Enjoy a drink on the terrace
Enjoy a drink on the terrace
We introduce you the best terraces in Geneva. Choose the ambiance to suit your mood.
Summer’s ephemeral terracesBronzette
Bronzette, one of Geneva’s most popular beachside bars, welcomes you every day until 30 September from 11:30am to 10:30pm for a burger, a drink or a raclette. The perfect spot for both young and old, in a chiringuito atmosphere on the beach! The little ones can even play in the sandbox while their parents enjoy themselves.
Freshly squeezed fruit juice, artisanal coffee, a glass of biodynamic Geneva wine? Summer oasis Les Jardins du Rhône – a bar and restaurant concept between the Rhône and the lake – awaits until 30 September, Monday to Friday from 11am to 11pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 11pm.
If you are looking for a family-friendly, relaxing ambiance
Restaurant de la Plage & Buvette - Eaux-Vives
On the Eaux-Vives Beach, the beautiful Restaurant de la Plage & Buvette has Geneva most spectacular terrace. Try their fish & chips from the lake, tapas and tasty salads. Enjoy local products and admire stunning views over the lake, in a relaxing atmosphere. Open from Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 21:00 (as long as it does not rain). The refreshment stall menu can be found here.
Café Restaurant - Parc des Bastions
In the Parc des Bastions, the Café Restaurant Terrace is a true haven of peace situated in the city centre. Enjoy a good meal or a drink on the large shady terrace with a friendly, quiet atmosphere. Brunch served every Sunday between 11:30 and 15:00 by reservation only. You can see the brunch menu here.
La Barje des Sciences - Science Museum
In front of the Science Museum, La Barje des Sciences provides an idyllic backdrop to your relaxing afternoons and your dancing nights. It is the ideal place to have a tasty break when you stroll in the Parc de la Perle du Lac. Enjoy a drink or a snack in a natural setting. Lie down in the grass for breath-taking views over the lake. Open from Monday to Saturday 11:00 - 01:00 and on Sunday 11:00 - 21:00.
Cottage Café - Parc Brunswick
In the Parc Brunswick, behind the Brunswick Monument, the Cottage Café welcomes you again on its terrace from Monday, April 19, 2021. In a bucolic setting, discover signature dishes from Nicole Boder: homemade Birchermuesli with fresh fruit, a selection of the finest tapas, chocolate fondant and its thyme ice-cream. Enjoy a relaxing moment on an idyllic terrace near to Geneva Lake. Open from Monday to Friday 07:30 – 00:00 and on Saturday 09:00 – 00:00. Reservation strongly recommended. You can see the Café Restaurant’s menu here.
Terrasse Le Paradis – By the Rhône
By the Rhône, the Terrace Le Paradis offers a relaxing atmosphere combined with a beautiful view over the river. Enjoy the Café Restaurant’s Oriental specialities: homemade tabbouleh, fresh lemonade, green tea with mint... Savour fresh products and relax on the unique waterfront terrace undisturbed by city traffic. Reopening scheduled June 15, 2021. From Monday to Sunday 09:00 – 23:00. Reservation strongly advised.
La Buvette des Bains - Bains des Pâquis
At the Bains des Pâquis, La Buvette des Bains offers a splendid view of the lake. It provides complete breakfasts, dishes of the day or delicious Greek salads to. Enjoy local products and admire the panorama, in a cosy, relaxing atmosphere. Open from Monday to Sunday 07:00 - 22:30 (in summer). The refreshment stall menu can be found here.
Le Flacon - Carouge
In the heart of Old Carouge, Le Flacon is one of the finest gourmet restaurants in town. Its open-plan kitchen is perfect for seeing Chef Yoann Caloué and his team of artists as they work. Taste their wildly imaginative dishes made from simple raw produce. Enjoy the friendly and relaxed atmosphere as well as the lovely terrace of the Michelin-starred restaurant. Open from Tuesday to Saturday 12:00 - 14:30; 19:00 - 22:30.
La Barje - Promenade des Lavandières
On the Promenade des Lavandières, La Barje is the ideal spot to take a well-deserved break. The refreshment stall provides you drinks, snacks and free cultural activities. Taste gourmet sandwiches and fresh salads in a little corner of paradise along the Rhône. Open from Monday to Friday 11:00 - 00:00, on Saturday and Sunday 14:30 - 00:00.
Yes, Geneva even has a favourite barge where you can meet for a drink or a meal, and above all where you can discover Geneva’s vibrant music scene live in a casual atmosphere! Bateau Lavoir offers a unique setting with its 360-degree rooftop view and its gorgeous venue a few meters from the water. Forget your stress, listen to waves lapping, relax and enjoy!
