Games we play
Backgammon, anyone? Down on the Place Arlaud, you'll find a complete giant set of draughts. Meanwhile, on the Place de Milan, the Nepalese game Bagh Chal is all the rage, and there are five others to choose from. There's a serious point to the exercise: games are a way for people to come together and learn about each other's cultures. Or you could just see it as a bit of fun, and game-hop your way across town.
The bistrot "Le Petit Boeuf"
This local bistro might not look anything out of the ordinary from the outside, but it is the place to go to enjoy a succulent piece of premium meat. This very informal restaurant is a true meat specialist, however it is served. Their steak tartare, prepared before you, is reputedly the best in town. The sauces and chips served with meat dishes are mouth-wateringly delicious! This is the perfect place for a relaxed meal with friends or family. It’s best to book in advance.
After a visit to Le Lapin Vert, the fun continues at the XIIIe Siècle. Behind the railings at the entrance, a few steps lead down to genuine 13th century cellars where you can sing and dance to music dating from the 1950s to today. This is the ideal place for nightlifers who want to stay out until dawn!
Le Lapin Vert
Prepare yourselves for a unique experience - for Le Lapin Vert is Lausanne’s most legendary bar, an emblematic venue which every inhabitant of Lausanne and the region visits at least once in their lifetime! Le Lapin Vert is located in a street of the same name, right in the centre of the old town. For the last 30 years, audiences of all ages have flocked here for a thrilling evening of rock, pop, punk and old hits from the 70s and 80s. You’ll be given a warm welcome by Shevshet and his team!
Typically Swiss! Le Café du Grütli
The Café du Grütli, established in the town centre since 1849, continues year after year to offer Lausanne residents and tourists alike a feast of traditional cuisine and seasonal specialities. You can savor a tasty cheese fondue or a prime piece of meat in a traditional and welcoming setting. The staff are also outstanding! Nobody is disappointed by the Grütli. It’s best to book in advance.
Exploring the world on small plates
Eat Me restaurant promises great things: exploring the world on small plates. And it delivers exactly what it promises. The tapas-style selection allows us to travel the world while remaining comfortably seated at a restaurant table in the centre of Lausanne. What’s more, it’s delicious! I can be certain to spend a great evening here with friends, sharing tapas from around the world. Dishes are served as soon as they are ready, without conforming to the traditional “three-course menu” format. At Eat Me, one plate of tapas is followed by another in no particular order. Serena, the friendly restaurant founder and manager, is happy to explain the concept to her customers and is always open to suggestions for expanding her menu of dishes from afar.
Sport’s Café Zodiac
This is my father’s restaurant. I spent a lot of time there when I was younger. I love the relaxing atmosphere, and the food is excellent.
The Great Escape
This bar is rather different from all the others in Lausanne. The music is brilliant, the staff are really friendly and I love the feeling of wellbeing that washes over me when I have a drink on its superb terrace.
Have a cup of tea and let's study
The Café de Grancy gives you the feeling of being in a Parisian café. You'll find comfortable sofas, a nice atmosphere and free Wi-Fi; some people go there just to work or study. Try one of their 15 tasty teas, syrups or homemade ice teas; it’s also great for lunch, dinner or brunch at weekends.
Shopping at Maniak
Maniak is a fashion shop in the Flon district; you’ll probably be amazed by the shop front, but don’t be afraid to go in! You’ll find a wide variety of clothes and brands, fantastic outfits and all kinds of accessories, with a big choice of Swiss Freitag bags made out of recycled truck tarpaulins. The last word in style!
This suggestion is a little bit different. If you really don't want to sit down but just drink something on the move, stop at Tekoe. In Lausanne, it’s hard to find takeaway tea and coffee, Starbucks-style. But one company developed that concept, not really for coffee but especially for natural and fresh tea! I don’t even know how many different kinds of tea they have, but you’ll find yours. It’s situated at the train station, in the city centre and at EPFL; you’ll be greeted with a smile – and professional advice, if you need it.
Changing moods at Le Bedroom
Situated in the trendy Flon district, Le Bedroom occupies the 3rd floor of the nightclub "MAD". If you decide to eat there, be aware it's not cheap – but you won’t regret it! Try one of their delightful burgers with real fresh French fries. The main feature of Le Bedroom is its decoration and atmosphere: almost baroque, complemented by modern screens and lights. It’s great for a relaxed chat with friends; then from 11pm, a DJ hits the decks, the restaurant turns into a bar and later on a club. Let's party!
Eating in a Brewery
Lager, amber beer, wheat beer: these are all traditionally brewed beers to be served with typical dishes such as a Flammekueche, Sauerkraut or even a fine burger. Don't know what kind of beer to drink with your meal? Don't worry, you'll find suggestions on the menu next to each dish. In the evening, enjoy a tour of the many different beers that Les Brasseurs offers, in a setting furnished in wood and copper, framed by beer kegs and pipes. Yes, you’re in a real brewery.
Bourg Plage is a temporary, hidden terrace bar under the big bridge of Bessière. Half of the bar is under the west arch and the other half is on the terrace. Have a drink and relax on a beach chair to rest after shopping, sports or whatever – it’s awesome. Under the arch is a stage where musicians and groups often play in the evening: check out their website for the programme. This place is open all summer long, if the weather is good.
North America in Switzerland
Les Gosses du Quebec is a North American bar opened by guys from Quebec who wanted to offer the people of Lausanne a new place to meet and watch sports on big screens – especially soccer and ice hockey – while eating nachos. You can also play pool at one of two pool tables at a really good price! Try North American beers, enjoy happy hours and have fun in a friendly and musical atmosphere.
Lunch and tasty syrups
The Coccinelle Café is a charming little restaurant open from morning to late afternoon, a handy place to stop for lunch. The menu is not that big, but the dishes are lovely – from delicious salads with homemade sauces to their special jacket potatoes and the many different fruit syrups, from the usual flavours such as peach and lemon to specialities like green banana and green apple. The atmosphere is delightful, and you're sure to get a nice welcome.
Under the bridge
Les Arches is undoubtedly one of the best concepts in Lausanne: a bar under the arches of the Grand Pont, one of the main bridges of the city. The tables are oriented to Place de l'Europe, allowing you to see a micro-world of Lausanne while enjoying the sun, drinking a beer or enjoying something to eat. It’s a great place for chilling out during sunny afternoons, for a break during a shopping trip, for a drink after work or as a starting point for a night out clubbing.
Some of the best Italian food in town
This restaurant isn’t the most beautiful or best decorated in town, to my mind, but if you really enjoy Italian food it's one of THE restaurants. In any event you'll find your dream pizza from one of the 50 different suggestions on their menu. If you don't want a pizza, you’ll find something else to tempt you, from delicious meat to fresh pasta dishes. The atmosphere is peaceful and friendly; don't miss the door, the restaurant is on the first floor.
Challenge of choosing a beer
Belgium is famous for its thousands of varieties of beer. In the Bruxelles Café you'll find a typical piece of Belgium in Switzerland: I can't tell you how many brands of beer they have, but the choice won’t be easy. In fact the whole bar has a Belgian atmosphere, starting with the food: traditional mussels and French fries, for example. You can also order burgers or tapas (which are not that Belgian, but good anyway), as well as meals to take away.