Good food with emphasis on fresh locally sourced ingredients, authentic preparations, slow cooking, and regional tastes define the restaurant and culinary scene in Geneva, the capital of cuisine in Switzerland with over a thousand restaurants established all over the city, from small cafes to gastronomic havens. Local specialties in Geneva include a variety of casseroles, smoked sausage, lake fish dishes, raclette, and cheese fondue. Food from around the world is also available in the city, especially French haute cuisine and European fares.
Many gourmet restaurants and fine dining establishments in Geneva are quite pricey but there are a lot of small restaurants and tons of cafes that serve exquisite local and international food at more reasonable prices. Service charge is typically included in the bill or mentioned in the menu so tipping is not required but you are free to give additional if you find the service and the food extraordinary.
Some of the best restaurants, hotels and eateries in Geneva are located around the lake, offering stunning views and super fresh food. In the evenings, guests are encouraged to wear formal dress especially in the luxury hotel restaurants. Lunch specials at these establishments are set at reduced prices and provide a more relaxed ambiance.
For authentic Arabic, African, Thai, and South American food, as well as American cafes, the place to go to is the Paquis. Prices here are low but most establishments and eateries do not accept credit card.
For classic French cuisine in a cozy setting as well as traditional Swiss eateries, head off to the Old Town where there is a great place to eat in every corner. Most of these quaint cafes and restaurants have romantic ambiance and candle-lit dinners in a medieval setting. The most experimental cuisine and trendy restaurants in the city are huddled in Carouge, where there is always something new to try.