Rue du Rhône
Rue du Rhône
Photo courtesy of swiss-image.ch / Samuel Mizrachi
Looking for LuxuryWith everything from chocolates to cheese, watches to pens, downtown Geneva will delight most shoppers. You're not going to find knockoffs or bargains, instead the stores here sell the perfect, immaculate, Swiss-precise real deals whether watches or other gifts. The city has been a hub of watchmakers since the 1600s. Shops here include Patek Phillipe, Omega, and Piaget. But Geneva's shopping scene isn't just about watches. It's about the finer things in life of all kinds. Check out the Caran d'Arche Maison de Haute Ecriture to see a rainbow selection of fine pencils, paints and crayons in this lovely boutique and don't miss the opportunity to rest up after your window shopping with a pot of rose petal tea and a macaroon at the Ladurée Boutique near the lakeside. You can't get lost shopping in Geneva. Just look for the Jet d'Eau, the giant spray of water in the middle of the lake and you'll get your bearings. Also ask a local to point out the lakeside Villa Diodati (now a private house) where Percy Shelley, Lord Byron and Shelley's wife had a writing competition. Mary Shelley won with her entry: Frankenstein.
Check out the Switzerland, Savory and Sweet itinerary, created by Bob Preston of Swiss Panache, on AFAR Journeys.