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Geneva Restaurants

We love to eat (and wine!) and try new foods, but from what I have read, Geneva's restaurants are pricey. We usually rely on Rick Steves guidebook suggestions; they are usually spot on. However, he doesn't have one for Geneva. Can anyone suggest a restaurant in Geneva that won't break the bank?. We love restaurants that are a favorite of the locals; maybe out of the way;etc. We will be there for four days next May.
Thanks!

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We had a very nice lunch at "Au Pied de Cochon" many years ago. It didn't break the bank, but the exchange rate was a bit more favorable then. Found out later it was listed in my Michelin Guide in the category Excellent Meals at Good Value. You can look at the menu. Starters 12-18 chf, Main Course 28-40 chf.
http://www.pied-de-cochon.ch/homeA.html

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Thanks so much! I will definitely put that on the list of places to eat.

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Cindy, we seldom eat out at home but love to when traveling. However, prices in Switzerland's cities caused us to reconsider. On a trip to Switzerland, Austria, and the Czech Republic, we thoroughly enjoyed restaurants in all but Geneva, Lausanne, and Lucerne. In those, we found that take away was a good answer. We found many places with wonderful take away and had nice rooms in the cities in which to have our meals.

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David:
I agree. We don't eat out much at home; usually just when we travel. I have read that we could get things to eat at grocery stores; is that where you got your take away in Geneva? How is their coffee? (Just curious). Thanks!

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Unfortunately, Cindy, I cannot recall specifics and what I do remember is kind of a jumble of Geneva and Lucerne. As I recall, one of the best places we found was a kind of food section of a department store, on the lower level. In my mind's eye, a bit like a Marks and Spencer in the UK. COOP is a market chain in Switzerland that has food. It could have been one of their stores. I believe it was on one of the main streets in downtown Geneva. If you are crossing the Pont du Mont-Blanc from the side where the rail station is to downtown, take the main streets to the right.

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Following David's directions you will also find a Manor department store with a Manora self service restaurant. I think that the Manora is upstairs but may be downstairs. Yummy and not too pricy - by Swiss standards.

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Thanks so much. We definitely will check out the suggestions as we are very open to picnics, take away, etc.

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My husband and I stumbled across a cafe/creperie right on the square directly across from St. Pierre Cathedral. It is on a corner, and has lots of options besides crepes. It was affordable, good food and away from the crowds.

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Thanks, Colleen, for the suggestion. That would be a great place to pick up something. I will put that on our list!