that beg to be savoured with a delicate leaf-tea or café renversé.     The stylish mix-and-match décor and relaxed ambience are what makes Le Coup de Girafe a lovely spot […]

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Best Burgers at Inglewood Geneva

Want to know where to get the best burger in town ? If so, head to Inglewood Geneva just another one of our Plainpalais favourites located at number 44 on blvd du Pont-d’Arve. If Plainpalais is a bit out of your way don’t worry: they’ve now opened a new branch in Eaux-vives (17, rue Montchoisy) to satisfy their ever-growing number of fans.   Their 160g juicy boeuf burgers are amazing and the choice is […]

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Skiing at La Clusaz

La Clusaz, in the French region of Rhône-Alpes, is our “go to” ski-resort of choice. Perfect for beginners and old-hands alike, a bevy of nephews and nieces have snapped on their skis for the very first time on the wide, gently sloping runs at the top of Beauregard.     The views view over the Aravis mountain range are, without exaggeration, stunning. When they are ready, intermediate skiers can take the links […]

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Le Carlina – Any Excuse For a Visit

A trip to Chamonix is not complete for us without a meal at Le Carlina. The menu is comprehensive enough to allow an enjoyable ponder whilst you sip an apéritif, but not too long so as to make you think that they can’t possibly cook everything well, can they? Well, they can and they do.   We have eaten here throughout the seasons. This time we went for lunch to celebrate Himself’s […]

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Discover Plainpalais

You might have guessed by now that we have a very soft spot for Plainpalais, one of Geneva’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Around ‘la plaine’ of Plainpalais you will find some great museums, Europe’s largest skatepark, a host of hip restaurants, bars and boutiques, as well as all the art galleries of Le Quartier des Bains. However, our absolute favourite at the moment is the Neon Parallax series of light installations that you can see on the rooftops of […]

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L’Artichaut Bistrot Gourmand

Young chef Florian Le Bouech is at the helm of one of our favourite bistrots in Carouge: L’Artichaut, a cozy (it only seats 26) and modern foodie retreat overlooking the river Arve on the quai du Cheval Blanc.     With fresh local ingredients, a menu that changes daily according to what’s in season and a 3-course lunch for just 34CHF, what’s not to like ? We were there recently with friends visiting from the UK […]

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It’s “Un R de Famille” !

What do you do when you come across a place that brings back some of your happiest childhood memories and at the same time reminds you of a place your heart calls ‘home’ ? Simple: you fall in love, which is what happened to us last week when we had brunch at Un R de famille in Geneva.       Un R de famille is an information centre for families founded by the […]

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Best Fondue in Town ?

As the colours of autumn in Geneva turn to even more intense hues of ochre, burnt umber, copper and glowing burgundy my thoughts rush to all the winter rituals I love the most about our life in Switzerland. There’s skiing, of course, but roaring log-fires at dusk too, hot chocolate & crêpes on Sunday afternoons and a convivial fondue shared with family and friends on those crisp, winter starry nights when the air carries scents of burning […]

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Sunday Brunch with Kids

When it’s too cold and rainy to enjoy a family stroll but not cold enough that ski season has already started, a Sunday brunch is a lovely way to cuddle up with your little buttons and relish some good food. We’ve tried many places since our arrival 4 years ago (and believe me it’s not easy to find a place that will satisfy all five of us !) so we’ve compiled our own […]

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Shopping & Dining in Ferney Voltaire

Ferney Voltaire is a small French town just across the border from Geneva. If you find yourself a bit lost for ideas on a Saturday morning or would like to try a new restaurant, take a look at our list of cool places in Ferney Voltaire that, incidentally, are also way cheaper than Geneva!   Beauty & Shopping: Institut Cristine, tucked away in a side street not far from the […]

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Not Suitable for Vegetarians

If you’re a vegetarian please look away now. If you’re a carnivore foodie though, rejoice because Autumn in Switzerland is not only game season but bison season too.   Bison meat is not an obvious choice when you head to the butcher’s but – believe me – it’s absolutely delicious. It is lower in fat and cholesterol than beef, and so melt-in-the-mouth tender that when Little Miss Cutie was one, she used […]

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It’s BBQ Time

If you’re looking for a fun, easy restaurant that you can enjoy with the kids, why not try the Mongolian BBQ buffet at Le Barbaro restaurant in Grilly ? We tried it out last weekend: Expat Mum well-equipped with baby-wipes and camera, Expat Husband in full Alpha Male mode (“me man, you BBQ”), the boys and Little Miss Cutie super-excited, and it was definitely a good choice for the whole family.     The fixed price per person […]

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Best Child-Friendly Pizzeria in Geneva

When we’re feeling a bit homesick and crave the heartwarming taste of authentic Italian pizza we always head to Pizzeria Luigia, our favourite child-friendly pizzeria in Geneva. There are so many great things about Pizzeria Luigia that I don’t know where to start: they make authentic Neapolitan pizza baked in a wood oven (as it should be) but also pasta, meat and fish dishes and really awesome desserts – just order the Tiramisù […]

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Gourmands in Geneva

With more (Michelin) stars than the Milky Way and an array of delicious auberges, the area around Geneva is a delight and temptation for all expat foodies. Unfortunately for us (but not our bank account!) we can’t manage to dine out à deux as much as we’d like so our favourite restaurants list is still quite short, but thanks to the advice of gourmande-in-chief Linda we know where to book when we […]

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Meet La Maison de Colette

La Maison de Colette is definitely one of my favourite Geneva blogs. Created by Marion, a French mother-of-one and design consultant, it’s packed with fantastic style and design inspiration for mums living in Geneva. Last week we met up with Marion to learn more about her family life in Geneva and her stylish blog, here’s what she said: My family & I I am French, originally from Nantes, but I studied in Paris. […]

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Sunday Market in Divonne

A trip over the border to the weekly market in the French spa town of Divonne-les-Bains  is a great way to begin your Sunday. If you are lucky and find a seat outside one of the cafes or bars like L’Aparté, order a beverage and watch the cosmopolitan throng juggle their bags of cherries, vine tomatoes, garlic bulbs, apricots and cherries. Saucisson with nuts, cèpes, peppercorns or simply nature? Perhaps […]

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Table for Two?

With so many expensive restaurants in Geneva, it’s not always easy to find those that are really worth the hefty bill. What we soon learnt is that the best way to go about it is through word of mouth from local people, colleagues or expats who’ve lived here for a long time. Here’s some of our favourites in and around town, what are yours ? Buffet de la Gare Eaux Vives, Av. […]

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Brunch at the Farm

This is one of the local tips I wish someone had given me 4 years ago, so I am very excited to be able to share it now with other expat families in the area. UPDATED MAY 2014 – UNFORTUNATELY, THE FERME DE MERLINGE HAS CLOSED DOWN One day, as I was browsing through some French guidebooks I came across a book called “Le Guide des Restos pour Petits Gourmands” (published […]

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Dinner & the Movies

If you’re planning a romantic, kids-free night-out in Geneva I have some fabulous places to recommend. My idea of a great night out is dinner and the movies so I was absolutely blown away last week because the Best Colleagues in the World directed us to Little Buddha for dinner and to the Astor Film Lounge in rue de la Corraterie for our cinematic fix. What a phenomenal combination for […]

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