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by Jonathan Jenny

Originally from Basel, Switzerland, Jonathan Jenny has been working as an investment advisor to institutional and private asset managers in Geneva for the last 10 years. Born in New York and raised in Kenya, he finished his secondary school in Switzerland before university studies in the USA. He is currently at HSBC Private Bank and prior to that he worked for BNP Paribas, Macquarie Bank and UBS in Geneva. In the 1980s and 1990s, Jonathan lived in Zurich, Paris and London, with brief professional postings in New York and Hong Kong. Jonathan holds a degree in social science and philosophy.

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Hotels | Restaurants | Bars & Clubs | Shops | 36 Hours | Useful Information

The three best


GRAND – Four Seasons
Quai des Bergues 33, 1201, Geneva
Tel: + 41 (22) 908 70 00
‘Classic perfection’

BOUTIQUE – Parc des Eaux-Vives
Quai Gustave-Ador 82, 1207, Geneva
Tel: +41 (22) 849 75 75
‘With only six rooms, this is a very unusual and beautiful place to stay. Quiet, near the centre and very exclusive’

MODERN – Hotel La Cour des Augustins
Rue Jean –Violette 15, 1205, Geneva
Tel: +41 (22) 322 21 00
‘One of Geneva’s newest hotels with a very modern design and in a funky neighbourhood which is very near the centre’

The three best


Auberge Communale d’Onex
Route de Loëx 18, 1213 Onex, Geneva
Tel : +41 (22) 792 32 59
‘Very Italian, excellent in all seasons but especially good in truffle season, no credit cards’

Domaine de Chateauvieux
Chemin de Chateauvieux 16,
Peney-Dessus, CH 1242, Satigny, Geneva
Tel: +41 (22) 753 15 11
‘French, Michelin three-star, outstanding quality of food and service’

Auberge de Floris
287, route d’Hermance, CH – 1247 Anières, Geneva
Tel: +41 (22) 751 20 20
‘Fabulous view, excellent food and very welcoming staff’

The three best

Bars and Clubs

Krystal Club
Rue du Prince 9, 1204, Geneva
Tel: +41 (22) 311 00 15
‘Very hip, VIP limo service, lots of promotional nights for ladies, Russians and theme nights’

Le Java
Quai du Mont-Blanc 19, 1201, Geneva
Tel: +41 (22) 908 90 89
‘The nightclub in Geneva located in the basement of the Hotel Kempinski’

Quai du Seujet 18, 1201,Geneva
Tel: +41 (22) 738 90 91
‘Young, discothèque type club where the music is the main attraction and the crowd is under the age of 25’

The three best


Bon Genie
34, rue du Marché, GE 1204, Geneva
Tel: +41 (22) 818 11 11
‘Boutique, high-end department store, displaying objet d’art from local museums alongside designer clothes’

Rue du Rhône 48, 1204, Geneva
Tel: +41 (22) 319 50 50
‘Geneva’s oldest department store located in the heart of the city, where you can find almost anything from
fresh fruit and vegetables to designer watches’

Anything on the rue du Rhône
‘The usual suspects, Vuitton, Chopard, Hermès, all the watchmakers and most of the jewellers of any top
international city’

If you’re there for

36 hours

Take the taxiboat from the city centre to La Reserve for a Sunday brunch or weekday lunch and spend the afternoon by the pool (

Walk through the old town.

Walk around the rue du Rhône to shop.

Other Useful Information

Best radio station:
Couleur 3: Depends on the listening time but has some of the best programmes.
World Radio Geneva: English language with the BBC World Service news on the hour.

Best way to get to and from airport:
Taxi. It takes 10–15 minutes to get to the centre of town.

How to find a local sim card:
In any Swisscom, Orange or MobileZone store in town.