Being vegetarian doesn’t have to be a chore while travelling in Europe, as long as you know where to look
. Geneva is known for its wide range of diverse restaurants
and this includes a good selection of vegan and vegetarian-friendly establishments. Here’s our guide to 10 of the best ones.
Cafe, Restaurant, Vegan, $$$
Situated close to the city center and with a cozy, inviting atmosphere, Helveg offers an extensive vegan menu, full of inventive options such as raw vegetable spaghetti, a gluten-free vegan burger, and lactose-free ice cream. It also has its own boutique where you can buy a vast number of vegan products, related to both food and beauty.
Address & telephone number: Helveg, 31, Avenue de Miremont, Geneva, Switzerland, +41 22 347 15 15
Restaurant, Vegetarian, $$$
Situated just a few paces from the lake, Elsalad offers delicious and creative salads and wraps. There’s a changing seasonal menu, and several vegetarian options. They use lots of fresh, healthy ingredients that are locally sourced and create a fun and funky atmosphere in their bright, new restaurant: perfect for those looking for a fresh, organic, and filling meal.
Address & telephone number: Elsalad, 9 Rue des Etuves, Geneva, Switzerland, +41 22 732 15 15
Just within sight of the famous Genevan Jet d’eau, Qibi offers a range of delicious and creative vegan-friendly recipes, prepared by a Michelin-starred chef. Its bright and modern interior reflects its cutting-edge ethos to provide food for those wishing to eat healthily, well, and quickly. Sourcing local organic produce, they use ingredients such as quinoa and wakame to concoct inventive pastas and salads.
Address & telephone number: Qibi, 2 Rue de la Mairie, Geneva, Switzerland +41 22 700 44 12
While there may not be a vast range of vegetarian options at the luxurious, high-class Le Sesflo, it has a good variety of meat-free Italian pasta, risottos, and gnocch. What’s more, the quality of the food is exquisite, served in large portions, and matched by a lovely convivial atmosphere. With their extensive selection of wine, there’s also always a tipple to accompany your choice perfectly.
Address & telephone number: Le Sesflo, 16 Route de Florissant, Geneva, Switzerland +41 22 789 06 65
Restaurant, Vegetarian, Mediterranean, $$$
A Mediterranean, vegetarian-friendly restaurant, L’Escapade offers several delicious pasta and risotto dishes that are well balanced, artfully presented and entirely meat-free. The extensive and varied wine menu ensures you have the perfect beverage to suit any meal as you dine either in the bright, tasteful interior or outside, al fresco on the leafy terrace.
Address & telephone number: L’Escapade, 7 Avenue Krieg, Geneva, Switzerland +41 22 347 83 19
While not completely vegetarian in policy, the chefs at Les Mangeurs use local, organic produce to create an inventive menu that changes daily. There are always two plats du jour, one with and one without meat. They also have a range of fresh juices, local wines and beers, and homemade cordial brewed from flowers and plants from Geneva’s own parks.
Address & telephone number: Les Mangeurs, 6 Rue du Prieuré, Geneva, Switzerland +41 22 732 00 63
Aux Deux Portes
Aux Deux Portes
An intimate, all-vegan restaurant, Aux Deux Portes proposes a range of reasonably-priced, organic and truly inventive dishes. With a homey decor and a really friendly, welcoming ambiance, every aspect of this establishment exudes a happy and healthy ethos. They even offer their own vegan, macrobiotic cooking classes and catering services, using a range of products they have for sale in the on-site organic shop.
Address & telephone number: Aux Deux Portes, 11 Rue Schaub, Geneva, Switzerland, +41 22 734 11 22
Cafe, Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian, $$$
Boasting something a little more exotic, the Gandhi Cafe offers a range of vegetable curry and rice dishes. The swinging lanterns, dark fabrics, and candles add to the cozy and homey ambiance and every lunch time they have several reasonably priced vegetarian plats du jour. With plenty of diverse and delicious options, this is a great restaurant for those wishing to experience a taste of India in the heart of one very European city.
Address & telephone number: Gandhi Café, 37 Rue de Neuchâtel, Geneva, Switzerland +41 22 731 61 61
Just a few paces from the Grand Théatre and the Museum of Art History, Le Sunset is ideally located and offers a good range of vegan and vegetarian dishes. The menu ranges from vegetarian lasagne to tofu kebabs and also boasts a variety of large salads. The setting is relaxed, welcoming and chilled-out from the get go.
Address & telephone number: Le Sunset, 3 Rue Saint-Léger, Geneva, Switzerland +41 22 320 15 13
Ideally placed just a few minutes’ walk from the train station, Mu-Food offers a diverse range of vegan and vegetarian dishes, inspired from countries right across the globe. From an Indian vegetable korma to Vietnamese-style vegan wraps, they boast a good variety of inventive and unusual vegetarian recipes. Head down to enjoy all these exciting flavors in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Address & telephone number: Mu-Food, 11 Rue de la Navigation, Geneva, Switzerland +41 22 906 40 47