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Watch Experts’ Tips: Where To Eat And Drink During Watches & Wonders In Geneva

Karishma Karer
19 Mar 2024 |
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With Watches and Wonders just around the corner, anticipation is mounting as the horological world prepares for one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year. As meeting schedules are finalized, interviews are planned, and office hours become a whirlwind of activity in the lead-up to the show, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of the upcoming showcase of timepieces.

While Watches and Wonders captivates with its horological marvels, Geneva offers a feast for the senses beyond the exhibition halls. As you immerse yourself in the world of watches, don't miss the opportunity to savor the culinary delights that Geneva has to offer.

When I'm in Geneva, my main indulgence is raclette and fondue. Nestled in a picturesque mountain backdrop with live yodeling, Restaurant Edelweiss is a must-visit for me. It transports you to a cozy chalet ambiance. Additionally, Geneva is renowned for its chocolates, and while Läderach is a favourite for many, I highly recommend trying Auer chocolates – you won't regret it!

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That being said, here are some recommendations from industry experts who have frequented the show over years.

Suggestions by the CEO of MB&F - Maximilian Büsser

Arguably Max’s favourite restaurant in Geneva is Le Bologne which is close to the train station. French “Bistronomique” with great specials of the day. Max further confirms that the staff there is exceptional and incredibly amiable, and during the winter months, their dessert trolley is a spectacle in its own right.

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If you are in the neighbourhood of the M.A.D. House in Carouge, another great “bistronomique” cuisine restaurant Max suggests is Ivy23. With two owners - one in the kitchen and one at the service, the restaurant is very small but the food is truly amazing.

And finally, the “best Italian restaurant in town” says Max, is the Ciro in Les Paquis (close to the train station).

Suggestions by the COO, Richemont India Pvt. Ltd - Amit Sinha

Amit’s first suggestion is an iconic café, within walking distance from the station known for its concise menu featuring the most delicious fries and renowned steaks served with their secret sauce, which interestingly, is patented! Welcome to Café De Paris

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Just a brisk 15-minute walk from Cornavin is his next recommendation - Osteria della Botegga, a restaurant that boasts minimalist décor and serves the most delectable Italian cuisine he has ever tasted outside of Tuscany. Their dishes are freshly prepared and expertly presented with no fuss, yet aesthetically pleasing. “Don't miss the opportunity to purchase their artisanal olive oil—it's a must-have souvenir”, says Amit.

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Osteria della BottegaWhile we're still around the station (Cornavin), nestled just behind it is a must-visit for handmade pizzas where the Tiramisu is to die for. Owned by an Italian family, the passion is translated to the simple but flavourful pizzas and fresh pasta. A must visit - La Trattoria da Tonino.

Next up is Restaurant Du Lac – Situated just a brief journey from the airport (hence closer to Palexpo) in the charming village of Versoix, nestled along the shores of Lake Geneva. Amit recommends this one for its exceptional Perche Fillets, believed to be sourced fresh from the lake itself.

And how can you visit Geneva and not do the Fondue! Diagonally opposite Mandarin Oriental, just a 15-18 minute walk from the station, Amit strongly recommends this small simple place that serves the best Fondue and Malakoff - Restaurant Coulouvrenière - Rue de la Coulouvrenière 29.

And finally, for all you out there with a sweet tooth, Amit certifies the Panacotta at La Favola as the best in Geneva! - Rue Jean-Calvin 15, 1204 Genève

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La FavolaSuggestions by the Director of Art Of Time, India - Gaurav Bhatia

If you're seeking one of Geneva's finest fondue establishments, be sure not to overlook this gem! While it may not boast a lavish ambiance, its down-to-earth and snug atmosphere is irresistible. Indulge in perfectly cooked Swiss fondue, entrecote, and rösti amidst a homely setting, complete with covered outdoor seating. Many patrons flock to Vieux Carouge to savor delectable treats like parfait, meringues, and fruitcake. “A local restaurant with amazing food”, says Gaurav.

