Geneva is a paradise to shopping lovers ! Despite its small size, Geneva is a major shopping city, competing London and Paris, where quality is the central force. We recommend you not to leave the city without having visited at least one of the luxurious shopping streets. Besides chocolate, cheese and jewelry, watches are Geneva’s hallmark. When walking by the windows of the exclusive boutiques in La Rue du Rhône, real fashionista’s will not be able to resist the prestigious ready-to-wear labels and local designers. Moreover, the shopping streets aren’t too busy. All these elements combined, make Geneva into a shopping heaven.
The City Center of Geneva is the most famous shopping district. Extending from the banking district to Eaux Vives, the parallel streets of Rue du Rhone and Rue du Rive. Here you can find designer retail stores and world’s famous watchmakers. Geneva’s international character is represented in its shopping facilities. The streets unite top brands from all over the world, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tod’s, Louboutin and many more. If you are on the look for a one of a kind piece, the shops in Geneva are your way to go. For people who like some inspiration, people watching in the city center are recommended, as the area resembles a fashion runway.
Watchmaking is a serious matter and a true art here. With a watch industry going back to the 16th century, Geneva is a world leader with many major brand watchmakers like Baume et Mercier, Rolex, Patek Philipe, Swatch, Omega and Frank Muller. You can even do a Geneva Watch Tour, visiting the extraordinary Patek Philippe Museum and the Musee de l’Horlogerie. In this latter, you can see elaborately jeweled and decorated clocks, that will provide you a new meaning to the phrase “time is money”.
Chocolate equals happiness! And if you do not agree, you will after tasting the exquisite Swiss chocolates of the best chocolatiers in the world. Especially around Easter, the masterpieces in the window displays of Chocolats Rohr on the Place du Molard or Martel on the Rue de la Croix-d’Or look irresistible. You can find everything, from truffles, almond chocolates and chocolate stuffed pastries, with fruit covered in chocolate. One cannot leave Geneva without visiting a confiserie and tasting a peace of heaven.
Besides the delicious Swiss chocolate, Geneva is also known for its Swiss pocket knives, quality cigars and leather goods. These hallmarks can be found in the Rue du Mont Blanc; the best area in the city to pick up souvenirs. This spacious boulevard contains many fascinating shops, specializing in traditional Swiss crafts. Shopping in this part of the city will leave you mesmerized, as it is next to the waterfront and the magnificent Quai du Mont Blanc.
One thing is sure, you will not get bored in Geneva. This city has so much to offer. Next to its mesmerizing views, you will be stunned by the uniqueness and quality of the products, from clothing, to chocolates, from leather goods to pocket knives and watches. The art of crafting the finest products and displaying them in the most elegant way in the shopping windows, only the Swiss can!