Lausanne

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Where to eat brunch in Lausanne
Restaurants

Where to eat brunch in Lausanne

Whether you're looking for coffee and pastries in a café, a posh Sunday brunch, or a hangover curing fry-up, we've rounded up our favourite options

Lausanne’s best restaurants
Restaurants

Lausanne’s best restaurants

There are plenty of great places to eat here if you know where to find them.

Lausanne’s best bars
Bars and pubs

Lausanne’s best bars

Some of the best watering holes in the city for cocktails, beer and more

The best things to do in Flon
Things to do

The best things to do in Flon

Here's our roundup of the best things to do, where to eat and what to buy in the hip Flon area.

The top 5 things to do in Lausanne
Things to do

The top 5 things to do in Lausanne

Discover some essential sights and attractions in Lausanne

Lausanne restaurants and cafés

The best cafés in Lausanne
Restaurants

The best cafés in Lausanne

Coffee culture is long ingrained in the city and you don’t have to look far for a croissant pitstop or cool cafe – Lausanne has one on practically every corner, cobbled street and pedestrian square. Enjoy people-watching from any one of numerous city centre spots (service isn’t always the best, but it’s worth it for the location and atmosphere), or head to a neighbourhood café to really get the measure of the city and its people. From the best place to stop in for a quick morning croissant, to where to find superior hot chocolate, which café to choose for a decent lunch and where to linger all afternoon with a cuppa and a board game, we run you through Lausanne’s best cafés, coffee shops and tearooms.

Lausanne’s best restaurants
Restaurants

Lausanne’s best restaurants

Find a place to eat with our selection of local restaurants in Lausanne.

Inglewood Lausanne

Inglewood Lausanne

Originating in Geneva as a family-run business, Inglewood now serves up its gourmet style burgers in an Americana setting in the centre of Lausanne.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Crazy Wolf
Restaurants

Crazy Wolf

Launched thanks to a crowdfunding initiative, Lausanne’s newest fast food joint is worth the money its supporters paid. 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
L’Eléphant Blanc
Restaurants

L’Eléphant Blanc

Tucked away in Lausanne’s medieval Cité – which you might think would be overrun with restaurants, but strangely isn’t – is this lovely little bistrot serving the food of chef Anthony Macé. 

Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville
Restaurants

Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville

Serving classic French food, Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville, one of the most famous restaurants in the world, has a long reputation for superb dining after holding onto three Michelin stars since 1998. 

Lausanne bars

Lausanne’s best bars
Bars and pubs

Lausanne’s best bars

Looking for the ideal Swiss bar? Lausanne punches above its weight when it comes to watering holes, and the scene keeps getting better.

Ta Cave
Bars and pubs

Ta Cave

Attesting to the ardent desire of the Lausannois to drink wine, it claims to be the first ever crowd-funded wine bar in Switzerland. 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
N20
Bars and pubs

N20

Situated on the edge of Lausanne’s party district, Le Flon, this bar is a good pre-clubbing spot.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Friends Café
Bars and pubs

Friends Café

Making the most of its position on the edge of Flon, Lausanne’s nightlife district, Friends Café is the bar of choice for many of Lausanne’s cool young things, attracted by its cocktail list, upbeat vibe and special events.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Les Arches
Bars and pubs

Les Arches

From a pre-clubbing apéro, or just a hard-earned pick-me-up after a strenuous shopping spree, Les Arches is the perfect place to sit and watch tout Lausanne go by.

Pi Bar
Bars and pubs

Pi Bar

You need your wits about you when visiting this small but popular neighbourhood bar whose raison d’être is bringing Europe’s finest craft beers to Lausanne.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars

Shopping in Lausanne

Lausanne's best boutiques and fashion stores
Shopping

Lausanne's best boutiques and fashion stores

Discover some of the best quirky, cool and cute independent boutiques and stores, from vintage fashion to locally produced food.

Cocooning
Shopping

Cocooning

This lovely shop tucked up a side street in Lausanne’s pedestrian area sells soaps, lotions and bath salts made using natural, biodegradable Swiss ingredients drawn from alpine flowers, vegetable oils and even cow’s milk. 

Baies d’Erelle
Shopping

Baies d’Erelle

This new boutique established in Lausanne’s hip Marterey district showcases the jewellery of French-Swiss designer Erelle Bertolini, who has been developing her designs since 2008.

Durig Chocolatier
Shopping

Durig Chocolatier

One of Lausanne’s best chocolatiers, Durig occupies two shops in the city, but this is the original one, where the chocolates are made on site. 

More great Lausanne shops

Nightlife and live music

Le Lido

Le Lido

This characterful venue in central Lausanne hosts a wide range of entertainment, from comedy and cabaret to karaoke and improv, plus regular club nights on weekends. 

Les Docks

Les Docks

Lausanne’s premier live music venue, Les Docks is the place to go to see edgy international bands in an intimate environment. 

Le Bedroom at MAD

Le Bedroom at MAD

On the second floor of Le Flon’s mega club MAD, Le Bedroom is a multi-functional place that morphs from lounge-bar to steakhouse to club in its own right as the night progresses. 

D! Club
Nightlife

D! Club

Big names on the roster in the past have included Boy George, David Morales, John Digweed and 2ManyDJs.

Le Romandie Rock Club
Music

Le Romandie Rock Club

In contrast to the big name commercial vehicles drawing crowds to Les Docks, Le Romandie champions the little guy, giving a platform to alternative, independent rock groups. Nestled under the arches of the Grand Pont in Lausanne’s Flon district, this intimate space is the place to catch up-and-coming bands from the city and surrounding area, as well as carefully selected indie groups from around Europe and further afield. The eclectic programme covers a diverse range of genres from electro and house to heavy metal. The club actively solicits new talent by inviting bands to submit a demo through its website.