Le Colibry is revealing her favorite spots in Geneva for international flavor. Pretend to escape to another country for a few hours, or enjoy dishes from around the world in the comfort of your home thanks to takeout and delivery options. Find the perfect restaurant for every craving and every occasion. So forget about life’s difficulties for a while and take your taste buds on a delicious global getaway that supports local business.
Experience the Italian dolce vita
At Gigi & Cucina Bar, one of the Eaux-Vives district’s newest eateries. A warm and welcoming Italian bistro with a large bar and a patio for nice weather.
My favorite dish: homemade tagliolini with pesto and shrimp
Dine-in, takeout, and delivery gigicucinabar.ch
At Le Décanteur, an Italian bistro and wine bar with an inviting atmosphere and super fresh Italian products.
Menu must-have: Tagliatelle della Nonna
Dine-in and takeout ledecanteur.ch
Or at Luigia, pizzeria and Italian specialties, plus an ambiance that is straight out of Naples.
The thing that will have you coming back for more: all of their pizzas, including their Nutella pizza.
Dine-in and delivery luigia.ch
Escape to Paris
At Max, an authentic Parisian-style bistro, all the way down to its little round tables and wicker chairs.
Le Colibry’s pick: croque-monsieur, Parisian-style entrecôte, and a café cookie
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And Marcel, a near-exact replica of the boho-chic Parisian location
Le Colibry’s pick, brunch in all its glory: brioche French toast dripping with caramel, waffles or pancakes with maple syrup, or if you’d rather go the savory route, authentic Eggs Benedict. And don’t forget the fries…
Dine-in, takeout, and delivery restaurantmarcel.ch
Voyage to India
At Indian Rasoi, owned by Kuldeep Rawat, a former chef at both the Mandarin Oriental and Inda-Bar.
What to try first: biryani, herb chicken, paneer tikka, naan
Dine-in, takeout, and delivery indianrasoi.ch
At Khora, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped right off the streets of Greece in this rustic-chic setting that serves family-style dishes.
Dine-in and takeout khora-geneve.com
At Kas Bar, we love chef Nasser Jeffane’s fresh take on pastilla, a feast for both the eyes and the palate!
Dine-in, takeout, and delivery kasbar-restaurant.com
Go on an Asian expedition
To Chiang Mai Thai, for Northern Thai specialties in the heart of Geneva.
What to try first: Thai basil beef stir fry (fairly spicy), Larb Gai herb chicken salad with sticky rice
Dine-in, takeout, and delivery chiangmaithai.ch
Escape to Tsé Fung, a Michelin-starred restaurant inside the La Reserve Geneva luxury hotel, for some delicious Chinese cuisine.
For a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience, wait for a gorgeous day, head there by motoscafo (the boat that the hotel charters for residents and guests in the summertime), and dine out on the patio. tsefung.ch
Read more: Terrace and Patio Eating in Geneva: Great Views and Even Better Food
Set off on a Lebanese adventure
First stop Balila, a gem I discovered just before the second lockdown began.
A beautiful dining room and exquisite cuisine.
Menu must-have: order an assortment of different mezze. The baladi cheese crisps, falafel, and shawarma are especially tasty.
Dine-in, takeout, and delivery balila.com
Or keep things simple at Parfums de Beyrouth
Delicious tried-and-true classics: tabbouleh, shawarma, falafel
Takeout and delivery parfumsdebeyrouth
Go on a New York adventure
Chez Philippe, Philippe Chevrier’s Manhattan-style steakhouse that isn’t an ocean away. Rated 19/20 by Gault Millau, it’s an excellent pick for anyone who appreciates a great cut of meat.
Dine-in, takeout, and delivery chezphilippe.ch
Read more: An Authentic New York Steakhouse
Journey to Japan
Kakinuma, the best Japanese food in Geneva, even if it is a bit pricey.
What to try first: all of their sushi, maki, sashimi and the famous temaki sushi (cone-shaped sushi)
Dine-in, takeout, and delivery kakinuma.ch
When it’s nice out, head to Izumi, perched upon the rooftop terrace of the right-bank Four Seasons hotel, where you’ll have one of the best lakefront views in the city. izumi.ch
What to try first: bass sashimi, lobster salad, cilantro shrimp and rice, sole fillet, and black cod misozuke
Le Colibry’s favorite table: in the library under the skylight during the winter, and on the rooftop with stunning views during the summer.
Read more: The Quest for the Best Japanese Restaurants in Geneva
Take a trip to Peru
At Kampai, where renowned chef from Pachacamac, Cecilia Zapata, subtly infuses Peruvian tradition with Japanese flavors.
What to try first: atun al wasabi ceviche, lomo saltado nikkei, chaufa de quinoa
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Or at Alma, featuring festive turquoise decor and trendy South American cuisine.
Crowd favorite: the Ceviche clasico
Read more: Alma gastronomie sud-américaine (article in French)
Learn more about all of Le Colibry’s favorite places to dine in the Eating Geneva section of the blog