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Enjoy a drink on a terrace

Here’s our top picks of terrace bars in Geneva to suit your mood!

Relaxing and family-friendly

Restaurant de la Plage

In Eaux-Vives, the Buvette du Restaurant de la Plage boasts the most spectacular terrace in Geneva and a great little menu featuring “de la playa” hot dogs, tapas and delicious salads. Get a taste of local produce in a family atmosphere while enjoying a breathtaking view of the lake. Open Monday to Sunday from 9am to 9pm as long as it doesn’t rain! Check out the menu here.

Kiosque des Bastions

In the Parc des Bastions, the Kiosque des Bastions is a real peaceful place right in the centre of town. Enjoy a good meal or a drink in a quiet, family-friendly setting, while taking advantage of the huge shaded terrace. Two brunch menus are available every Sunday at 11am and 1.30pm, it is recommended to book in advance. You can consult the brunch menu.

La Chaloupe à Vapeur

In front of the Science Museum, the Chaloupe à Vapeur (previously called Barje des Sciences) is the place to be for relaxing afternoons and dancing evenings. It's the ideal place to grab a bite when you visit the Perle du Lac. Enjoy a drink or a snack in an idyllic natural setting while lounging on the deckchairs overlooking the lake. Open Monday to Saturday from 11.30am to midnight and Sunday from 10am to 10pm.

Cottage Café

In Parc Brunswick, just behind the eponymous Monument, Cottage Café unfurls its superb terrace. In a bucolic setting, discover the homemade bircher with fresh fruit, the delicious selection of tapas and Nicole Boder’s dark chocolate fondant. Enjoy a relaxing moment on an idyllic terrace just a stone’s throw from Lake Geneva. Open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to midnight and Saturday from 9am to midnight. Reservations strongly recommended. Browse the menu here.

Terrasse Le Paradis

On the banks of the Rhône, Terrasse Le Paradis welcomes you in a relaxing atmosphere with a lovely view of the river. Sample the Café Restaurant's oriental specialties: homemade tabbouleh, refreshing lemonade, mint green tea and more. Enjoy fresh produce on a unique riverside terrace, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

La Buvette des Bains des Pâquis

At Bains des Pâquis, the Buvette des Bains boasts a stuning view of the lake and a rich menu featuring wholesome breakfasts, daily specials and delicious Greek salads to eat in or take out. Enjoy local produce in a buzzing atmosphere while enjoying the view. Open from Monday to Sunday. Check out the menu here. Payment in cash only.

Le Flacon

In the heart of Vieux Carouge, Le Flacon is one of the city’s most popular venues. Thanks to its open kitchen, you can watch chef Lucrèce Lacchio and her brigade at work. Treat yourself to delicious dishes made from simple, raw ingredients. Enjoy the warm, relaxed atmosphere and the delightful terrace. Open Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 2pm and from 7pm to 10.30pm.

Friendly and welcoming

Bateau-Lavoir

Yes, Geneva also has its favourite barge! It's the place to go for a drink or a meal, and above all to discover Geneva's new live music scene in a friendly atmosphere! The Bateau Lavoir offers a unique setting with a 360° view from the rooftop bar and a lovely venue right on the water. Leave it all behind, listen to the waves lapping, relax and enjoy!

La Clémence

In the Old Town, La Clémence boasts one of the best terraces in Geneva. It's the perfect place to take a break during your visit to historic Geneva. It’s the perfect place to take a break during your visit to historic Geneva. Enjoy a home-cooked meal while getting to know the locals. La Clémence is a real meeting point for people of all ages. Open Monday to Sunday from 7am to 1am, depending on how busy it is.

Elegant & glitzy

Suite 1201

The Geneva Marriott Hotel presents the latest addition to the rooftop bar scene! Perched on the 12th floor, Suite 1201 offers a dazzling view of the surrounding mountains. In a designer atmosphere, which blends elegance with a vibrant spirit, mixologists from all over Europe take turns every week to offer unforgettable cocktails. Try the Slowwww, a blend of gin, cocoa, orange blossom and lemon, or the Artila, made with Altos Tequila, Cynar, agave syrup and grapefruit soda. As for snacks, you’ll love chef Fabrizio Domilici’s sweet and savoury summer creations. Ideal for sunsets, perfect for aviation enthusiasts who can watch the coming and going of planes at Geneva International Airport, Suite 1201 promises to take you on a journey of pure delight!

Restaurant IZUMI

At the Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues, the IZUMI Japanese restaurant offers a 360-degree view of Geneva. It's a true urban oasis in the heart of the city, offering creative and irresistible Japanese cuisine. In a refined setting, discover lobster tacos, prawn tempura and the famous wagyu beef. Open Monday to Sunday from noon to 2pm and from 7pm to 11.30pm. IZUMI evenings with DJ from Thursday to Sunday from 3pm to 6pm.

Floortwo Bar

At the Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva, the Floortwo Bar offers a breathtaking view of Lake Geneva and the Jet d'Eau. It's a cosy, lounge-style meeting place. Enjoy a delicious cocktail in an elegant atmosphere while taking in the spectacular panorama. Open every day from 5pm to 1am. See the menu here.

MET Rooftop Lounge

Perched on the rooftops of the Hôtel Métropole Genève, the MET Rooftop Lounge offers an idyllic panorama of Lake Geneva and the Jardin Anglais. It’s one of the city’s best spots for watching the sunset and spending an evening with friends. The MET Rooftop Lounge offers two highly refined ambiances: on the one hand, enjoy a Mediterranean atmosphere amid lemon and olive trees; on the other, enjoy aperitifs with friends on a cosy, modern terrace.

