Boreal Cafe Geneva – Best coffee in Geneva

coffee&tea
Coffee & tea

"Boreal Cafe" serves some of the best coffee in Geneva, hands down. Do yourself a favor - come here. If you catch one of their workshops, even better!

I am surprised that no one had mentioned Boreal Cafe in the list of spots in Geneva already - if you have never been there, do yourself a favour and check out their coffee now. 

I love going there on weekends (and weekdays!) as this is my way of supporting local coffee culture instead of frequenting a larger corporation such as Starbucks. 

On a typical visit to this cafe, I will get a flat white or a cappuccino with oat milk. Although the baristas speak English, here is a tip: oat milk is called le lait avoine in French. They charge an extra CHF for an alternative milk - just so you know.

They know their coffee well and I like that they share the coffee culture knowledge through selling books, equipment onsite and also organizing workshops from time to time (In french called atelier) - once, I attended a workshop on coffee extraction at different temperatures. It was entirely in French, but a nice lady next to me (who was once a barista at the same coffee shop) translated in English and it was helpful. Check out their Facebook page to check whether they have such a workshop during your stay in Geneva. 

And an important last point - they source their coffee directly from the coffee farmers in South America (and Ethiopia I guess) - they have mentioned some of the stories on their Instagram profile; check Boreal's Instagram

About this spot

Rue du Mont-Blanc 17

06:30 - 20:00 daily

Cup of coffee:

CHF

5

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