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What do you do and why do you do it?
I have graduated in literature and philosophy at University of Geneva, and now I study law. I'm an eternal student! I'm interested by so many areas that I had a hard time choosing what to study. That's why I decided to study them all!
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
The funeral by Band of Horses, One too many mornings by Bob Dylan, I got the blues by The Rolling Stones, a few tracks from Conor Oberst, lettre à Zoé by FAUVE, and maybe the soundtrack from the Lord of the Rings to add more solemnity to this very pathetic scene.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Vikings, New Girl, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey
Name some spots in Geneva that are good for a Tinder date.
La Barje, Café Slatkine, the back garden of l'Etabli.
Who’s your hero and where in Geneva would you take them out for a serious hang?
My hero is the 19th century writer Théophile Gautier, and he'd love to have dinner and and pint of beer with me at the Café du bourg de Four.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
The fancy dresses come from Sandro, the jeans from COS, and most tops from Zara.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Le Java Club. It's a nightmare. Bad music, small dancefloor, terribly expensive.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I love to take la Mouette- it's the public transport boat that goes from one shore of the lake to the other. I take it only once or twice a year, but I'd love to use it more often.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Geneva and where did you get it?
Frog legs at Lipp! It's good, you should try it!
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Geneva that you particularly like?
The Kraken hidden cocktail bar is nice.
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Geneva? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
La Réserve. They have a gastronomic chinese restaurant, a pool and a spa. Dinner at the restaurant is approximately 150.- per person.
What restaurant in Geneva looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Le Parfums de Beyrouth, in Pâquis. It looks quite dirty, but it's one of the best lebanese in Geneva. Get the Shawarma when you're drunk, it's even better.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Geneva? Which one do you like?
At L'atelier Cocktail. My favorite is the Amaretto Sour.
Where would you take your partner in Geneva if you wanted to really pamper them?
I'd take my partner to see a play at the theatre du Grutli, and then to have dinner at the restaurant du Grutli in the same building.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Ragusa is a good chocolate you can easily find anywhere. Cenovis is a very swiss product. It's a paste that you spread on bread and butter, that tastes a bit like Marmite. People either love it or hate it, but it's a must try.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Geneva?
L'horloge fleurie! This clock made of flowers is not that pretty and not that unique. I don't get why all the tourists seem to love it so much. I guess it's a bit like le jet d'eau. Not so interesting...
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Geneva?
Café Papon is not very popular with the students because it's a bit expensive, but it has such a nice terrace in the summer that it's worth paying a bit more.
What are the Geneva spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Seeing the lake from the terrace Agrippa d'Aubigné, strolling around in beautiful Italy-like Carouge, going to the Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, having a beer at Place du Bourg de Four.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Geneva. How do you spend it?
First, I'd play cards in a bar with my friends. At the end of the day, I'd go to my secret bench in the countryside to read aloud some Paul Eluard poetry. That's the only place I won't share on my map!
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
It's Rome! I love the vibe of that city. Just walking around, having excellent food, drinking a Spritz on a terrace in front of the Pantheon. Dreamy.