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    Livresse: books and cats

    by mindcrime Updated Feb 25, 2015

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    Cold rainy evening in February (2015) and we’re looking for a café for some hot drinks. This cute small place seems ideal so no second thoughts, we open the door and get inside. There’s not much space, only a few tables in two rooms but Livresse has some interesting decoration with walls filled with books which is always a great sign for me. I guess they are for borrow or/and sell maybe? In any case this time we didn’t try to read something but I always like to be surrounded by books.

    We stood near the heating and had a cappuccino (3,80chf), a tea (3,50chf) and a beer (4chf) that was served with cheetos, the cheese flavored snack kids like!! It was a nice surprise in a city that you rarely get anything for free (although I don’t really eat such things, last time must have tried something like this must have been about 30 years before…)

    Service was friendly and we noticed some other couples were having light dinner there with salads so it’s not just for coffee (but we didn’t see any menu)
    Finding the restrooms was a bit difficult, first you have to ask for the key at the bar and then open the side door into the apartment building to find the door for the WC! The toilet is full of postcards about cats! :) (pic4)

    beer and cheetos at Livresse b&w Livresse Livresse Livresse's WC

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    Qu’importe: Qu’importe

    by mindcrime Written Dec 3, 2014

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    One evening (late November 2014) we took tram 18 to Carouge district (the ride was 15’ from Cornavin station), an area I was visiting for the first time, we took some pictures around and then headed into Qu’Importe, a lovely cozy wine bar that is usually packed (they get reservations only for groups of 6 or more people) so we tried earlier in the afternoon (at about 17.00) and the reason was one and only, we wanted the small table next to the fireplace! :) An hour later the place was almost full but until then we had plenty of time to check around the decoration which was full in lights of course as we were almost in Christmas period so no surprise the fully lighted staircase that led down to restrooms :) By the way the lower floor looks different with several colored big bottles for decoration but I guess they use it for large group events only.

    As expected they have a long list of wines but we tried a red beer, cappuccino and chocolate but no one felt offended :) Their menu had several tapa like plates but they seemed overpriced (up to 25chf!) so we thought it was better to skip any idea of eating something there. Most people were enjoying their drinks only but we noticed some they had some salad or 2-3 tapas (that seemed very small) on their table. Music at the background was just that music at the background so we didn’t really pay attention but it wasn’t annoying too.

    Service was a bit slow (the waitress came about 20’ after we were settled down) and when she finally came she dropped down some coins and got angry because he thought she may lost some (the romantic low lightning didn’t help much) but we didn’t notice and coins around us anyway.

    During the summer months they use the terrace too with outdoor seating.

    It’s open Monday 17-23.00, Tuesday to Thursday 11.00-01.00am, Friday and Saturday 11.00 to 02.00am

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    Le Kraken: Le Kraken

    by mindcrime Updated Dec 2, 2014

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    At the back side of Universite de Geneve is a street just off Plain Plainpalais square with some student oriented pubs which means packed places with lovely atmosphere and usually normal prices. We saw Le Kraken at the corner, most tables and the bar was already full but a couple just got off when we got in so we grabbed the nice spot next to the window (pic 3), from there we could also watch the people outside too. It was late November (2014) but surprisingly not really cold yet so many people preferred to drink outside (where you can smoke also)… the truth is I liked the bustling noise inside where you can check the chaotic decoration of old stuff (retro radio and other devices, strange small sculptures and masks), customers was a mix of university students and professionals. The music was indie rock, almost perfect for some long chats and some good beers that we happily put on our wooden table.

    The back room has lots of couches and more “air to breath” which would be nice if we went there earlier for just a coffee but in the evening we liked the front room at the bar. Of course I passed by the other room twice on my way to the one and only WC which may stress some people, there was a small line outside waiting to get relieved from the beers :) The staff is friendly but very slow but we didn’t mind much as we noticed this and we ordered at the bar directly :)

    We tried the Calvinus blonde beer (6,50chf for 500ml, they also have blanche, blonde bio, rousse) which was very light so I kept going with a nice Grimbergen (8chf). They also have Guiness (8,50chf), London Pride (8chf) and Smithwick’s(8chf) all prices for a pint but you can order smaller glasses. If you want bottled beer they have corona/calvinus noire/blue noon (7chf), BFM (9chf) and Tourtel sans alcool(5chf)

    During the day they serve coffee/tea (3,50chf), cappuccino(4,50chf), chocolat(5chf), cold coffee/tea(5,50chf), cookies (3chf). We didn’t eat anything but we noticed some sandwiches and tapas at the small menu (pic5)

    It’s open daily from 16.00 to 01.00am

    Le Kraken Grimbergen at Le Kraken view from Le Kraken Le Kraken menu at Le Kraken

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    Au Pain Quotidian: simple and nice at Geneva

    by gwened Written Nov 25, 2014

    Ok can't find photos but was there on business, this place I was left alone for one evening before heading back on the lyria trains and catch up some food here. Its an international Belgian chain in many countries in Europe.

