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Jun 30, 2010 03:33 AM

"Green" in Geneva and Zurich

I am doing some research on GREEN attractions, food shops, and restaurants in Geneva and Zurich. I am essentially looking for places that serve high quality local, fresh, seasonal food, possibly organic; in addition they might support sustainable agriculture and development. I plan to visit in several weeks, in July.

What are the best markets in these cities?
The best local food shops?
Restaurants serving local, fresh, and seasonal dishes?

Thank you very much!

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  1. I live in Geneva, so I can't help you with Zurich.

    For markets, there's a big Saturday outdoor market at Cours de Rive, as well as a daily indoor market called La Halle de Rives.

    Local food shops.... hmmm? Geneva is dominated by the two big grocery chains - Migros and Coop (like most of Switzerland). Happily, they sell a lot of Swiss produced products. There are lots of small grocery stores/delicatessens around, but they tend to sell a lot of imported goods for all the expats and immigrants in town.

    I eat out a lot, but I can't offer you anything particularly "local," other than typical fondue/steak frites joints around town. Restaurants have to list where there meat comes from on their menu, and most of the time the meat is imported.

    Report back, as I'm curious!

    Good luck!

    1. Hi Sederham,
      did you find anything green or vegetarian-friendly in Zurich?

      1. I haven't been back in a few years, but the Saturday market that I always tried to make was in Ferney, just across the border. There isn't a whole lot of bio there, but plenty of good local stuff. I recall that Berne's market was very bio-heavy, but that isn't one of your stops, is it? Also, check for agro-tourism: there are farms (some bio) in the region that do tours, tastings, b&b etc.