Geneva Favorites: Swiss Author Jöel Dicker

Swiss author Jöel Dicker was born and raised in Geneva; he is now one of the most successful authors in the French-speaking world, having sold more than 12 million books that have been translated into more than 40 languages. He has even set up his own publishing firm in Geneva. Below are some of his favorite spots in the city, which often makes an appearance in his books.

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For breakfast or a coffee

Oh Martine! [There are two locations in the city.]

Favorite Museum

Fondation Bodmer, in Cologny. [This museum is under renovation until 2025.] It is a museum of ancient books and manuscripts and it tells the entire history of writing. It is fascinating! The collection is unique in the world and a must-see.

Favorite neighborhood to wander in

Carouge, it’s a charming little town on the upskirt of Geneva. It used to be part of the kingdom of Sardinia. The architecture is very particular, it looks like a little Italian town. In the summer, go have an ice cream on Place du Marché.

For a dose of nature

Take a walk around the lake! Always nice and beautiful if you are downtown. If you have time, explore the surroundings of Geneva and even go to Le Lavaux, in Canton de Vaud, to visit the beautiful vineyards overlooking Lake Geneva.

A favorite food shop

Saveurs d’Italie for fine Italian food, at 11 boulevard du Pont d’Arve.

Favorite hotels in the city

The Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva for luxury facing the lake. The Four Season Hôtel des Bergues, one of oldest and finest hotels in Geneva. Hôtel Marmont is more affordable and downtown, with an excellent restaurant. Hôtel Bel Espérance is low-budget but super central.

For first-time visitors

Don’t miss touring the Old Town of Geneva.

For repeat visitors

Visit Les Bains Des Pâquis, for a fondue in winter or a lemonade in the summer.

A favorite book about the city

Belle du Seigneur, by Albert Cohen

Published onJanuary 26, 2024

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