Now You Can Finally Have Amazing Food in Geneva!

Food sampling is one of my favorite activities when traveling. Just as much as I enjoy sightseeing, I love going to the best restaurants downtown and the best hidden spots in the suburbs, to enjoy local delicacies and add to my travel experience. 🍜

Intro Article
Me about to go Food Tasting in “The City”

For a lot of travelers out there, finding the best restaurants in the city is not always an easy task, especially when you are looking to combine cost, location and quality. For me, restaurant ranking includes four key factors:

1) Location

2) Cost

3) Timeliness of service  

4) Palatability (yes, I love that word. That’s the “yummy factor”).

Luckily, my time spent during my pseudo “vacation” in Geneva has served me well, and here are my suggestions of best restaurants in Geneva where you can eat amazing food without breaking the bank.

Spot #1: Chez Ma Cousine

You think you’ve eaten great chicken? I don’t think you have until you’ve gone there! And take it from someone who has lived in Africa and in the Caribbean, known for their exquisite flavors. Chez Ma Cousine was highly recommended to me by my supervisor while in Geneva. He is not very much of a “chicken-eating” guy, so I knew this restaurant had something special.

LocationThe restaurant is located at Place du Bourg-de-Four 6, 1204 Genève, Switzerland in the “old town”, which is easily accessible by walking or via bus.

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Chez Ma Cousine: Location

Cost: $ – I personally felt like for a city like Geneva which is known for being one of the costliest cities in Europe, Chez Ma Cousine was surprisingly cheap. For 1/2 chicken + salad + potatoes, I only paid CHF 15.90, which is perhaps around 17 Euros. They have other options for menu items, and they are similarly affordable.

Timeliness of Service: 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽 I strongly believe that no one should have to wait for food for more than the amount of time it would take you to eat your food. (I eat for about 20 mins, and therefore I wouldn’t be happy to wait for my food for more than 20 mins). At this restaurant, my food was served to me within 10 minutes. That was definitely “thumbs up”. I also loved the fact that the chicken came in a separate plate, but they served it in my plate when they brought it to me. How sweet. I felt taken care of.

Yummy? 😋😋😋 Yes, and definitely my style. If you love savory food, caribbean and grilled flavors, then this is definitely a spot that you should try when traveling to Geneva.

✨When Should You Go There?✨ If you’re sightseeing in the city, running some errands or meeting a friend and you simply need something quick, substantial and inexpensive to eat, then I recommend this place. The servings are large enough to get you through the afternoon, and so tasty that you will want to go for seconds! Trust me, “Ma Cousine” can cook. Walk in, no reservations required.

Reservation in Advance? No, just walk in! However, the place tends to be packed at the peak hours in the afternoons, especially during the weekend. But it empties out pretty quickly.

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 7:00- 24:00
Saturday: 11:00 – 24:00
Sunday: 11:00 – 23:00

Find out more about Chez Ma Cousine here.

Spot #2: Jeck’s Place 

Location: this restaurant offers an exotic asiatic fusion of Singaporean, Thai, Malay, Indian and Chinese Food. Truly, a culinary “melting pot” and a rollercoaster for your tastebuds. The restaurant is located at Rue de Neuchâtel 14, 1201 Genève, Switzerland, downtown, Switzerland, and can be easily accessed by walking from the Cornavin station (Geneva’s #1 train station).

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Jeck’s Place: Location

Cost $: this is one of the cheapest restaurants in Geneva. You can get entrees for as low as CHF 24-25 (fish, chicken meals, etc.) and a few more options for a lower price.

Timeliness of Service👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽: The food came within a pretty decent time (10-15 mins), which is a plus.

Yummy?😋😋😋   Oh yes, definitely. We had a party of 7, and we ordered different entrees to share. I would recommend to do the same if you’re planning to have dinner with a huge group. That way, you get to taste a wide variety of menu options.

✨When Should You Go There?✨ Jeck’s Place is perfect for dinner with colleagues after work, unwind Friday night or even when you’re craving for something different, out of the regular flavors, something to excite your palate!

 Reservation in Advance? Recommended. The spot is pretty popular, and accommodates a modest amount of people. So if you are celebrating a special occasion or having dinner with a huge group, then I’d recommend booking in advance. Otherwise, you can walk in and dine.

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 12:00- 14:00 and 18.30 – 22:30
Saturday – Sunday: 18:30 – 22:30

Find out more about Jeck’s Place here.

Spot #3: L’Entrecôte Couronnée

Location: L’Entrecôte Couronnée is located on Rue des Pâquis 5, 1201 Genève, Suisse. It’s at a walking distance (about 10 mins) from the Gare Cornavin.

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Cost $: This restaurant is a bit on the “pricey” side, but if you’re treating yourself, go for it. It is still pretty decent for a good night out.

