No one needs introduction to Victorinox. This Swiss company is the maker of the world famous Swiss army knife, and has since expanded to open stores all across the globe. Their flagship store in Geneva stocks some of the extensive collections of Victorinox products, which includes timepieces, travel gear, perfumes, cutlery and the Swiss knife of course, making it no less than a museum.
Along the famous Geneva shopping street is Franz Carl Weber, a three-floor store that is definitely a favorite among the young and the young at heart. From the bottom up, each floor holds different treasures. The lower ground floor of this vast toy store holds a large selection of construction toys, the ground floor plush toys, the mezzanine Barbies, and the top floor is filled with doll houses, clothing, children's computers, and toys for outdoor play. With such a big selection you are sure to fall in love with something that will make the trip here worth it.
Plaine de Plainpalais holds the one of the largest open-air market in Geneva four days a week, attracting large crowds of both residents and tourists. On Tuesday and Friday mornings the pretty park is full of discerning citizens selecting quality produce from the many fruit and vegetable traders. The variety and selection is quite impressive, as are the prices. The scene alters on Wednesday and Saturday when the area becomes an enormous flea market. Old books, decorative and practical household wares, clocks, furniture of varying ages, and ethnic clothing are sold. The drama begins at dawn on market days continuing as long as there are goods and the will remains strong. A typical Genevan scene for longer than anyone cares to remember, it is enjoyable to watch traders and buyers exchanging views on the value of goods. Negotiating skills are a real asset with many bargains waiting for the eagle-eyed and silver-tongued. An essential part of life in Geneva, the Plaine de Plainpalais open-air markets are popular with residents and tourists alike.
The huge supermarket Balexert with its bank, electrical goods shop, restaurant and photo shop is the epicenter of the center, but there is plenty more. There are approximately twenty clothes shops, plus shoe shops, toy shops and household appliance shops. You can book your next holiday at the travel agent, send a letter at the post office and eat in one of the several restaurants. When you have finished you can pop into Ciné Village for a good film! Please refer to the website or contact for business hours.
Old Town's Arn Confiserie is a haven for chocolate lovers. This delightful confectionery is nestled on the historic Place du Bourg-de-Four, considered to be the city's oldest square. Their list includes over 40 variants of pralines, truffles, champagne truffles, Pavés de Genève, nougat bars and black chocolate bars. They also sell florentins, petits fours and pastries. Taste some of their sweet delights on their terrace over a sip of hot chocolate and decide which ones to pick.
Anne Fontaine is a French designer who has revolutionized the idea of white shirts. Most of her collections revolve around the 'Little White Shirt,' which includes hundreds of varieties of shirts, most of them in white, with a few in pastel shades such as beige and baby blue, along with a sizeable amount of creations in black as well. One can also find interesting cuts of pants, collars, handbags and other accessories at this store, which is one of the three in Switzerland.
In the loft of the old food market on Ile Rousseau, which in effect floats over the river Rhône, is a very different sort of bookshop/gallery: off-beat comic books, a coffee bar the size of a church organ, modern ("art nouveau") painting and print exhibitions and displays of original comic book plates, plus art books, colored writing paper and writing/artists materials, music CDs and posters. Cross the footbridge onto the island just off the bus terminal at Place Mollard, walk through the arcade towards the cafe at the prow, up the stairs and voilà, you've reached Papier Gras!
Librairie le Rameau d'Or specializes in poetry, theater and philosophy with a wide choice of French literature and an assortment of English and German titles too. Within the shop there is a separate Swiss literature and arts section through an alcove, while downstairs in wood-creaking solitude lie hundreds of second hand novels and art books. Staff will research any title, and if it s not found at the store they will order it in for you. Come and check it out!
Le Bal des Créateurs is a modern cultural hub located in the heart of Geneva. This multi-feature space includes a beauty and hair salon, where one can get the latest styles done and also buy beauty supplies. They have a massage space as well, in addition to a book and music store. Have a look at various accessories here, and maybe stop by at their bar area for a quick drink. One can even find pop-up art installations and exhibitions here from time to time.
Oscar Wilde might have been inspired by Nicolas Brachard's store when he said "We live in an age when necessary things are are our only necessities." Paper and ink are the two main elements for writing a letter, that is until one experiences Papeterie Brachard, where Wilde's classic quote takes on a whole new meaning! A plethora of pens, printing and writing papers, envelopes are offered. Office furniture is also available. The four-story store is located downtown and is easily reachable by tramway. Brachard is ideal for gifts, school or office supplies and offers a sprinkle of creativity and a dash of audacity.
If you are looking for an oracle of "esoterica", mysticism or however one wishes to classify this type of bookstore, you will find it all at Librairie Delphica. A vast, well organized collection in French, with a substantial quantity of English titles too - covering all of the areas of religion, symbolism, health, tradition, personal development, meditation and also ethnic and New Age music. Dozens of different packs of Tarot cards and other "spiritual" inventories, plus ample information from the staff on all events, lectures and readings related to things Delphic. Close to other bookstores and the university.
This store has one of the largest selections of quality brand sporting goods, including clothes, shoes and equipment in Geneva. It is divided into areas for various ball sports, tennis, camping, hiking, climbing, golf, riding, nautical sports and quality sportswear. You can also come here to get your rackets strung or to get advice on which golf clubs to use. For some good sports goods, come on over to Hofstetter Sports!