Lunch in Geneva: Is it possible to eat for less than 20 francs in this town?

Lunchtime in Geneva at Place Molard. A young woman reacts.

Round Two

Yes lunchtime is an expensive affair in Geneva, but it doesn’t have to break the bank.  Here are 4 recommendations for an affordable midday meal that doesn’t require going to the COOP supermarket for a leg of roast chicken. 

In round two of Lunchtime in Genève we look at lunch with dessert. And yes it is possible for under 20 francs. However you’ll be ordering a carafe of water.

An infographic of a table displaying 4 lunches from Cafe Les Z'Arts, Tavolone, Chez Nonna, Café Paradiso. All for under 20 francs and all found in Geneva, Switzerland.

Café Les Z’Arts

the low-down:

This café on Rue de la Terrassière is a tea-room which serves light meals and sells an array of artisanal products. It is part of the Aigues-Vertes Foundation, which is an organisation enabling the integration of people with intellectual disabilities into the community. To this end the café is both an exposition place and a store selling products produced by the residents of the foundation.

the down-side:

The rice was served cold, but as it was for a good cause I’m not complaining.

the plus:

The café is also used as training for residents of the Aigues-Vertes village.

Address: Rue del la  Terrassière 11, 1207 Genève


the low-down:

With an excellent patio on Rue des Bains, Tavolone is a wine shop and deli that sells fine foods. If you’re planning a picnic you want to head here. It’s also an excellent place to grab a sandwich at lunch or even a drink after work.

the down-side:

The patio fills up fast on sunny days and reservations may be required.

the plus:

They offer private catering for 20 people or more.

Address: Rue des Bains 41, 1205 Genève

Chez Nonna

the low-down:

New to the Eaux-Vives neighbourhood, Chez Nonna is a welcome addition. Specialising in piadine and mozzarella, this deli-like restaurant imports all its ingredients fresh, directly from Italy and the best part is you can get it to go or enjoy it <<sur place>>.

the down-side:

There are a limited number of tables.

the plus:

There is an amazing selection of mozzarella.

Address: Rue des Eaux-Vives 25, 1207 Genève

Café Paradiso

the low-down:

Located in the Quartier des Bains this recently opened cool kid spot is coffee shop, restaurant and bar.  What more do you need?

the down-side:

It closes at 5pm, except for Saturday and Sunday when it’s open until 6pm.

the plus:

It’s open Sunday!  And most importantly the espresso is awesome and the brownie is the best I’ve ever tasted.

Address: Rue des Bains 21, 1205 Genève








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