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Serving only steak frites in their famous secret sauce, this buzzy little bistro tops the list for Geneva. Waitresses in traditional black and white pinnies bring old-school glamour and you’ll struggle to choose from an excellent array of French patisserie (hint: go for the profiteroles). ADDRESS: Rue Pierre Fatio 6, 1204 Geneva, +41 22 310 60 04
Saunter down a jetty onto the lake to the charming Bains de Paquis, a 1930s swimming pool complex complete with old-fashioned changing cubicles and a Turkish bath (brimming with self-assuredly naked Swiss-folk). The wholesome little buvette here serves the cheapest and, arguably, the best food in the city, with fresh salads and risotto in the summer and superb fondue next to log-burning stoves in the winter. ADDRESS: Quai du Mont-Blanc 30, 1201 Geneva, +41 22 732 29 74
The place to go for a lazy Sunday brunch. Located slap bang in the city centre and right on the waterfront, yet the prices remain somewhat reasonable. As a result, it’s packed throughout the day, with DJs spinning house tunes as Geneva’s hot young things dine late into the night. ADDRESS: Place de l’Ile 1, 1204 Geneva, +41 22 311 08 88
Jump in the lift to the top floor of the World Meteorological Organisation, where the lunchtime cafeteria remains one of the best kept secrets in Geneva thanks to the misconception that you need a UN badge to get in. With beautiful views of Mont Blanc and a variety of international food on offer (at affordable prices), it is unlikely to remain a secret for long. ADDRESS: Avenue de la Paix 7bis, 1211 Geneva, +41 22 730 81 11
A centrally-located bistro in Plainpalais and a great place for a mid-sightseeing stop-off. It’s extremely popular amongst locals with people spilling onto the street, so grab a beer while you wait for a table. The homemade hamburgers will make it all worthwhile. ADDRESS: Place du Cirque 3, 1204 Geneva, +41 22 328 12 70
If you’re out and about in the wee hours with that carnal hunger symptomatic of one too many drinks, head to this well-frequented kebab joint in the red light district. No doubt ‘late night kebab’ conjures up memories of the van on the side of the road at university but this is a proper little Lebanese restaurant serving perfectly cooked lamb shish in creamy, garlicky sauce. You’ll definitely stay awake to finish it. ADDRESS: Rue de Berne 18, 1201 Geneva, +41 22 731 66 58
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