The genius of the chefs
Lausanne and its surrounding region are considered a mecca for gastronomy, given the large number of highly rated restaurants that have been awarded stars, toques and flowers. Amongst them, the Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville in Crissier remains at the forefront. After Fredy Girardet, Philippe Rochat and Benoît Viollier, Franck Giovannini is its fourth three-star chef.
This most prestigious of restaurants has been inspiring emulation in the area for close to 50 years. Anne -Sophie Pic, the juggler of flavours, is at the helm of the Beau-Rivage Palace Lausanne with 2 Michelin stars and 18 GaultMillau points. At the Cerf in Cossonay (2 Michelin stars / 18 GaultMillau points), the sparkling Carlo Crisci deploys his creativity in the kitchen. Further examples include Bernard Ravet’s L’Ermitage in Vufflens-le-Château (1 Michelin star / 19 GaultMillau points), “La Table d’Edgard” at the Lausanne Palace (1 Michelin star / 18 GaultMillau points) and the Eligo Restaurant (1 Michelin star / 15 GaultMillau points).
Finding it hard to choose? Lausanne Tourisme’s website lists all the restaurants from the Lausanne area that are included in the Michelin Guide and Gault&Millau for Switzerland:
Memorable culinary experiences
In addition to these distinctions, the town of Lausanne and its urban area number more than 320 establishments dedicated to good food. Throughout your stay, you will be able to choose from a range of cuisines and atmospheres as diverse as they are unforgettable:
• the century-old ambience of a traditional bar – the oldest of which, the Pinte Besson, was founded in 1780;
• the pleasure of eating a delicate fish dish or a fresh summer salad, chilling out on a terrace with a spectacular view over the lake and mountains;
• an immersion in a typical Vaudois auberge that serves hearty regional dishes such as papet vaudois (leek and cabbage sausage), cochonnaille, charcuterie or a tarte à la raisinée;
• the conviviality of sharing a creamy cheese fondue, fully savoured in the typical setting of a Swiss chalet;
• the unique experience of enjoying a meal served during a cruise on a ship operated by the Compagnie Générale de Navigation.
In short, a vast choice of prices, cuisines, styles and atmospheres, from young and fashionable trends to exotic and ethnic establishments, from a candlelit dinner to tapas served with the popular local ritual of aperitif.
Lausanne’s culinary scene is a bustling one! Ephemeral terraces pop up at the beginning of summer and the foodtrucks present every day at Place de la Riponne complement the many takeaways you will find across town. If you’re curious about best picks, new vegetarian or vegan restaurants, or the best brunches to be had in town (a favourite local pastime), glean the go-to addresses on the MyLausanne.ch blog.
And for a more exhaustive list, we invite you tovisit the well-informed Eating and Nightlife section of Lausanne Tourisme’s website:
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