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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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Week 5/12: 20 hours in Nyon… 20 Best Pictures:)

Category : Europe , Switzerland

Hi Everyone, I hope you had  great/restful/productive/relaxing weekend, according to what your weekend goal was.

For me, it was time for some introspection and reflection. And there was no better place to do this than beautiful, warm, small and welcoming Nyon, Switzerland.

Enjoy the pictures, and hope this will inspire you to visit too.

Cheers, Clem.


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Week 3/12: You are the Light of the World.

Category : Europe , Switzerland

Hello there!

I hope you’ve been having an enjoyable weekend!

There’s been a light festival in Geneva (GenevaLux) where local art is being displayed in the form of lights around the entire city! But before we get all “lit up”, let’s see how the day went…

I started by visiting the Natural History  Museum in Geneva.

I used to dislike museums because of how I considered them to be boring, but because Geneva abounds of museum, I felt it might be a good thing to give it a try. 

The museum is celebrating  its 50th year this year, so it’s a pretty big deal. 

I’ll probably do a separate series on my experience at museums, because a blog post is perhaps not enough to tell you how amazing museums are. Education doesn’t always come from sitting in a class, and a museum experience gives you just enough information on a topic to make you want to know more. 

For instance, I found it fascinating to discover that a dinosaur femur weights 30 tons . How much heavier is this, compared to the human femur?  (My med pals?)

Another fun fact that I discovered is, there are “two head turtles”, this one is called Janus and is named after the Greek bifid god Janus.

Again, I can’t post everything that I saw at the museum here (and would consider doing a museum series), the amount of information was just too overwhelming! 

I later went to visit the Russian church in Geneva, and it was my first exposure to Russian culture. This is definitely one of the countries I’d love to visit. 

Finally, below, Geneva in Lights. 

Thank you for reading!

PS: I had to keep this article a bit shorter because I have a handful of content coming up this weekend, so stay tuned! 


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Week 2/12: Defeat the Heights! Le Mont Saleve 

I used to be a very fit person back in high school, but very soon, life and growing up took a toll on that side of me!

I met Yihan here and since she came to Geneva, she’s been wanting to do the Mont Saleve hike. You’d think I would be very excited because I have been living in Dominica (Nature Isle, land of beauty and hiking and amazing sceneries)  for a few years… But nope! I just wasn’t having it, until today, I decided to “Just do it”!

We took the road today at 7:00 AM, taking into consideration the time it would take us to reach the hiking point. For those who are following my adventures on SnapChat  (clemy009) that’s where I was going to this AM!

Yihan and Hero (he’s a really hero, but without a cape) were the perfect travel companions. They helped me to force my inexperienced legs to keep the pace. Motivation wise, I think it really helps to do these things with people who have more experience than you. They helped to keep the momentum going. 

I had heard about this Mont Saleve hike for a while now, so going was not just to push myself, but also to find out what it is that locals and tourists fancy so much about that site.

The adventure trail was interesting, but my legs were getting tired and there was just no way to escape or go back. For my friends in Dominica, simply imagine doing the Waitukubuli trail (Wotten Waven- Bellevue segment) at high altituds, temp: 1 C, in the snow! Because of the fear of falling, the aching hamstrings and the freezing cold (in my extremities) I started wishing I never went. Honestly. 

Eventually, we reached a  little town where we were able to take a quick water break and confirm with locals that we were on the right direction, in French! 

We got to a point where we were at cross roads, and we didn’t know which road to take. Luckily, there was a house, outside of which there was a very cute and little dog who seemed to be catching a cold. We had a unanimous “awwww” moment, and all tried to get the owner’s attention to let the dog in. He thanked us, and we took that opportunity to ask what was the fastest road to take. Had that dog not been there, we would have probably spent an extra hour on the trail! Oh man. Thank God for that dog.

Roughly about 2h25 mns into the hike, we reached this point, and Oh the joy in Clementine’s heart! I could feel the accomplishment already… at that moment, there was no more pain.. at least for a while!

We finally made it to the point where we could take the cable car down. Instead of going back right away, we decided to go all the way to the tip of the mountain, the Observatory  (L’Observatoire).

At the tip of the Observatory, you get to a point where you can see both the French side and the Swiss side. This instantly reminded me of Scottshead, Dominica, where you can see the Atlantic Ocean on the right and the Caribbean Sea on the left. Epic view. 

Here, the Swiss site was a bit cloudy, so we couldn’t see most of the town. 

But here…the view was simply beyond compare❤ Enduring the sore legs, aches and cold was worth this once-in-a-lifetime view. 

We then took the cable car to get down, and we were able to appreciate this amazing view.

I am so glad I decided to go against all my fears and take this trip. I just might have developed a new level of respect for hikers and a new appreciation for hiking. I can’t wait to get back on the Nature Isle, Dominica, to conquer the trails! 

I felt so accomplished and extremely grateful for my travel companions: Yihan, the motivator who inspired this hike and Hero (the hero) who generously lent me his hiking shoes and helped in taking those awesome shots!

I got reminded of the fact that fear is only in our mind, and once you decide to break that fear, you’re on your way to achieve your greatest potential.

Love, Clem❤


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“Chez ma cousine”, Geneva

Category : Switzerland

Traveling to me is as much about sightseeing as it is about culinary experiences!

Traveling to Geneva, I was more than opened to try new flavours, foods, things. I told myself I would stay away from chicken (since it’s something I already eat a lot of), but boy.. the chicken at “Chez ma cousine” is definitely one of the best I have ever had! 

You think you’ve eaten 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, both regions known for flavourful flavours!

