Sundays in Geneva: The outdoor farmers market and flea market

Vegetables at the Geneva Sunday outdoor food market in Plainpalais.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Early in the morning, Geneva’s local farm producers and cooks, gather at one of the most dazzlingly colorful outdoor markets in the city: the Plain of Plainpalais. In my opinion, this is one of the most picture-postcard-perfect outdoor food markets in the city and the only one that runs on Sundays.

At the Plaine, you’ll find gorgeous fresh and dried fruits, artful displays of pasta, wine -in winter mulled wine-, “old-world” vegetables, mushrooms, cheese, Valais specialties, home-made jams, freshly made bread, olives, flowers and more.

Many Genevans meet on Sunday to eat “sur place” -others to take away- some of  the awesome roasted chicken or duck, waffles, panini, pancakes, churros, middle-eastern food or pastries sold by the many vendors that go on Sundays.

Next to it, there is also a small  open-air market filled with artisans, importers and designers displaying their wares, mostly clothes or hand-made jewelry. The only vendors allowed on Sundays are those that sell “new items”, however, on the first Sunday of the month there is also a flea market (second-hand items), but usually with no more than 10 stalls.

The official schedule is from 8:00 to 19:00, however, by 15:00 most of the vendors start going home.


This vendor specializes in “old-world” vegetables and home-made jams. His displays are worth checking out.

Have a great Sunday!

Local wine tasting every Sunday at the Plainpalais market.

Olives and mushrooms are one of the main attractions at the outdoor food market in Plainpalais on Sundays.


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