It’s hard to separate the Café de la Presse and Le Réservoir, although the two spots – conjoined geographically and both managed by Mehrez Agrebi – have quite distinct personalities.
The Café de la Presse is so called because, situated close to the Radio Télévision Suisse, it has traditionally been a journalists’ hangout, although these days it’s frequented by an eclectic group. Le Réservoir is a trendy restaurant on one side and a sleek wine bar on the other. Both the café and the restaurant feature a pleasant, quiet terrace in summer, despite being only a wink away from the city centre.
The two spots offer a wealth of different events. The Café is a popular meeting-point for lovers of football and shows all the big matches. Concerts and parties with myriad themes – Valentine’s Day, Oriental, “Spring Break”, and many more – are regularly organized in both places. Both spots serve excellent food – Le Réservoir has a slightly more formal style, while the Café has a more casual drinks and/or tapas and/or proper food vibe.
I like these two places for very simple reasons. Le Réservoir is wonderful for a dinner date, and I particularly savour the fish dishes. And I love to hang out at the terrace of the Café in the summer – the long padded benches are comfortable, it’s shady in the hot afternoon, and it’s a great place to go for a lazy Sunday lunch or leisurely people-watching aperitif.