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Guides to restaurants serving African, Caribbean, Indian and other ethnic food across Europe.
Geneva, Switzerland's second largest city, is a thriving multicultural metropolis. Roughly 20,000 people of African descent live there in areas like Paquis, pictured here. PHOTO:MARCO KALMANN




With a population of roughly 200,000 people, Geneva is the second largest city in Switzerland. While it is not the country's official capital it is considered the capital of French speaking Switzerland and remains a thriving multicultural metropolis. Roughly 20,000 people of African descent (or ten percent of the population) call the city their home.

The Paquis district of Geneva is probably the most international in all of Geneva. It is situated north of the city centre between main railway station Gare de Cornavin and Lac Léman. People from all around the world (most notably immigrants coming from the former French colonies in Africa, South America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East) have chosen this area to work and to raise their families. The Paquis district is a paradox in that some of the most expensive hotels and shopping can be found in the area but it is also has pockets that are the extreme opposite. While there is a lot to see architecturally around the lake ,like the Lighthouse for example, it also should be noted that compared to the rest of Geneva, Paquis is a bit edgy - especially at night. This area is home to Geneva's Red-Light district. However, Paquis is still relatively safe compared to similar neighborhoods in other larger cosmopolitan cities around the world. On a brighter note, the area is crammed with a delicious array of restaurants and cafes. Authentic African fare (Ethiopian and Senegalese for example) as well as Arabic, Thai and South American cafes are prevalent and low priced. Plan to pay in cash as many restaurants do not accept credit cards.


L'Awash Restaurant éthiopien
Rue du Valais 11
1201 Geneva
Tel.: +41 (0)22 738 72 98
Specialty: Ethiopian Cuisine
Hours: Open Sundays

Le Teranga Restaurant Africain
Rue de Zurich 38bis
1202 Geneva
Tel.: +41 (0)22 731 90 05
Specialty: Senegalese Cuisine
Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 11am until 2am; Saturday from 6pm until 2am

Mosaïque Restaurant Africain
Rue du Môle 31
1201 Geneva
Tel.: +41 (0)22 731 60 58
Specialty: Eretrian Cuisine
Hours: Open Sundays

Gazelle d'Or village Africain Restaurant
Rue de Lyon 55
1203 Geneva
Tel.: +41 (0)22 340 33 50
Specialty: Ethiopian and Eritrean Cuisine
Hours: Open Sundays

Marquis Eléphant Restaurant Africain
Rue du Village-Suisse 10
1205 Geneva
Tel.: +41 (0)22 321 38 41
Specialty: Cuisine from Côte-d'Ivoire
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 10am until 2pm (lunch) and from 6pm until 11pm for dinner

Café Zara
Rue de Lausanne 25
1201 Geneva
Tel.: +41 (0)22 731 06 96
Specialty: Ethiopian
Hours: Vary

Le Dodo
Rue de Monbrillant 20
1201 Geneva
Tel.: +41 (0)22 734 3957
Specialty: Mauritanian Cuisine
House: Vary

Rue Gourgas 4
1205 Geneva
Tel.: +41 (0)22 328 5066
Specialty: Eritrean Cuisine
Hours: Vary

Night Life

La Pirogue
Reggae and African beats
4 Ruelle des Templiers
1207 Geneva
Tel.: +41 (0)22 735 28 55.

Techno-free funk, house and jungle
12 bis Passage Malbuisson
1204 Geneva

Cultural Centers

Black Movie Film Festival
Rue du Général-Dufour 16
1200 Geneva
Contact Person: Julien Rapp
Tel.: +41 (0)76 513 7748

APA Association Panafricaine pour l'Art
Case Postale 114
1211 Geneva
Tel.: +41 (0)22 734 9847
Solidarité Femmes Africaines de Genève
Rue Soubeyran 12 Box 275
1203 Geneva
Contact Person: Ndoye Mzimouna
Tel.: +41 (0)22 786 0076



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