A City for All Seasons

La Belle Saison

Nestled at the heart of a luxuriant park near the river Arve, Villa Bernasconi is one of Geneva’s best-kept secrets. It’s taken us a few years to discover this elegant neoclassical family mansion dating back to 1828 and now a thriving art centre hosting up to 5 contemporary art exhibitions per year. Why not make Villa Bernasconi the destination of a family outing this month and make the most of La Belle […]

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This Book Is Made for Walking

Now that spring has officially sprung, how would you like to discover Geneva’s loveliest hidden corners and historical spots in the company of your little ones? “Genève à petits pas” is a fantastic initiative launched by the City of Geneva to celebrate «2014, année de l’enfance» and will take place on the 10th and 12th of April 2014. On Thursday 10th of April 2014, munchkins as young as 3 & 4 enrolled in […]

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Les Recyclables

With its 11,000 books, healthy plats du jour and relaxed atmosphere, Les Recyclables is one of our favourite haunts in Geneva. It is true that there is no play area as such, but the spirit of this cozy Librairie-Café is so welcoming & laid-back that your little ones are never made to feel like they’re a nuisance. If you have lunch here, the little buttons can have a “Mini” version of your plat du […]

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What’s On in February 2014

From skiing with the tiddlers to enjoying a delish family Sunday brunch, we’ve posted our favourite tips for a great family weekend in and around Geneva, not to mention all the ideas you can find in our post on how to survive those sleepy winter Sundays (free ice-skating anyone?). If the start of the new year is taking its toll, why not try one of the meditation workshops offered by the public libraries in Carouge? Saturday 1st February 2014: “Robinet et […]

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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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Indoor Fun at Fnac Kids

Following a makeover in November 2013, the Fnac Kids section at the Genève Rive store is looking great: the books selection is much larger, with plenty of great toys and gift ideas too – but the best bit for me is the number of free workshops and readings that are now part of the bookshop’s weekly agenda. I popped in last week with my Little Missy and did not come away empty […]

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200 Years of Swiss History

This December will see the beginning of the celebrations for the bicentenary of Geneva’s entry into the Swiss confederation. Two hundred years have passed since the 19th of May 1815, when papers were signed to declare that the Canton of Geneva was officially admitted into the Swiss confederation as its 22nd canton, and we can now look forward to 17 months of celebrations planned to commemorate this historic event.   […]

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It’s a Family Classic

Mark your diary for the next “concert en famille” by Geneva Camerata on Saturday 18th of January 2014 at the salle Frank-Martin in Geneva (Collège Claparède, 3 Rue de la Vallée). These family concerts are a relaxed & enjoyable way to introduce your little ones to the best classical pieces and have fun together. Each concert has a musical theme developed through a series of wonderful compositions the young audience can delight in. […]

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Au Coeur Des Grottes

Tucked away in a quiet street in the heart of Geneva’s Les Grottes neighbourhood, Au Coeur des Grottes is a beacon of hope for many women who have suffered abuse or find themselves in difficult situations. Some of them are alone, some have young babies or children but they all share a need for security and protection that this warm & welcoming women’s shelter can provide them with. The valuable work they […]

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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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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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Geneva’s First Funky Brunch

As you know, I am always on the lookout for new & scrumptious places for a family Sunday brunch so I couldn’t wait to share this finger-licking tip with you all: the first Funky Brunch will be taking place in Geneva on Sunday 1st of December 2013 at the Fenomeno Bar &  Restaurant in Pâquis (Rue des Pâquis 28).     If you enjoy fresh & local fine food, a great atmosphere and live DJ […]

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Art for Kids

Do you love art ? Would you like to introduce your little budding artists to some of the world’s most iconic artists ? If so, take a look at the upcoming children workshops organized by Véronique and Sara, founders of La Lucarne in Geneva. Véronique Gonzalez, an archaeologist, and Sara Terrier, an art historian, brought together their skills and passion for the art world to create La Lucarne, an association offering cultural activities for […]

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What’s On in October

Here’s our events listings for the month of October, remember to keep checking our blog on a general basis as we will be updating this post with more events each week. Have a wonderful autumn & half-term break everyone ! Tuesday 1st October 2013: “Voyage autour du conte et des histoires” storytime from age 4 at the library of La Julienne in Plan-les-Ouates from 4.30pm to 5.45pm. Free entry.   1st-6th October 2013: Salon […]

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It’s Pick-Your-Own Season

Although many crops have been damaged by this summer’s storms, it is still possible to pick-your-own autumn fruits this season in various farms around Geneva & Vaud. My little monsters had a blast apple-picking in Collex-Bossy last year and we didn’t want to miss it this time round (be it rainy or not!) so we headed to “Le Panier Gourmand” (domaine d’Avenex, 1274 Signy), a lovely farm run by the Heuberger family, where […]

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It’s a Geneva Mystery

If, like me, you love it when friends come over to visit but you’re running out of ideas (what to do? where to take them?), you’ll be happy to learn that Genève Tourisme have launched an exciting, new Geneva mystery tour that unfolds around the Old Town’s most iconic buildings.       Starting from the Geneva Tourism office (Rue du Mont-Blanc 18), you will be armed with a mystery tour book and […]

