When the sun is shining it is always agreeable to enjoy eating alfresco style whilst escaping the buzz of city life in Geneva. Recently we did just that and accompanied friends for brunch at Au P’tit Bonheur.READ MORE
A friend invited us to Sunday brunch at Brasserie des Halles de l’ile and I groaned.
Sunday brunch has great potential here but never quite delivers. In the past, I have been annoyed by the disorganised service with tables left dirty and uncleared, the fact that there are often birds flying inside (never ideal when you are eating) and the bland food. The Brasserie des Halles is one of Geneva’s old Slaughterhouses – its a great designed modern space overlooking the river with tables inside and out.READ MORE
I don’t know about you, but I always forget about Carouge – despite the fact that it is one of the nicest areas to wander around, especially on a Sunday! Cozy cafés, concerts, art, movies and even a bit of shopping are on the to-do-list.READ MORE
If the weather is proving changeable and you fancy a spot of afternoon tea, Hotel d’Angleterre is the place to go.READ MORE
Sunday market in Divonne les Bains; The market mainly offers food produce including fruit and vegetables such as vine tomatoes, plump cherries, and ripe strawberries, dried fruits with gogi berries and apricots, nuts, an assortment of breads, fine cheese and meats with a variety of saucisson to savour.READ MORE
One of my favourite places for Sunday lunch in the summer is the restaurant at La Plage Reposoir. There is a casual beach bar here and a restaurant with lovely views of the lake.READ MORE
If you’re after an easy brunch this Sunday you can’t go far wrong with Le Pain Quotidien. This international chain of bakeries was founded in 1990 by Alain Coumont who, as a young chef, was dissatisfied with the quality of bread available in Brussels so decided to take charge and recreate the bread his grandmother used to bake when he was a small child.READ MORE
The beauty of living in Geneva is that it’s so close to escape to the mountains and the stunning countryside around the city. One of the closest escapes which you can do in a half day is to drive to the Jura.
St Cergues is a small village on the Swiss side of the Jura, around 40 minutes from Geneva. (take the autoroute around 20 minutes, direction Lausanne then take the exit near Nyon and follow the signs).
There are some lovely hiking and biking routes in the area in both winter and summer.READ MORE
Every now and again, particularly in the summer months it is a relief to escape the oppression of city life and explore somewhere new. The medieval village of Yvoire is a great little spot to while away a Sunday. Over 700 years old, this historic village is full of charm and character. You can reach Yvoire from Geneva by boat which takes about 1 ½ hours and has wonderful views of the lake but the easiest way to travel is by car which is also a scenic option and takes around 30 minutes. Although Yvoire is small in size there is plenty to see and explore. Set right on Lake Geneva you can walk along the water’s edge and soak up the picturesque views. Not only are the views a joy to the eye but the traditional stonework and medieval craftsmanship and architecture of the buildings are absorbing, almost taking you back in time. There are plenty of gift shops and art galleries selling an array of original artwork. It is worth taking a look around the assortment of antique shops filled with various treasures and some pretty weird and wonderful items that you might not expect to find! Stop […]READ MORE
Just over an hour from Geneva up the Route des Grandes Alpes past Morzine lies the stunning Lac de Montriond, an ideal day trip from Geneva on a sunny day. The lake is also known as the Emerald Green lake. In the winter, under a thick blanket of snow you can drive past the lake unknowingly on your way to Les Prodains telecabine in the Portes du Soleil. In the summer this is a hikers paradise and you can also kayak, swim, bike, hike or simply have a bbq by the lake. There are also lovely waterfalls nearby and a visit to the goat farms of Les Lindarets is great for the children. In Winter you can go diving under the frozen ice of the lake… Check out more activities in the beautiful valley d’Aulps; http://summer.valleedaulps.com/montriond-lake-summer.html At the Restaurant Le Bout de Lac, you can enjoy local trout meuniere in a stunning setting on a sunny terrace overlooking the lake. www.leboutdulac.com Tél: 04 50 74 70 98 for reservations. Alternatively take a picnic or bbq and just sunbathe and relax. On a Saturday you can buy picnic supplies in Morzine or in the valley at Taninges (Super U). Remember to […]READ MORE