Geneva, Switzerland is not typically thought of as a vegan-friendly city, but that’s changing! An increasing number of restaurants are adapting their menus to cater to vegans, and vegan snacks and ready-made meals have started appearing in mainstream grocery stores.
Things are changing so quickly, in fact, that it can be hard to keep up. As of October 2016, here are some of the best places to find vegan food in Geneva!
Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants
These establishments serve exclusively vegetarian or vegan fare.
[UPDATE August 2018: Yogifood has permanently closed.] This raw food eatery serves daily lunch specials and treats that are completely vegan except for the occasional use of honey. They offer a meal of the day along with juices, smoothies, ice cream, etc. Small store attached. Takeaway only. Located very close to Lake Geneva in Pâquis, so it’s perfect for picking up some picnic food.
FairPlay Café (vegetarian) CLOSED
[UPDATE August 2018: FairPlay has permanently closed.]
This juice bar and café has a nice terrace with tables outside during the summer and offers a changing menu that always includes some vegan options. They can also accommodate gluten-free diets on request. In the evenings, you can relax here with a shot of one of their homemade, flavoured rums.
Aux Deux Portes (vegan)
This small café is a great spot for lunch. The food served is all vegan and organic, and there are always gluten-free options available too. It’s located in what used to be a butcher’s shop. The only owners have really turned this place around! Note that not everything sold in the attached shop is vegan.
Be Vegan Make Peace (vegan)
This 100% vegan market stall is a one-woman show, run by the formidable Ursula Klein. She makes all the food herself and sells it at very reasonable prices. Her stall can be found at the Plainpalais market most Sundays, but if you don’t see her, don’t worry. There are plenty of other vegan options at the market, like the fried plantains with peanut sauce from the nearby African food stall. Yum!
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Bouffe Pop (vegan)
On Friday evenings in the summer, a group of friends get together in a neighbourhood square, set up some folding tables and benches, and cook up a huge batch of vegan food for whoever stops by. Sound awesome? Yeah, it is.
Bouffe Pop is a very grassroots movement, and anyone is welcome to join. You simply pay what you can afford. If you’d like to help with the cooking, you can do that too; just arrive a couple hours early. It’s a great cultural experience and a way to see a different side of Geneva.
While these restaurants do serve meat, they also make a point of catering to vegans by providing clearly-marked vegan items and/or serving a wide range of vegan dishes.
This health-conscious takeaway shop inside Geneva’s main train station (called Gare Cornavin) is perfect for picking up a quick bite to eat before your next trip. They always have at least one vegan sandwich and one vegan salad, usually more.
This small café in the centre of town offers vegan and gluten-free sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as desserts, smoothies and juices. Seating is limited to a couple of tables, so it’s mostly for takeaway lunches. Service is friendly.
Cozy Italian restaurant with a lovely décor and a very vegan-friendly menu. There are four different vegan pizzas on offer, as well as some pasta dishes and a “pizza salad”, which is a salad that comes in an edible bowl made of pizza dough. Wait, what?! They also do gluten-free pizza.
Qibi (2 locations)
This cheap and cheerful restaurant has plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. In fact, most of the menu can be made vegan, as the salads and wraps are all customizable. Just choose the organic tofu as your “protein”. Two locations, one on each side of the Rhône river.
The tagline for this restaurant is “healthy food for all”, and they certainly do aim to please everyone. There are always three daily lunch specials: one with meat, one with fish and one vegan. In addition, the menu also includes gluten-free, raw, and refined sugar-free options. The emphasis is on seasonal, local and organic ingredients.
This stylish, artsy café has a large terrace for outdoor dining in the warmer months, with a variety of vegan options year-round. Gluten-free options are also available, and the focus is on healthy, local and environmentally-sustainable food.