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Puro Gelato

I’ve already posted about my ice-cream addiction (I was raised in Italy after all!) so please bear with me if I bend your ears about it again. I am afraid I can’t help it as I’ve recently tried and tested one of the most heavenly foodie destinations right in the heart of Thônex. The family and I made our way to Puro Gelato last Sunday afternoon and I was immediately won over by its eco […]

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For The Love of Books

Without a doubt, one of the nicest  and better-stocked kids bookshops in the Geneva area is La Librerit in Carouge. I stop by whenever I can and always manage to find a new book, board game or activity I know my little ones will love. Conveniently located on Place du Marché – and very easily identifiable by its colourful yellow sign! – La Librerit stocks an amazing selection of children’s books for all ages […]

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Geneva’s Firefighters Museum

Just when you think you have the whole city sussed and could navigate all its best child-friendly hideouts with your eyes closed, along comes an impressive new discovery in the shape of the Musée du Service d’incendie et de secours – Ville de Genève. To say that this is every little boy’s dream museum would be an understatement: my two little men could hardly contain their excitement as they climbed the […]

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Café maman-bébé

If you’re expecting a baby or have just moved to Geneva with a tiny little one, you might – as I did – feel a bit lost and in need of support and advice. If this is the case, you can join the monthly Café maman-bébé meetings, organized by the Centre Périnatal in Geneva, a modern centre entirely dedicated to supporting new mums and parents through pregnancy and parenthood. The Centre Périnatal was created 4 years ago […]

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L’Asticot in Geneva

The story of Swiss ethical label L’Asticot began in 2009, when young mums Christie and Danièle put their creative pencils to paper and designed L’Asticot’s first collection of original, super-wearable, fun & über cool kids’ clothes. I love their colourful, unique designs that are such a pleasure to wear even for the most active and wriggly little monkeys, and I definitely support their ethical commitment to fair trade standards and sustainable development. For me […]

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What’s On in August

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 (hopefully) sunny time of the year. Click here to download the full summer programme of activities in Geneva, who said there’s nothing to do in the city during the school break ?! Remember to […]

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Beat the Heat

When a heatwave (“canicule” in French) hits, what you need is some water fun to keep the little buttons happy and hydrated. Take a look at our previous posts “Make a Splash”, “Surfing in Geneva” and “A Perfect Spot for a Picnic” for ideas on some of the best beaches, lidos and summer spots in the area. But, if you’ve tried them all and are looking for something different (& free of charge!), head to […]

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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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Surfing in Geneva

You’ve done it all: walked the cobbled streets of the old town, taken a photo with your arm raised so it looks like you’re holding up the Broken Chair and got your hair wet under the mighty spray of the Jet d’Eau – what else can be added to your living-in-Geneva to-do list? Well, we thought exactly that and yet there was one more thing we were able to add […]

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Geneva Summer Festival

Now that summer is in full swing, the time has come to celebrate Geneva’s Summer Festival, known as Les Fêtes de Genève. From the 18th of July to the 11th of August 2013 the city of Calvin will let its hair down and dazzle visitors with a plethora of fantastic events, many of which will be free of charge. The first time we visited the Fêtes de Genève my baby girl was just […]

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View From the Treetops

If your children are as energetic as mine and you’re running out of ideas of what to do, why not try a bit of accrobranche ? There are various aerial adventure parks in the area where children – safely attached to tight ropes – can climb from tree to tree, following an adventure course. Expat Husband loves to take the boys for a treetop-spin when they have just too much energy to […]

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Summer is CinéTransat

Whoever said there’s no fun to be had in Geneva as everything is just too expensive has probably never experienced one of the city’s best summer events: CinéTransat. If you’re in town from the 11th of July to the 18th of August 2013, make sure you pop round at least once.   CinéTransat is one of the Geneva’s best-loved summer festivals and it’s easy to understand why: every evening from Thursday to […]

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What’s On in July

The kids’ summer holidays have started, I can’t believe how fast this school year has flown by ! 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 (hopefully) sunny time of the year. Click here to download the full summer programme of activities in Geneva, who said there’s nothing to do in […]

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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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Summer of Gelato

I know the time has come for this post to be published, but a part of me is still a bit reticent: after the spring we’ve had so far, I wouldn’t want to jinx it… but summer must go on so here’s our top spots to enjoy the best gelato, this side of the Alps. To me, nothing screams scorching summer’s days more than a cone of deliciously creamy Italian gelato. […]

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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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What’s On in June

Although it doesn’t feel like it yet, summer is finally here and we’re all still hoping for a bit of sunshine ! 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 […]

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Books in the Park

The 9th edition of the Festival livre et petite enfance will take place on the Promenade des Bastions in Geneva from the 21st to the 25th of May 2013. When temperatures soar and the skies get so blue they seem to melt into the lake, there’s no better place to be than one of the city’s luxuriant parks – the family and I just love to soak in the balmy air and hear […]

