Sunday Survival Guide
Sundays in Geneva have recently become my favourite day, Ok, I admit it took a little adjusting to the whole 6 day trading, but, now I just see it as a guilt free day. Most things are closed, therefore there is no pressure to do anything, no need to pay bills, do the shopping, or waste hours wandering around Rive, just relax and enjoy the day. Have coffee, lie in the sun, wander by the lake or take a road/cycling trip, enjoy the day with friends over a glass (or bottle) of wine.
It’s not entirely true nothing is open, but things can be a little harder to find, so we have created our Sunday Survival Guide, our past adventures, places we frequent and our favourite big Saturday night recovery spots… Here is our Sunday Guide. This is just the beginning, as we find new things we will be sure to add them to the list, and feel free to share your Sunday suggestions.
– Take a bike ride – In the summer I love to escape the crowds and ride to Versoix, it’s normally quieter and you can find a private little spot by the lake to set up camp and spend the day swimming. There isn’t much open in Versoix, so I suggest you go prepared.
– Other Bike ride suggestions… Hermance – have a look here, Hermance is just before the French boarder, take the back streets on your way and you will find yourself riding amongst the grapevines and orchids, it’s really beautiful. Once you arrive, there is a small cabin by the lake serving simple takeaway food and drinks.
– Food Markets – We have mentioned the markets before here, so I don’t need to go into much detail, but I love grabbing picnic supplies and heading to either Parc Bastions or Parc Le Grange.
– Swimming/bridge jumping at Jonction – Summer Sunday’s are amazing, swimming in the lake and enjoying the sun, there are a few pontoons located around the lake, the busiest is Jonction, but it is a great place to spend the afternoon watching/partaking in some afternoon bridge jumping.
– Bowling – There are a number of bowling centres around Geneva and some are open Sundays. Check out here for more details.
– Jonction – Full of hidden wonders, did you know there is a free animal parc in Jonction? Located behind the cute La Tour “pub”, grab a drink then spend the afternoon wandering the animal park, local community gardens and lake side hiking trails, check out our map for more information on how to get there.
– Museums – The following museums are open on Sundays… MAMCO, Natural History Museum (I went the other day and had a great time), Barbier-Mueller Museum, Art and History Museum (Musées d’Art et d’Histoire).
– Have a picnic – Probably my favourite Sunday summer activity, great company, delicious food, stunning surrounds, sun and a few drinks.
Here are some of our favourite Sunday spots.
– Chez Quartier – I love nothing more then spending a few hours reading the paper and nibbling on their divine quiches and pastries… More details here.
– Café du Rond-Point– I tend to be there most Sundays for my morning coffee and Radio Swiss Jazz fix (it’s the red café across from McDonalds in PlainPalais)
– Cafe Arts – A fabulous cafe (any day of the week). Cozy couches, vintage touches and great staff, not to mention their chicken salad, not only is it huge, it’s by far my favourite!! (Rue des Pâquis, 17)
– La Crêperie des Pâquis – A huge selection of amazing crêpes (goats cheese and rocket is a personal favourite), pull up a chair in the sun outside or enjoy the amazing decor inside.
– La Vouivre – Worth a visit for the decor alone, this amazing little boulangerie and pâtisserie serves treats to die for (it took me about 15 minutes to decide on what to eat for brunch) (Rue des Pâquis, 21).
– Le Pain Quotidien – Great spot for brunch!
– Alhambar – Open Sunday’s for brunch and music
– Café Le Calamar – BURGERS!!
– La Clémence – Enjoy the surrounds of the Old Town
– Le Café de la Paix – Delicious bagels
– Remor – Mentioned previously here
– Cheval Blanc in Carouge
– Café de la Presse
– Boréal – A Dear Geneva Favourite… These guys know how to make a good coffee!!
– Pubs – Sometimes a Sunday beer (and football) is in order!! Check out Lady Godiva, The Clubhouse (offering a Sunday Brunch), Mr Pickwicks
In case of emergency… supplies needed.
– Gare Cornavin – There is a small shop open 7 days… It carries enough supplies to avert most food crisis’/cravings.
– Geneva Airport – There is a small Migros open on Sundays
– Tabac shops – Normally most tabac shops are open Sunday’s, I normally find myself at the one near PlainPalais (at the tip of the diamond across from the church), the only time it let me down was when I was hungover and craving crunchy nut cornflakes (nutty crunch was no where near as good), but otherwise, I’ve found most things I need there.
– Sunday Food Markets… need I say more?
– Migros in Vitam Parc is open from 09h00 – 12h30 on a Sunday (the aquatic centre is also open)
– France – Carrefour in Ferny-Voltaire is open on Sundays until 12h30, but be prepared to wait, some days it appears the whole population of Geneva is in line waiting, it’s not a “I’ll just pop in and be back in 2 minutes sort of shop”, but it is open and accessible by TPG (Line F or Y, stop Brunette) if you don’t have a car. If you haven’t been here before… GO!! I honestly spent hours just wondering the isles… this is no Migros or Coop (sorry guys), this is more wine, cheese and produce I knew what to do with… it’s amazing!
– Le Calamar – Burgers!!
– Olympico – Meat lovers rejoice… this meat dedicated restaurant is the perfect hangover cure, meat on swords, frites and delicious sauces… (Rue Caroline, 16, Acacias)
– Le Jardin – A little kebab shop on Rue Caroline in Acacias (near Olympico), personally, one of my favourite kebab shops
– Chickens from the Markets – There are a number of chicken shops in the markets on Sunday… Just follow the smell you can’t miss them
These are just some of our favourite Sunday activities, as we find more we will add them to the list, and please feel free to share your favourite Sunday suggestions with us. Hopefully you will start to love Sundays as much as us!