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The 15 best things to do in Geneva
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The 15 best things to do in Geneva

Discover some of the best things to do in the city

Geneva's best restaurants
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Geneva's best restaurants

Our tips for great places to eat in the city, breakfast, lunch to dinner

The best shopping in Geneva
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The best shopping in Geneva

We want to show you just how creative your shopping in Geneva can get

Where to go for the best Geneva coffee
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Where to go for the best Geneva coffee

Coffee culture is as refined here as any city in Europe, and what most Geneva cafés have in common is a preference for outdoor seating.

Ten tips for when you first move to Geneva
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Ten tips for when you first move to Geneva

A few tips for those planning on moving to Geneva.

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Top burger bars in Geneva
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Top burger bars in Geneva

Find a tasty burger with our pick of the top burger bars in the city.

Geneva’s best restaurants
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Geneva’s best restaurants

Our selection of city eating spots covers everything from fine dining to places perfect for a quick lunch.

Geneva’s best cafés
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Geneva’s best cafés

A few of the top places for a quick coffee break in the city.

Café des Négociants
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Café des Négociants

There’s not much not to love about Carouge, and this bistro established by Swiss celebrity chef Philippe Chevrier fits right in. 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Izumi
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Izumi

The newest restaurant from the luxury Four Seasons Hotel is this Japanese-fusion affair from the Nobu stable, and it’s a welcome addition to a country that isn’t exactly awash with quality Japanese food. 

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Le Thé
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Le Thé

Had the emperor of China resided in Geneva, this Quartier des Bains corner would have undoubtedly been his restaurant of choice. Refined and mostly steamed little dishes compose a very motley menu, served against the backdrop of a cute wooden decor. H

Shopping and markets

The best shopping in Geneva
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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
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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
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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.

L’Apollinaire
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L’Apollinaire

Poetry and art inspire the décor of this uptown multibrand store. 

L’Adresse
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L’Adresse

A concrete floor, funky multicoloured chairs and vintage leather sofas make up this half bistro, half boutique concept store.

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The 15 best things to do in Geneva
Things to do

The 15 best things to do in Geneva

It’s a funny old place, but get under its skin and you’ll discover an interesting array of things to do in Geneva, from the international to the strictly local. 

Geneva’s best museums and attractions
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Geneva’s best museums and attractions

With a reputaiton of a world class city in a spectacular setting around an Alpine lake, renowned for its complement of global institutions, Geneva museums and other attractions are in generous supply.

Jet d’eau
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Jet d’eau

Don’t fight it: as possibly the most recognisable image of Geneva (you can even see it from the plane), it’s practically the law to get your photo taken in front of the city’s giant water fountain. 

Théâtre du Léman
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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

The best Geneva bars
Bars and pubs

The best Geneva bars

Discover some of the best bars and drinking spots in the city.

La Cave Electro
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La Cave Electro

This nightclub is a bit of a rarity in Geneva. 

Chat Noir
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Chat Noir

Away from the city centre, this live music club in Carouge promises a fun night out. Upstairs there’s a bar and restaurant serving burgers, steaks, tapas and share platters, while downstairs the club lays on a brilliant programme of live music including jazz, soul, French chanson and hip hop. DJ nights, jam sessions and comedy nights pop up from time to time too, so it’s always worth keeping an eye on the programme. Prices aren’t horrendous, and there’s a great set-price offer if you want to combine dinner with a gig. It does pretty good cocktails too.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
L’Usine

L’Usine

If you’re seeking something different to the overpriced slick clubs aimed at Geneva’s moneyed jet setters, you’ll certainly find it here. 

Le Cheval Blanc
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Le Cheval Blanc

Sporting a funky bar lit in neon colours and a basement venue, Le Box, which stages live music events and party nights, with anything from French chanson to improv nights and local rock bands.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
La Verre à Monique
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La Verre à Monique

This is the sort of place that makes you forget you’re in Geneva. A self-proclaimed speakeasy, it evokes the dirty glamour and clandestine excitement of prohibition-era America. 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars

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The most expensive hotel room in the world is in Geneva
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The most expensive hotel room in the world is in Geneva

A staggering 80,000 CHF for one night in this luxury paradise makes it the most expensive hotel room in the world. 

Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva

Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva

Claiming to be Geneva’s very first hotel, the Four Seasons has been welcoming upmarket guests to its elegant surroundings since 1834. 

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Hotel Warwick Geneva

Hotel Warwick Geneva

With contemporary, understated decor throughout the rooms, a sleek business centre, a modern bar and restaurant, this is a solid choice for an unstuffy, urban stay in the heart of the city. 

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Hotel d’Angleterre

Hotel d’Angleterre

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.

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La Cour Des Augustins Boutique Gallery Design Hotel

La Cour Des Augustins Boutique Gallery Design Hotel

The ultra-modern, minimalist decor of this hotel sits within two conjoined 19th century buildings around an interior courtyard, and to explore to buzz of the surrounding area. 

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