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Geneva Cheap Eats?

ebell10 May 14, 2012 01:04 AM

So I'm going to be in Geneva for a couple of weeks in June and was wondering if anyone had some recommendations for cheap good food? I'm a college student, so the funds are pretty low and I'm just trying to make it out of there alive. So far I've got Chez ma cousine, although the reviews are mixed, and Le Calamar. Are there other reasonably priced places, or should I just head over the border to France and spend some euros?

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    yummers May 14, 2012 02:09 AM

    Good and cheap don't really coexist in Geneva. Even the pizzas are pretty expensive. If you're there for a couple of weeks, if at all possible try to stay in a résidence, where you can make your own food. There are OK farmers markets in downtown Geneva, and a wonderful Saturday market across the border in Ferney.

    Speaking of Ferney, for not too much you can try the couscous at Le Patriarche, across the street from an excellent little bakery, La Fontaine. But don't expect to save much money if you eat at the French restaurants there.

    Back to Geneva: is the bistro at Bains des Paquis still serving fondue? If so, it's an affordable night out and a good place to gorge on bread & bubbly cheese.

    I haven't found good, cheap Lebanese in Geneva yet, but I'm still looking.

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      S_B_Russell May 19, 2012 03:17 AM

      Unfortunately nothing is really cheap in GVA - even the cheap restaurants. ;)

      For Lebanese, I like Parfums de Beyrouth on Rue de Berne. It's a hole in the wall kind of place, but any of their "assiette" plates for CHF 16 are more than enough to feed two people and are pretty tasty.

      1. John Talbott Nov 14, 2012 10:53 AM

        I realize this is a bit late for you, but for the record, Geneva doesn't "do" "cheap eats" or reasonably--priced hotels for that matter as previous posters have noted.
        But just over the border (take the #31 Tram to Chene-Bourg - direction Annemasse-Chamonix) and cross on foot and bus a few meters and you'll find cheap eats and reasonably-priced hotels galore.
        I'm cheap and this is where I stay and eat at night.

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