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35 great reasons why Lausanne is the best Swiss city for a weekend away

Natural beauty, cool culture, romantic escapes – Lausanne has them all. If you're looking for something to do this summer then read our guide to the best things to do in Lausanne this season

Essential experiences for foodies

Confiserie Tony
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Confiserie Tony

This tea-room on the cobbled Rue de Bourg is owned by a family of artisan chocolate-makers, so that’s reason enough to visit right there. However besides Manuel’s divine Swiss chocolates, this is a good little place for a morning croissant – widely considered the best in town.

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Brasserie de Montbenon
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Brasserie de Montbenon

Opened at the end of 2014, this stylish brasserie occupies a prime location on the classy (and grassy) Montbenon park, a favourite Lausanne strolling and lounging spot since the 19th century. Outside, the bandstand-style structure sports a large sunny terrace with far-reaching views of Lake Geneva and the mountains beyond. 

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Ville Marché
Anne-Sophie Pic
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Anne-Sophie Pic

France’s first female chef Pic decided to step her culinary toe out of French waters by establishing a second restaurant in Lausanne’s Beau Rivage Palace.  Drawing on the flavours and seasonal ingredients of her childhood home as well as local Swiss produce, Pic creates imaginative, beautifully presented dishes that have earned the restaurant two Michelin stars and 18 Gault Millau points. 

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Ouchy
Crazy Wolf
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Crazy Wolf

Launched thanks to a crowdfunding initiative, Lausanne’s newest fast food joint is worth the money its supporters paid. Beef burgers are juicy and cooked to order. Wash it down with a beer from one of Lausanne’s burgeoning microbreweries. 

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Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville
Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville
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Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville

Serving classic French food, Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville, has a long reputation for world class dining after holding onto three Michelin stars since 1998. Even though the menu changes throughout the seasons, but the quality doesn't. Mouthwatering items available in their winter selection include the classic duck foie gras, purple sea urchin and silver thorny cardoons from Crissier.

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L’Eléphant Blanc
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L’Eléphant Blanc

Tucked away in Lausanne’s medieval Cité the intimate surrounding of the small interior make for a great place to spend a romantic dinner or catch-up lunch with friends, and there’s a well-priced dish of the day at lunch times.

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Cité / Old Town
Nomade
Bill Harby
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Nomade

It’s couplesville at either the low-light, candle-lit lounge serving tapas at cushy couches, or in the restaurant with its full menu. At the centre city end of Flon, Nomade is an enticing place for couples to start or end their festivities. It doesn't get noisy, so whispering sweet somethings into the ear of a certain someone is normally no problem, even if it's to ask them to share the cost of that pricey bottle of wine.

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Flon

Fun things to do

Lausanne PubliBike station
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Lausanne PubliBike station

Rent a low-cost bicycle and it’s a cheap and accessible scheme that’s ideal for short hops along the Swiss Riviera. From Ouchy, it’s an easy cycle to Pully or further to Lutry or Cully, where you can stop off to swim in the lake, wander the cobbled streets of these pretty villages or have a drink by the water. 

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Ouchy
Hermitage park
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Hermitage park

Sandwiched between the medieval Cité and the Sauvabelin forest, this well-tended park blooms in spring and summer, making it a beautiful spot for lounging around with a book, picnicking or kicking a ball with the kids.

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CGN Lausanne-Ouchy
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CGN Lausanne-Ouchy

Making the most of its position on one of Europe’s largest lakes, Lausanne’s ferry port at Ouchy offers cruises to many destinations around the lake in both Switzerland and France.

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Ouchy
Ouchy promenade
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Ouchy promenade

Lausanne’s outdoor playground is this stretch of lakefront and promenade that stretches along the waterfront, taking in the newly renovated Olympic Museum, a children’s playground, a pedalo hire shop, a harbour and sailing club and a number of bars and restaurants sporting lakefront terraces.

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Ouchy
Olympic Museum
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Olympic Museum

Lausanne is known as the ‘Olympic city’, due to the presence of the International Olympic Committee’s headquarters down by the lake in Vidy. The museum is dedicated to the movement that was created in Ouchy in 1993 and includes a permanent exhibition and a vast array of memorabilia plus a café-restaurant with a fantastic view of the lake.

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Ouchy
Bellerive Plage
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Bellerive Plage

THE place to hang out in summer, this 1930s outdoor leisure centre is eternally popular when the sun comes out. There’s an Olympic-sized swimming pool for lane swimming, a large leisure pool with various water spouts and massage taps, a diving pool, plus ping pong tables, volleyball courts and loads of grass to lounge around on. 

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Ouchy
Lausanne market
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Lausanne market

On Wednesdays and Saturdays Lausanne’s pedestrian streets take on a pleasing bustle with the arrival of the market. 

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Ville Marché
CBE Concept Spa
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CBE Concept Spa

This upmarket spa in one of Lausanne’s poshest hotels offers therapies based on the principles of Ayurveda, an ancient philosophy which promotes meditation and uses plant and flower essential oils for its treatments. And when you’re done with all that, settle back at the Yogi Booster bar to tuck into an ultra-healthy, organic lunch.

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Plan your next visit to Lausanne

Plan your next visit to Lausanne, the Olympic Capital with Lausanne Tourism. 

Or watch this fun, interactive video guide showcasing more great things you can do in Lausanne this summer. 

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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.

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By: Caroline Bishop
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