Essential experiences for foodies
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fun things to do
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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