The restaurant was recommended to me by my Supervisor. He spoke highly of this place, so I ought to check it out for myself. 

First and foremost, it’s very affordable, especially in Geneva! The item indicated above is their specialty, so that’s what I wanted.

I got my food in no time (which is one of the criteria I use to rate restaurants), and the waitress even served my chicken in my eating plate in front of me! That QAS pretty cool… Now getting to the eating part… This was a unique culinary experience!

Even the pepper sauce was tasty! 

 I ate everything, it was so good that I even ordered dessert (apple pie, super yummy with the milk on top)

If you’re ever in Geneva and you’re looking for the best chicken in town, go “Chez ma Cousine”. Because from you to me, MA cousine can cook!

Words from a self-licensed foodie. 

Love, Clem❤


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Week 1/12: Welcome to Geneva! 

Category : Switzerland

Hello to you, where ever you are!

I’ll be sharing my Geneva experience here every week, and I hope you find this interesting and why not, inspired to travel and seize the day too!

Earlier this week, I posted on my Instagram account @travelwithclem: “Ignorance is a bliss, but knowledge is power”. Allow me to correct myself: knowledge is “invaluable” power.

I’ve noticed that whenever I travel, I have an insatiable need to learn about the place where I am going: who built this city? what is your story? This makes my stay much more enjoyable as it makes me appreciate the city and country on a different level. Furthermore, it makes me really understand why a specific “touristic attraction” became a place of interest.  And in Geneva, “Maison Tavel” is one of those unique touristic sites.

This was the house of a family of Bourgeois in Geneva  (called the Tavel), and it is said that the house partly survived the fire that destroyed 2/3 of the city on September 4th, 1334 (the greatest fire in Geneva in the middle age). The house was rebuilt while maintaining its originality and eventually became a historical site in 1923. 

Remnants of the fire were collected around the city and added to the house, and it truly depicts  the true Geneva art, architecture and lifestyle in that era.

So, travel with Clem through the Middle Age in Geneva!

Miniature Kitchen, Maison Tavel (Geneva)

Serving trays, pots and jars, made with Tin. Maison Tavel, Geneva

Serving jars for multiple use: cold water, hot water, cold milk, warm milk,etc. Maison Tavel, Geneva

Spoons for salt (small) and Spoons for table sugar in grains. Maison Tavel, Geneva

Living room. Maison Tavel, Geneva

Chandelier. Maison Tavel, Geneva

Stamp. Maison Tavel, Geneva

Doctor’s suturing/emergency kit, made of tin. Maison Tavel, Geneva

Needle holder. Maison Tavel, Geneva

Shoes buckle. Maison Tavel, Geneva

Original Pillar from the Middle Age. Untouched, unchanged, only preserved. Maison Tavel, Geneva.

I hope you enjoyed this little trip through Geneva’s middle age lifestyle! I surely did. Right after looking at all these plates, knives and forks (what we would refer to as ” Fine China” today), I was surely hungry, and so I went to the place where they make the “Best Chicken in Geneva“. Find out more here!

#MySwissAdventure #Week 1/12


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The Journey, Part 3/3: Welcome! 

I was particularly excited to meet my (older) brother. We hadn’t seen each other in so many years! 

Clearly, as you can see, the excitement was shared. He gave me my own little tour of the city and then we headed to Geneva together. it took a little more than 3 hours by train…

But eventually, we made it… 

I was grateful for the fact that he came along, because traveling to a new country with heavy bags, at night and at -xxxxx degrees; is something you are better of doing with someone close… 

With my brother being there, it was easier for me to settle in Geneva and spend the first night in the city where I’ll be for the first months of this amazing year.

The next morning, we both traveled back to France, where I was more than delighted to spend my first weekend, with Clement! 

yup! Travel with Clement and Clementine❤


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The Journey part 2/3: (One of) The Most Interesting Flight I have ever had…

Category : Switzerland

Passport? Check. Boarding pass? Check. Gums/mint: check. Then I look around and I see this…
That was a hilarious one. 


We boarded the plane with a 30 mns delay, but we still managed to make it on time. 

One of the things I look forward to the most (after landing) is “in flight food”. I usually ask my “seat-mate” to wake me up when they start serving. It might seem extreme, but you guys don’t want to know about the time I missed my diner on the 17 hours flight to Australia! 

Everything was going well, in the bear of world’s, until I heard one or the flight assistants publicly pronounce these 7 words: US THERE ANY DOCTOR ON THE PLANE..? My brain went haywire. Are they serious? In a little less than one minute, I thought about 1001 reasons why I sh98ld ignore that statement, including ” I am probably not the only doctor here” and “please, don’t do this , me, I am new at this doctor thing”. Then I drastically went from panicky to hopeful, hoping that the person needing attention was going through a “my ear is blocked” kind of situation. 

It turned out that she was having an anxiety attack, and it also turned out that there were two other doctors on board. I did not attend to her, I simply helped by comforting.

Before that day, I occasionally wondered what I’d do if that type of situation was to ever occur to me (be it in the plane or somewhere else..). It was comforting to see that even if there is no doctor on board, the cabin crew has a direct emergency help line that can actually help to sort out these situations…

The rest of the flight was quite uneventful  (luckily). 

In no time, it was time to disembark. I had arrived. 

 

 


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#Swiss12: Defy the Alps like your Winter Depends on It! 

Life’s what you make it, so when you can’t walk, just slide!

Great gear, great company, great weather, great landscape (more like “ice scape”). Everything you need to Defy the Alps this winter in Switzerland. #Icantwait #swiss12 #SwissSki 


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#Swiss14

This type of weather is going to need some “getting used to”…


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