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Charlotte Laborie: These are the Top 3 fondues in Geneva. Do not debate my decision!

You know how there is the mafia in Italy and the yakuzas in Japan? Well, in Geneva, the gangs are divided according to which fondue they believe to be the best. Trust me, if you believe the fondue at Bains des Pâquis is better than the one from Les Armures and you encounter someone who thinks the opposite, you will get into a heated argument with them.

I am taking a big risk by writing this post; I hope you guys realise it.

Anyhoo, whether you’re a cheese enthusiast or just looking for a cozy culinary experience, Geneva offers a delightful array of fondue options.

Here are the Top 3 places to savor the Swiss delight:

No. 3 Café du Soleil

As indicated by its name, this place can only be luminous and warm up your heart. At Cafe du Soleil, fondue is not just a dish; it’s a tradition, a craft, and a legacy, and this is reflected in the very traditional and old school manner it is decorated.

Priced at a reasonable 25.90 Swiss francs per person, their Fondue au fromage has earned its reputation as one of the best in Geneva. The secret lies not just in their craftsmanship but in the selection of an exceptional Gruyère.

The passion that goes into each fondue is palpable, making it a pillar of the Cafe du Soleil experience. Step into this culinary haven where many old-school Genevans call it the best fondue in town. If you’re feeling brave (I mean it!!) order the profiteroles for dessert, although you might want to make sure you’re heading there with a real friend who will roll you out of the restaurant after dinner.

Café du Soleil

Location: 6 Place du Petit-Saconnex, 1209 Geneva

No. 2 Les Armures

If you fancy a touch of medieval charm with your fondue, look no further than Les Armures. Nestled in the heart of old town and priced at 29 Swiss francs per person, their fondue is a knight in shining cheese, rescuing you from ordinary dining experiences.

The historic setting of Les Armures adds an extra layer of enchantment to your culinary journey, and if you’re feeling adventurous get the “fondue aux bolets”, it’s delightful. Immerse yourself in the rich ambiance as you dip into the bubbling cauldron of cheesy goodness.

Les Armurers

Location: Rue du Puits-Saint-Pierre 1, 1204 Geneva

No. 1 Bain des Pâquis

Nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva, Bain des Pâquis is not only a picturesque escape but also a haven for fondue lovers. For a modest 27 Swiss francs per person, indulge in their decadent cheese fondue accompanied by the refreshing surprise of a fruit salad.

The ambiance, with the serene lake as your backdrop, elevates the fondue experience to a whole new level, making it my absolute No. 1.

The fondue is the fluffiest you will ever find, it is out of this world. If you want to feel like you really deserve this fondue, take a dip in the freezing lake, followed by a sauna in this very same restaurant before eating.

Bain des Pâquis

Location: Quai du Mont-Blanc, 30, 1201 Geneva

Geneva’s fondue scene is a melting pot of tradition, creativity, and a whole lot of cheese. Each of these establishments offers a unique take on the classic Swiss dish, inviting you to savor the warmth and flavor that only fondue can provide. So, embark on a cheesy adventure in Geneva, and let the fondue-fueled memories linger on your palate long after you’ve left the table.

Oh, and if you disagree with my ranking, keep it to yourself if you want to stay safe. xoxo

Editor’s note: It takes about 1.08 euros to buy one Swiss franc. And Dispatches does not endorse fondue fighting.

Charlotte Laborie grew up in England, Belgium and Switzerland. Charlotte then moved to Paris and graduated from Sciences Po Paris. She is still based in Paris, where she works in marketing.

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