Poolgarden

Nestled on the first floor of the Hôtel Président , the Terrasse du Poolgarden welcomes you in a beach club atmosphere with heated outdoor pool, lounge bar and restaurant. It’s an oasis in the heart of Geneva overlooking the lake. Enjoy a cocktail, lunch or dinner on a unique terrace with breathtaking views of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc. Open from May to September. Monday to Sunday, 10am to 10pm. Reservations recommended. Browse the Bar Lounge Restaurant menu here.

Arthur’s Rive Gauche

In the Rue du Rhône, Arthur's Rive Gauche boasts a magical waterside terrace. It's one of Geneva's best-known bar-lounge/restaurants. In an elegant and trendy setting, indulge in the barmen's Créations cocktails, luxury tapas, Aperitivo Italiano or the famous Arthur's Burger. Enjoy a terrace in the heart of the city on the banks of the Rhône. Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 2am and Saturday from noon to 2am.

Le Poolside

The Poolside restaurant and its superb outdoor terrace revisit the great classics of Mediterranean cuisine and the authentic flavours of Lebanon. As the sun begins to set, indulge in the expertly prepared cocktails or an authentic shisha experience. The poolside restaurant will give you a taste of the good life! Open from noon to 9.30pm (mid-May to mid-September). Browse the menu here.

Afterwork

La Potinière

In the Jardin Anglais, La Potinière is an ideal venue for happy hour with friends. It’s the place to be, where Geneva’s inhabitants come together to enjoy a truly relaxing moment after their day’s work. Sip on a delicious cocktail in a warm atmosphere while admiring Lake Geneva or enjoy brunch on Sundays. Open Monday to Saturday from noon to 10.30pm and Sunday from 11am to 6.30pm, weather permitting.

Bateau Genève

The "Genève" no longer sails but remains docked between the Flower Clock and the Jet d'eau. Built in 1896, it was the first ship of the Belle Époque and the scene of Empress Sissi's assassination. From early May to mid-September, the Buvette du Bateau offers daily specials at lunchtime and tapas in the evening, with a breathtaking view over the harbour.

Nico & Co

The Italian bar and restaurant Nico & Co welcomes you on Rue du Rhône. It’s one of the best afterwork venues in Geneva. Taste modern Italian cuisine (refreshing quinoa bowls, Italian-style club sandwiches, homemade cold tea, a selection of the best transalpine wines) and take a little time out on a delightful terrace by the water. Open Monday to Wednesday from 5pm to midnight, Thursday to Saturday from 5pm to 2am and Sunday from 5pm to 11pm.

La Terrasse

After your stroll along the lake or on the way back from your visit to the Botanical Gardens, make a well-deserved stopover at La Terrasse, the most popular summer bar on Quai Wilson, with its airs of a beach hut and its holiday cheer! Close your eyes, take a little time out and enjoy the view! Discover the menu here.

Summer & pop-up

With summer just around the corner, a host of refreshment stands, trucks and other pop-up bars are springing up in parks, along the water’s edge and on local terraces. Drinks, snacks, entertainment and live music will have Geneva buzzing throughout the night!

Les Lavandières

On Promenade des Lavandières, the food truck of the same name is the perfect place for a welcome break. The menu features homemade drinks, snacks and free concerts and DJ sets. Try a savoury tart, homemade ginger juice and fresh lemonade in a little corner of paradise on the banks of the Rhône. Open Monday to Friday from 11am to midnight, Saturday from 2pm to midnight and Sunday from 2pm to 10pm.

Jardin des Nations

This atypical refreshment stand, located on a transitional urban development site and open until 2024, hosts events and activities of all kinds. From urban vegetable gardens and cultural events to pétanque and concerts by local artists. Come and have a drink and imagine the city of tomorrow at Jardin des Nations! Open Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm to 9.30pm, Friday from 3pm to 9.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

La Canopée

Dedicated to relaxation and fitness, this pop-up summer venue located next to Baby Plage features a refreshment bar, a food truck, hammocks and a beautiful waterside terrace. Above all, it’s the yoga, Zumba and cardio classes, the concerts and the fun activities for children that make La Canopée such a success! Check out the programme of events here.

Le Cormoran

On the right bank, Le Cormoran features a perfect spot to unwind next to the port. From June to September, this pop-up venue offers a menu featuring local and seasonal produce, as well as an eclectic programme for young and old. Cinema screenings, concerts, wellbeing and relaxation activities, as well as make-up and circus workshops for children await every day from 9am to 10pm, weather permitting.

Sadara

Situated on a beautiful esplanade in the heart of Bois de la Bâtie, the sun-drenched Sadara refreshment stand features a selection of snacks and drinks, including delicious Asian noodles, sandwiches, hotdogs and, for those with a sweet tooth, homemade cakes! From March to October, you can play pétanque, do yoga or relax in front of a film. The bar is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 10pm and on Sundays from 10am to 9pm, weather permitting.

À la Pointe

Situated at the confluence of the Arve and Rhône rivers, at the end of the Sentier des Saules, À la Pointe features sun loungers, entertainment and a live music programme from Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 10pm and on Sundays from 12pm to 9pm. The cool, friendly venue overlooks the emerald waters of the river and the wooded pontoons that line it: the perfect place for a drink after a swim!

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