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Night at the Museum

La Nuit des musées de Genève & “after en famille” will be taking place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of May 2013. This is the first time that the city’s museums will be opening their doors to the public at night and it sounds like it will be a fantastic weekend: the programme is filled with 163 events including workshops, guided tours, art performances and story-telling. Here’s what’s in store…   […]

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Les Enfants Terribles

Les Enfants Terribles in Geneva is one of the city’s coolest design boutiques & bar-cafés. I popped in recently, when my best friend from Barcelona came over for the weekend, and we both agreed this was a great place to look for something special. Housed in a converted body shop in a Plainpalais back-street, this ecletic concept store is heaven-on-earth if you’re on the hunt for minimalist Scandi designs, fair-trade French […]

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A Cat at the Opera

Geneva Grand Théâtre is synonym with great cultural shows for the whole family. The latest treat they have in store for families with young kids is Le Chat botté, an opera for children from age 5 by Russian composer César Cui, based on the famous tale by Charles Perrault.   A couple of years ago Expat Husband and I took the boys to a magnificent children’s production of “The Magic Flute” at the […]

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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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Organic Fruit with a Local Accent

One of the things I missed the most when we first moved to Geneva was all the healthy snacks available for children in the UK. My little ones loved them and I knew the brands weren’t loaded with sugar or other nasties. It took me a while (and a lot of label-reading in French!) to find some alternatives here, but I have to admit my boys weren’t always keen and […]

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Springtime in Carouge

Part exciting showcase of contemporary street art, part unadulterated fun for all ages, the Festival de Printemps Carougeois is an eclectic spring event covering a multiplicity of creative settings: art installations, theatre, dance, live music and children’s activities. This year, Geneva’s most mediterranean suburb will rouse from the last grip of winter to celebrate its joyful springtime from the 18th to the 28th of April 2013. And the central theme? Well, this […]

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What’s On in April

Spring is finally here to stay and the list of events in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France is filled with exciting outings for the whole family. Here’s our list of suggestions, but remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating it with more events each week ! Read our previous post to find all the best child-friendly places to enjoy a delicious and stress-free Sunday brunch with your […]

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Celebrate Easter the Swiss Way

Have you seen all the gorgeous Swiss Easter decorations that are filling the shelves of nearly every shop? If you’re anything like me, you might feel a twinge of sadness when Christmas is over and all your favourite tree ornaments go back in their box. But don’t despair – you won’t have to wait another year to unleash your inner decorating warrior, because the Swiss have a thing of two to teach […]

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A Swiss Mum Who Blogs

Pauline is a Swiss mum-of-three and the freelance illustrator behind the enourmously funny Lavipo, a Swiss blog about motherhood and other adventures that always leaves me in stitches! You might recognize yourself (I do!) in one of those IKEA-rages, monumentally bad-hair mornings or kids’ meltdowns she portrays so vividly – so if you’d like to find out more about Pauline scroll down a little to read the interview she’s kindly agreed to […]

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Au Chien Bleu

Cozy, colourful and full-to-the-brim with books and educational toys, Au Chien Bleu in Geneva is everything you dream an independent children’s bookstore to be. The choice of books, toys & CDs for 0 to 16 year-olds is infinite, but they also have a very tempting selection of gifts and stationery ranging from washi tape to satchels, gift boxes, pencil cases etc. Artfully arranged on the shelves and tables you’ll find anything from the classics to the most […]

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Baby & Making Playgroup

The “Baby + Making” playgroup Geneva is for parents who want to get creative with their little ones, meet other mums and come away with something crafty & cool that they have made with love. The playgroup – launched in January 2013 – is organised by Marian, an expat mum who moved to Geneva just before having her daughter Elodie in August last year, and welcomes everyone (dads included!).   The “Baby + Making” playgroup caters to […]

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Bags of Style

Our biggest thank you to La Muse boutique in Geneva (7, rue du Vieux-Collège) for inviting us to the presentation of the new Halaby bags collection for Spring/Summer 2013. Sketched by Lebanese designer Gilbert Halaby in his Rome’s atelier and entirely made in Italy by local artisans, these exquisite bags exude Italian 1950s glamour and exotic charm.   As a self-confessed handbag fetishist, I could go on about the superb craftmanship of […]

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What’s On in March

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. Here’s our list of suggestions, but keep checking our blog though, as we will be updating it with more events each week ! Free kids activities to enjoy with your little ones in Carouge (read here), including story-telling and theatre shows. Remember that some activities require […]

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See Annie the Musical in Geneva

Don’t miss Annie the musical in Geneva if you love nothing more than an all-time theatre classic, which is fun, adorable and perfect for the whole family. Annie the musical is coming at the Casino Theatre (42, rue De Carouge) from Saturday 2nd of March to Sunday 10th of March 2o13, so book your tickets now to make sure you won’t miss it. Performed in English by the Simply Theatre Academy, this heart-warming […]

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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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Languages & Storytime in Geneva

There’s nothing my little monkeys and I love more than a good story, so we were over the moon to find out about a series of readings for children organized by Geneva’s public libraries around the theme of languages & communication called “Même pas la langue dans la poche….”. Until the 31st of March 2013, parents and their little buttons will be able to visit some of Geneva’s bibliothèques municipales and take part in […]

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