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The best things to do in Flon

Dubbed "the hip district" in Lausanne, Flon is a compact quarter of sometimes startling architecture repurposed from its warehouse days. Now it’s home to restaurants, bars, nightspots, boutiques and even a few enticing chain stores.

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Flon is full of surprises. Within a few metres, a curious soul can buy a lamp made from a movie camera, eat sushi, smoke a hookah, go bowling and dance until dawn. There are really two Flons, one by day, one by night, like fascinating twins. A suggestion: come for lunch, stay until brunch!  Here's our roundup of the best things to do, where to eat and what to buy in Flon.

  • Nightlife
  • Flon
MAD
MAD
One of the country’s biggest and brashest clubs, MAD is hardly an understated place. Occupying a vast converted warehouse in Lausanne's trendy Flon district, it proclaims its mission statement with swirls of colour and huge block writing all over the facade.
  • Wineries
  • Flon
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
Friends Café at LHotel
Friends Café at LHotel
LHotel may be a hotel (how’d you guess?), however its trendy lounge bar isn’t just for the clientele, but has created a reputation as a popular night spot in its own right. Friends Café is the bar of choice for many of Lausanne’s cool young things.
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  • Cocktail bars
  • Flon
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
N20
N20
Situated on the edge of Lausanne’s party district, Le Flon, this bar is a good pre-clubbing spot. The low-lit atmosphere, cocktail menu and late night opening hours add to the appeal.
  • Music
  • Music venues
  • Flon
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. 
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  • Nightlife
  • Ville Marché
A former theatre, D! Club can be massively crowded and might make your wallet scream in protest at the prices, but it remains a popular nightspot in Lausanne nonetheless, mainly because it attracts an impressive line up of DJs and live acts. 
  • Fusion
  • Flon
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
It’s couplesville at either the low-light, candle-lit lounge serving tapas at cushy couches, or in the restaurant with its full menu. Tapas include shrimp and porc meatballs à la vietnamienne and vegetable cakes. 
  • Japanese
  • Flon
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
Yummy Japanese food is a natural fit for exotic Flon, partly because of the restaurant’s bright futuristic décor. The varied menu has lots of choices at reasonable prices.
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  • Flon
  • price 2 of 4
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. 
  • Lausanne
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
Sometimes you need a good spot to people-watch, and what better place than under the arches of the Grand Pont, the nineteenth-century bridge that cuts through the centre of town.
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  • Coffeeshops
  • Flon
  • price 1 of 4
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
Culture Café
Culture Café
There’s a gauntlet to run to reach the Culture Café, tucked away in a first-floor corner of multi-storey bookstore Fnac. Visitors looking for a quality sandwich, cappuccino or locally-brewed beer must first pick their way around the shop.
  • Things to do
  • Games and hobbies
  • Flon
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
Switzerland has a handful of bowling alleys, one of which is the lively, noisy, family-friendly Bowl Bar. Its 10 lanes pulse with psychedelic lights and pop music.
  • Hotels
  • Lausanne
A good choice if you want to be right in the centre of things, the imaginatively-named LHotel is located in Flon, a few metres from its converted warehouses filled with contemporary restaurants, bars and big brand shops.
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  • Performing arts space
  • Flon
Arsenic
Arsenic
Performing arts in all shapes and forms rule at Lausanne’s avant-garde and vibrant venue at the heart of Flon. Pronounced “arts scéniques”, the play-on-words name stands for all scenic arts and encompasses theatre, dance and music.
  • Flon
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
Flon Plage
Flon Plage
Open from mid-May to the end of September, this outdoor pop-up bar may be in the central shopping district of Flon but thanks to the real sand underfoot it’s possible to close your eyes, wriggle your toes in the sand and imagine you’re on the French Riviera.
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  • Things to do
  • Ice skating
  • Flon
Flon hosts a winter ice rink from Nov-Feb. It may not be the largest or fanciest ice rink around, but it's smack in the middle of Lausanne's coolest district and promises a packed programme of events.
  • Shopping
  • Jumble sales
  • Flon
This odd collection of second-hand clothes, original furnishings and intriguing arty things is a promising place to find off-kilter little treasures at tempting prices. 
  • Shopping
  • Antiques
  • Flon
Anyone in love with the decor in the American TV series Mad Men, will go crazy for the furniture at Galerie Port Franc. It’s full of 1950s and ’60s antiques in excellent condition at reasonable prices. 
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  • Shopping
  • Flon
Pomp it Up
Pomp it Up
Appropriately housed in one of the former warehouses in trendy Le Flon, this is a temple to trainers. The spacious building provides ample room for rows upon rows of sneakers from top brands including Nike, Vans, Converse, Asics and New Balance. 
  • Shopping
  • Children's clothes
  • Flon
The very cool kids’ clothes here will have discerning urban (and suburban) parents wishing these casual fashions came in larger sizes. 
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  • Shopping
  • Flon
Maniak
Maniak
A mix between a hipster’s go-to store and a fancy dress shop, Maniak fills its copious floor space with an unusual combination of top street-cool brands such as Dickies, Carhartt and Superdry, and dress-up essentials.
  • Shopping
  • Shoes
  • Flon
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