European Restaurants in Geneva


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  • Switzerland is in the center of Europe and borders France, Germany, Austria, and Italy. Geneva, in particular, is a crossroads so it's natural that the city has attracted a number of talented European chefs to join the local culinary experts. What is European cooking? Of course, the answer is complicated as there are so many different countries as well as regional cultures but I have selected some authentic family run restaurants where you can sample tasty bits of a lot of European countries in one city. Starting with Switzerland, you can find genuine traditional Swiss cuisine in chalet décor with festive ambience at the Cave Valaisanne et Chalet Suisse or an excellent Swiss fondue at the Vieux Carouge .

    Also in Carouge there is a good variety of French Swiss dishes at the Café des Negociants where you select your wine while in the cellar. In the Old City with simple décor and an open kitchen, Chez ma Cousine cooks like Swiss Mothers did for their French speaking children.

    On to France with Lyonnais cuisine served at Au Pied de Cochon serving Grandma's recipes. An old fashioned Parisian brasserie complete with waiters in black jackets and long white aprons, the Brasserie Lipp will make you wonder where you are.

    French /Mediterranean delights are served either café or fine dining style at the Auberge Communale Meyrin. For some Italian / Mediterranean try the small atmospheric Forno a Legna where you find the locals.

    The furthest from the continent, but not the least frequented, is Mulligan's Irish Pub with "pub grub", lager, and a big-screen TV.

    Then mix it all up at the baroque- decorated, but unassuming, Opéra Bouffe which has a perfect mix of European classics.

    Cave Valaisanne et Chalet Suisse

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    boulevard Georges Favon 23

    Swiss Chalet Revisited... read more

    Au Vieux Carouge

    rue Jacques-Dalphin 27

    Bonne Fondue!... read more

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    Chez ma Cousine

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    Place du Bourg de Four 6
    Bus: 1

    Charming casual inexpensive cafe serving chicken in The Old City... read more

    Au Pied de Cochon

    Place du Bourg de Four 4

    Lyonnais Fare... read more

    Brasserie Lipp

    rue de la Confédération 8
    In Confédération-Centre

    Famous for Good Food... read more

    Forno a Legna

    rue de la Servette 73

    A Pleasant Local Restaurant... read more

    Mulligan's Irish Pub

    rue de Grenus 14

    After a Hard Day's Night... read more

    Opéra Bouffe

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    avenue de Frontenex 5

    Best Place To Romance with a Smirk... read more
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