Les Filles Indignes in rue de l’Arquebuse 10, near Plainpalais, is more than just a coffee shop – it’s a concept store, small library, take-away and delicatessen all in one. Young entrepreneur Marie Duverney opened the café three years ago with a team of only three people. She majored in economics, marketing and architecture but found her passion in cuisine. This successful combination of her three different majors with her passion has resulted in her dream business!
Whether you fancy an amazing espresso in the morning, just want a quiet corner to read a book or need to find a special gift for a special someone, Les Filles Indignes is the ideal spot to while away a few happy hours.
ATTENTION TO QUALITY AND PRICE
Marie oversees the selection of the products displayed in the concept store ranging from Indian teas, Mexican sauces to Swiss chocolates and kitchen utensils. Every product goes through a testing phase since she pays especial attention to quality and fair pricing. The little library runs itself and not even the owner can tell what you will find in there. In the beginning Marie offered a free coffee in exchange for book donations, but soon enough they had too many books and not enough space. The selection is broad and varied.
TOP TIP: Don’t forget to ask for a bookmark to leave it inside the book of your choice for next time you are around!
There is a calm harmony between the different parts of the café, which Marie calls “a cozy illusion” because its minimalistic decoration creates a relaxing, yet creativity-flowing environment.
There is lots of natural light coming through huge windows reflecting the natural and healthy cuisine. Les Filles Indignes offers a natural menu with a gourmet spin. They prepare everything with the season’s best ingredients creating refreshing combinations of sandwiches, salads, soups, bagels and quiches.
The most popular item on the menu is the delicious spinach quiche, which is no surprise considering that they have many vegan clients. I can recommend the bagel vegé accompanied with a salad and tasty vegan brownies, which are divine!
During the early morning it’s more common to see men having breakfast, then at around 10am the ladies who latté come around followed by women with children for ‘gouter’ in the afternoon. Thanks to the original concept, Les Filles Indignes attracts a pretty international clientele. So apart from French you’ll also hear some Spanish, English and many other languages. You will usually find Marie around taking orders, cooking or greeting you with a warm and welcoming smile!
Les Filles Indignes is open from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
Fernanda I Silva is an International Public Relations student from Mexico living in Geneva who enjoys writing, sharing and creating stories. Currently doing empirical research on “il dolce far niente” lifestyle while looking for the best Chai and sweets in town. You can follow her quest through Instagram @soyferitzel.
Passionate about communications, marketing and arts, she has worked for design weeks, movie festivals, magazines and her friends’ gatherings, as PR coordinator, social media strategist, radio announcer and freelance writer. Her love for foreign languages makes her sing in Spanish, write in English, work in German and love in French.