Where to have breakfast or brunch?
Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day…
Indulge in and share an early breakfast or a lazy brunch, sweet or savoury, with family and friends! A la carte, buffet, vegetarian or fine cuisine, enjoy a little time out and treat yourself to the real deal. Here are our top picks.
Healthy and tasty
If you’re going to treat your body like a temple, don’t forget to start with your taste buds! Here are three venues where healthy living goes hand in hand with tasty food.
Ou Bien Encore
Ou Bien Encore is Geneva’s top restaurant for vegan and healthy food. Head to the Bains district for a gorgeous breakfast featuring sweet and savoury sandwiches, homemade pastries, kombucha and homemade juices. At weekends, it’s brunch time with seasonal dishes and homemade granola.
Finally, the café/thrift store La Paire in the Eaux-Vives district, right next to the lake, welcomes you every weekend from 10.30am for a colourful brunch. Try the Hakou, with its grilled artichoke hearts, white beans and olive oil toast, or the Mia, a brioche bun with fried egg, Greek yoghurt and fresh salad. For those with a sweet tooth, the chocolate mousse with hazelnut chips and fresh raspberries is a must!
Now for some refined elegance, voluptuousness and cosy settings.
With a breathtaking view over Lake Geneva, the Sunday brunch at the Hôtel Président is undoubtedly one of the most popular. Created by Michelin-starred chef Michel Roth, it offers specialities from all over Europe, as well as the marvellous creations of talented pastry chef Didier Steudler. A buffet and dishes prepared to order are available on the first-floor terrace, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view in summer, and in the Glow Bar during the cooler seasons.
Ritz-Carlton Hôtel de la Paix
The Ritz-Carlton Hôtel de la Paix features a brunch a la carte on Saturdays and Sundays, served in the cosy atmosphere of the Living Room Bar & Kitchen. For outdoor picnic lovers, a “brunch basket” version is also available at weekends, with yummy bites including egg-based creations, a selection of charcuterie and cheese, pastries and more.
Now to Geneva’s right bank for an unforgettable experience… Brunch at the InterContinental with family and friends is a treat that you won’t forget! Chef François Eustache invites you for a taste of excellence with a seasonal buffet featuring carefully selected premium products. Sweet and savoury dishes are available every Sunday from noon. Seafood and shellfish, seasonal salads, specialities and hot dishes, and the unmissable pastries will delight old and young alike!
Fairmont Grand Hotel
A breathtaking view of Lake Geneva and a tastylicious buffet, that’s what you can expect for Sunday brunch at the Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva! Enjoy a friendly and delicious moment at Il Vero and savour the sweet and savoury creations of chef Giancarlo Pagano.
Trendy and friendly
Modern, industrial decor, a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and a bit of a buzz: here are the trendiest venues to start the day!
Oh Martine !
In the heart of the Eaux-Vives district, you’re bound to fall under the spell of Geneva’s latest coffee shop. A firm favourite for coffee aficionados, Oh Martine is a delight at breakfast and brunch time. The menu features top-range coffee and other hot drinks, home-made pastries such as cookies and banana bread, savoury sandwiches and a vegetarian option.
Max is another trendy address for brunch à la carte, a couple of minutes from the lake. Enjoy classic dishes revisited with finesse and flair in an updated and modernised bistro atmosphere. You’ll love the eggs benedict and croque-monsieur with Conches valley cheese, the English breakfast and the homemade pancakes.
Near the station, head for Sawerdō, the brand-new concept store that combines a bakery and a café with a restaurant. On the weekend, the brunch menu features French sourdough brioche, eggs benedict and scrumptious avocado toast. The added bonus: the atmosphere is friendly, urban and thriving. You’ll love the large marble table d’hôte in the centre of the room.
Chez Marcel, brunch is all week long! The popular Geneva restaurant enjoys a subdued New York-like atmosphere and features an English-style concept that focuses on food and sharing. French toast, waffles, club sandwiches, scrambled eggs and Caesar salad – there’s something for everyone! For dessert, you’ll love the key lime pie and the homemade cheese cake.
Where the former Coutume Café once stood, you’ll find Madame, a stone’s throw from Plaine de Plainpalais. From 10am, enjoy a brunch featuring a wide range of dishes. English breakfast, croque-madame, pancakes, French toast, brioche and eggs benedict will delight young and old alike. Indulge in some generous, colourful dishes in a light-filled room.
In Les Pâquis, Filomena is the perfect place for late-risers on Sunday. The café on Rue de Monthoux serves speciality coffees, açaì bowls, avocado toast, peanut butter toast and homemade cookies. The best part is that the recipes are based on local ingredients, highlighting local produce.
Close to the banking district, head to Hôtel Tiffany from 11am every weekend for a friendly brunch. The Art-Nouveau-themed boutique hotel features a cosy atmosphere and a la carte menus, with sweet and savoury options that’ll hit the spot whether you’re just peckish or absolutely starving. The Tiffany also offers its famous “drunch” with unlimited Prosecco!
With family and friends
If you’re favourite thing is to get together with friends and family as soon as you get up, here are a couple of options for you.
Le Pain Quotidien
Le Pain Quotidien’s tables d’hôte is the perfect haven for family breakfasts or brunches. With four locations in Geneva, the restaurant is always busy. Jars of jam and spreads to share will delight young and old alike. The menu includes typical French pastries, egg dishes and Belgian waffles, as well as brunch options for everyone.
Finally, the elegant and welcoming Moments restaurant at the Geneva Marriott Hotel has also launched its own Sunday brunch with a delicious buffet featuring local and seasonal produce. Around the open kitchen, enjoy great brunch classics: pastries, bread, cheese, eggs, as well as thematic, local stations in the form of a chocolate fountain or Swiss raclette! Brunch is free for children under 12.