Image by Juliette Bourquin

Caran d’Ache – A story of pencils

If you ask a Genevan schoolchild for a type of pencil brand, I am sure that (s)he will answer: Caran d’Ache! Indeed for 100 years this brand, born and located in Geneva, has been an institution, which provides pencils, pen and paints to schools. When I was a child there were even advertising windows with moving bears using Caran d’Ache products to paint in every big Swiss railway station!

At Caran d’Ache shop in the old town you will find all the items which have made the brand famous and which helped develop my writing and painting skills. The tiny and rather dark store accentuates the quality and the luxury of the Swiss made products.

Looking for a present? Caran d’Ache’s nice, useful and creative office supplies charms everyone!

I particularly have good memories of the colour pencils PRISMALO. They are perfect to draw and colour, and above all they are a lot fun when they are wet and become a kind of aquarelle paintbrush. I should also mention that all pencils and paintbrushes are made of sustainable wood.

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Details about this spot



Place du Bourg-de-Four 8, Geneva

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Opening Times

Mon - Sat 10:00 - 18:00


Ball pen: CHF 2.50


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)