Archive for the restaurants Tag

Le Refuge de Florimont

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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

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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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Le Bordu

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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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A Historical Brasserie

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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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The Lucky Castle

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As the holidays approach and we get ready for our long drive back home to Italy, we’re always looking for clever ways to break up the journey so that the cheeky monkeys can let off steam while Expat Husband & I enjoy a little rest, preferably accompanied by some great food & wine. One of our favourite pit-stops is the Castello di Pavone hotel & restaurant in Pavone Canavese (Italy), just a […]

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Kids Welcome Here!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Buvette de la Plage

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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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Brunch in the Sun

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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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Best Thai Bistro in Meyrin

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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

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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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Best Burgers at Inglewood Geneva

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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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Le Carlina – Any Excuse For a Visit

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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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L’Artichaut Bistrot Gourmand

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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” !

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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 ?

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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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Shopping & Dining in Ferney Voltaire

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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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It’s BBQ Time

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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

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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

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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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Table for Two?

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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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Dinner & the Movies

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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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