A former industrial wasteland, the Flon is today an unmissable place for meeting friends and for retail therapy. The warehouses standing on the Flon plateau were built in 1894 when the Flon was covered over between 1874 and 1915. The reinforced concrete technique used for many of these buildings was new at the time. The flat roofs and straight alignments form a marked contrast with the medieval Old Town.
Many have now been transformed into centres for alternative theatre or music. Shopping centres, sports shops and fashion boutiques stand side by side in an ultra-modern architectural environment. There is no shortage of places to rest, either, with the numerous bars and restaurants spread all over the area.