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Vieux CarougeNext up is Chez Calvin, a freshly infused energy in the already vibrant dining hub of Geneva. Chez Calvin boasts of a daily changing menu crafted around the season's freshest produce. From delicately sourced fish to crisp vegetables and ethically sourced poultry and meat, every dish bursts with flavours. Strongly recommended are the homemade pasta and divine desserts. A must-visit.

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Chez CalvinAs you embark on your culinary journey in Geneva, remember that while the city boasts an abundance of restaurants, the ones mentioned here come highly recommended. From cozy fondue houses to upscale dining establishments, each venue promises a delightful gastronomic experience. So, as you indulge in the delectable delights these eateries have to offer, be sure to share your experiences and tag us along the way. Bon appétit, and enjoy your time en route to Watches and Wonders!

Suggestions by the head of communications at URWERK - Yacine Sar

Yacine recommends to start the day with a good breakfast at Patisserie Sofia, a Japanese meal at either Omusubi or Sumo Yakitori, and a quick coffee and panettone at Cafettone (best in the city). For the evening Yacine recommends a leisurely drink at Oh my gin before a scrumptious meal at Monsieur Ador.

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And finally, we have a few suggestions from the FHH - Foundation Haute Horlogerie

Since we rely on their expertise in the realm of haute horlogerie, why not sample their insights on fine gastronomy?

French Restaurants

La Terrasse du Parc - Restaurant Hôtel du Parc des Eaux-Vives
In spring and summer, the restaurant La Terrasse du Parc offers a magnificent view and a tasty menu that showcases seasonal produce in original ways.

Jardin de Penthes
Discover an exceptional site on the outskirts of Geneva, the Jardin de Penthes. Nestled in the historic setting of the Pavillon Besanval, it's a place of beauty and elegance.

L’Atelier Robuchon
After 7 years as Executive Chef of L’Atelier in Taipei, Chef Olivier Jean is at the helm of the kitchens at The Woodward. L’Atelier Robuchon features the legendary chef’s open kitchen concept, creating a theatrical dining experience for 36 guests seated around the counter, as well as two dining rooms that can be privatised.

Les Sales Gosses
In the heart of Geneva's banking district, the restaurant has revisited the legendary Arquebuse building: stone walls, glass roofs, warm industrial decor, while offering brasserie-style dishes.

International Restaurants

Tsé Fung
In the Hôtel La Réserve, Chef Frank Xu presents a menu featuring classic dishes, revisited with great subtlety and the very best of Cantonese cuisine. Savor gourmet dishes, precise and spicy, with the utmost respect for tradition and the ultimate in refinement.

Izumi
In the Four Seasons Hotel, the Izumi restaurant, offering inventive Nikkei Japanese fusion cuisine, is a veritable urban oasis in the heart of Geneva.

Le Loti
In the Four Seasons Hotel, the Il Lago restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star since 2013,Chef Sena and his brigade offer you Italy's finest cuisine, accompanied by exceptional wines.

Chez Kei
Located just a stone's throw from the Rive district, the Natural History Museum and the Russian Church, the restaurant is a great success in a Chinese theater setting.
Traditional food is served in a warm, typical atmosphere.

Inda-Bar
Inda-Bar invites you to discover the richness of Indian cuisine, in a contemporary and convivial setting. Their cuisine uses fresh, simple ingredients, with just the right touch of spices and tandoor cooking.

KHORA
Located in Geneva, in the Eaux-Vives district, KHORA transports you to the heart of authentic Greece. More than just a trip, the restaurant offers a unique and friendly experience with a concept of dishes to share and an atmosphere reminiscent of the alleys of Santorini or Thessaloniki.

Alma
Peru has made its way to the Eaux-Vives. At ALMA, we fuse South American flavors and family-style dishes to provide a unique culinary experience. The challenge? Provide Geneva with a taste of the diverse Latino cuisine.

Bon Appetit!