Your (more or less) Complete Guide to Geneva: Hidden Restaurants

Are you tired of going to Holy Cow and Luigia all the time?

Why not sample some of our tried and tested restaurants, that are not on the beaten track. 

With the new year approaching, it seems like a good time to explore some new and tasty options. Geneva has many lesser known food options with delicious menus just waiting to be discovered.

Swiss restaurants, burger joints and fast-food places are common ground. Here are some restaurants that may inspire you:

Burgertastic: The Hamburger Foundation

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The Hamburger foundation may seem like yet another burger joint, but their mouth-watering gourmet burgers, served with a cup of french fries, a green salad and coleslaw are far superior. It’s a modern, bustling restaurant that doesn’t disappoint, even offering some staple American deserts to feast on after your juicy burger. It might cost a pretty penny, although it’s nice to have a burger that isn’t from Holy Cow!

Check them out here: http://www.thehamburgerfoundation.ch/

Location: In the Paquis, Rue Philippe-Plantamour 37, 1201 Geneva

Opening Hours: Every day from 11:30 to 23:00

Mexican Mania: El Catrín

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El Catrin is a small Mexican restaurant located near Cornavin, bringing the flavours of Mexican street food to you (tacos, tortas and tostadas),  however in a restaurant environment. Their tacos are cocooned by corn tortillas and stuffed with dried chilli, veggies, fruit (pineapple) and your choice of meat/fish. It’s the real thing, not the Tex-Mex American effort. Of course, there’s guacamole and nachos too; what more could you need? Unfortunately, seating is limited due to the small scale of the restaurant so we would recommend to book in advance or simply arrive early. Again, the prices are significantly higher than they would be on the street, so be warned. But, the tacos are undoubtedly worth it!

Check them out here: http://elcatringeneva.wixsite.com/elcatringeneva

Location: Rue Richemont 7-9, 1202, Genève

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12pm to 2pm, Tuesday to Saturday 18:30 to 23:00

Singaporean Supper: Jeck’s Place

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Jeck’s place offers a wide range of spicy Singaporean dishes, in addition to Malaysian, Indian and Thai food. If you feel like some authentic Asian food, this is the place to go! With simple carved wooden furniture, it’s peaceful, neat and friendly waiters offer excellent service. It’s located near Cornavin and has positive reviews across the board. The only downside is that it might be a little pricey, as is expected in Geneva. Take a look at the menu here: http://www.jecks-place.ch/?page_id=4

Location: Rue de Neuchâtel 14, 1201 Genève

Opening Hours: Seven days a week from 18:30 – 22:30

Ethiopian Euphoria: Nyala Barka Cafe-Restaurant

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An amazing Ethiopian restaurant bringing unique tastes and flavours to Geneva.  Plates of hot injera bread piled with an assortment of vegetables and your choice of curry (vegetarian options too) entice the customer into the door. It’s a fun place to go with friends as the menu mainly consists of large plates of shared finger food in the traditionally decorated environment.  A true refuge from fondue!

Check out their menu here: http://www.nyalabarka.ch/index.php/nos-menus/2014-05-13-06-45-31

Location: (Planpalais) Rue Gourgas 4, 1205 Geneva

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 18:00-24:00

Incredible India: Bollywood Café

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Advertised as “Fine Indian Cuisine” in a Bollywood-like environment, the Bollywood Café serves tasty Indian food whilst customers enjoy Indian cinematography and music; allowing the customer to be immersed in Indian culture. Bollywood Café has a huge range of dishes; from everyone’s favourite buttery Naan, Murgh Madras (chicken curry), samosas, and even salmon! However, the food is good, not exceptional, and more than a little expensive. But if you feel like a nice dose of India Bollywood Café might be for you.

See their menu here: http://www.cafebollywood.ch/commande-en-ligne/

Location: Paquis, Place de la Navigation 6, 1201 Geneva

Opening Hours: All week from 12pm to 1am

Valiant Vietnamese: Le P’tit Mekong

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A tiny restaurant that offers super fresh Vietnamese food in a simple, comfortable restaurant. Cheap and straightforward; perfect for a quick bite with friends. Dishes include curries, soups,  rice-based plates with fried spring rolls, veggies and noodles. The staff are efficient and friendly. The Vietnamese soup is a must. 

Location: Carouge, Rue de Carouge 73, 1205 Genève

Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 12:00 pm – 14:00, Mon-Sat 19:00 – 22:00

Laudable Lebanese: Parfums de Beyrouth

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Whilst this is not a sophisticated sit-down restaurant, it is extremely cheap and serves wholesome shawarmas. The restaurant itself is basic, just tables and chairs and a large open kebab grilling kitchen, perfect for a quick bite to eat (the restaurant targets take-out or quick eating). Shawarma are stuffed to the brim with your choice of meat, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, garlic sauce and pickles. If you prefer not to have a shawarma, you can always get a platter including veggies, salad, rice and falafels. Simply put its low-maintenance fast food, but it is expensive, speedy and authentic.

Location: Paquis, Rue de Berne 18, 1201 Genève

Opening Hours: Every day from 11am to 02:00am

Places to go/things to do before or after your meal:

  • Try an intense game of Laser tag or an Escape room
  • Maybe you’re a theatre fanatic and want to catch a play? The Geneva English Drama Society (GEDS) has often put on great shows in Geneva
  • Bowling

Enjoy! We would love to hear your opinions on our recommendations.