Guide to Geneva: 10 hotspots to live like a local

Guide to Geneva: 10 hotspots to live like a local

The big small city of Geneva offers a green, international, vibrant, and peaceful atmosphere, which is rich in culture and outdoor activities that can fuel both your mind and body. 

Yet, if you really want to make the most of your experience, we suggest you settle in a smart, fully furnished apartment and then start visiting some key places where locals usually meet

Let’s see them together! 


Living in Geneva (Like a Local): Top Things To See 


1. Mouette Boat Shuttle

First, you should try one of the most loved activities by locals: crossing Lake Geneva on the Mouette boat shuttle

We’re talking of public transport boats that provide a convenient way to cross the lake and see the city from a different perspective


2. The Botanical Garden

Another common hotspot in Geneva is the Botanical Garden – built in 1817, – where you can: 

  • Wander along the pathways
  • Visit the tropical greenhouses
  • Discover the ‘living museum’ – and its collection of over 12k species. 


3. The Pâquis Bath

In addition, you can’t miss the Pâquis Bath, the ‘city beach’ that offers a marvelous view of the lake and acts as a vibrant meeting place. 

Locals enjoy it either in summer – for sunbathing – or in winter to: 

  • Admire the view; 
  • Eat the legendary fondue; 
  • Try Hammam and Turkish baths. 


4. The Flea Market of Plainpalais

Since 1970, the flea market of Plainpalais takes place each Wednesday and Saturday – as well as every first Sunday of the month. 

This is one of the largest flea markets in Switzerland and attracts hundreds of bargain hunters or collectors looking for books, clothes, jewelry, and vintage items


5. Eaux-Vives Park

Another unmissable hotspot is one of Geneva’s oldest parks, the Parc des Eaux-Vives, which features

  • A fantastic view of the lake; 
  • Green lawns and several old trees; 
  • The manor house hotel; 
  • A gourmet restaurant. 


6. Le Chat Noir 

While, if you’re a music lover, Le Chat Noir is the place for you! 

This is a truly popular venue among locals and has been housing emerging artists since 1985, while serving delicious cocktails


7. Le Grand Théâtre

Still talking about art, Geneva’s Opera House – with its wonderful building inspired by the Parisian Palais Garnier – offers an international and entertaining program of: 

  • Operas; 
  • Ballets; 
  • Recitals. 


8. Carouge

Then, behind the River Arve, you can discover the bohemian and Mediterranean atmosphere of Carouge, a wonderful hamlet designed two centuries ago by Italian architects. 

Also known as the ‘Greenwich Village of Geneva’, it houses numerous artisan shops, studios, and trendy bars


9. Café Papon

Café Papon – opened in 1808 – is a mythical café that offers: 

  • A wonderful terrace; 
  • Gourmet meals; 
  • A great passion for quality. 


10. Geneva Running Club

Finally, if you love sports, we suggest you join a local running club, such as Geneva Runners. In fact, Geneva is the perfect runnable city and offers several: 

  • Roads; 
  • Tracks or trails; 
  • Races of all lengths.  

Want to discover more about living and working in Geneva? Keep following our blog to find the best tips you need to know before and after moving to this stunning city! 


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