    The one here is on a main street directly going to the train station. Opne Mondays to Fridays from i 7h00 to 18h00, Saturdays and Sundays from 8h00 to 18h00

    good for a quick bit , lunch prefer, but late afternoon will do before heading out ::)

    Favorite Dish: open platter sandwich with foie gras, nice dessert and a glass of red wine. just good simple and Swiss for 26CHF

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    Boreal: Boreal

    by mindcrime Written Oct 10, 2014

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    One evening we were looking for a café in the center, you don’t really have many choices in Geneva and most of them are no cozy as we are used in south Europe. Boreal follows the same -no warm- logic but it’s smaller that big chains and has some strange modern decorations, a huge wooden table at the entrance, some small ones in the rest of the room, some uncomfortable chairs but again some couches which turn some corners into a cozy place for chat and not only for fast coffee consumption!

    They also have some tables outside but we preferred to stay inside at the last table left as it was getting chillier in early October (2014)

    Their coffee a good range of coffies and other hot averages but also one of the few places where you can really get cold coffee (we love it in Greece during the summer months but when you ask for a frappe in Geneva you get something different). We tried macchiato, cappuccino and hot chocolate but I regret it didn’t try the Oreo Coffee that must have the Oreo biscuits’ taste :) They also have numerous pastries and cakes but they were expensive and didn’t try any of them.

    It’s open mon-fri 6:30-21:00, Saturday 8-21.00, Sunday 9-21.00

    Boreal Boreal interior Boreal pastries at Boreal

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    Saveurs & Couleurs: Saveurs & Couleurs

    by mindcrime Updated Oct 9, 2014

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    This is a cozy place full of people that we stopped for a coffee break during a raining evening. Although most people seemed to enjoy their menu we just had a chocolate pie (6chf), and cappuccino (4.20chf). The prices seemed cheap for Geneva’s standard, wine for 4chf etc The service is also very friendly.

    The atmosphere is nice, full of soft lights, wooden tables and some nice details for decoration like an old radio (pic 2). During the warmer months outdoor seating must be great for relaxing but in march was nonsense to be in the rain (pic 3). We returned in early 2014 on another rainy evening and again on late September (yes, it was raining again!!!), this time we had a beer (3,80chf) and tea (3,20chf). I also noticed some offers for breakfast (pic 4)

    It’s open daily until 02.00am (week days from 8.00am, Saturdays from 15.00, Sundays from 11.00am)

    Saveurs & Couleurs Saveurs & Couleurs breakfast combo deals

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    Mango Deck: Mango Deck

    by mindcrime Updated Oct 8, 2014

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    One morning we decided to pass by place du Bourg-de-Four coming from the lower level (and not from Old Town). At the corner below the square (pic 1) you can find many small café, bar and restaurants. We stopped at Mango Deck that advertises itself as a corner for some healthy balanced meals but we stopped anyway because we needed a coffee break. In reality I just wanted to grab a seat outside and be closer to my favorite statue in Geneve, one day after we saw Clementine from the square, this time from a strange angle (pic 4).

    We had café ou lait (3,60chf) and I choosed a gazpacho soup made of apples and dry fruits (5chf) which was mediocre but refreshing, no surprise it’s called gazpacho like the famous cold soup in Andalusia.

    The interior is modern with no character but we didn’t really care as we stood outside. The menu is not extensive but they have lots of salads and small dishes, most of them cooked in steam, we noticed homemade pasta, some fish dishes, others based on vegies etc, prices are quite normal for Geneva.

    It’s open Monday to Friday 8.00am to 17.00

    approaching place du Bourg-de-Four Mango Deck desserts at Mango Deck view from Mango Deck
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    La Clemence: La Clemence

    by mindcrime Written Oct 8, 2014

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    The first time I passed by place du Bourg-de-Four (a popular meeting point for tourists and locals) on a cloudy day so we skipped this café but on September 2014 the sun was shining and most tables outside La Clemence were occupied with happy people that were enjoying their beer. It’s a lovely place to be after your stroll through the Old Town and the cathedral (which only 3’ away above the square).

