Geneva’s Carouge district is a true locals’ neighbourhood; awash with pretty cottages, independent galleries, theatres, and trendy cafés, this laid-back, bohemian area is just begging to be explored. And, set on the pristine banks of Lake Geneva, a stay with us at the elegant Hotel d’Angleterre will put you in the perfect position to discover all the fashionable delights it has to offer. Make a note in your diaries, then, these are some of the best things to do in Carouge.
Food shopping at Place du Marché
On Wednesday and Saturday mornings, the sleepy Place du Marche comes alive with a bustling and vibrant food market. This is where the locals come to shop from stalls crammed with the freshest local produce, including fruit, vegetables, bread, and honey. Whether you want to shop for delicious food or just kick back and enjoy the upbeat atmosphere (the fountain is a great people watching spot), on market days the Place du Marché is the place to be.
Explore independent culture in Carouge
With such a high concentration of artists, actors, and creative types, it will come as no surprise that Carouge has a wealth of top-notch independent entertainment venues for visitors to enjoy. Film and history buffs in particular will love Cinema Bio 72, which has over 100 years experience showcasing art house films, and theatregoers won’t want to miss the offerings from quirky playhouse, Théâtre de Carouge.
Spend the morning in a café
Take a morning stroll through the narrow streets and leafy squares of Carouge, followed by a leisurely coffee break in one of the district’s many charming cafés. A firm favourite among local coffee lovers, BIRDIE is a chic café that sells ethically sourced coffee and fresh, simple food. Try and grab a table outside so you can sip your café au lait in the sun and watch the world go by.
Go on a shopping trip
When it comes to shopping, Carouge offers unique local charm with independent boutiques, craft stalls and florists. From family-owned bookstores like Nouvelle Pages to abstract interior shops like Ploum, Carouge is brimming with retail opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else.
Check out the local food scene
If you’re looking for a traditional French-Swiss bistro dining experience, then Café des Negociants will surely fit the bill. Think: low ceilings, dark wooden furniture and retro art, then add to that discreet, polite service and a sumptuous menu, which includes classics like frog legs and entrecôte frites, as well as a fantastic Swiss wine list.
Enjoy the nightlife in Carouge
From all-night discos to intimate wine bars, Carouge has a wealth of options for those looking to discover the district after dark. Le Chat Noir is a cult favourite in the area for everything from a relaxing sundowner to a place to party until sun comes up. For something a bit different, head to hip whiskey bar, Bar du Nord, for a relaxed ambience and comprehensive drinks menu.
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