Located in what might just be Geneva’s most charming neighborhood, beside a street with colorful umbrellas strung out above it, the Carouge neighborhood farmers market charmed Chad and I from first glance.
We loved it for its food, yes. But also for its neighborhood feel.
Some city markets can feel utilitarian and touristy, but this one felt lived in. People were chatting. Sitting together at picnic tables. Stopping between stands to catch up with their neighbors. Walking their dogs and picking up produce for the week.
And then there was the food itself. Cashews spiced with curry for 4 francs per 100 kg. Slick, richly brown canelé with rum (with a whole stand devoted entirely to them). Olives dipped in basil pesto. Piles of produce in colorful shades. Dried pineapple slices that burst brightly in your mouth.
If farmers markets are your jam (they are mine), this is one I’d definitely recommend. If we make it back to Geneva, chances are it’ll be my first stop.
How to get to Carouge market
The market wraps around a cute neighborhood square, located here, across from Eglise Sainte-Croix.
When to go
Market hours are Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 14:00 (2 p.m.) and Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 13:30 (1:30 p.m.). As with most markets, the earlier you go, the less crowded it’ll probably be.
What to expect
Yummy spiced nuts, olives, spices, fresh produce, ginger shots, bread, rum canelé, handmade soaps and lip balms, snack stands, cheese, jams, and honey.
French is the official language here, but this neighborhood is also home to lots of Italians (Carouge has been French, Italian, and Swiss at various points in its history and still has a thriving Sardinian community). You’ll also find some English speakers here. And worst case scenario, you can always point to what you want.
What (else) to do in Geneva
Personally, I’m not a city girl, so if you’re in the area, I recommend a jaunt outside the city itself. My favorite (tiny) nearby town so far is Hermance, with its 600+-year-old buildings. Nyon, about 20 minutes away by train, is also a charmer (and a little bigger and more happening than Hermance). And if you’re exploring nearby, the bus from Geneva to Annecy only takes an hour and Annecy is as charming as they get (not to mention that the market there blew me away).