Standing Out from the Crowd

A smiling spoon among regular spoons. Standing out from the crowd. Concept restaurants in Geneva, Switzerland.

Café Concepts

in Geneva

  • bio restaurants
  • vegan restaurants
  • local farm to table restaurants
  • pop up restaurants
  • surprise menus
  • restaurants where you pay what you want
  • restaurants with single menu options
  • waste-based cooking
  • blind dining experiences    

Restaurants all over the world are bringing us concept dining, and apparently Switzerland is no different. In fact, according to Le Temps not only are concept restaurants popping up everywhere in the Suisse Romande, they are rapidly expanding into chains.

Lukas Menal from Guérilla Gourmande says the arrival of concept restaurants in Switzerland dates back 5 or 6 years. As he tells Le Temps «C’était comme un tsunami, on l’a vu venir mais on ne pouvait pas y échapper.» (It was like a tsunami, one could see it come but one wasn’t able to escape it.) Gone are the days of menus with broad selections with something for everyone.  These restaurants offer very specific experiences.

Le Temp declares Relais de l’Entrecôte to be Geneva’s first concept restaurant. Serving one single dish, steak and frites with a butter herb sauce, it opened it’s first location in Paris in 1959 before opening it’s second location in Geneva in 1979. Geneva was an ideal second location given that the butter herb sauce used by Relais de l’Entrecôte is thought to have been inspired by the sauce which has been served at Café de Paris since the 1940’s, a sauce which still carries the name of this Genevan institution. What Relais de l’Entrecôte did successfully was take away the diner’s options.  To this day dinner is a walnut salad followed by steak and frites served with a generous portion of butter herb sauce, just as it was in 1959.

Many of the new restaurants rapidly expanding today offer scaled down menus with limited options in an effort to focus on quality and stand out from the crowd with their speciality. The Hamburger Foundation offers a burger with a choice of  cheese and/or bacon. You better want a burger.

In the competitive and risky game of café or restaurant openings players must define their brand and make a mark with original concepts and unique experiences. In this new contest it is better to be a specialist rather than a generalist, to keep it simple rather than complicated, and most importantly to maintain a focus on quality.

Here are 6 favourites that definitely have Le Juice!
  1. L’Adresse

    32 Rue du 31 Décembre, 1207 Genève

    L'Adresse in Geneva is both bistro and boutiqueInside L'Adresse, a bistro in Geneva that is also a boutique.

  2. Mi Food Mi Raisin

    Chemin Neuf 4, 1207 Genève

    Mi Food Mi Raisin in Geneva is a wine store, gourmet deli, and café all in one.The deli counter at Mi Food Mi Raisin in Geneva.

  3. Voisins

    Rue des Voisins 8, 1205 Genève
    Place De-Grenus 4, 1201 Genève

    Voisins in Geneva is both a café and a co-working space.People taking advantage of the café and co-working space at Voisins in Geneva.

  4. Chez Henri

    Rue Phillippe 37, 1201 Genève

    There is wine and oysters behind a secret door inside The Hamburger Foundation. Shh! It's Chez Henri in Geneva.A platter of oysters from Chez Henri in Geneva, Switzerland.

  5. Les Filles Indignes

    Rue de l’Arquebuse 10, 1204 Genève

    Les Filles Indignes in Geneva is a bookstore, café and gourmet deli all in one.The counter at Les Filles Indignes in Geneva, Switzerland.

  6. Ou Bien Encore

    Rue des Bains 61, 1205 Genève

    Ou Bien Encore in Geneva is a vegetarian café that sells local bio products.The counter at Ou Bien Encore where you can stay for a meal or purchase local bio products.


Who is open Monday? Who is open early? Who is open late? And who is open Saturday?An infographic showing that Les Filles Indignes, Mi Food Mi Raisin, Ou Bien Encore and Voisins open Monday. Les Filles Indignes, Ou Bien Encore and Voisins open early. Chez Henri, Mi Food Mi Raisin and Voisins open late. L'Adresse, Chez Henri and Ou Bien Encore open on Saturdays.

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