The best cheese fondues in Geneva

There is no better way to experience Swiss culture and conviviality than sharing a traditional fondue among friends and family. 

Fondue is a traditional Swiss dish of melted cheese served in a communal pot (caquelon or fondue pot) over a portable stove (réchaud) heated with a candle or spirit lamp, and eaten by dipping bread into the cheese using long-stemmed forks. It was promoted as a Swiss national dish by the Swiss Cheese Union (Schweizerische Käseunion) in the 1930s, and was popularized in North Amer-ica in the 1960s. In Geneva, fondue is moitié-moitié (half-half) made with Gruyère and with Fribourg Vacherin cheese.

Here are our recommendations for the best fondue restaurants in the most beautiful city of Lac Léman that will enchant your palate and make your win-ter’s nights memorable.
MOST CONVIVIAL – Bains des Pâquis

This popular local hangout offers great fondues (including a champagne-based version) at reasonable prices in a very informal setting right next to the lake. 

Don’t expect any frills, but for a good night out with friends and family (or a family lunch) this venue is unbeatable.  We love spending time in their hammam and spa (and even taking a quick dip in the icy lake) on a freezing winter’s eve-ning and then wrapping up warm and sitting outside next to their fire drums, sharing their fondue and glühwein to warm up. Watch out for those cheese hangovers!

Be sure to book your fondue in advance. 

www.buvettedesbains.ch

traditionnal swiss fondue
SWISS EXPERIENCE – Edelweiss Hotel

Located in the heart of the city, in Paquis, Edelweiss hotel attracts its guests by offering a pure alpine experience, with a traditional Swiss ambiance, live Swiss entertainment, the famous moitié - moitié fondue of course plus the traditional cuisine with dishes such as rösti & dried meat plates, Gruyère double cream and meringues for dessert, with quite reasonable prices for Geneva.

The customer service is excellent and the whole experience leaves only beautiful memories. 

www.hoteledelweissgeneva.com
Place de la Navigation 2, 1201 Genève
+41 (0) 22 544 5151
Edelweiss restaurant swiss fondue
MOST POPULAR – Café du soleil

The most popular fondue (as voted by locals) in the city is by far the one served in Café du Soleil in Petit Saconnex.

Even though the restaurant is not in the heart of the city, it is easily accessible by public transport. Geneva´s oldest restaurant - 400 years old! – is famous and proud to serve the very best fondue in the city made with cheese from La Roche village, north of Gruyère. With reasonable prices, a pleasant atmosphere and friendly customer service, Café du soleil, attracts  locals, tourists and business people. Make sure you reserve your table before going.

www.cafedusoleil.ch
Place du Petit-Saconnex 6, 1209 Genève 
+41(0) 22 733 3417

 
fondue café du soleil
DIFFERENT FONDUES – Le Gruyérien
If you are looking for a place to go and you’re feeling adventurous about tasting different fondues, this is the place to be. Besides the traditional moitié-moitié fondue, there are unusual variations such the 100% chèvre (goat cheese) fon-due or the fondue tomate (with tomatoes) which is served with boiled potatoes rather than bread. Friendly, simple and informal, the owners are welcoming and offer an overall authentic experience. Either of the two locations (one in Chêne-Bougeries and ne in Plainplais) are easily reached by the city tram ser-vice. 
www.le-gruyerien.ch

Le Gruyérien Chêne-Bougeries
Chemin de la Bessonnette 2
+41(0) 22 349 1012

Le Gruyérien Plainpalais
Dvd de Saint-Georges 65
+41(0) 22 320 8184
gruyerien
If you are looking for a more ´adventurous´way to taste Switzerland´s most traditional dish, how about:
FONDUE CRUISE – CGN croisière fondue

Have you ever considered tasting fondue on board a boat?

In Geneva, it’s certainly possible! Starting end of October till mid-May (Fridays only), the CGN company with the biggest fleet of cruising boats in the area offers the unique opportunity for guests to spend unforgettable moments enjoying some fine fondue. The cruise lasts about 2 hours and its perfect for families or groups in general.

The price includes the cruise and the selected fondue (drinks and dessert not included). Reservations are advised.

CGN SA
Quai du Mont-Blanc
+41 900 929 929 (0.50 CHF/min)

fondue couple boat
FONDUE IN THE SKY - Verbier / Crans-Montana

If you are an adventure traveller and you fancy the mountainous scenery that Switzerland abundantly has to offer, drive up to Verbier or Crans-Montana and do not miss the unique experience of enjoying a creamy, delicious fondue riding a telecabine. Approximately 2000 meters above the ground, Fondue in the Sky includes a 1-hour-45-minute trip with a 3-course dinner of local goodies.

The meal includes a charcuterie platter, fondue, dessert, wine and soft drinks. There are 40 cabins on the cable car, each with room for up to six people. This exclusive restaurant just received its 4th award as the ´Unique Restaurant of the year 2018´.

www.facebook.com/fondueinthesky
+41 78 709 67 74 or info@fondueinthesky.com 

fondue in the sky Verbier

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