Pinte Besson

Restaurants, Swiss Ville Marché
4 out of 5 stars
La Pinte Besson, Lausanne bar, restaurant, Time Out Switzerland

The oldest pub in Lausanne is a great spot to sample traditional dishes from the local area.

This tall, narrow building sitting rather incongruously on the end of one of Lausanne’s scruffiest streets claims to be the oldest pub in Lausanne, and was set up by a wine merchant in 1780. The inside is beautifully preserved, with a small wooden bar, stained glass windows and beamed ceiling. In keeping with the traditional nature of the place, the menu is classic Swiss, including rich moitié-moitié fondue (half gruyère, half vacherin, as is the Swiss way) and papet vaudois, a sausage and cabbage dish particular to canton Vaud. Wash it down with a glass or three of local chasselas wine and then try and negotiate the ridiculously steep steps up to the toilet.


Venue name: Pinte Besson
Address: Rue de l’Ale 4
Opening hours: 9.30am-midnight Mon-Sat
Transport: Bus 4
Price: Main courses CHF20-30
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