Few cities in the world are more international than Geneva, and the culinary scene of this vibrant place reflects it.
Here, the pinnacle of world gourmet food is thickened by the rich history of Switzerland’s incomparable cuisine, and our little guide brings you some of the best places to give it a try.
Restaurant Hôtel du Parc des Eaux-Vives
Overlooking the lush park that stretches out to the glimmering lake water, the Restaurant Hôtel du Parc des Eaux-Vives is gastronomic serenity. With panoramic windows and a sprawling terrace to let you soak in the sights, the Hôtel du Parc des Eaux-Vives actually incorporates two restaurants.
The brasserie on the main floor features exquisite Mediterranean-influenced light dishes, while the restaurant À l’Étage provides traditional Swiss dishes and a delectable summer grill. Don’t miss out on Sunday brunch, which is a particular treat.
Dupont and Byrne
The eponymous chefs of this gourmet restaurant, Gilles Dupont and Thomas Byrne, are truly culinary artists.
Mixing flavours from all over the world around the frame of traditional Swiss gastronomy to astonish your palate with every bite. The Auberge restaurant, the Bistro, and the exquisite bar all feature sleek, stylish design that reflects the international artistry of the culinary experience and is at once intimate and exciting.
Grand Hotel Kempinski Restaurants
A triumvirate of flavours, these three outstanding restaurants serve unmatchable cuisine with flare and exquisite lake views.
From the elegance and romance of Le Grill, to the Mediterranean panache and sun soaked terrace of the FloorTwo Restaurant, to the Tse Yang restaurant, where you can enjoy a spicy flare of Chinese cuisine, these ones are worth more than a few visits.
Cafétéria de l’OMM
Nine floors up and with 360º skyline views of Geneva and the sparkling waters of the lake, this restaurant is literally above the rest.
Perfect for business lunches where you can take in the whole city, the Cafétéria de l’OMM is a great escape in the heart of Geneva.
An exquisite, secluded dining experience that feels miles away from anywhere, Le Floris is really only 15 minutes from Geneva’s centre. Views stretch across Lake Léman to the snowcapped mountains.
Meanwhile, the refined take on traditional cuisine enlivens your other senses. An exceptional sunlit terrace is an ideal gourmet getaway in the summer, while the warmth of the dining rooms is wonderfully cosy in the winter, especially with a glass of exquisite red wine and a scrumptious hot meal.
Brasserie des Halles de l’Île
Set right on the lake, this grand restaurant is worlds away from ordinary. By day, a delightful restaurant with a highlight on regional Swiss cuisine prepared by the famous chef Mickaêl Benyair and perfectly accompanied by fine local wines.
In the evening, these delightful dishes are complimented by toe-tapping music by a myriad of local artists. By night, this refined restaurant lets its hair down and the DJs in as it transforms into a swingin’ club where you can dance the night away.
Restaurant La Perle du Lac
For a little countryside romance, steeped in history and tradition, there’s nothing like La Perle du Lac. On the shores of the Mont Blanc bay, this refined old home has been reincarnated as a world-class gourmet restaurant.
Exquisite design mirrors the delectable cuisine, while the atmosphere lets you bathe in the romance and grandeur of bygone eras.