The wonderful Café Cacahuète is surprising not only for its small size but also for the quality of its products. Housed in a dim arcade on the asphalt-paved Rue de Lausanne, it is a stove when the bise blows, a soft ray of light when it rains, and gust of joy when you are in need of some TLC.
The establishment opened its doors in the autumn of 2015 thanks to two passionate sisters, Caroline and Sophie, who work around the clock from Monday to Saturday to create the most delicate lactose- and gluten-free pastries and vegan lunches (Caroline is intolerant). Fruit juices and smoothies are on the menu, and cakes and muffins share the décor alongside the latest trendy furnishings. For lunch, you will find contentment among a choice of salads, soups, delicious sandwiches, and detox boxes packed with raw vegetables, tofu, black radish, kale and other locally-produced organic ingredients. Now there’s a great way to get your fill of antioxidants, vitamins, light delicacies and, of course, happiness for the day! I devoured a carrot cake topped with pumpkin seeds and sprinkled with cinnamon – it was to die for and truth be told, I got some to-go as well! The coffee is very good and the vegetal milk is a great match for your cappuccino.
This should satisfy your appetite as well as your taste buds while you sit at one of the little tables overlooking the busy sidewalk, or at the counter that is as welcoming as the first day of spring. You might even hear the ladies laughing while they cook – as you guessed it, everything is home-made in a relaxed atmosphere.
Ps. Café Cacahuète also organises cooking workshops, for small groups of beginners and amateur cooks alike, on different ways to prepare tofu or create wheat-free vegan pastries.
Rue de Lausanne 60, 1202 Geneva
Mon to Fri 8am-3.30pm, Sat 10am-4pm