The short answer is: It depends on who you’re shopping for. But have no fear, there are a plethora of wonderful little shops (and department stores) in Geneva that will cater to everyone’s whims and fancies. Here are a handful of ideas, and I’m sure you’ll find just what you’re looking for (and then some) for that special someone. Enjoy!
Rue de la Rôtisserie 17
Trendy and classic all at the same time. This is a really fun shop. I could only take photos in the back because there were a number of people in the front, but boy oh boy will you find something cool here. There are the silly gag gifts in the front of the shop – right next to some gorgeous leather purses. All unique! The dresses are also adorable and yes they have a fitting room. You could really spend a couple of hours here if you wanted. Even though the shop isn’t that large, there’s plenty to see. Check it out!
Rue de la Corraterie 16
Exquisite Swiss chocolate shop. The two ladies that work here are friendly and inviting and the atmosphere is warm and enchanting. It’s the perfect shop to pick up a nice selection of fresh chocolate treats for friends or family. The intoxicating smell of their signature “champagne truffes” wafts out towards you when you open the door, beckoning you to stay a while longer. They will package your chocolates in a beautiful selection of boxes and wrap it neatly for you (it’s nice even if you know you’re going to scarf them down as soon as you get the chance). Enjoy the finer things in life! Plus you’ll find a variety of different tastes and flavors. My favorite is the pavé à la pistache. They’ve recently moved to Rue de la Corraterie, so if you Google them and find their address to be on Rue du Rhone — ignore it!
Les Eclats d’Erika & Petra
Rue de la Terrassière 12
Bold and unique pieces of jewelery. A mother and daughter own this gem of place and the mother, Erika, is a self-taught artisan and has been making jewelry since 1988. Over 90% of the items found in this shop were hand-crafted. The artisans that work there use different materials— from various types of wood, to precious metals and pearls. If you’re looking to make a custom piece, that’s Erika’s specialty. It’s such a fun and exciting place. You’re sure to find something magical here!
Rue du Rhone 48
Descend into decadence. OK if you haven’t been to Globus’ grocery store (I don’t even like calling it that) in the basement of the Rue du Rhone location, then you’re crazy. I could spend my entire day there — and that’s not just because of the free samples. YUM. This place is a gift giver’s paradise. From the teas, to the cookies and cakes, and all the way back to the wine cellar — I guarantee that if you pick up a few items here and have them packaged up at their gift wrapping station (at no extra charge) — you will NOT disappoint. What are you doing? Get up and go!