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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Detox Your Body and Mind in Geneva


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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