Photo courtesy of Julez Photography

Our way-too-short list of cool places to eat, drink, explore, expand your mind, and breathe in the character of Les Bains:

Eat and drink up the ambiance

  • Le Verre à Monique, dark, enchanting and mysterious with fine alchemical cocktails, as you’d expect from a bar named after James Bond’s mother.
  • L'’Etabli par Mary Shelley, another bar with literary allusions. A drink with Frankenstein anyone?
  • Le Kraken. This bar is not, thank goodness, the home of the legendary Scandinavian sea monster, but rather much more friendly. 
  • Odeon, a classic French-style bistro.
  • Le Resevoir, bridging the philosophical and design leanings of the traditional bistros which predominate in the neighborhood and the bright white modern art galleries. 
  • Seppia Bistro, An Italian trattoria with warm wood paneling and big windows.
  • Le Comptoir Canaille, Intimate, friendly, traditional little bistro.

A Museum for kids


"Les Insolites" (The Unusual)

  • Eat, read, and plan your next adventure all under the same roof thanks to the symbiotic partnership between Le Nyamuk Thai restaurant, 52, rue des Bains, Le Vent des Routes travel bookstore (mostly only in French books) and Neos travel agency.
  • Cercle des Bains, a space for all kinds of events community and corporate events.
  • Quartier des Bains Association, 17 groups promoting contemporary art in the quarter.
  • Conservatoire Populaire: Offering classes in music, dance and, theatre.
  • Zou Ecole de Danse, dance lessons in many genres.
  • Le Cellier, a boutique devoted to the art of winemaking and wine accessories.
  • Sounds Records, used and new vinyl treasures.
  • L’ Atelier du Relieur, Rue de la Muse 1. Artisanal handmade bookmaking.


One more tip

Anyone who reads French and wants to learn more about Geneva will want to consider buying an interesting little guidebook, Genève Insolite et Secrète by a prolific author who loves Geneva, Christian Vellas. You can find it in Les Bains at Le Vent des Routes bookshop. (Merci beaucoup, Monsieur Vellas, pour votre aide avec notre reportage!)

Photo by Bill Harby