A Guide to Geneva's Carouge District

 
 

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

 

01st October 2015

Hotel d'Angleterre

Carouge

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

Carouge

Place du Marche comes alive with the arrival of the bustling food market © Geneve Tourisme / Greg Martin

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

Carouge

Carouge has a wealth of independent arts venues © Geneve Tourisme / Olivier Miche

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

Carouge

A firm favourite among locals is the chic café BIRDIE © BIRDIE

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

Carouge

The neighbourhood is brimming with independent boutiques © Geneve Tourisme / Olivier Miche

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

Carouge

Explore the neighbourhood’s top-rate dining scene © Geneve Tourisme

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

Carouge

Hop between Carouge’s intimate wine bars © Geneve Tourisme

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.

Once you’ve explored this charming corner of Geneva, head back to the welcoming, decadent surrounds of the Hotel d’Angleterre and relax with a nightcap at the Leopard Bar overlooking Lake Geneva.

Header image © Geneve Tourisme / Olivier Miche

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