Weekend Dash to Geneva…5 places not to miss

Snow season is here! But if you’re flying to Geneva for a Christmas timeshare break, before you make a dash for the slopes, linger at the airport train station mall – 19th Avenue have opened a hair salon – perfect if you haven’t had time to get to a salon amid the pre-Christmas rush.

It’s a popular salon so pop in and let Andreas and his team work their magic – and they’re open Sundays, too. Not had time to change your pounds into Swiss notes? Make a beeline for the UBS Bank on the lower ground floor at the airport where the ATMs dispense notes in Swiss Francs, Euros, US Dollars and Pounds Sterling. Supremely convenient if you’ve arrived on a Sunday and just have pounds in your wallet.

It’s worth taking a look around the recently renovated Gare Cornavin – now a mall on several floors of cafes, restaurants with outside terraces, shops, travel, pharmacies, patisseries, books and delicious food to go as well as wines. And don’t miss the SWATCH shop on ground floor for a huge selection of watches at affordable prices. Open Sundays.

Once you’re in town, no trip to Geneva is complete without a proper visit to GLOBUS on the famous smart shopping street Rue du Rhône. Inhale the deli-style scents in the food hall in basement (pick up some creamy fondue and raclette to take back to your chalet!), nibble the huge selection of artisan breads and oils and explore the several floors bursting with designer clothes, shoes, jewellery, make up and perfume. When you’re shopped out and need a coffee, recharge in their superb cafe-lounge, wine bar, or re-fuel at the gourmet self service restaurant on the ground floor.

For a real taste of Geneva pop over to Café du Soleil in Place du Petit-Saconnex 6 – the no. 3 trolley bus will get you there and back to Gare Cornavin. They only take cash but the fondue is to fight over, complete with freshly made doorstop sliced bread, cold cuts, salad, and Swiss wine by the jug. There’s an outside terrace for smokers.

Hankering after some good Asian food? An unlikely find in Geneva, perhaps, but JECKS´s Place – Rue de Neuchâtel 14 serves up Pan-Asian food rarely equalled anywhere outside Asia. Not surprisingly, it’s enormously popular with locals and visitors. Located in the Paquis area – the SOHO of Geneva – it’s bustling day and night with bars, restaurants and clubs.  Delicious, spice-infused dishes, and a warm friendly welcome for those coming in from the cold. Enjoy!

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