Sweeping views of the Alps, untouched-by-war architecture and award-winning French-influenced fare are just a few reasons Europeans place Geneva atop the list of wish-I-lived-there cities. When you’re ready to discover this Swiss Shangri-La, here’s where you must dine and drink.
Where To Eat
Elegant details are everywhere at Le Flacon, from the hand-carved wood-and-stone décor to the meticulous preparing of local ingredients like its to-die-for seared pork belly.
Food and fashion meet at l’Addresse, an unconventional restaurant-boutique where you can shop top designers and watchmakers and sip local biodynamic wine.
Surrounded by art galleries in the Plainpalais district, Café des Bains boasts Swiss-French fusion fare. The must-try: frog-leg risotto.
While La Halle de Rive has a bustling bistro, steal a tip from the locals and head to its giant market to get your fill of samples from the bounty of artisanal offerings, including more than 300 cheeses.
For chocolate lovers, take a stroll down Rue de Rive, which is packed with the best chocolatiers in Switzerland: Martel, La Bonbonnière and Auer, home of the famed amandes princesse, a decadent bite of caramelized almonds coated in chocolate and cocoa.
Where To Drink
Switzerland only exports 2% of its wine, so even veteran oenophiles will enjoy the art of the discovery here. The best place to start is Le Réservoir. It has a long wine list and the helpful English- and French-speaking sommeliers take pleasure in guiding you to gems like Christian Guyot’s 2011 Trois Helvètes, a silky blend of Diolinoir, Garanoir and Galotta.
At Chez Lucien, drink in a picturesque view of Lake Geneva along with high-end Swiss wines like the 2012 Petite Arvine from Jean-René Germanier.
Moderation is not on the menu at Auberge d’Onex, from the parade of antipasti to the dangerously large carafes of homemade limoncello.
Still prowling for some late-night fun? Le Chat Noir soothes your inner beast with live music, creative cocktails and true Genevan tipples like Calvinus beer and eau de vie de Poire Williams.