Vaud and Geneva: 12 new food addresses to try this winter

In the canton of Vaud

At Lili-Rose, at Yverdon-les-Bains

This beautiful tea room with a cozy atmosphere is located in December 2022 right next to the Gerber Wyss Bakery-Chocolatie. You can sample the gourmet creations of this Yverdon institution, Viennese chocolates when the breeze catches us by surprise, and even a delicious breakfast or light lunch.

At Lili-Rose, Rue du Four 13, Yverdon-les-Bains. Open Tuesday to Friday from 7am to 6pm, Saturday from 7am to 5.30pm and Sunday from 8am to 12pm.

Nikkei Nine, in Montreux

Peruvian and Japanese inspiration from the famed Fairmont Hotel address in Hamburg took over the kitchens of the Montreux Palace for a period. Opening in fall 2022, this pop-up restaurant was supposed to close at the end of last year, but was extended to April 29, 2023. People go there for seafood or Wagyu beef. A signature menu is offered at 125 fr./person.

Nikkei Nine at Fairmont Montreux Palace, Avenue Claude Nobs 2, Montreux. Open Wednesday to Thursday from 18:00 to 22:30 and Friday to Saturday from 18:00 to 23:00. Closed from 12 to 28 February for winter holidays.

Parada, in Lausanne

He was wanted on Instagram, finally Parada opened last fall replacing the Lausanne-Moudon institution. Forgetting the brasserie dishes, it is the menu with Latin accents that adorns this restaurant with its eclectic and colorful décor and pleasant atmosphere. On the menu, tapas to share (or not) like guacamole, quesadillas or ceviche, suggest tacos, all washed down with a cocktail or house-made lemonade.

La Parada, Rue de Tunnel 20, Lausanne. Open Tuesday through Saturday for evening and midday service (bar stays open non-stop, until 02:00 on weekends).

O Mylos, in Lausanne

Since November 2022, Valentin has a new Greek brand that combines groceries and restaurants. At Yannis Spyropoulos, you can sample home-made Hellenic specialties, such as moussaka, gemista or biftekia, in a blue and white decor that invites you to travel.

O Mylos, Rue du Valentin 15, Lausanne. As. 021 803 03 03. Open Tuesday through Friday 11.30am to 2pm, then 6pm to 9pm, and Saturday from 11.30am to 9pm non-stop.

Cocotte, in Renens (VD)

Cocotte is a fine brasserie opening in November 2022. In a friendly atmosphere, this restaurant serves fine French cuisine made from local produce. Young chef Christophe Pach offers hearty meat specialties (pie, bone marrow, poultry supreme, beef rib steak), fish and ultra-gourmet desserts, including a tarte tatin to die for.

Casserole, Rue de Verdeaux 16, Renens. Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner service.

In the canton of Geneva

In the Dark?, in Geneva

The new address was inaugurated in January 2023 in the heart of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix. A restaurant with an original concept and present in several cities around the world, which offers a taste of food in total darkness. All in all a surprise, as the menu (from 98 fr.) is not announced (but can be adjusted in case of allergies and dietary restrictions). Can you get rid of the different flavors? To push the human experience further, guests are served and guided by a person living with a visual impairment.

In the Dark?, Quai du Mont-Blanc 11, Geneva. Open for evening service only, Friday through Sunday.

Pitstop Donuts, in Geneva

Donuts, yes, but so pretty. We’re a far cry from the colorful fast food scene promised by Dunkin’, the American chain specializing in these donuts, which lands in Fribourg and Lausanne in late 2022. At Pitstop, opened in November, three pastry chefs prepare delicious meals with various flavors. (matcha, tangerine, cherry, chocolate creations to mention a few) that change regularly. The only reason that keeps us from devouring this delectable dessert in one go? Their appearance, was very sublime.

Pitstop Donut, Quai des Bergues 29, Geneva. Open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 7pm and Saturday to Sunday from 9:30am to 6pm.

Pretty Patty, in Geneva

Everyone knows burgers. But have you ever tasted a smash burger, a variant of ground beef that is mashed to get optimal crispness? Well, this dish has been around in Geneva since several new stalls opened, including the Pretty Patty at Plainpalais. At the initiative of two friends, the small, vintage diner-style space offers three sandwiches (classic, fancy, vegan), fries, potatoes, local drinks, and regressive pastries.

Pretty Patty, Avenue Henri-Dunant 12, Geneva. Open Tuesday to Friday from 11:30 to 14:30 and from 18:00 to 22:00, and from Saturday to Sunday non-stop from 11:30 to 22:00.

Bretzel & Gretel, in Geneva

Envisioned by model and entrepreneur Julie Ordon, the house of Bretzel & Gretel offers cute, almost jewel-like little sweet pretzels, as well as chocolate bars and pretzel beads, and recently opened a sales stand in her name. . We love the varied flavors and pretty boxes on offer.

Bretzel & Gretel, Rue des Etuves 16, Geneva. Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am to 6pm, and Thursdays to Saturdays from 10:30am to 6:30pm.

Amagaki, in Geneva

Open since last November, this small Japanese bar-restaurant (called an izakaya, which can be translated as bistro), located in Plainpalais, is the initiative of a mother and daughter. You can sample Japanese specialties there, such as beef tataki, yakisoba (fried noodles), but no kakuni (pork belly) or denkaku miso (eggplant-based). And we didn’t fail to sample the house cocktails!

Amagaki, Rue Jean-Violette 14, Geneva. Open Monday to Friday from 11am to 3pm, then from 6pm to 11pm (2am on Friday) and only in the evening on Saturday, from 6pm to 2am.

Dip, in Geneva

In a place that is as comfortable as it is minimalistic, this very young brand offers Levantine cuisine. Draft? You build your own vegetarian dish or stuffed pita bread from the many available bases, vegetables, dips, dressings and proteins. It also serves a variety of mezze styles and signature dishes. And on the weekends, you can enjoy a formula brunch.

Dip, Boulevard Georges-Favon 3, Geneva. Open daily from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm.

Also on our radar

Ownies, the new 100% Swiss delicacy envisioned by a young pastry chef-entrepreneur from Valais: tiny puff cakes covered in chocolate and filled with vanilla ganache and caramel chips (we tasted them, they were killer). Only available online, a box of 15 pieces costs 25 fr. (without delivery).

Butch Bunny, the butcher who is so funny because he doesn’t offer… meat. Located on Carl-Vogt boulevard in Geneva, this brand only serves plant protein products, which look like sausages, meatloaf or even steaks.

And finally, Kumo, a Fribourg ramen restaurant which has opened a new store in Bulle, place de la gare. Ramens, homemade bao buns, dunburi, gyozas (we’re drooling), vegetarian or not, a not-to-be-missed address for fans of Japanese gastronomy.

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