Geneva is Switzerland’s cosmopolitan hub; the sleek and beautiful city attracts thousands every year who come to take in the views at Europe’s largest Alpine lake and browse the luxurious shops. There is more to Geneva than its glitzy surface though, guests are advised to head off the beaten track to find the city’s true character.
• Luigia, 24 Rue Adrien Lachenal
Who makes the best pizza is a source of great debate in Geneva. With most of its staff from Naples, pizza’s homeland, Luigia’s can deservedly boast that it knows what it is doing and the crowds who visit every night are evidence of its success.
• Anne-Sophie Pic at the Beau Rivage Palace, 17-19 Place du Port
The hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva has put star chef Anne-Sophie Pic in charge of its new restaurant. She brings an exciting new menu that will change with the seasons, ensuring guests experience the best produce for the time of year.
• Versace, 90, Rue du Rhône
Geneva has become the latest city to house the exclusive Italian brand, in a store kitted out in luxurious leather and marble.
• Boucheron, 13 Rue du Rhône
Switzerland is known for the purity, precision and style of its designs, so Geneva is the ideal city for Boucheron to display its gorgeous jewels, watches and perfumes.
• Tara Jarmon, 4 Rue de la Tour Maîtresse
The world-famous Canadian designer brings her classic collection to Switzerland, adding a hint of Parisian chic to Geneva’s own individual shopping style.
• Hotel Président Wilson, 47 Quai Wilson
After a complete renovation in 2010, the huge President Wilson is ready to welcome guests once more to its sumptuous range of restaurants, suites and spas. No matter what your gastronomic tastes are, you’ll find they are catered for here.
• Lake Parade (9 Jul)
Follow the huge dance music trucks known as the ‘Lovemobiles’ in a carnival procession to Parc Mon Repos. A free concert begins at 8pm, featuring an impressive line-up and a great festival atmosphere.
– Olivia Parker