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Lemoncha
Founders Niels and Boris launched Geneva's first bubble bar in July this year. Head here for industrial décor, vegan patisseries, and brew on demand. Try the jasmine green tea with basil seed, the coconut latte with strawberry jellies and the matcha milk foam macchiato.  

Address: Rue des étuves 15 | Telephone: |

La Sixième Heure
This is the type of café where everything you see and sit on is for sale. Famed for their exceptional selection of yunnan and genmaïcha teas served in fifties retro crockery, this is a lunch hotspot for light salads, risotto and coeur de rumsteak.

Address: Place de Philosophes 6 | Telephone: +41 22 3207369 |

Manu il gelato italiano
Crowned Swiss champion in 2015, Manu serves up the best Italian gelato this side of the Alps at three different locations across town. Try the flavour of the month or the vegan fruit sorbets but don't overlook their classic mascarpone with figs or nocciola with Tonda Gentile hazelnuts from Piedmont.

Address: Rue de Carouge 65; Rue de Pâquis 15; Rue des Eaux-Vives 21 | Telephone: |

Street Food on the Square
Every Thursday from 5pm Geneva's latest outdoor food court hosts wine tastings, live concerts and four gourmet food trucks. Open until the end of October, this bustling venue attracts a laid back crowd of locals and expats alike, who come here for the fun vibe as well as the artisan beers, Tex-Mex burritos, pulled pork sandwiches and pizza al taglio.

Address: Square opposite Les Halles de l'Île | Telephone: |

Christophe Berger
Christophe Berger is renowned for making fine chocolates Parisian style, meaning less sugar and fewer thickening agents. His popular tea room is a white tiled affair, well worth checking out for its éclairs pralinés or caramel beurre salé. There are also light lunch options.

Address: Avenue Henri-Dunant 16 | Telephone: +41 22 329 1202 |

Birdie Food & Coffee
An award winning coffee shop where ethically sourced espresso blends from Ethiopia and Brazil are brewed to perfection. For a mellower taste, try their drip coffee with homemade rum and vanilla canelés.

Address: Rue des Bains 40 | Telephone: +41 22 320 2900 |

The Hamburger Foundation: THF Red Label
The Hamburger Foundation, one of the city's favourite hamburgers has a new Plainpalais spot: THF Red Label. The new concept, basically an indoor food truck, is conveniently open all day everyday with a no reservations policy. They serve the new Red label burger, which features their always delicious, but thinner, patties. www.thehamburgerfoundation.ch/

Address: Rue Leschot 6 | Telephone: |

Affordable Restaurants

Parfums de Beyrouth
This unassuming hidden gem has been dishing up the best kebab in Geneva since 2012. A varied clientele of diplomats, students and locals in-the-know head to Hussein Jouni's foodie haunt for homemade kebbe, falafel and taboulé served until 2am. 

Address: Rue de Berne 18 | Telephone: +41 22 7316658 |

Le Dix Vins
This bistro has vintage French posters on the walls and an excellent wine list. Expect traditional dishes with a modern twist, such as shrimps with white chocolate.

Address: Rue Jacques Dalphin 29 | Telephone: +41 22 3424010 |

Les Philosophes Genève
After a major renovation, Les Philosophes returns with a help yourself bar à vins and selection of cold cuts on the ground floor. There's also a co working space on the first floor with an eclectic mix of plushy vintage armchairs and silk rugs. The polished menu is just as classy - think Irish oysters and seasonal dishes of candied aubergine, oregano flowers and smoked scamorza.

Address: Rue Prévost-Martin 5 | Telephone: +41 22 320 5477 |

Athénée 4
Housed in a converted basement chapel, this newly opened tapas bar and art gallery is the place to go for easy dishes of burrata or steak tartare, served with a side of electric jazz and live rock bands. Try their Bagels'n'Brass Soul Brunch.

Address: Rue de l'Athenee 4 | Telephone: |

Pizza Leggera
A health conscious take on your classic Italian trattoria staples, with gluten and lactose free options available. From vegan penne with artichokes, mushrooms and courgettes to thin crust kamut wheat Pizza Verde, the buzzy Swiss branch of this Bologna based chain has all your dietary needs covered. Little ones are also well catered for, with a selection of bear, duck, cat and whale shaped pizza bases to choose from. 

