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Discovering luxury cuisine in Carouge, Geneva

Explore Geneva’s trendiest district, with its Mediterranean feel and bohemian lifestyle.

It might be Swiss but with its Italianate architecture, pavement cafés and chestnut trees, Carouge really doesn’t feel it. Geneva’s most atmospheric and colourful suburb was built by the King of Sardinia in the 18th century, hence its distinct style. Artists’ studios and antique dealers rub shoulders with trendy bars and traditional bistros. There’s never a bad day to visit, but market day (Wednesday and Saturday) sees stalls laden with local produce and squares packed with friendly locals. Here are our top dining spots in the neighbourhood.

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Café des Négociants

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A place that has all the hallmarks of a charming Paris brasserie, from polished wooden tables and giant cigarette posters to slices of crusty baguette and waiters in long aprons. It offers a real taste of France, letting you tuck into frogs’ legs or snails, but with local twists and plenty of Swiss wines. The terrace is great in summer, the vaulted cellar perfect all year round. www.negociants.ch

Le Flaçon

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This is a restaurant with nothing to hide – the kitchen can be seen from almost every table – and the sights, smells and sounds only serve to heighten your expectations. And you won’t be disappointed. Chef Yoann Caloué won his first Michelin star last year for his creative modern combinations of local and seasonal ingredients. Stylish surroundings and attentive service. www.leflacon.ch

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Le Chat Botté

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Home of the Michelin-starred head chef Dominique Gauthier, Le Chat Botté resides in the posh Beau Rivage. The acclaimed gourmet restaurant offers contemporary French cuisine that can and should be considered an art. Choose from a long list of delectable wine while you wait for the outstanding service to bring your savory meal. Le Chat Botté will make your Geneva experience one worth remembering. www.beau-rivage.ch

Izumi

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Located in the Four Seasons hotel, Izumi presents quality Japanese food through Nikkei cuisine. The restaurant boasts a panoramic view of Geneva’s lake with a stunning rooftop terrace. If the intimate ambiance doesn’t make your experience, the sashimi or tiradito certainly will. www.m.fourseasons.com

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1 Café des Négociants
2 Le Flaçon
3 Le Chat Botté
4 Izumi