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Things to do in Pâquis-Nations

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beach
“One of the most popular spots in Geneva is the Bains des Pâquis, an artificial peninsula surrounded by a lively beach that jets into the lake near Pâquis district (Rive Droite). It’s scenery is unmistakable due to the lighthouse at the end. Beach, which is very popular during hot summer days, has more than sufficient room to lie down and sunbathe, as well as easy access to the water. A magnificent view over the lake and the Jet d’Eau makes it a must place to visit. Paquis baths (Bains des Pâquis) are essentially two saunas, hammam and turkish baths; together with restaurant providing great spot for rejuvenation.”
  • 211 locals recommend
Transportation
“Home to the UN since 1966, the Palais des Nations was built between 1929 and 1936 to house the now-defunct League of Nations. Visits are by guided tour (bring photo ID; no reservation required for groups of less than 15 people) and include a one-hour tour of the building and entry to the surrounding 46-hectare park, generously peppered with century-old trees and peacocks. Spot the grey monument coated with heat-resistant titanium, donated by the USSR to commemorate the conquest of space.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Museum
“The international Red Cross was founded by a Genevois and Geneva is where its HQ are located ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Train station, 5 min by foot. The fastest way to get to the airport (aprox. 7 min), or to any other city in the country, the train being the main way of transport in Switzerland for longer distances.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“If you enjoy long walks in the parks, with a restaurant, flora and fauna, please visit the Jardin Botanique. It's a big park with different facets you will definitely love. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Botanical Garden, renowned for its Botanical Conservatory, also houses magnificent collections of living plants. It is the ideal setting for relaxing or walking as well as for the discovery of our sometimes threatened plant heritage.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“A lovely park on the UN/Nations side of the lake. You can take the boat from the lakeside over to the other side (check the transport section of this guide). Great for lakeside strolling either into or out of town, also close to the Botanical Gardens and home to the History of Science Museum.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Want a drink or to dance the night away? Then I would recommend the Java. It may be pricey but hard to find a night club that isn't in Geneva.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“Not only for the burger but mostly for the speakeasy oyster wine bar, once again the entrance is near the toilets!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Falafel Restaurant
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“Best Lebanese food in Geneva, very casual and easy going, can take away as well.”
  • 27 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“An oasis of calm, just a few minutes walk from the studio with wonderful vistas of the lake.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
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“Bar and Italian restaurant. Popular with the international crowd in Geneva. Open until late, good place to meet people!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Sublocality
“Geneva main train station was recently fully renovated and hosts many stops open all week long, from very early till late hours. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Great spot for home-brewed beers (Big Towers!), Swiss-German specialties and a great atmosphere. Very central - directly across from the main train station.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“A feeling of peace and freedom can be sensed in Geneva, every year this landmark of the international scene hosts a large number of meetings at the summit. Built between 1929 and 1936, the Palais des Nations is home to the European headquarters of the United Nations and is, after New York, the largest centre of the United Nations. More than 25,000 delegates are welcomed here each year and many works of art are on display. Furthermore, the Palais des Nations opens its doors daily for exciting guided tours! ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
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“Let's mix with the hipster locals in this unique spot ! Picnic tables, plastic glasses, cheap prices and nice music for a chilling and trendy atmosphere !”
  • 15 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Want a drink or to dance the night away? Then I would recommend the Java. It may be pricey but hard to find a night club that isn't in Geneva.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“Not only for the burger but mostly for the speakeasy oyster wine bar, once again the entrance is near the toilets!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Falafel Restaurant
“Best Lebanese food in Geneva, very casual and easy going, can take away as well.”
  • 27 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“An oasis of calm, just a few minutes walk from the studio with wonderful vistas of the lake.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Bar and Italian restaurant. Popular with the international crowd in Geneva. Open until late, good place to meet people!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Café
“Great outdoor terrace in a park close to the lake, it's good for coffee, lunch or in the evening nice tapas and drinks.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The restaurant is at the Perle du Lac, before the Botanical Gardens. Their terrace is a perfect place for a drink in the summer - surprisingly reasonably priced (whereas the food is expensive).”
  • 12 locals recommend
Café
“Low-key, nice vibe. Great place to read the newspaper or meet friends for a coffee / beer. Reasonably good food: burger, salads, etc.”
  • 10 locals recommend

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