Summer in Geneva

What’s On in July 2016

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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What’s On in June 2016

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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What’s on in August 2015

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

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

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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What’s On in July 2015

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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Best Ice-Cream Parlours

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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What’s On in June 2015

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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Every Mum Is an Island

In full view of the Mont Blanc bridge and yet concealed away from all the hustle and bustle of central Geneva, the île Rousseau is one of the city’s hidden treasures. The île Rousseau is a small island on the river Rhône and a public park dedicated to the city’s most famous philosopher. Its history dates back to the 16th century, when it was first one of Geneva’s walled bastions and – in 1628 – a […]

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Key English School

If you’re looking for a fun & engaging holiday camp for your children this summer, then Key English School might be the answer. With a wide range of summer camps for children aged 3 to 15, available at various locations in Geneva and Lausanne, Key English School provides excellent childcare and education during the school holidays. Parents are able to choose between full days (from 9am to 5pm) or half days, with morning […]

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What’s On in August 2014

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. Remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating this post with more events each week. 1st August 2014: celebrate Swiss National Day with a brunch at the farm, a […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Baby & Toddler Playgroup in Geneva

If you’ve just moved to Geneva with very young children, you’ll be happy to know about a fantastic infant & toddler playgroup called “Les enfants en bas âge“. Expat mum Michelle is one of the group’s organizers and she kindly contributed the article below to tell us more about their Meetup playgroup in Geneva, so here’s some key info for all expat parents out there !     Infant & Toddler […]

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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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Le Verre a Monique

If you’d like to kick-off the festive season in style, book your little muffin’s favourite babysitter for the evening and head to one of Geneva’s best cocktail bars: Le Verre à Monique in the Quartier des Bains. On Wednesday 19th of December 2012, Le Verre à Monique will be celebrating with a very glam Tea Punch Xmas party, starting from 6.30pm. I can assure you from personal experience that the bar’s special alcoholic concoction […]

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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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Geneva’s Historical Trams

As we were driving past Cornavin Station a few weeks ago, my boys screamed with excitement at the sight of a beautiful 1930s historical tram taking a tour of the city. To be honest, I was just as disappointed as they were that we couldn’t just drop our car and jump on board ! The good news is that the Association Genevoise du Musée des Tramways (AGMT) has organized a fantastic historical […]

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Sympa…les Poneys !

Little Miss Cutie is 2 and entering her “I love ponies” stage. She’ll squeal in delight every time we drive past a riding school and seize any pony-related books she lays eyes on when we’re out shopping.   Luckily for us, there are many pony clubs and riding schools within a short distance of Geneva so last weekend, as a special treat for Her Toddlerness, we took the children for a pony ride to the Pony Club in […]

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The Geneva Music Scene

Expats often complain that Geneva is “too quiet” and doesn’t offer much in terms of night-life or music gigs. If you’ve heard this a million times before and would like to hear a different drummer, take a look at our interview with Paolo H. – one third of DJ & music events team Indie Nation. Their vision is simple and quite clear: bring glamorous Indie Rock’n’Roll back in town – can’t say fairer than that, […]

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Les Fetes de Geneve

From the 19th of July to the 12th of August 2012 Geneva will be celebrating its fabulous summer fest: les Fêtes de Genève. Check their website for full details on the 10-days line-up of free concerts, Beach Rugby Festival, free dance lessons at the “Scène by Point Bar”, breathtaking firework displays and the thrilling Fête de la Rade sports race. Celebrations start on Thursday 19th of July at the Jardin Anglais with the Scène des […]

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Summer in Geneva

Summertime in Geneva can seem like a very quiet affair to most expats since many foreign families tend to take the children back to their home-country during school holidays. However, Geneva is far from quiet in summer. On the contrary, it offers numerous fun activities for children and a host of great festivals and events that it would be a shame to miss. So, for all those still in town or planning a visit, here’s our best-of list ! […]

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Yoga in the Park

If you love yoga, or always wanted to try it but never had the chance, why not make the most of the glorious summer season in Geneva and join one of the Yoga in the Park courses starting on Monday 25th of June ? This great initiative is organised by l’association “2 B.E.” and has been going for three years. Courses are held at the Parc La Grange on the following days: Mondays […]

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Make a Splash!

Now that summer is finally here, what better way to enjoy the sunshine than let your little ones splash around in one of Geneva’s paddling pools, lake beaches or great lidos ? Free paddling pools Although we often say that life in Geneva is very expensive, did you know just how many free pataugeoires there are in the city? If you’d like to find out, the official Ville de Genève website has published […]

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Paint Party, Pic Nic & Movie Night This Saturday!

CinéTransat Paint Party: Saturday 2nd of June Parc de la Grange, from midday Make a note in your diary for this great family-friendly event taking place this Saturday in Geneva! The event has been organised to celebrate a “triple anniversary”: the 40th anniversary of the United Nations Environmental Programme, the 10th anniversary of Switzerland’s joining the U.N. and the UN Conference for Sustainable Development RIO+20. The celebration will kick off […]

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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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CinéTransat is Back!

Spring and Summer are definitely the best seasons to enjoy Geneva to the full. Gorgeous weather, longer days stretching into breezy summer nights and a host of fantastic outdoor festivals uncover the city’s cool and laid back charm. One of Geneva’s best summer festivals is, without a doubt, the open-air cinema organised by CinéTransat. The event is not just an outdoor screening of some of the best-loved movies in film history but, most […]

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