Spring is back, and the first intrepid rays of sun are starting to appear. It’s not too warm, not too cool, and the terraces of Geneva are starting to get ready for us, their biggest fans. But do you know where to go to find the sun? On those precious days when she makes her appearance, make sure you don’t let it go to waste – what a shame to be found sitting in the shade on days like these!
Allow us to fill you in on the best times and places to go sun-seeking.
/ on the Plainpalais diamond
Here’s a convivial spot which opens up when the weather’s nice, and which offers crepes, artisanal beers, coffee and even hot chocolate with whipped cream. No fussy waiters to come take your order, they have a simple order-at-the-bar-and-sit-where-you-like approach. Enjoy the view over the Plainpalais diamond or the playground (ideal for overseeing your children as they play), and – of course – soak up the sun until late afternoon. The ambiance is somewhat reminiscent of a café found on the ski slopes, with blankets to keep you warm on those days that are just a bit too cool. Don’t forget your sunglasses!
/ 61 Rue des Bains
With its large, beautiful terrace enjoying perfect exposure to let you make the most of the morning and midday sun, here you can sit back against the window and work on your tan while enjoying vegetarian fare, prepared with style. The desserts are to die for, everything is beautifully presented, and their Juice of the Day will brighten up your complexion too.
/ Place du Marché à Carouge
Here you’ll find a lovely terrace with classic little round tables. This place is ideal to get your fill of the sun, starting from 10:00am, but we have a particular penchant for Wednesdays and Saturdays until 2:00pm, because that’s market day in Carouge. Let your vacation memories from the sunny South linger a little longer here, overlooking the Place du Marché, and don’t forget to try the house-made ginger juice.
/ Place du Bourg-de-Four
A teeny tiny café with an immense terrace, this is a hangout spot that never goes out of style, and is perfect for enjoying the gentle spring light. Before or after you stop by the terrace, why not explore some of the secret passageways? Some are well-known, others are less so. Your wander may bring you to the top of the Treille ramp, which boasts the longest bench in the world, and which is definitely the best place to enjoy those final rays of evening sun. Oh, and the view from there is just magic.
/ 49 Boulevard Carl Vogt
Here is an ideal terrace for soaking up some midday and afternoon sun. You’ll find the menu offers dishes made with local products, and for pre-dinner drinks, try an artisanal beer or organic juice. If the rue de l’Ecole de Médecine is too crowded for your taste, take a 4-minute walk to this peaceful, cheerful little spot. The terrace enjoys great exposure so you can come fill up your sunshine tanks nearly all day! The same goes for its neighbor, by the way: the bakery, Dubois; at which, if you do go, the “kanelbullar” are to die for.
Evelyne Vachoux - Journalist for Color My Geneva