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Snap shot of the menu: prices in Swiss Francs (CHF)

Timeliness of Service👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽: we were celebrating a friend’s birthday, and so we waited for our food for about 20 mins or less. Because you’re served an appetizer while waiting and you are chatting with good company, you don’t see the time passing. Only if you’re with…good company.

Yummy😋😋😋Oh yeah! I loved every bit of it, and so did the other folks who were there with me. The only down side to this was the fact that they did not serve any rice. I didn’t see it on the menu. And this was a bummer, because I am definitely a rice lover.

✨When Should You Go There? ✨If you’re in the mood for a hearty meal, if you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply want to try out some exquisite french (Lyon) food in Geneva, then this is “the” spot!

Reservation in Advance? This place is in very high demand, so I ‘”highly” recommend making a booking at least a day in advance.

Opening Hours:

M-F: from 12:00 PM to 14h and from 19h to 22h15. Closed on Saturday morning, Sunday and Monday.

Find out more about L’Entrecôte Couronnée here.

Spot #4: Le Bistrot du Boeuf Rouge

Another well-known eating spot in Geneva, Le Bistrot du Boeuf Rouge is a “French style” inspired restaurant and a uniquely great options to enjoy delectable meals in a very relaxed atmosphere, “à la française”.

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Location: Le Bistrot du Boeuf Rouge is located at Rue Docteur-Alfred-Vincent 17, 1201 Genève, Suisse.

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Cost: The price range is a bit similar to the previously reviewed restaurant, but as one of the best restaurants in Geneva, it is definitely worth it!

Timeliness of Service👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽: It took about 20 mins (or perhaps a little less) to get our food, so mission accomplished here.

Yummy😋😋😋Oh yes. You guys already know what a foodie I am, and so tastiness is a must whenever I eat. The menu is very diverse, and you can choose from a wide range of options. As appetizers, we had snails (French specialty). Though I can’t remember what our main meals were, they were pretty tasty.

 

✨When Should You Go There? ✨ If you’re in the mood for a hearty meal, if you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply want to try out some exquisite french (Lyon) food in Geneva, then this is “the” spot!

Reservation in Advance?  This place is in very high demand, so I ‘”highly” recommend making a booking at least a day in advance.

Opening Hours: M – F: 12:00 – 14:00 and 19:00 – 22:00

Find out more about Le Bistrot du Boeuf Rouge here.

Spot #4: La Buvette des Bains 

For all those who are fans of fondues and have searched for “the best fondue in Europe”, it’s got to be at La Buvette des Bains in Geneva. Personally, I didn’t know about the concept of eating cheese fondues prior to traveling to Geneva, but I quickly got to understand why this “hearty” meal is well appraised in Geneva.

What is fondue? Melted cheese. No: exquisite, tasty, melted cheese. That’s how the locals like it. Historically, to stay warm during winter months, farmers would melt cheese in a pot and prepare it (with or without wine), and eat it with some bread up on the mountain. This meal kept them warm and satisfied while they were taking care of their crops on top of the cold mountains. Today, fondue is one of the things that Geneva is known for, and all the fondues lovers I have met (online and on site) only swear by the fondue sold at La Buvette des Bains.

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View of the Geneva Water Fountain from Bains des Paquis

Location: la Buvette des Bains is located at Quai du Mont-Blanc 30, 1201 Genève, Suisse. Accessing the site gives you an amazingly unique view of the Geneva Fountain, sightseeing spot and top touristic attraction.

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Cost $: A regular fondue would cost on average, 23 CHF. I am not a fondue connoisseur, but the restaurant always had a high amount of tourists and locals, so I’d assume it was somehow, affordable for the fondue lovers. A lot of people also tend to buy a fondue and share among 3-4, which is pretty reasonable because, quite frankly, no one can finish such a high carb and fatty meal in a short amount of time. Or maybe some people can.

Timeliness of service👍🏽: we had to wait for quite some time before we could get a seat (as the spot seems to always be populated), and we still had to wait a lot of time (close to 30 mins) before getting our fondue.  

Yummy😋😋It turned out that I am not really a huge fan of cheese fondues, and so I can’t advise on this. Or maybe I wasn’t able to acquire the “expected taste” because it was my first time. But this is a highly recommended place, and if you love fondue, I think you should try it.

✨When Should You Go There? ✨ Winter, spring, summer or fall! During winter (which coincide with my trip to Geneva), make sure you are well covered. And yes, the fondue indeed keeps you warm:)

Reservation in Advance? Reservations by phone for the fondues only (highly recommended).

Very important: they only accept cash, no cards!

Opening Hours:

Everyday, from 7 am to 10.30 pm

Find out more about La Buvette des Bains here.

Have you been to any of these restaurants before? Let me know by dropping your comments below!

Words from a self-licensed foodie.

Love, Clem❤

 

“Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.”
Betheniel Frankel

 

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