Winter in Geneva

What’s On in December 2016

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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What’s On in February 2016

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, Vaud and nearby France, not to mention all the ideas you can find in our post on how to survive those sleepy winter Sundays (…free ice-skating anyone?). We had to wait a fair bit for it, but now that we have plenty of snow, what about taking the little ones for some […]

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Family Classes at Music Together

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

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

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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What’s On in November 2015

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

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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Best Family Ski Resorts

You’ll have to admit, one of the greatest perks of living in Geneva is being able to enjoy some of Europe’s best ski slopes right on our doorstep (well, almost…) so a post about skiing in the Geneva region is in order, wouldn’t you agree? If you’re ready to explore this winter wonderland, the Geneva Airport website has a fantastic summary of all the best family ski resorts within easy reach of Geneva […]

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Carnival 2015

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 and March 2015. 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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What’s On in February 2015

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, Vaud and nearby France, not to mention all the ideas you can find in our post on how to survive those sleepy winter Sundays (…free ice-skating anyone?). We had to wait a fair bit for it, but now that we have plenty of snow, what about taking the little ones for some […]

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What’s On in January 2015

Still recovering from ringing in the new year with friends and family? Same here, hence the late posting of our usual “what’s on” (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 […]

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What’s On in December 2014

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: 5th-6th December 2014: Geneva’s 37th Course de l’Escalade. The Christmas spirit is spreading […]

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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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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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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 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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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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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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Join the Geneva Reading Society

What I love the most about Geneva’s discreet charm and reserved ethos, is that there’s always some amazing new discovery to be made even when – like us – you’ve lived here for many years. Just when you think you’ve mastered everything there is to know about Geneva’s old town, you can walk through the doors of the magnificent 18th century Hôtel du Résident on the Grand’Rue and find yourself in a […]

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What’s On in February

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?). You can also enjoy some fantastic kids activities with your little ones in Carouge (read here), which include story-telling, shows and baby music and are […]

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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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Open Day at the Grand Theatre

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of the largest production theatre in French-speaking Switzerland ? If so, mark Wednesday 30th of January 2013 on your agenda as on this day the Grand Théâtre de Genève will be hosting a free “Journée portes ouvertes” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the theatre’s re-opening. On this occasion, Geneva’s Grand Théâtre will open the doors of its studio-workshops to the public – […]

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Perrault’s “Puss in Boots”

Our boys had a great time when they went to see Heidi at the Théâtre Rodolphe Töpffer in Geneva just before Christmas, so I’ll soon be booking tickets for their next show: “Le Chat Botté”, scheduled from the 24th of February to the 24th of March 2013.   The show will follow the original Charles Perrault’s tale of a clever, sharp kitty who helps his young owner to conquer fame and fortune, […]

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Sunday Survival Guide

It is one of the first things you will hear from other expats when you arrive in Geneva. They might be moaning about it, cranky and stressed from years of suffering, or declare it’s the best thing that could ever happen to you and your family, claiming it gives you time for things other than “worshipping at the altar of Tesco’s” (a direct quote from another expat mum). The thing […]

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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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Family Fun in Carouge

It’s not always easy to find some indoor activities for our little ones during these cold winter days, but the good news is that the libraries in Carouge have come up with a fab winter programme of kids shows, story-telling, baby music and much more – all free of charge ! The events take place in different locations: the Bibliothèque de Carouge (Boulevard des Promenades 2bis); the BiblioQuartier des Grands-Hutins […]

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Lyli Meets the Stone-Muncher

Swiss-born illustrator and children author Céline Eimann will be launching her latest book “Lily meets the Stone-Muncher” on Thursday 20th of December 2012 from 5pm to 8pm at the family café-restaurant “Un R de famille” in Geneva, so if you’re looking for a special book for your little ones this Xmas make sure you pop round !     “Lily meets the Stone-Muncher” tells the story of Lyli, a brave […]

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Share the Neighbourly Love !

Do you remember last summer’s “Jouez, je suis à vous!” public art event in Geneva, where a number of pianos located throughout the city were available for everyone to enjoy ? If you thought that was a good idea, be prepared for something even better: Geneva’s Association Tako – in collaboration with the Ville de Genève – is launching on the 20th of December 2012 “Boîtes d’échange entre voisins” a community art project designed to invite the public […]

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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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What’s On in December

The countdown to Christmas has begun and we have a fab list of events coming up in the area during the festive season ! Take a look at our previous posts for more info about Geneva’s Escalade (7th-9th December 2012); Noël à Carouge (Xmas market 14th-16th December 2012, boutiques open every Sunday); Montreux Noël (until 24th December 2012) as well as Christmas tales under the tree at the Ariana Museum (Sunday 16th December 2012) […]

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Karen Millen in Geneva

There are special labels in the world of fashion that make every girl dream of bold glamour, style & smoking-hot leather jackets. Flying the British flag for this distinctive signature style in Geneva is Karen Millen, so how would you like to join in the celebrations for Millen’s 10th anniversary in the city of Calvin with a unique shopping event ? If the answer is yes, free up your diary for Thursday […]

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Ready Steady Escalade – part 2

As promised, I am back with part 2 of my Escalade post to tell you a bit more about one of Geneva’s oldest and proudest traditions. Did you have chance to take part in the Marmite Race last weekend? Costumes were great fun: from nuns to bananas, Smurfs to jellyfish everybody was there ! The countdown to this historical celebrations has started. The weekend of the 12th to the 14th of December […]

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Ski Schools for Children

This is probably the best time of the year in Geneva (and Vaud of course!): what can be more iconic and exhilarating than waking up to the sight of those glorious white peaks encircling the city like a glittering crown ? As I drive towards Nyon every morning, I love to follow the fleecy outline of the Jura range with my eyes, so refulgent and pearl-white even when the lowland is clouded in grey.   This […]

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Thalia et Bubu Xmas Showroom in Geneva

If you’re in Geneva this week and thinking how nice it would be to do a bit of stress-free Xmas shopping while keeping the kids happy (is that at all possible?!) why not join Thalia & Bubu at their Xmas showroom from Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th of December 2012 ? There will be photos with Santa, gorgeous decorations, a relaxed atmosphere and a sterling selection of pressies for little helpers […]

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Xmas at the Ariana Museum

The Ariana Museum (Musée suisse de la céramique et du verre) in Geneva houses one of grandest Ceramics and Glass collections in Europe. You might have spotted the museum’s beautiful building, built at the end of the 19th century, nestled in an elegant garden just a few steps away from the Palais des Nations. The agenda of family-friendly events during the month of December at the Ariana Museum is fantastic, so if you’re here […]

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Fave Stocking-Fillers from Little Home

Now it’s the time to start thinking about little presents for the kids’ teachers and stocking-fillers for my nearest & dearest. Luckily, our new sponsor LittleHome.ch is a treasure trove of cute and stylish little finds (& very reasonably priced too!) Here’s a selection of our favourite Xmas stocking-fillers – what are yours ?                             Last, but by no means […]

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December at MAMCO

The agenda for December 2012 at MAMCO, Geneva’s Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, is filled with great events that are free of charge thanks to the support of the Fondation Lombard Odier.   If you’d like to find out more about Switzerland’s biggest contemporary art museum, here’s some dates for your diary:   Thursday 20th December 2012: LAST CHRISTMAS ! XMAS PARTY 2012 from 8pm to 5am Villa Magica Records, Mamco & le Centre […]

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