Final Thoughts: Geneva
Geneva became the most laidback, rejuvenating trip I’ve taken even though I hadn’t planned it for that purpose. (more…)
Do or Don’t: Geneva
DO drink the water from the public fountains. They’re all over the city for you to use at your leisure, or even just to refill bottles while you’re out and about. Due to its lakes, mountains, and springs, Geneva has some of the cleanest, tastiest water in the world.
DON’T use taxis or public transportation to get around the city unless you’re staying by the airport or far outside of the center. Both the old and the new parts of the city are extremely walkable and the bridged walkways over the lake make it convenient to get from one side to the other in a very short time.
DO wear walking shoes and expect to get a lot of exercise. Geneva is a very fit city due to its diversity of outdoor activities – hiking, skiing, waterskiing, rowing, etc. – but the biggest contributor to their overall fitness is their propensity for walking everywhere. Take advantage of the well-planned city, especially on Sundays when the roads are empty and you can walk all of old town without interruption.
DO find Geneva chocolate at a bakery or deli – not a souvenir shop.
Travel Tips: What To Eat In Geneva
When many people think of food in Geneva they probably think of the nine Michelin-starred restaurants that the city boasts. If it’s within your budget, then by all means, indulge. However, many of us cannot, or will not, spend a small fortune on every meal in the city so, while many of the less expensive restaurants don’t offer delicious foods across the board, you can find cheap eats if you know what you’re looking for.
Fondue: The best fondue should come to your table still in the pot with a flame under it – don’t accept it any other way (because then it isn’t fondue). You can order it classic (just cheese) or with added herbs or even chopped tomatoes. Several of the “added ingredient” versions are amazing, but if you’re only going to try one, then go for the classic.
Chocolate: Swiss chocolate is more dark than milky – exactly the way it should be.
Roast Chicken Breast: Served in whole or half portions, these things are delicious. Obviously you can get roast chicken in several locations throughout the world, but it was one of the best meals – with a side of disc-like potatoes –we ate in Geneva.