Chilling Out in Carouge
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.
Every first Sunday of the month, quite a few unique, little boutiques are, in fact, open in Carouge! There is a flea market on Place du Marché where you will meet local artists who exhibit their paintings (weather-permitting) on Place du Temple. So, if you are somebody who thinks there is not enough time to shop during the week, or on Saturday, then you should definitely head to Carouge at some point. Especially since all of these shops offer something unique and different – oftentimes the products are hand-made. Personally, I really like Ram Dame, Les Authentiques and Prunelle, but browse the full list of open shops here!
Carouge is known for being the village of craftsmen, and this makes strolling along the narrow, pretty streets, all the more interesting. The architecture is also unique, so make sure you check out the churches, the beautiful buildings with arcades, and the fountains. Don’t miss the hidden courtyard accessible from Rue du Marché 9 or Rue Vautier.
If you need a break from walking around, then enjoy a hot chocolate and a pastry at Wolfisberg on Place du Temple, or at O Calme on Rue Ancienne. Both of these options are lovely, cozy places, and perfect for a Sunday afternoon. Make sure to reserve if you want to go for a brunch, however.
If you prefer to catch a movie, then head to Cinema Bio on Rue Saint-Jospeh. This is a small independent movie theatre, and they always have great films showing.
For more information on Carouge, visit the city website, and Carougemania – a private company that organizes great tours. Also catch the Spring Festival from mid May with shows, concerts and outdoor events!