Are you moving to Geneva or just planning to move within the area and want to know more about Geneva’s neighborhoods? We’ve polled our members and asked them all about their communities, and this is another installment in our series profiling each of Geneva’s neighborhoods.


Name: Grand Pré – Les Grottes

Neighborhood website

Location: This neighbourhood is very central, close to the train station, close to downtown Geneva and the old town, it is surrounded by parks and offers very easy access to the airport. It is a lively area with many restaurants, cafés, stores, a weekly market, cinemas, and a variety of fun activities. There is a large Manor store only 10min away by foot as well. Various trams and bus lines come through this area and the proximity of the train station is perfect for trips outside of Geneva.

Favorite thing about Grand Pré – Les Grottes:  The social mix in the neighbourhood makes it interesting and rich. It is easy to walk anywhere, whether you need some groceries, eat out, go to the bank, or to enjoy a stroll along the lake. It is also convenient to live in this neighbourhood for anyone working with the International Organizations.

Least favorite thing about Grand Pré – Les Grottes: It would be good to see some renovations and a bit of a clean up along Rue de la Servette as it looks a bit dated and unkept.

Why Did You Choose Grand Pré – Les Grottes?  It is centrally located and we found a modern, very well planned and clean apartment with a view on the Jet d’eau and Mont Blanc. The proximity of all amenities makes it perfect.

How Easy is Trash and Recycling to Deal With? Very easy

How Convenient is Public Transit? Very convenient

Do You Need a Car in Grand Pré – Les Grottes:  Not at all

Additional Notes about Transportation: Street parking can be difficult, but that’s the case anywhere in Geneva.

What Kind of People is Grand Pré – Les Grottes Best Suited For?  This area is good for anyone regardless of the age and family configuration.

What Amenities does Grand Pré – Les Grottes Have?  There are many schools and day care facilities, children activities, parks and playgrounds, a large community garden that offers various activities, restaurants and cafés, Coop and Migros for groceries as well as many small stores.

What is the Nearest Hospital or Urgent Care Facility?  There is an SOS médecin just around the corner, and other health facilities nearby.

Anything Else to Add About Grand Pré – Les Grottes?  We moved from a small community just outside of Geneva to Grand Pré/Les Grottes and never regretted it. It makes our time here much more enjoyable.

Image credit for coat of arms: “Wappen Genf matt” by Unknown – offizielle PDF. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons –  

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