The Patek Philippe Museum explores the history of European watchmaking, with an exquisite array of antique timepieces.
If contemporary art is more your thing, soak up the latest exhibitions at the Bâtiment d’art Contemporain.
MAMCO, whose permanent collection includes pieces by the likes of Christo, Sol LeWitt and Dan Flavin.
Curiositas is aptly named, with its cabinets of curios and eccentric antiques. The food is elegant and inventive: marinated tuna with artichoke cream and tomato sorbet is the chef’s signature dish.
Ou Bien is an art gallery, café and deli that serves up lavender cheesecake and seasonal lunchtime specials.
Tea lovers and vintage aficionados head for café-brocante La Sixième Heure, where everything you see and sit on is second-hand and for sale.
For the best hot chocolate, Remor can’t be matched.
Le Dix Vins is perhaps the quintessential Carouge bistro, interpreting traditional cuisine in its own inimitable style: dishes might include cocotte de lentilles au foie gras or crevettes au chocolat blanc.
For healthy and seasonal eating, drop by Les Recyclables, a café, bookstore and music venue all in one. The ethos is all about recyclage culturel, so you could swap your old books for a slice of orange cake or a cup of coffee.
The Plaine de Plainpalais is home to one of Europe’s largest skate parks, with 3,000m2 of formidable flows.
Set in an art nouveau building, the Tiffany Hotel (rooms from €238/CHF287) has moved with the times, with Frette linens, free Wi-Fi and a chic hammam.
Hotel La Cour des Augustines (rooms from €244/CHF295) is located in the Latin Quarter, but it’s just a five-minute tram ride from Carouge (catch bus number 12). Swiss designer Philippe Cramer is the creative talent behind its urban décor and suspended ‘thinking pods’.
Opened just over a year ago, Casa Mozzarella has won a loyal foodie following with its fresh mozzarellas and burrata, made on the premises every morning.
Another interesting independent – with an equally passionate owner – is 242 Skateshop, which stocks a terrific array of local and international board brands.
Find beautifully crafted wooden toys and Swiss delicacies at Carouge’s Christmas Market and explore the area’s chic boutiques.
Sam and Luna stocks nifty Scandinavian brands for childre.
Style Design is good for contemporary homeware.
Le Verre à Monique is the place for 1920s-style glamour and superb cocktails.
The vintage sofas and roaring fire at Qu’importe offer welcome respite from the cold. Locals and expats alike come here for its discerning wine list, Genevan tapas and regional charcuterie.
Le Chat Noir is Carouge’s main music venue, staging rock, jazz and hip hop concerts six nights a week.