Where to Shop in Geneva, Switzerland

Inspired by its mountainous setting, Geneva has long been a city of soaring intellectualism. With its outdoorsy vibe, it’s also the perfect place to get high on the good life.

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Atelier Jean Kazès

For a true taste of Geneva's watchmaking heritage, head to this atelier in Carouge, where 92-year-old Jean has been making inside-out clocks for decades. He believes the machinations of clocks and watches are too beautiful to conceal in a case.


21 Rue Saint-Joseph, Carouge 1227

An ancient bookshop in Geneva
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Librairie Ancienne

Geneva has the best antique and rare bookshops in the world. This Old Town gem is an atmospheric place to start, then head over to nearby Boulevard Bookstore, or Payot Genève Cornavin, north of the Rhône.


20 Grand'Rue, 1204 Geneva

Flea goods in Geneva, Switzerland
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Plainpalais Flea Market

Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and the first Sunday of the month, this decades- old (it started in 1970) flea market is one of Switzerland's largest, with antique homeware, vintage clothes and art up for grabs. Serious collectors arrive at 6.30am.


Marché aux Puces de Plainpalais, 1205

The Lowdown

Keen to discover more shops in Geneva? Visit myswitzerland.com, or purchase Volume 37: Craft today and receive A Creative's Guide to Switzerland, an 80-page SUITCASE travel companion to Zurich, Basel, Lausanne and Montreux Riviera and Geneva.

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