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Shopping and markets
The best shopping in Geneva
We want to show you just how creative your shopping in Geneva can get – once you know where to go. The block around Place du Molard may be well stocked with designer boutique options and department stores, but the surrounding side streets and downtown villages like Eaux Vives, Carouge and Quartier des Bains have a wealth of interesting and creative one-offs. How about a unique mechanical art gallery complete with flying structures? Or a world-renowned vintage clothing collection? One of a kind jewels? Retro home design at affordable prices? Book-stores where you can buy art and get your hair done? Geneva has so many original outlets to discover on any shopping tour. Plus a big advantage to shopping in the city is its bijoux size: you can cover most of it on foot and the remainder via the super efficient tram system.
Vintage and second-hand shopping in Geneva
This is when Geneva's expensive lifestyle finally becomes an advantage; ladies here throw out their designer gear faster than you can say Carrie Bradshaw. There is a blossoming scene of well stocked vintage and second hand stores such as Julia's Dressing, as well as markets with luxury finds you’d be hard pushed to discover elsewhere. You can enjoy every type of used clothes shop here – from hectic over-stocked charity bargain buckets to chic vintage emporiums like Numéero 6. It is also worth keeping an eye on local flea markets, car boot sales (vide greniers) and the twice yearly Puces de Design, a vast retro furniture design market in a warehouse in Morges which has a formidable vintage clothes section.
Geneva's best designer shops
Geneva is not just about luxury watches and big brand names. There is much more to high end shopping in town than ladies who lunch tottering over the cobbles in Louboutins. Tucked away in the side streets you can find a heavenly host of hip boutiques with edgy and interesting fashion choices, including the pick of the rack of assorted international designers. The most affordable items may be the scented candles, but the styling and service can be exceptional, and many outlets have worldwide fashion exclusives.
More things to do in Geneva
Théâtre du Léman
The former casino in Geneva’s Grand Kempinski Hotel is now a successful events venue staging theatre, music, comedy and various commercially-minded spectacles from tap dancing extravaganzas to Queen tribute acts and children’s shows. Best of all are the occasional big name international musicians. Given the theatre’s accessible location in central Geneva and modest size (at least, compared with arenas), it’s a good place to catch them live.
Bars, nightlife and live music
Find a hotel
There are numerous luxury hotels strung along Geneva’s mega posh Rive Droite, each proffering five star service, idiosyncratically decorated rooms and superlative views of Lake Geneva. However a stay at the Hotel d’Angleterre is certainly an individual experience, if you can afford to have it.