The diversity of foreign foodstuffs on Swiss and local French supermarket shelves has dramatically increased over the past few decades as has the number of independent suppliers offering high-quality ethnic ingredients from faraway sources.
So an expat desperate for a fix of home needn’t go far to satisfy cravings for a favorite edible or to find the necessary ingredients to whip up a beloved dish in their own kitchens.
A taste for something different
In my own case, it’s not so much a hankering for the delicacies of Montreal — bagels, smoked meat, maple syrup, cheesecake, inexpensive blueberries — that send me off an a Sherlockian search for goodies. Rather, it’s the gnawing desire, especially in wintertime, for a good, hot East Indian dish or a spicy Thai curry to warm my insides and challenge my taste buds after months of seasonal European fare.
Of course, the cities and towns around Lake Geneva — Geneva, Lausanne, Vevey, and those of neighboring France — are home to a large number of expats for whom an “ethnic” meal is not a special occasion, but rather a daily occurence and for whom having a ready supply of fresh ‘exotic’ ingredients is not a perk but a necessity.
What a relief then that many of the requisite ingredients are readily available in mainstream grocery stores including Coop and Migros, the fine food section of department stores including Manor and Globus and also at local outdoor markets as well as the iconic indoor market La Halle de Rive off Boulevard Helvétique in central Geneva.
But if you prefer to buy your ready-made fresh or frozen ingredients in bulk or to find unique produce or brands unavailable at mainstream outlets, then there are still some (though not as many as there used to be) specialist purveyors in Geneva where you can find what you’re looking for. To get you started, please find below a listing of shops where you can begin your search.
If you can add a name to the list — no matter how small, or where it’s located — please feel free to contact me or add the relevant info in the Comments box below. Many thanks and I hope you find the list helpful.
BTW: For lovers of organic produce follow this link to AngloInfo’s (undated) listing of “bio” farms, bakeries and stores in Geneva, Vaud and neighboring France. The list appears to be accurate, but just to be sure, give a call before venturing out to avoid disappointment.
Asian Food Supplies
Thu Hang Alimentation Asiatique: 52, Rue de Monthoux, 1201 Geneva,
Dragon Pearl: 1, Rue de Cornavin, 1201 Geneva, Tel: 022.731.16.41
Sunlight Asian Foods: 17, Rue du Bois-du-Lan, 1217 Meyrin, Tel: 022.782.18.46
Asia Store: 8, Rue Pradier, 1201 Geneva, Tel: 022.732.28.38
Viet-Thai Shop Sàrl: 18, Rue du Prieuré, 1202 Geneva, Tel: 022.731.22.22
East Indian/Asian Food Supplies
Monsoon Alimentation: 65, Rue de Lausanne, 1202 Geneva, Tel: 022.732.48.58
Madhura Marche: 56, Rue Liotard, 1202 Geneva, Tel: 022. 344.21.20 (On Facebook)
Multibazaar Farooq Zahid (Indian/Pakistani): 12, Rue de Fribourg, 1201 Geneve,
Japanese Food Supplies
Uchino: 45, Rue du Zurich, 1201 Geneva, Tel: 022.731.48.62 (Website)
Uchitomi: 13-15 Rue de Ferrier, 1202 Geneva, Tel: 022.731.26.01 (Website)
Middle Eastern/African/South American/Asian Spices, Herbs, Flour, etc.
Lyzamir: 3, Rue des Corps-Saints, 1201 Geneva, Tel: 022.732.53.80
Lebanese Food Supplies/Deli
Good Taste/Goodies Int.: Douane de Ferney/2, chemin sur Grosse, 01210 Ferney-Voltaire, FR, Tel: 0033.(0).4220.127.116.11
Lebanese/Iranian/Greek/Turkish Deli food, wine, ingredients
Latin/Brazilian/African Food Supplies
Chez Ashanti: 23, Rue de Montchoisy, 1207 Geneva, Tel: 022.735.18.05
Italian Food Supplies
Saveurs d’Italie: Boulevard du Pont d’Arve 11, 1205 Geneva, Tel: 022.329.31.56
British Food Supplies
Jim’s British Mini-Market: (1) 147, Rue du Mont Rond, Zone de l’Allondon, St. Genis-Pouilly, 01630 France, Tel: +33(0)4.50.42.04.18 and (2) 33, Avenue du Mont-Blanc, 1196 Gland, Vaud, Tel: 022.364.18.58 (Website)
Spanish Food Supplies
Egne: Deli-Restaurant-Wine tastings, 12-14 Rue du Cendrier, 1201 Geneva,
Tel: 022.900.14.14 (Website).
American Market: (1) Rue de Neuchâtel 13, 1201 Geneva, Tel: 022.732.32.00 and
(2) 8, Rue Juste-Olivier, Nyon, Tel: 022.362.49.05 (Website)
Mexican (fresh, handmade) Food Supplies
Los Tacos: 8, Rue Faiencerie, 1227 Carouge, Tel: 022.342.03.03
Swedish Food Supplies
IKEA: Pré-Neuf, 1170 Aubonne, Tel: 0848.801.100 (Website: look under Spécialités Suédeoise ) ♣