Where to have breakfast or brunch?
Breakfast is known to be the most important meal of the day.
Salty or sweet, brunch or even early morning, the hour is not important; what is, is to enjoy and share with family or friends. A la carte, buffet, vegetarian or in the most chic places of the city, it is time to relax and taste the little pleasures in life!
Healthy and tasty: our favourite delicacies
Good for the body but also the taste buds, here are 3 suggestions where gourmet food rhymes with healthy food.
Granola is the perfect combination of good and beautiful, delectation and well-being. A suggestion that will delight all gourmets in search of balance. Starting with breakfast, let yourself be tempted by the Farm Boy or the Acai Bowl. For brunch, go for Ricotta Pancakes or the famous Avocado Toast.
A 100%-vegan brunch? It is possible at Alive, close to the lake, Saturdays and Sundays. On the menu, Active Charcoal Pancakes, Banana Bread, the famous Carrot Cake or Chia Matcha Pudding. Choose from salty and sweet both to the delight of the eyes and the taste buds.
Ou Bien Encore, the Geneva institution of vegan and healthy eating. Meeting point in the Les Bains district for breakfast with sweet and savoury toasts, homemade pastries and smoothies. At weekends, brunch with seasonal dishes and homemade granola.
Grains, the brand-new veggie temple is open from Wednesday to Friday for breakfast and every weekend for a tasty brunch. This 100% vegetarian café in the heart of the bohemian district of Les Bains continuously delights locals with its eggs Benedict, cinnamon rolls, pancakes, porridge and beloved avocado toast. Don’t wait!
Chic brunch in Geneva: the places not to be missed
Elegance and luxury, with finesse and tasteful decorations.
With breathtaking views over Lake Geneva, Sunday brunch at the President Wilson Hotel is truly one of the most sought-after. Created by Michelin-starred chef Michel Roth, specialities from all over Europe, as well as Middle Eastern and Asian dishes are served. A buffet and elaborate dishes await you on the Pool Garden terrace in summertime, and in the Winter Garden for the cooler seasons.
The Ritz-Carlton Hôtel de la Paix offers brunch à la carte on Saturdays and Sundays. Served in the discrete and friendly atmosphere of the Living Room Bar & Kitchen, it offers its guests two options with a selection of dishes à la carte. Sweet and salty suggestions under the guidance of chef Lenaïc Jourdren.
Why not head for the famous Place du Molard and the Café du Centre for an à la carte brunch in one of the most beautiful breweries in the city, known for its magnificent seafood platter. Dive into the Belle Epoque and let yourself be seduced by oysters and other seafood, egg dishes or mouth-watering sweets such as pancakes or pastries.
Head to the right bank for an exceptional brunch with your family and friends at the InterContinental! Chef François Eustache invites you to experience excellence with a seasonal buffet of carefully selected premium products. A selection of sweet and savoury dishes awaits every Sunday from noon. Seafood and shellfish, seasonal salads, specialities and hot dishes or the not-to-be-missed pastries will delight young and old!
A breathtaking view of Lake Geneva and an exceptional buffet, such is the programme that awaits at the Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva’s Sunday brunch. Enjoy a tasty and cosy time in Il Vero restaurant with the sweet and savoury creations of chef Giancarlo Pagano.
The most trendy and friendly
A modern and even industrial decoration, an atmosphere conducive to reunion, a slightly bubbling atmosphere. Here are the trendiest suggestions to start the day.
In the heart of the Eaux-Vives district, it is easy to fall in love with the latest coffee shops in Geneva. Coffee specialist Oh Martine, with its magnificent breakfast and brunch. On the menu, excellent coffee and other hot drinks, homemade pastries like cookies or banana bread, but also savoury toasts, with a vegetarian option.
Also à la carte, Max’s brunch, one of the most popular choices in the city, just a few steps from the lake. In a bistro atmosphere, rejuvenated and modernised, enjoy classics with finesse and delicacy. You will find Eggs Benedict and Poilâne bread Croque-Monsieur as well as French pastries and homemade pancakes.
At Chez Marcel, brunch is all week long! A subdued New York atmosphere for one of Geneva’s trendiest spot. An English concept that gives pride of place to gourmet food and sharing. French Toasts, Waffles, Club Sandwiches or Scrambled Eggs and Caesar Salad, suggestions for every taste! For dessert, you will not be able to resist the homemade Apple Pies or Cheese cakes.
Discover La Paire, the latest addition to the Eaux-Vives district, just a stone’s throw from the lake. Every weekend from 10:30 am, the restaurant opens for a colourful brunch. Try the Hakou, a gorgeous, toasted croissant with avocado and chickpeas, or the Mia, a wonderfully tasty sandwich with scrambled eggs, cottage cheese and bacon. For those with a sweet tooth, the peanut butter, banana and maple syrup sandwich is a must!
In Les Bains district, the uniquely charming Coin Coin café welcomes you from 7 am for breakfast. Close your eyes and let yourself drift to the atmosphere of this iconic Parisian-style café. A cappuccino and a warm croissant will get your day off to a good start!
Near the station, head to Sawerdō, the brand-new concept store that combines a bakery, café and restaurant. You’ll want to return every weekend for the brunch, the sourdough brioche, the eggs Benedict and the gorgeous avocado toast. The best part? The very friendly, urban and vibrant atmosphere! We love the large marble table d’hôte that sits in the centre of the room.
Madame now stands where the former Coutume Café used to be located a stone’s throw from the Plaine de Plainpalais. From 10:00 am, enjoy brunch with multiple variations. English breakfast, croque-madame, pancakes, French toast or even brioche perdue and eggs Benedict will delight young and old. Enjoy generous and colourful dishes in a room bathed in light.
In Les Pâquis, Filomena gets late risers out of bed on Sundays. The café on Rue de Monthoux offers speciality coffees, açai bowls, avocado toast, peanut butter toast and homemade cookies. The best part? Their recipes are based on local ingredients, which promote the region’s producers.
To be shared with the family
From the moment we start the day, we like to meet up with the family to share precious moments. Here are our favourite spots.
Close to the banking district, we recommend the Tiffany Hotel for a weekend brunch, starting at 11am. In this boutique-hotel with Art Nouveau touches, you will appreciate the warm atmosphere and the family-orientated service with a nanny for the children. A gourmet sweet and savoury buffet and refined dishes will be on offer.
The Tables d’hôtes of the Pain Quotidien are the perfect refuge for breakfast or brunch with the family. With 4 establishments in Geneva, the brand is always busy. The jars of jam and spread to share will delight both young and old. On the menu, typical French pastries, variations of eggs or Belgian waffles and brunch dishes for all.
Gigi, the trendy Italian restaurant in Eaux-Vives awaits your arrival on Sundays from noon with a special brunch menu. Make yourself comfortable and let yourself be carried away by the fragrances of the sumptuous open kitchen. The menu features young cockerel and potatoes with parsley, pancakes with dark chocolate and hazelnut sauce, brownie with salted butter caramel, and mouth-watering tiramisu!