Quartier des Bains
Named as one of Europe’s most innovative art districts in 2017, this is a haven for admirers of contemporary art. The Quartier des Bains association has 18 member art spaces showcasing contemporary art in captivating exhibitions and events. Galerie Espace L and Centre de la photographie Genève are the association’s newest members. “La Nuit des Bains” is a hugely popular event happening four times a year: participating galleries open up to create a festive atmosphere and attract a diverse lively crowd to socialise and enjoy art. Private visits can also be arranged. There are numerous excellent bars and restaurants nearby, including Le réservoir and Bleu Nuit.
Bleu Nuit: Cheesecake with its strawberry coulis
THE DESIGN INSPIRATION
FOOUND Concept store
The collective ‘Crab and Mecano‘ by duo Mara Tchouhadjian and Tine Schwizgebel.
This cultural space in the heart of the city is a great place to meet Geneva’s creative scene, and offers quality products ranging from vintage décor to fine food. You can also have a haircut at Bravo hair salon, get a tattoo, attend a yoga class or simply enjoy the hip vibe of its co-working space. Various events are hosted regularly, including wine tastings, training for entrepreneurs, art exhibitions and concerts promoting artists, young designers and emerging businesses.
Street Gourmet keeps the energy levels high with their pulled pork sandwiches and healthy bowls.
Healthy mixed salad from Street Gourmet2, rue Jean-Gutenberg, 1201 Geneva, foound.ch
MAMCO Contemporary Art Museum
Located in a former factory building with a vast exhibition space, MAMCO is Switzerland’s largest contemporary art museum. Its permanent and temporary exhibitions are sure to mesmerise the art lovers while its guided tours — available also for kids — are the best introduction to contemporary art. The museum is strategically situated at the arty Quartier des Bains district with a multitude of contemporary art galleries to explore further.
John Tremblay – M.C.I, 1997. Photo credit: Annilk Wetter, MAMCO Gallery
10, rue des Vieux-Grenadiers, 1205 Genève, mamco.ch
A Lake Geneva cruise
The dramatic backdrop of the Alps, the magnificent surroundings of Lake Geneva and its gorgeous coastal villas, and the iconic, 140 metre-high Jet d’Eau are all best appreciated from the lake. A one-hour “Geneva Tour”, one of many cruises available, offers a unique view of Mont Blanc, the city’s parks and gardens and various monuments among others. Gourmet cruises are also on offer with options such as savouring a fondue, a delectable lunch or dinner.
Lake Geneva with views of vineyards in Lavaux1, Quai du Mont-Blanc, 1201 Genève, cgn.ch
THE HEALTH BOOST
Located at Genève plage, this dreamy bath, hammam and a spa is a temple devoted to well-being and relaxation, opened in November 2015. Take the opportunity to get deeply relaxed in its jacuzzis, whirlpools, massage jets and bubble loungers. Outdoors, the rooftop bath, heated to 35° C, offers not only water massages but also majestic mountain and lake views. The hammam area can also be rented for private parties or events.
Bain Bleu outdoor pool
Genève-Plage, Port noir, 1223, Cologny, bain-bleu.ch
Hygge store & DIY workshops
This former garage converted into a feel-good store is a sanctuary of interior design featuring Scandinavian furniture and accessories, which represent both the “hygge” lifestyle of the Nordic people and Geneva’s international spirit. The kids’ selection of Nordic brands such as No Fred or Ferm Living is noteworthy, and it also hosts “Do It Yourself” workshops once a month in which you can build things like original baby furniture, candleholders or table lamps yourself.
Lamp: ‘Lampe Mr. Watson Blanc‘
3, rue des Rois, 1204 Genève hygge.ch
THE CULINARY FIND
Swiss chocolate is a national trademark but in order to get a real taste of an artisan chocolatier, it’s best to pick wisely. Arn Chocolaterie has a great location on Place du Bourg-de-Four where you can indulge in its notorious hot chocolate while enjoying its iconic terrace. Inside the shop, forty types of pralines, truffles and chocolate bars make for a truly special gift.
Confiserie Arn’s classic chocolate bar is a timeless staple of gourmets
12, Place du Bourg-de-Four 12, 1204 Genève, swisschocolates.ch
Village du Soir
Nestled in bohemian Carouge, this group of industrial warehouses – scheduled to be demolished in 2022 – has been transformed into a festive village with three different venues and eight bars, four of which are ephemeral pop-ups that serve specialties for one month only. The music program varies from house and techno to the emerging local and international scene, attracting plenty of locals for an after-work recharge.
24, route des Jeunes, 1227 Carouge, villagedusoir.com
THE OUTDOOR ESCAPE
Carouge – the Mediterranean neighbourhood
Striking architecture, artistic boutiques and enchanting cafés are what make Carouge, a former province of Sardinia, one of the region’s highlights. Just a few tram stops away from Geneva’s centre, this is the perfect place to wander without a map, exploring its delightful alleys, secret gardens and craft workshops for just a few hours or even a few days. Market day, every Wednesday and Saturday morning is particularly lively and colourful with seasonal, local products on offer while, during summer, the night market every Thursday is a real feast.
Near the hip Plainpalais area of Geneva, Coutume is a specialty coffee-roasting house founded in 2010 byTom Clark and Antoine Nétien — the best French roaster in 2011. The handpicked, quality coffee beans from Guatemala and Brazil to Congo, Ethiopia and Laos are expertly roasted, prepared and served with homemade sweets such as carrot cake and financiers, the small almond cake. The flat white and the cold brew nitro are two of the coffee menu’s highlights. On top of that, the delicious breakfast-lunch options and famous weekend brunch, served in its minimalist interior, guarantee a gratifying experience.
80, Carl Vogt Boulevard,1205 Geneva, coutume.ch
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