The 8 Best Places To Eat In Geneva For A Happy Tummy

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Auguste Escoffier, chef, restaurateur and culinary writer from France, once said, “Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness”, and we totally agree. When you eat something delicious, your tummy feels happy and you feel good, too. If you happen to be in Geneva or will visit Geneva any time soon, you have to check out these 8 restaurants on our list, as they are the best places to eat in Geneva:

1. Chez ma Cousine

Chez Ma Cousine, Place du Bourg-de-Four, Geneva, Switzerland, 21 July 2017, Rainard
Source: Photo by Flickr user Lynn Rainard used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Situated conveniently in the gorgeous part of the Old Town, Chez ma Cousine is famous for its chicken. The must-try feature at this restaurant, which will only cost you about 15.90 CHF (15.90 USD), is the half grilled chicken served with Provencal potatoes, salad and tasty gravy. The restaurant may get crowded during peak time, so it is best to avoid the restaurant during these hours, as you cannot reserve a table.

Chez ma Cousine

Address: Place du Bourg-de-Four 6, 1204 Genève, Switzerland

Website: Chez ma Cousine

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2. La Bottega

Editor’s note: Establishment is permanently closed

Craving some Italian food? Then come to one of the best Italian restaurants in Geneva, La Bottega. This Michelin starred restaurant is relatively new and opened in 2015. It adopts a contemporary approach to its delicious meals and flavors and offers a menu that changes daily, depending on the fresh ingredients of the local market. The menu also includes some permanent features, such as the beef carpaccio, with artichokes and hazelnuts. Located in the heart of Geneva, the restaurant will wow you not only for its exquisite meals but also for its simple, minimalist, yet beautiful design.

La Bottega

Address: Rue de la Corraterie 21, 1204 Genève, Switzerland

Website: La Bottega

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3. Boco

Shepherd's pie (22470901009)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Abhinaba Basu used under CC BY 2.0

Do you know what “boco” means in English? It means “jar”. Now you might already have a guess as to why “boco” is the restaurant’s name. Yes, every meal in this restaurant is served in a plastic jar. Local favourites include the braised beef shepherd’s pie and poached egg with green-pea cream and tapioca. For dessert, the recommended menu is raspberry creme caramel, specially crafted by Christophe Michalak, a French Master Patissier.


Address: Boulevard Georges-Favon 10, 1204 Genève, Switzerland

Website: Boco

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4. Cafe Papon

Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing

Open since 1808, Cafe Papon may be one of the oldest restaurants in Geneva. Situated strategically in the heart of the Old Town, close to the Town Hall, the restaurant serves seasonal, local dishes that change every couple of weeks. Choose to sit outside, where you can enjoy your meal while admiring the beautiful view of Bastions Park.

Cafe Papon

Address: Rue Henri-Fazy 1, 1204 Genève, Switzerland

Website: Cafe Papon

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5. La Buvette des Bains

Eating Swiss Fondue in Switzerland. Can I get an Amen! ( was better than you can imagine)
Source: Photo by Flickr user Laura Supalla Gil... used under CC BY 2.0

La Buvette des Bains is one of the many restaurants in Geneva surrounded by spectacular views, such as beautiful Geneva Lake, the mighty Jet d’Eau Fountain and the extremely popular beach for the local people, Bains des Paquis. Whether you come for lunch or dinner, choose to sit by the lake to feel the fresh air and enjoy your meal. The restaurant serves delicious buffet meals at affordable prices. If you visit the restaurant between the months of September and April, you can taste the restaurant’s famous Swiss Fondue.

La Buvette des Bains

Full Address: Quai du Mont-Blanc 30, 1201 Genève, Switzerland

Website: La Buvette des Bains - in French)

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6. Cafe du Soleil

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Noisettes de biche et Civet de chevreuil maison ! Au Café du Soleil !!! #geneve #bistrot #suggestions #bonmoment #cosy #chefcuisine #cuisinemaison

Posted by Café du Soleil on Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Swiss fondue is one of the most mouthwatering Swiss foods. It is very popular for both local people and tourists. Cafe du Soleil probably serves the tastiest Swiss fondue in the city. So, if you want to know how tasty authentic Swiss fondue can be, head to Cafe du Soleil. Offering a warm atmosphere, you may want to make a reservation in advance, as the restaurant can be crowded, especially during peak time.

Cafe du Soleil

Address: Place du Petit-Saconnex 6, 1209 Genève, Switzerland

Website: Cafe du Soleil

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7. Domaine de Chateauvieux

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Standing elegantly above the Geneva countryside, Domaine de Chateauvieux is one of the most charming restaurants in beautiful Geneva. Surrounded by vineyards, the restaurant that looks more like a huge, traditional Swiss house promises the ultimate culinary experience! Helmed by the one and only Philippe Chevrier, the restaurant serves seasonal dishes made from natural flavours and ingredients. Brittany lobster, pan-fried in a sweet curry and coconut sauce is one of the most delicious meals served at Domaine de Chateauvieux, so make sure you try it. There is also a great selection of wine for you to choose from.

Domaine de Chateauvieux

Address: Chemin de Châteauvieux, Peney-Dessus 16, 1242 Satigny, Switzerland

Website: Domaine de Chateauvieux

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8. Café des Bains

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Café des Bains on Thursday, January 23, 2020

Focusing on simple yet meticulously detailed dishes, Cafe des Bains has successfully attracted both local people and tourists. Serving in a contemporary establishment, with a warm and stylish atmosphere, the restaurant proudly serves light dishes, main courses and a rotating special menu that changes each day. They also have an extensive selection of drinks. Inspired by cuisine from all over the world, the must-try dishes include the Kashmiri chicken curry served with mango chutney and raita and meringue with double cream and raspberries, extremely addicting!

Café des Bains

Address: Rue des Bains 26, 1205 Genève, Switzerland

Website: Café des Bains - in French)

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Delicious cuisine should not only be tasted but also discussed

Tea-room Philippe & Joëlle Taillé, Cologny, Geneva, Switzerland - 20140614-03
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Smuconlaw used under CC BY-SA 4.0

When you taste something very delicious, you have to talk about it and let other people know about it, so that they can feel that genuine happiness too. This is what we aim to do by sharing these 8 restaurants. Visit all the restaurants mentioned above and, if not possible, try to visit at least some of them. Prove it to yourself: taste the meals and you’ll be genuinely happy, right away.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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