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Destination Guide: Geneva

Quiet bistros and alpine vistas
Explore this Swiss gem on foot, and lose yourself in the Old Town's labyrinth of narrow, cobbled streets. Take a stroll along Lac Léman to admire watery reflections of the French Alps and medieval Geneva.

Food and Drink

Seek out quiet brasseries and fresh local produce. Relish Geneva's French culinary influences with the Right Bank's convivial bistros, or try local specialties of longeole sausage, pieds de cochon and fresh Lac Léman perch. Pick up a baguette, Gruyère and Genevan Gamay wine for a picnic on the manicured lawns of the lakeside Jardin Anglais.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Visit Lac Léman for unforgettable views of Geneva. Admire Mont Blanc and the Jet d'Eau fountain by cruise boat or from atop the lofty tower of Cathédral St-Pierre. Follow up the austere cathedral with the luxury of the Patek Philippe Museum and demonstrations of precision watch-making.

Shopping

Cheese, chocolates and watches. Splash out on Swiss-made timepieces at Gübelin Jewellers, and hand-embroidered St. Gallen linens at Leinen Langenthal. Don't forget pack your bags with Geneva's delicious delicacies: Perlan wine, Swiss chocolates and Gruyère.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Enjoy alpine evenings at Geneva's cafés and bars. Linger over cocktails, tapas and sushi at sophisticated lakeside bars along the quai du Mont-Blanc. Settle into quiet conversation over coffee or wine for two in the flower-bedecked outdoor cafés of the Old Town's Place du Bourg-de-Four.