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

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

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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