Address: Rue Adrien-Lachenal 6 | Telephone: +41 22 736 1228 |

Wild Girls
?n the 6th floor of the exclusive Bon Génie shopping centre, this deli serves healthy recipes with many gluten and lactose free options. Tapioca crepes are one of the menu's highlights, as are the delicious soups, quinoa bowls and fresh juices. Try the “take me to Parati” juice with orange, mango, banana and passion fruit.  

Address: Rue du March | Telephone: |

Chez Nonna
The delicious Italian flatbread called the Piadina is the specialty served at this pocket sized restaurant. We love La Luciana, filled with grilled vegetables, stracchino cheese, artichoke tapenade and salad. Pair it with a Moretti beer or a Negroni cocktail. 

Address: Rue des Eaux-Vives 25 | Telephone: 0227363975 |

Tibet café
This brand new Eaux Vives restaurant serves Tibetan cuisine. Sample the momos, which are traditional Tibetan dumplings made from wheat flour, steamed and stuffed with either beef or spinach and cheese. The soups are also a great option during winter.

Address: Rue de l'Avenir 5 | Telephone: +410227360862 |

Bistrot 23
Childhood friends François, Mathieu, and Gregory have clubbed together to open Bistot 23. While the banking business set come for lunch, the evenings attract a more relaxed clientele. Restaurant features a menu of classic Genevois cuisine. Bucket chairs in lime, slate and forest green add a touch of colour to the very stylish dining room.

Address: Rue de la Coulouvrenière 23 | Telephone: +41(0)223214445 |

Le Bleu Nuit
Fresh from a recent revamp, this little simple and elegant bistro offers a well executed, unassuming menu, which changes regularly. Our current favourites? Prawn and sweet potato curry with fragrant rice, rounded off with a cinnamon panna cotta.

Address: Rue du Vieux Billard 4 | Telephone: +41223283444 |

Good Quality Restaurants

Kampai
Chef Cecilia Zapata heads up Geneva's newest foodie haunt with her inventive Nikkei fare. The zesty Ceviche Nippo features fish of the day, lime, sweet potato, and kombu seaweed. The Japanese wagyu beef with quinoa is also excellent. Night owls should head for the bar, where pisco based cocktails are served until 2am.

Address: Rue de Monthoux 25 | Telephone: 022 900 1896 |

La Bottega
With its refined Italian cuisine, this Michelin starred restaurant is a sure bet for lunch or dinner. Expect friendly service within a stylish, bright decor, a seasonal menu and a great wine list. Trust the chef and try the degustation menu, which is also a great value for money.

Address: Rue de la Corraterie 21 | Telephone: 0041227361000 |

Ladurée restaurant
The macaron specialist Laduree recently opened a fabulous restaurant in Geneva. Inside the Hotel des Bergues, this colourful place feels a bit like walking into a garden of delicacies. The menu has plenty of intriguing options: think beetroot with quinoa and goat cheese or scrambled eggs with caviar and cream. Oh, and macarons for dessert, of course.

Address: Rue du Mont Blanc 1 | Telephone: |

Cafe Zinette
An institution when it comes to dining in the city, Café Zinette has a straightforward menu: five starters, five main dishes and five desserts. The traditional yet creative menu changes regularly. A great option for a cozy lunch or a more sophisticated dinner. 

Address: Route du Grand-Lancy 45 | Telephone: +41227431200 |

Le Philanthrope bistrot
The Plainpalais district has a new classy and contemporary restaurant: with its velvet armchairs, wallpapers with exotic motifs and gorgeously presented dishes, Le Philanthrope bistrot calls for a fancy night out. Have the butternut squash velouté soup or one of the delicious salads for a starter, then choose one of the excellent fish or meat dishes as a main.

Address: Boulevard des Philosophes 12 | Telephone: +410224368515 |

Bistrot Dumas
Change of management can cause jitters but when the new owner was once second chef and the regulars keep coming, you can be sure that standard's haven't slipped. Favourites include beef tartare and frogs' legs in parsley, all in an art nouveau style restaurant.  

Address: Avenue Dumas 7 | Telephone: +41(0)223477422 |

Opus B
With a seasonal menu as imaginative as its décor, this upmarket restaurant is the place to go for a treat dinner or Sunday brunch. Starters include tarragon oyster tartare with matcha tea and apple; mains range from saddle of venison with pear, to citrus-marinated char with plum jus.

Address: Route de Florissant 55Bis | Telephone: +41227723030 |

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