NEW LAKESIDE TERRACES IN GENEVA – 2019
by Chené Koscielny
Summer is getting into full swing in Geneva with the start of music festivals, open-air film festivals and theatre shows this month. Add to that 3 brand new lakeside pop-up terraces – opening this week and next week – and you have no reason to leave the city for greener pastures this year.
The new venues located on the quais of Mont-blanc, General-Guisan and the Rhône, form part of the rich summer programme offered by the Ville de Geneve in partnership with local businesses to ensure locals and tourists squeeze every last drop out of the season.
CITY OPENS 3 NEW POP-UP SUMMER TERRACES
Designed to welcome everyone, including families, the three new terraces will offer a variety of activities from music shows to children’s workshops and comedy.
BRONZETTE – French, Italian and German touches
The idea here is to create “an ambiance somewhere between an Italian bagni, German ‘biergarten’ and French theatre café.”
This works well – with little round tables for the French section, gemütliche benches for the beer garden and deck chairs for the Italian bagni area. There is also a sand pit and play area for little ones.
There will be live performances, including music concerts, stand-up comedy – in English and French in collaboration with the Caustic Comedy Club in Carouge, free yoga sessions and magic shows.
On the food side, you can choose between raclette from the raclette stand, grilled chicken (poulet roti), which looks amazing and sausages, as well as Italian homemade ice-cream.
This venue is run by The Hamburger Foundation.
From 15 June till 15 September
From Monday till Sunday (8-midnight)
Quai du Mont-blanc
German beer garden, French theatre café and Italian bagni
L’ESTIVALE – the local hangout
This restaurant-bar is envisaged to become the local hangout with more than 150 seats and more laid-back shows and events organised by RK Events.
The restaurant Au Renfort de Sézegnin will provide food – such as vegetable lasagne made from local produce, filet de perche, burgers, entrecôtes, salads, chocolate fondue and ice cream.
Quai du Rhône
15 June till 15 September from Monday till Sunday (9-10pm)
L’Estivale Quai du Rhône on Facebook.
Filet de perche
LES JARDINS DU RHÔNE – garden themed
In the heart of Geneva, this terrace with 120 seats will offer a wide choice of drinks, including local wines and beer and a small menu – offering for example healthy bowls, quiches and desserts. Ice-cream and sorbet will be available too.
There won’t be any entertainment at this site, which is run by L’Association 2RIVES.
Quai du Général-Guisan
From 15 June – 15 September, Monday till Sunday (8am-midnight)
This popular venue along the Quai Gustave-Ador near the Jet d’Eau will also open again – and will offer a large shaded area and more seated spaces this time round.
There will be 2 stages – one with a piano and micro open for public use and one for performances by local groups and artists.
There will be a little library for books that can be enjoyed in the hammocks provided. Games include pétanque, baby-foot, chess, backgammon, ping pong and board games.
The two ‘buvettes’ on the L’Escale site will serve local products and will be run by local young people between the ages of 15 and 25 as part of an initiative to support the employment of young adults.
For more info about employment contact l’Association la Boîte à boulot
No single use plastic items will be sold.
Opens 28 June till 1st September, closed on Mondays.
Tuesday to Thursday: 12h-midnight
Friday and Saturday 12h – 1
Sunday: 21- 23h.
Along the Quai Gustave-Ador – near the Jet d’Eau.
MORE INFO AND FULL PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
On this site