We were thrilled to see recently that Hannah Seligson took the time to write an article about our beautiful city of Geneva. As the article in The New York Times opens, she writes, “Geneva is like that guy, or girl, you underestimated in high school: slightly square and easily passed over for someone more dynamic. When you take a second look, however, maybe a decade later, you see a cultured, vibrant denizen of the world. That’s Geneva.”
Certainly, with two art galleries in the city, we have an insider’s view on the many charms. There is so much to do in Geneva from art and culture to dining, lodging, day trips and beyond. Here are a few great finds to enjoy on your next trip.
There is no end to the food options and delicacies that you’ll find while in Geneva. For a delicious and authentic bakery experience, try the Majalda Tavola Calda in the St. Gervais area. This is a great way to start the day with some strong coffee and mouth-watering pastries. If it’s sushi you’re after, Nagomi surpasses them all. Their fresh fish keeps the locals happy. For more traditional Swiss fare, you’ll want to try out the chocolates at Sweetzerland where they sell organic, natural chocolate made with no palm oil or preservatives. And for fondue, the Café du Soleil is the place to be.
For cultural experiences in Geneva, the Old Town is a gem. At Phoenix Ancient Art, we have a charming gallery that is currently showing Mnemosyne: de Chirirco & Antiquity. This exhibit was originally showcased in New York City to rave reviews, and our Geneva art gallery is currently housing a smaller exhibition with six paintings and 40 pieces. This unique exhibition offers a juxtaposition between twentieth century paintings of Giorgio de Chirico and our Greek and Roman antiquities. The dramatic pairing challenges the viewer’s understanding of art in its many forms and time periods.
In addition, in 2014 we opened a second gallery in Geneva for young collectors. On display at the Young Collectors gallery on Rue Etienne-Dumont are masterpieces of the highest quality that are accessible in price to most collectors. With the goal of making art accessible to all, the Young Collectors gallery is a meeting place open to cultural exchanges and an appreciation for great art and antiques.
For those who love mechanics and machinery, Switzerland is certainly the place to enjoy the best watches available today. On the renowned Rue du Rhône you’ll find the best watches. For a taste of the very best, look at Bucherer which was established in 1888 and has become one of the premier names in watches. Les Ambassadeurs also offers every luxury brand you could want.
For a very different look at mechanics and machinery, don’t miss out on the M.A.D Gallery where they display mechanical art devices and challenge our understanding of art in the modern world. They sell artistic pieces that represent the best and most unique in engineering today, many of which are inspired by Swiss watches.
This is just a taste of the adventures that await in Geneva.