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A Guide to Eating and Drinking in Geneva
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While the budget-minded traveler may emit a squeal of fear when first encountering a menu in Geneva, it is possible to find affordable options when dining out in the city. Admittedly, though, a bit of hard graft can be required.
First thing’s first: those eating on a budget are advised to avoid the restaurants around the lake. Here, you’ll find some of the most lavish dining scenes in the world, with the prices matching the food in terms of sheer extravagance.
The suburb of Carouge is a far better bet for travelers looking to indulge in a night of haute cuisine without breaking the bank. Trendy yet classy, the area is a favorite with amorous couples and students alike. Nonetheless, you’d be advised to check prices before entering any joint as some places here still push the wrong side of excessive.
For cheaper options, try the university area of Plainpalais for, where there are students, there’s always cheap food and drink... The earthy area of Paquis (near the train station) is also worth exploring for its host of cheap Arabic, Asian and South American eateries.
Lunchtime bites can be picked up in the boutique cafes of the Old Town. With their Parisian ambience and traditional menus featuring 'fondue' and 'rostis' (fried onion and potato patties), a few hours passed in their midst is almost inevitably time well spent.