THE BEST PLACES TO EAT ICE CREAM IN GENEVA
by Alexandra Belz
While the sweltering heat wave continues to stifle Geneva, we have the perfect excuse to consume gallons of ice cream! We share our very best addresses for enjoying this delicious summer treat in the city…
This trendy ice-cream store can be found in three areas of the city: Pâquis, Carouge and Eaux-Vives. Their bright green-striped awning is hard to miss, so is the long queue of people waiting for their yummy ice cream. And if you are too lazy to wait in line, you can order them on Smood!
Staking their claim for artisanal gelato, a generous selection of flavours await you, but not too many to overwhelm you. They have most of the standard flavours like chocolate, Oreo, coffee, salted caramel and pistachio. Their pistachio is particularly delicious, and my favorite!
Mascarpone and fig is another deliciously unusual flavour.
Follow them on Instagram to keep an eye out for new flavours! @manugelato.ch or on their website
- Rue des Pâquis, 15
- Rue de Carouge, 65
- Rue des Eaux-Vives, 21
Monday-Thursday- 12:45- 19:15
Friday – Sunday— 12:45-22:15
The individual opening hours per shop vary slightly so please check the website for more details.
Frozen yoghurt may not be ‘ice-cream’ in the strictest sense, but LlaoLlao offers a gorgeous frozen yoghurt alternative to ice cream that sets the heart of the healthy eater a-flutter.
LLaoLlao allows you to customise your natural yoghurt treat with a variety of fun toppings and we particularly enjoy adding fruit to ours and the speculoos sauce.
The natural yogurt has no added sugar and skimmed (0.1% fat) milk.
You have the choice of adding as many toppings as you desire. These include freshly cut , seasonal fruit, cookies, chocolate, granola or nuts and you can be as healthy or sweet as you like.
Lastly, you can choose a sauce – ranging from chocolate to fruit jams or pistachio.
Look out for the Speculoos version of the natural yoghurt too. It’s yum!
- Rue du Marché, 3
- Route des Jeunes, 10 (La Praille food court)
This quirky ice cream store is open 7 days a week and can be found in Pâquis, Plainpalais and Eaux-Vives . It hosts a colourful interior and a few fun flavours, such as Nutella and bubblegum – popular with kids of all ages! They stick to the basic flavours with a mixture of creamy flavours and fruity sorbets. They have the best pistachio flavour in Geneva: super creamy and rich! The tiramisu is also lovely with a coffee flavour and pieces of liquor soaked sponge!
- Rue des Pâquis, 25, Paquis
- Rue des Eaux-Vives, 61, Eaux-Vives
- Rue de l’ Ecole-de-Médecine, 6, Plainpalais
- Rue Saint-Joseph 43, Carouge
Pâquis, Carouge and Eaux Vives: Monday-Sunday 12:00-19:30
Plainpalais : Monday- Saturday 11:30- 00:00, Sunday closed
This authentic Italian ice cream parlour is an institution in Geneva and a convenient 2-minute walk from the lake. They have a harlequin-themed interior, with a wide collection of innovative ice cream flavours, including the totally delicious sorbets flavours of Citron Vert or Ananas Basilic. As ice cream flavours we loved Coconut, Cinnamon or Banana….yummy.
A perfect excuse to stop by before a nice walk or lazy lounging on the waterfront and to check out the new beach in Eaux-Vives a bit further along.
Rue du 31 Décembre, 1
Monday-Sunday: 13:00-22:00, on the weekends until 23:00
With a beautiful view overlooking the river Rhône, this is the perfect place to relax while indulging in their rich ice cream and if you’re after an authentic Swiss experience, then you will love the lakeside parlour of this delicious Swiss ice cream brand. Our favourite is white chocolate and rose!
Rue du Rhône, 19
Monday- Saturday 12:00- 23:00
BELLAMIA GELATERIA ITALIANA
This Italian gelateria can be found on a quaint corner of the Carouge market square and is a great treat when strolling through the pretty streets of this Italian part of town. They sell many delicious flavours, with both fruity and sweet flavours – we highly recommend the pink grapefruit for a refreshing taste! Bellamia also offers frozen yoghurt, a healthier alternative to ice cream, but delicious none-the-less!
2 Place du Marché, Carouge.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 12:00- 19:00
Saturday – 11:00- 20:00
Sunday: 12:00- 19:00
This delicious ice cream can now not only be purchased in buckets in the supermarket, but can be enjoyed in the newly opened ice cream parlour in Pâquis.
- Rue de Berne 13