There weren't many vegan restaurants in Geneva, Switzerland when I lived there from 2010 to 2016. But thankfully Geneva's vegan scene has really grown since then!
Many thanks to Sandra of Going Out Vegan for helping me update this post! Sandra currently lives in Geneva and is on top of all the best vegan eats that have popped up in the city.
In addition to its fully vegan restaurants, an increasing number of mainstream eateries are adapting their menus to cater to vegans. And vegan snacks and ready-made meals are also now easily found in mainstream Swiss grocery stores.
Vegan Restaurants Geneva
These Geneva restaurants serve exclusively vegan food.
Mu-Food started out as a vegan café inside an LGBT+ cultural center in Pâquis, called Dialogai. They were forced to close that location due to some bureaucratic difficulties, but now they are back!
Their new location is very central on Rue de Lausanne, and they are open for lunch only, Monday to Friday. Choices are limited to the plate of the day, a seasonal plate and a couple of veggie burgers.
But everything is fresh, organic and local, and the servings are quite generous. Available both for dine-in and take away.
Be Kind Café
This cute little café is fully vegan and offers a daily changing lunch menu. It's also a great place to go for coffee with a slice of cake.
Everything (except for the breads and croissants) is made in house using organic ingredients, without any additives or preservatives. Only open on weekdays.
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.
Unlike the three vegan restaurants and cafés listed above, this one is open on the weekends. From Wednesday to Saturday they serve both lunch and dinner, and on Sundays they offer a brunch with both sweet and savory options.
The menu is fairly small and features healthy bowls, burgers served with country potatoes, and a daily special. There are always gluten-free options available too.
A relative newcomer to the vegan Geneva scene, this vegan restaurant, café and bakery opens for breakfast and lunch on Saturdays and for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Friday.
Whereas the other vegan restaurants in Geneva serve mostly healthy food, EnVie offers more indulgent comfort foods, like hot dogs and doughnuts.
On Friday evenings in the summer, a group of friends get together in a neighborhood 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.
Vegetarian Restaurants Geneva
Only one vegetarian restaurant in Geneva made it onto this list, and that's Tonic. It's a buffet-style restaurant that serves both breakfast and lunch.
There are always several vegan options, including vegan desserts, and everything is well labeled. Formerly known as Green Spot, this place is open only for weekday lunch and gets very busy.
Vegan-Friendly Restaurants 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.
American Dream Diner
Have you ever wanted to visit a retro American diner, just like in the movies? With the chrome interior, bar stools and '50s music in the background? All while eating a vegan burger?? Then let your dreams become a reality.
American Dream Diner is furnished in ‘50s Americana style and serves the typical fare you'd expect – burgers, fries and hot dogs. But they also serve vegan versions of the hot dog and the burgers, including vegan sauce and vegan cheese.
And there's a vegan chili sin carne on the menu as well. No vegan desserts yet, but I'm told they are working on it.
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.
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.
UPDATE October 2020: Slup has closed its original location on Rue Grand Pré, but they do plan to reopen somewhere else soon. Check their website or social media profiles for the latest updates.
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.