A Foodie’s Guide to Geneva
Switzerland’s capital city is renowned for its international influences and with dishes from France, Italy and Germany popular throughout the city, there’s something for everyone in Geneva. Whether you fancy chocolate tasting in Gruyeres or sushi in Paquis, Geneva is a foodie hotspot for those with cosmopolitan taste buds.
Elegance and sophistication at the Auberge du Lion d’Or ££
Auberge du Lion d’Or Dupont & Byrne Place P.Gautier, 5 CH – 1223, Cologny +41 (0) 22 736 44 32 liondor.ch
Located in the Cologny district, this restaurant is one of the more exclusive in Geneva. Known to locals as the Beverly Hills of the city, this area is famous for its haute cuisine. A Michelin-starred fish restaurant, it’s not difficult to see why the Lion d’Or is considered one of the city’s finest. With dramatic views over Lake Geneva, the restaurant’s interior is decorated in an elegant, classical style. As well as the option of dining alfresco on the terrace, the menu offers such delicacies as red mullet with fennel gnocchi and a selection of international wines. Lion d’Or benefits from the creativity of two chefs, French-born Gillies Dupont and Irishman Thomas Byrne, whose different cultural backgrounds make for a wide variety of choice. Just don’t expect to be seated on a Saturday or a Sunday as the weekend is reserved exclusively for private functions.
Cheese and Chocolate Tasting in Gruyeres ££
Geneva Bookings through Viator (0) 20 3478 5933 viator.com/tours/Geneva/Day-Trip-to-Gruyeres-with-Cheese-and-Chocolate-Tastings/d578-2510KTG352
Chocolate, cheese and travel – a winning combination by any foodie’s standards! On this luxury coach trip to Gruyeres from Geneva, you’ll have the chance to take in Switzerland’s surrounding landscape including Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps. On this trip, you’ll visit a cheese factory and a chocolate factory and learn about the history and current production methods of these specialities from your designated tour guide. La Maison Cailler cheese factory produces 48 wheels of Gruyere cheese per day so there’s plenty of free samples to go around! After a break for lunch, you’ll visit La La Maison du Gruyere to see first hand, how Switzerland’s world famous chocolate is made – and yes, there are free samples of the chocolate too!
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A taste of Japan in the heart of Geneva – Mikayo Restaurant ££
Mikayo Restaurant Rue de Chantepoulet, 11 1201, Geneve +41 (0) 22 738 01 20 miyako.ch/en/
Japanese restaurants are a rare find in Switzerland and although the Swiss aren’t known for their Japanese food, Mikayo is a busy, bustling restaurant situated on the edge of Paquis. If culinary showmanship is your idea of a perfect evening, then this restaurant will definitely satisfy, as many dishes are prepared right before your very eyes. With familiar, high quality food, Mikayo offers a reliable set menu but for those who prefer to be a little more adventurous, the Teppanyaki tables come highly recommended from other foodies, where the chefs are given the opportunity to impress with their cooking displays. As with most Japanese restaurants, all set dishes are presented on small plates and usually accompanied by lightly vinegared rice, fruits de mer and vegetables.
Attention to detail is on the menu at Le Patara ££
Patara Fine Thai Cuisine Quai du Mont-Blanc13 1201 Geneve +41 (0) 22 731 55 66 patara-geneve.ch
An upscale restaurant in the Beau Rivage hotel, Le Patara offers a welcoming first impression, decorated with dark woods and silk. Known for its chefs’ attention to detail from which the restaurant’s name derives, ‘Le Patara’, is the name given to a young lady who attentively cares for family and friends. The authenticity and freshness of the food in this restaurant is second to none as ingredients are apparently imported twice a week from Bangkok and used alongside local produce. As well as all the classics you’d expect to find in a Thai restaurant, the menu includes such specialities as organic steamed sea bass fillets with a lime and chilli sauce and Barbary duck breast in red curry and tropical fruit sauce. With a carefully selected wine list to compliment spicy dishes, this restaurant offers a unique Thai dining experience on the banks of Lake Geneva.