BAINS DES PAQUIS – interesting people, cheapish, healthy food
For hanging out with the locals and enjoying an inexpensive day at the beach in the centre of Geneva, this is one of our favourite options.
Somewhat of an institution in Geneva, the Bains de Pâquis is always popular throughout the year because of the buvette which offers very good value for money and includes a vegetarian option every day (take a few picnic options for fussy eaters though). The choice usually includes one plat du jour (with a vegetarian plat du jour too), a selection of salads, a Mediterranean platter of cold meats and fruit or cheese and cakes. Ice-creams and drinks are available too.
The beach is pebbly and can get quite crowded on a summer’s day, but we’ve always managed to find a spot. There is a slide for little ones and a climbing wall and floating island for bigger children.
On the restaurant side there are huge sun decks – one side is exclusively for women (we even spotted a group of ladies knitting the other day) and the other side is mixed. Expect to see topless women or the odd naked swimmer dipping into the lake.
NEWS: The Bains de Pâquis also offers events, including sunrise music sessions (Aubes Musicales) during August and Friday night apéro evenings with music – check their website for more details.
Entry: CHF2 (adults), CHF1 (children over 6) free (children under 6)
Address: Quai du Mont-Blanc 30, 1201 Genève
Facilities: Toilets, Showers, Changing Cubicles, Buvette, Massages and Hammams, Table Tennis Tables, Zip Line, Diving Boards, Lifeguards
Opening Hours: every day, depending on the weather from 7am-11pm (summer). The buvette is open for both lunch and dinner, as well as breakfast from 7am (summer) and 8am (winter)
Top Tip: Take rubber shoes for the pebbly beach
Note: No dogs allowed
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