La Barje – Terrasse des Lavandières opens for the season

One of my favorite places in Geneva opened for the season last evening. La Barje is a bar located on the promenade des Lavandières. You can see it when walking over the Coulouvrenière bridge or walking to and from the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices or l’Usine.

I like to refer to it as the center of the world.

There are a few places to sit but people mostly sit along the Rhône (feet dangling over the water) or on the bridge leading to La Barje (see photo below).


Just be considerate of others and don’t block the way on the bridge or the promenade.

Did you know: Lavandières gets its name from the “washers” who used to do the washing along the Rhône. A photo to illustrate it all from

Tavolone, 41 rue des Bains

There is this really great place on 41 rue des Bains called Tavolone. It is Italian of course and it feels as such. They have great wines, great food (pasta, salads, paninis, piadines, etc). Check out the menu. You will need to reserve, although there is always a way to find a place.

It is very vegetarian friendly (I am vegetarian).

Tavolone: 022 321 12 12 / 41 rue des Bains

“Il Siciliano”, Italian coffee, sweets, restaurant, bar at 8 rue Caroline

Finally got the chance to check out this new place on my street, the Italian coffee/bar/pasticeria/restaurant called “Il Siciliano”. Great sweets, great coffee, nice staff, and they also serve beer. In the evenings they have a 14 CHF buffet (which I have not tried yet). You will need to reserve though.

Il Siciliano: 022 342 38 54 / 8 rue Caroline (tram stop Acacias)