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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Detox Your Body and Mind in Geneva

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2. Where to Eat


The roof terrace at L'Adresse.  

Dig into brown boxes stuffed with corn spaghetti and seasonal vegetables at Qibi Urban Smart Food, a micro café that opened in 2013 on the Rive Droite. Health-conscious cuisine is relatively new in Geneva, but this spot is making up for lost time by emphasizing lactose- and gluten-free but flavor-forward food, with options including Kamut, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, and raisins dressed in mint oil ($7), and meatier dishes like shrimp over brown rice with carrot cream and sherry-marinated pineapple ($19).

Find the discreetly marked entrance to L'Adresse, an artist's studio turned clothing boutique and restaurant. Chef Sébastien Schwebel plates up a healthy mixture of localized Mediterranean, Asian, and vegetarian fare; think feta-and-Spanish-clementine salad ($20), tofu-and-turmeric soup ($25), and an inside-out chicken-pita wrap with parsnip chips ($36). Be sure to try refined drinks including alpine iced tea ($5.50) and pear-verbena juice ($7), or organic Swiss wines like a 2012 Aligoté from Laurent Villard ($40/bottle), harvested right on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Head up the cobbled hill to charming Old Town to find Une Bonne Santé, a new health-food shop and café where you can buy violet mustard and cashew butter while waiting for the staff to whip you up pumpkin-coconut soup ($7) or a phosphate-free ham and Gruyère sandwich on whole-grain bread ($10). One of its owners sells a variety of healing turmeric products—juice, oil, and a line of nutty crumbles—and also runs a therapeutic massage studio specializing in bio-resonance and color-smell association techniques (call 41/79-428- 4776 to book).


Published on Nov 15, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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