    We stopped for coffee and beer also but as we didn’t have cash with us that evening we asked if we can pay with a credit card… unfortunately the answer was no so our faces were similar to the sad face of the statue of Clementine that watches the customers of this café day and night :) Too bad I couldn’t stay there a bit longer because I’ve chosen on purpose a table right opposite the statue (pic 3)

    The prices seem normal for Geneva standards, cappuccino for 4,70chf, sandwich with jam 6,50chf, soup for 6,90chf, 330ml beers for 7,90chf, small glass of wine for 6chf

    La Clemence La Clemence facing Clementine from La Clemence :)
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    Tradizione Italiana: Tradizione Italiana

    by mindcrime Written Oct 8, 2014

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    Tradizione Italiana is located at the edge of the main pedestrian street (rue du Mont-Blanc) as you go into the train station’s mall we stopped at this small café for a cappuccino (3.90chf or 3.30chf on the go). Nothing special for us as we didn’t try eat here but the coffee was good.

    They have some tables inside but also 3-4 outside and as expected they also serve some Italian dishes like pizza, pasta (10chf) but also sandwiches and crepes (from 4,50chf, pretty cheap for Geneva standards)

    Most other customers were carrying their luggage on their way out of Geneva I guess so they had lunch before they get on the train.

    Tradizione Italiana
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    McDonalds: McDonalds

    by mindcrime Written Oct 8, 2014

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    I rarely visit McDonalds and Geneva was no exception. Of course there are some of them in Geneve, we saw some near Parc de Bastions but the most popular one is this one at Rue du Mont-Blanc which is hard to be missed as you walk down this popular pedestrian street that leads to Geneva lake (so most tourists will pass by). This time we just checked inside to confirm that even there the prices are higher than other McDonalds in Europe, and yes it’s true :)

    In case you just want to use the restrooms (come on, we’re not the only ones right?!) it’s open daily 9am to midnight… and the place (including restrooms) were pretty clean (as most places in Geneva)
    It seemed pretty busy though with long queues. Have in mind that part of it is McCafe that serves coffee and pastries but again the prices were ridiculous.

    McDonalds at Rue du Mont-Blanc
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    Restaurant Roberto: Roberto, an Italian Institution

    by MM212 Updated Jul 25, 2014

    I was invited to Roberto for a business lunch in May 2014. Previously, I had walked past it a few times but never paid much attention to it. As it turns out, Roberto is one of the best and most authentic Italian restaurants in Geneva. I had a great meal here and look forward to returning. The interior dining room has a bit of a Venetian flair to it.

    Roberto, May 2014
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  • Vert Attitude: Amazing Vegetarian restaurant!

    by Sophie0810 Written Jul 3, 2014

    We had a great time last night having dinner with my friends in this amazing place! I've been longing for such a place for a long time!!! Recently opened, the restaurant is in the building of the old city hall. It is decorated with great taste, mixing delightfully old with modern. There are plently of choices of original vegetarian dishes with very subtle taste. Everything I had was simply delicious!

    Favorite Dish: I loved the hot vegetarian curry dish! Vegetables were perfectly cooked and spices were just right

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    Le Sud: Mediterranean at the Mandarin Oriental

    by MM212 Written Mar 19, 2014

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    Expensive and slow, but the food is excellent - not unexpected from the Mandarin Oriental. The terrace is lovely on nice days. I've had two business lunches here, which is the way to do it given the steep prices. No regrets though.

    Terrace at le Sud, Mar 2014
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    Who knows?: Mandatory experience

    by solopes Updated Jan 13, 2014

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    "In Rome be a Roman".
    In Switzerland eat... fondue.

    I had to do it in my first meal in Geneva, but I must confess that it didn't add much to my Portuguese experiences about Swiss fondue.

    That's why I forgot the name of this nice and affordable restaurant, somewhere in town.

    Geneva - Switzerland
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    Le Relais de l'Entrecôte: Don't miss nice entrecote restaurant

    by kilit Written Nov 13, 2013

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    They serve excellent entrecote that shouldn't be missed in your Geneva visit.

    They don't open their doors before 7pm. Since it's quite popular, impossible to find seat after 7:30pm. I recommend going there just before they open, if you don't want to wait in the queue.

    Favorite Dish: There is no menu in the restaurant. Only entrecote.

    Your only chance to say how you wish to eat it: Rare, medium or well-done (killing animal twice :))

    But on the desert menu, I have two favorites: Sevigne and Profiterole.

    Sevigne is an excellent chocolate cake with chocolate sauce, together with cream and ice-cream top.

    Profiterole is excellent, because it's filled with ice-cream not with butter cream.

    Outside entrecote Profiterole Sevigne menu
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