Switzerland and Europe favorites

My personal recommendations for brands and services in Switzerland and Europe.

Specific to Geneva and nearby towns

Asian markets

Thu Hang Alimentation Asiatique, Rue de Monthoux 52, 1201 Genève (Vietnamese and Chinese dried goods, tiny bit of produce)

Uchitomi, Rue du Rhône 42, 1204 Genève (Japanese snacks, dried goods and kitchen tools)

Wing Sheng, 366 Rue du 18 Août 1944, 74100 Etrembières, France (Chinese everything)

Chez Yian Asian Food Store, Av. des Alpes 56, 1820 Montreux (Chinese snacks and produce)


Caran D’Ache art supplies, Place du Bourg-de-Four 8, 1204 Genève

Bookbinders Design Genève (for stationery), Rue de la Fontaine 15, 1204 Genève

Museum of Art and History, Rue Charles-Galland 2, 1206 Genève

Flowers and arrangements

Kalis Fleurs, Rue du Vieux-Collège 10, 1204 Genève


Exclusive Beauty Coiffure & Onglerie, Carrefour de Rive 2, 1207 Genève

Salon Pose, 1 Rue Fernand David, 74100 Annemasse, France

Independent cinema and English-language films

Les Scala, Rue des Eaux-Vives 23, 1207 Genève

Organic and eco-friendly shops

Bio C’Bon, Rue des Eaux-Vives 6, 1207 Genève

Nature et Découvertes, Rue de la Confédération 7, 1204 Genève

Parks and green spaces

Parc la Grange, the biggest park in Geneva

Bastions, in the middle of the University of Geneva

Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques, large conservatory and botanical garden

Restaurants and cafes

Al Amir (Lebanese), Rue de Berne 22, 1201 Genève

Fayrouz Garden (Lebanese), Passage Linck 2, 1207 Genève

Cottage Café, Rue Adhémar-Fabri 7, 1201 Genève

Taco Rico (Tex-Mex), Rue de Berne 3, 1201 Genève

Gigi Cucina & Bar (Italian), Avenue de la Gare des Eaux-Vives 11 1207, 1208 Genève

Le Phénix (Chinese), Rue des Vollandes 38, 1207 Genève

Le Thé (Chinese dim sum), Rue des Bains 65, 1205 Genève

Yu Xiang Yuan (Chinese), Av. des Alpes 23, 1820 Montreux

Switzerland in general

English books

Buchhaus (online)

Department stores


Home decor

CASA (note that they don’t deliver online orders, only in-store pickup)

Maisons du Monde

Other cities in Switzerland


Hotel Alpenhof, Kreuzweg 36, 3818 Grindelwald (their restaurant is meh, would do the hotel stay only)

Le Prese

Ristorante Giardino (Italian), Via Principale, 7746 Le Prese, Poschiavo


Hotel Des Alpes, Rathausquai 5, 6004 Luzern


Hotel Walter Au Lac, Piazza Riziero Rezzonico 7, 6900 Lugano


Bellamia gelato and drinks shop, Grand’ Rue 34, 1820 Montreux


Hotel Adler, Rosengasse 10, 8001 Zürich (book directly through their own website for a welcome gift)

Japanese Hair Salon, Friesstrasse 43, 8050 Zurich-Oerlikon (only speaks Japanese and German)

Thai Bamboo restaurant, Schoffelgasse 3, 8001 Zürich

Other countries in Europe

Lyon (France)

Supermarché International, 30 Rue de Marseille, 69007 Lyon, France (Chinese and Korean dried goods, a bit of produce; the best Asian supermarket I’ve found in the area so far)

Manarola, Cinque Terre (Italy)

La Torretta, Vico Volto, 20, 19010 Manarola SP, Italy (incredible view, service and breakfast)

Granada (Spain)

Wild Food, Pl. Isabel la Católica, 5, 18009 Granada, Spain (yummy vegetarian restaurant, great breakfast)

Sevilla (Spain)

Welldone Metropol, Pl. de la Encarnación, 15, 41003 Sevilla, Spain (lovely hotel rooms with kitchenettes)