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Guide to Geneva

By Danae Mercer

This story originally appeared in the March/April 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.

Hotel Beau-Rivage

With its United Nations headquarters and a prominent luxury watch industry, Geneva is often seen as a weekday business destination. However, this gorgeous Swiss city has so much to offer beyond the office.

On weekends, Geneva empties. The resulting quiet is perfect for strolling around the lake undisturbed, lost in this elegant European city. In Carouge, Geneva’s “Greenwich Village,” crafts and antiques perch amid winding alleyways. The Old Town provides quaint backstreets and a wealth of Reformation history.
There, from the top of St Peter’s Cathedral, one can enjoy sweeping views. In the Quartier des Bains, Geneva’s emerging contemporary art scene thrives.

Then, of course, there’s the cuisine. Geneva has Michelin-starred restaurants and luxury Favarger chocolate shops everywhere. But perhaps the nicest way to spend an evening is to do like the locals: Order a good wine and some sharp cheese, and forget time at one of the many outdoor cafes.