Who Has the Best Fondue in Geneva? My Favorite Spots…
Do you dream of cheese fondue as soon as it starts to get cold out, too? Then you must know what traditional Swiss “moitié-moitié” (half-and-half) fondue is. If you haven’t tried it yet, this type of fondue is made of both Gruyère and Vacherin cheese. But you don’t have to make it yourself. Le Colibry has made up her mind about the best fondue in Geneva. And it just so happens that her three favorite places to get fondue in the city are also in Gault & Millau Switzerland’s top 10.
3 Can’t-Miss Fondue Places in Geneva: Le Colibry’s List
Legendary fondue at Bains des Pâquis
Les Bains des Pâquis is a public beach, complete with sauna, hammam, and Turkish baths (and buvette restaurant). It’s out on a jetty off the right bank of Lake Geneva, in the Pâquis neighborhood. It’s a local favorite, and one of the most popular spots in Geneva. Perhaps because of its lively atmosphere, perhaps because of its prime location on the water, or perhaps because of its delicious “champagne” fondue. Bonus points: for the glittering city lights reflecting off the lake.
More info: fondue starts at 25 Swiss francs. Les Bains des Pâquis, 30 Quai du Mont-Blanc, 1201 Geneva. Fondue is only served for dinner, and you’ll need to make a reservation. Phone: 022 738 16 16. buvettedesbains.ch
Good to know: cash only
Le Colibry’s tip: if you are coming from the left bank, take a mouette water taxi to get to Les Bains de Pâquis. The short ride across the lake at night is beautiful. The last taxi leaves at 7:35 p.m. Click here for the full water taxi schedule
Authentic fondue at Café du Soleil
This authentic Genevan bistro first opened its doors over 400 years ago, and it’s a local favorite. It only offers one type of fondue, but save some room for dessert – the meringues with double cream from Gruyères are to die for! Bonus points: gluten-free bread on request.
More info: fondue starts at 24 Swiss francs. Le Café du Soleil, 6 Place du Petit Saconnex, 1209 Geneva. www.cafedusoleil.ch
Timeless fondue at l’Hôtel Les Armures
Restaurant Les Armures, located in between Maison Tavel (built in the 12th century) and the Old Arsenal, is Geneva’s oldest café. In the 14th century, its dungeons were used as cellars. The watercolor scrolls along the ceiling of the Hall of Knights, as well as the wrought-iron gates, date back to the 17th century. The historic backdrop and Old Town charm make this fondue that much more delicious! Bonus points: true fondue lovers can get it year round, and can even eat out on the patio during the summertime.
More info: fondue starts at 26 Swiss francs. Restaurant Les Armures, Rue du Soleil-Levant, 1204 Geneva. www.hotel-les-armures.ch
If none of these pique your interest: try one of Gault Millau’s top 10 Swiss fondue spots (article in French)
And click here for more Le Colibry restaurant recommendations: Eating Geneva