La Buvette des Bains
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Hang in the sun by the lake at this ever-popular café at the Bains des Pâquis swimming baths.
This café-restaurant is part of Geneva’s Bains des Paquis, a 1930s-era public swimming baths and spa on Lake Geneva’s right bank. As such, it’s a great place to hang out in the sun right next to the lake, whether for coffee, drinks or a light bite. Open year round, it’s as popular in summer for breakfast on the spacious outdoor terrace as it is for a hearty fondue in the heated cabin in winter – and it attracts all types, from bankers to beach bums, self-employed to unemployed. The menu of salads, soups and charcuterie is simple and pretty cheap and there’s a set-price dish of the day. Mostly though, you come here for the laid-back atmosphere, the people-watching, the view of the lake and the opportunity to take a dip if you fancy it – even in winter.
Quai du Mont-Blanc 30
|Transport:||Bus 1, 25; Boat M1, M2, M3|
|Price:||Main courses CHF10-15|
|Opening hours:||7am-10.30pm Mon-Sun (summer); 8am-10.30pm Mon-Sun (winter)|