La Clémence - Old Town
In the Old Town, La Clémence has a great reputation as the best terrace in Geneva. It is the perfect spot to have a break when you visit the historical city. Taste a home cooked meal and meet the people of Geneva. La Clémence is a true meeting place for all of them. Open from Monday to Sunday 07:00 - 01:00 (open depending on how busy the season is).
Restaurant IZUMI - Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues Geneva
In the Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues, IZUMI Japanese Restaurant has 360° views over Geneva. Located in the heart of the city, it is a trendy rooftop oasis with inventive Japanese cuisine. In a refined setting, savour Chef Mitsuru Tsukada signature dishes: lobster with foie gras, pan-fried John Dory and cheesecake façon crème brûlée. Open from Monday to Sunday 12:00 - 13:30; 19:00 - 20:30.
Floor Two Bar - Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva
In the Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva, the Floor Two Bar offers an exceptional panorama of Lake Geneva and its Jet d’Eau. It is a cosy lounge meeting point. In an elegant ambiance, enjoy a delicious cocktail and admire a stunning panorama. Open on Friday and Saturday 17:00 - 23:00 by reservation.
MET Rooftop Lounge - Hôtel Métropole Genève
Nestled on the Hôtel Métropole Genève rooftop, the MET Rooftop Lounge offers you idyllic views over Lake Geneva and the English Garden. It is one of Geneva best spots to watch the sunset and spend a vibrant evening with friends. The rooftop features two refined ambiances: Mediterranean mood surrounded by lemon trees and olive trees on one side; modern and cosy terrace on the other one.
Poolgarden - Hotel President Wilson
Nestled on the first floor of Hotel President Wilson, the Poolgarden Terrace welcomes you in a beach-club ambiance with a heated swimming pool, a lounge bar and a restaurant. It is an oasis in the heart of Geneva overlooking the lake. Enjoy a cocktail, lunch or dinner on a unique terrace with a breath-taking view over Geneva Lake and the Mont-Blanc. Open exclusively from May to September. From Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 22:00. Reservation recommended. You can see the Bar Lounge Restaurant’s menu here.
Arthur’s Rive Gauche - Geneva’s Lakefront
Rue du Rhône, the Arthur’s Rive Gauche has a magical terrace on the waterfront. It is one of Geneva most fashionable bar-lounge-restaurants. In an elegant and trendy setting, enjoy the cocktails « Creations » of the barmen, luxury tapas, « Aperitivo Italiano » or Arthur’s famous Burger. Escape from daily life on a terrace situated at the heart of the city along the Rhône. Open from Monday to Friday 09:00 - 02:00 and on Saturday 12:00 - 02:00.
La Potinière - English Garden
In the English Garden, La Potinière provides an afterwork backdrop to your drinks with friends by the lake. It is the essential meeting place for people of Geneva who want to relax after their working day. In a cosy ambiance, enjoy a delicious cocktail while admiring Lake Geneva. Open from Monday to Sunday 11:00 - 19:30. Reservation is highly recommended. The opening hours can be updated depending on how busy and sunny the season is.
Riverside Café - City Centre
In the heart of the city, the Riverside Café offers an ambiance of urban and contemporary chic combined with a breath-taking view of the Rhône. Savour French cuisine inspired by international trends (fusion cuisine): perch fillets from the lake, a selection of wines and homemade tapas, delicious hamburgers… Enjoy regional products and the large waterfront terrace undisturbed by traffic. Open from Monday to Friday 08:00 - 02:00, on Saturday 10:00 - 02:00 and on Sunday 12:00 - 20:00.
“Genève” no longer sails but remains docked between the Flower Clock and the Jet d’Eau. Built in 1896, she was the first of the Belle Époque vessels, and the scene of Empress Sissi’s assassination. From mid-May to mid-September, the Buvette du Bateau offers daily specials at lunchtime and tapas in the evening with a sublime view of the harbour.
Nico & Co - Rue du Rhône
Rue du Rhône, Nico & Co Italian Bar and Restaurant opens its doors to you. It is one of Geneva best afterwork places. Taste modern Italian cuisine: fresh quinoa bowls, Italian club sandwiches, homemade ice tea, a selection of the finest Italian wines… Escape from daily life on a lovely waterfront terrace. Open from Monday to Wednesday 17:00 - 00:00, from Thursday to Saturday 17:00 - 02:00 and on Sunday 19:00 - 23:00.
After a stroll along the lake, or on your way back from a visit to the Botanical Gardens, make a well-deserved stop at La Terrasse, Quai Wilson’s favourite summer haunt, with its sweet holiday beach hut vibe! You are in Geneva, so close your eyes, take your time and enjoy the view!
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