Geneva! I feel like Geneva is a bit overlooked. Is it because of its size? Are they taking being neutral a little too seriously? I believe it’s more about the company that you keep and making sure you make the most out of any situation. Sure, Geneva is no London or Tokyo, but it is a great little spot to completely relax and focus more on healing and comfort!
I consider Geneva to be more of a “grounding” spot and doesn’t have much of a “let’s do something crazy and chase adventures and thrills” energy - but that’s why it’s so perfect! Staying in a city that is so well looked after and luxurious, is extremely well located, with high living standards, cultured, and beautiful is the perfect way to end (or start) a trip.
Let’s start with culture?
We’re located in the Quartier des Bains, Geneva’s very own Soho. What should we do first? Maybe we can start with Mamco? An innovative museum of contemporary art.
Or maybe we can go to the Contemporary Art Centre to check out the latest upcoming and established artists - they have no permanent collection! Always curious to see ever-changing exhibitions where the curated art is a broad mix of design, drawing, photography, sculpture, architecture, and more!
Perhaps you’re a lover of photography like I am? The Photography Centre is a treat as it explores different ways of presenting and pondering on photography. I went to see an exhibition on Jules Spinatsch, one of Swiss’ most important photographers, which did not disappoint!
And follow up by sampling some taste of Switzerland’s food scene…
Why not relax at Café des Bains after a heavy dose of cardio from running around galleries and museums. ;) It’s a cozy place but if you prefer something that is more designed to impress, I recommend going to the Windows Restaurant - yes, the view is doing it for me but thank God the food is great!
Another restaurant that caught my eye is Geneva’s very first Indian fine-dining restaurant! Rasoi by Vineet oozes sophistication and the menu will make your mouth salivate. I am absolutely not surprised that they’ve earned themselves a Michelin star.
Another star that deserves to be mentioned is Izumi! I normally *hate* fusion cuisine but I’m willing to make an exception for this one (maybe the view had something to do with it). The Swiss mountains that surround the city are simply breathtaking! It’s funny how we get tired of certain things we once claimed to love so much but one cannot ever get tired of great food and mesmerising nature.
…to then end the day between the softest sheets!
White, crispy hotel linens are one of my favorite things ever and at Hotel de la Paix they do not disappoint, ever. Want to get a date real excited? Book a room at the Ritz. The beauty and comfort of this hotel always satisfy! Oh! And the view. Duh.
Another option that I often opt for is to go with serviced apartments instead of hotels. The comfort of a home without any real responsibilities, haha. The Hamlet has very comfortable and absolutely stunning options. I definitely wouldn’t mind calling it home for a little while.
The Four Seasons is another favorite. Especially if you want to book something more romantic! It’s hard not to get into the mood when gazing out your balcony that has a direct view of Lake Geneva as it is placed directly at the shores. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something old school about this hotel which I love.
Contemporary Art Centre https://centre.ch/en/
The Photography Centre https://www.centrephotogeneve.ch/en/
Café des Bains https://cafedesbains.com/en/
Windows Restaurant https://www.dangleterrehotel.com/food-and-drink/windows-restaurant
Rasoi by Vineet The Mandarin