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 there’s only so much flat pack a parent can handle in a lifetime so we were ecstatic to discover that the Pfister flagship store in Etoy provides not only a lovely restaurant furnished with indoor play area & toys, but also a fabulous garderie d’enfants open every afternoon Monday to Friday and all day on Saturday.

The Café Restaurant Ch’Etoy is located on the ground floor of the Pfister showroom and dishes up the perfect Swiss-style comfort food I crave when I am tired and suffering from toddler overload: croûtes au fromage with ham & egg; rösti, omelettes aux fines herbes and succulent meat stews with side vegetables. Prices are very reasonable and kids menus are 9CHF per child, including free sirop.

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Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

Ch'Etoy Restaurant - Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Ch’Etoy Restaurant – Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

That's what we call Swiss comfort food. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

That’s what we call Swiss comfort food. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

The restaurant’s indoor play area is right in the middle of the eating area so you can keep an eye on the little ones while you eat & they can ran off as soon as they’ve cleaned up their plates. We love it because it’s stocked with some great toys suitable from different ages.

Play area at Ch'Etoy Restaurant - Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Play area at Ch’Etoy Restaurant – Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

Ch'Etoy Restaurant - Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Ch’Etoy Restaurant – Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

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Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

The Pfister garderie d‘enfants is on the top floor of the showroom, easily spotted by the outline of the large wooden pirate ship filled with plastic balls that makes it the best shopping centre garderie that we have ever seen in the area.

Calling it plush wouldn’t do justice to its elegant Scandi decor, wooden furniture (including an adorable Wendy house!) and chic pastel colours. It’s also well-stocked with toys for all ages and climbing structures to satisfy even the most daring climber. It’s so well-run and so much fun that my 3 little munchkins never want to leave!

Children aged 3 to 7 can be left in this supervised garderie free of charge for 1 hour, while you shop at Pfister or look around for inspiration: this is one of the largest Pfister showrooms and at 16,000 square meters they offer plenty of choice and styles to suit all tastes.

Pfister garderie. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Pfister garderie. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

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Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

One classy garderie. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

One classy garderie. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

Café Restaurant Ch’Etoy

Sortie Genève de Pfister

Rue de l’Industrie, 10

1163 Etoy

021 807 49 45

info@chetoy.ch

Open from 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday; 8am to 9pm on Thursdays and 8am to 6pm on Saturdays.

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Pfister Etoy

Centre de l’Habitat

Route de l’industrie 10

1163 Etoy 

Tel. 021 821 81 11

Open from 10am to 7pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10am to 9pm on Thursday and 9am to 6pm on Saturday.

 

Pfister garderie d’enfants

Second Floor – Pfister showroom

Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 2pm to 6pm; Thursday from 2pm to 7pm and Saturday from 10am to 6pm. 

Here’s a list of other furniture superstores and shops in the Geneva, Vaud and neighbouring France area, remember that you can buy high value goods in France or any other EU countries and then ask for a VAT refund (19.6%). When you then import the item into Switzerland you’ll have to pay Swiss VAT at a rate of 8%, saving yourself 11.6%.

FURNITURE STORES in GENEVA:

 

FURNITURE STORES in VAUD:

 

FURNITURE STORES in FRANCE:

 

THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST, please leave a comment below if you have other furniture stores to recommend – thank you!

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