Light and healthy eating in Geneva
Summer is on the horizon, and with it, long sunny days spent on terraces, by the lake or in town, following the various cultural events.
Summer also comes with its usual cravings for sunny fruit and vegetables, light and refreshing recipes, and healthy, seasonal products. To help you enjoy a balanced yet tasty summer diet, we’ve put together a selection of the best establishments in the field.
With its four locations in the heart of the city, the local chain has become a must for balanced, mouth-watering lunch breaks. Elsalad focuses on freshness, seasonal products and local eating with its wraps and salads. You can eat in or take away, the recipes vary with the seasons, and it’s mostly vegetarian.
Head to Rues-Basses to enjoy Green Gorilla’s delicately prepared smoothies, poke bowls, fresh juices and salads. The shop specialises in “super food” and wellness recipes, and offers a special welcome to vegetarians, vegans and people who are lactose or gluten intolerant. Eat in or take away, you’ll love the famous açai bowls, homemade granola and cold-pressed juices.
Located on Rue du Prince in the heart of the city centre, the establishment delights Geneva’s food lovers with its salads, burgers, wraps and homemade desserts that highlight exotic flavours and healthy foods. The creations are tasty and colorful, and made with fresh and natural products from local producers.
Be Kind Café
In the Jonction district, Be Kind Café is a pioneer in organic cuisine and vegan recipes. From breakfast to afternoon snacks, discover the daily specials and sweet treats made on the spot every day. Combining the pleasures of the table, healthy living and ethics is the challenge that the establishment has set itself!
Ever dreamt of an avocado bar? AvoBreak has done it! Head to Rue Adrien-Lachenal, near Rive and the Eaux-Vives district to enjoy their delicious, healthy and tasty avocado-based cuisine. The menu features salads, poke bowls and colourful and very Instagram friendly toasts! A cheerful and welcoming place, it’s ideal for sunny lunches on the terrace.
Open from 7.30 am in the discreet Chemin Neuf, in the heart of Eaux-Vives, and now on the right bank, in the Bergues district, enFaim delights foodies in search of well-being and gourmet cuisine. Salads and toast with hummus or aubergine, homemade cakes, fresh fruit juices and other sunny creations await you in this small and welcoming arcade.
Geneva’s No. 1 poke bowl joint welcomes you from Monday to Friday for lunch in its arcades on Rue du Stand (in the banking district) and on the lively Rue des Eaux-Vives. These culinary nuggets hailing straight from the Pacific can be personalised and will take you on your own little trip filled with international flavours. With salmon, octopus or sea bream, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
With its three venues in Geneva, Molokaï offers fusion poke bowls with flavours and aromas from several continents. Their fresh and balanced recipes will delight young and old alike. And there’s something for everyone! Check out the tofu pas de moi for vegetarians, made with marinated tofu, red cabbage and seaweed, or the jungle chicken with its 5-spice chicken, courgettes and crispy onions.
From vegan and organic cuisine to yoga classes and a super foods grocery shop, Alive offers a true 360° healthy lifestyle. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, just a stone’s throw from the lake, the establishment has quickly conquered the hearts of locals with its healthy and colourful creations, and also its renowned weekend brunch. Pancakes, waffles, sweet and savoury pies, avocado toast and fruit and vegetable juices… You won’t be able to resist.
Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, a fan of sweet treats or looking for a healthy foodie break, Granola is certainly the ideal place for breakfast and lunch with friends. Located near the Rues-Basses, enjoy a well-deserved break while shopping in this mecca of comfort food. Try the scrumptious avocado toast, the vegan donuts or the magnificent banana bread. The best part? The place is particularly cosy and urban chic!granola-geneva.com
Ou bien encore
Head for the trendy Bains district for a plant-based menu in an establishment that has become a real institution for all Genevans. With its magnificent sunny terrace, Ou bien encore welcomes its guests during the week and all weekend for brunch. The vegan pastries are to die for, and the daily specials vary according to the season.
Fast and healthy food does indeed exist! Since 2011, Geneva-based Qibi has been offering local and organic products in original, healthy and nutritious recipes, as well as a selection of gluten-free and lactose-free dishes. Pick up a hot or cold bowl of food, a wrap or some cookies in one of the three sales points in the city!