Le Barbare

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Escaliers du Marché 27
Le Barbare and its famous hot chocolate are back! The legendary café restaurant so dear to the hearts of Lausanners is reopening at last.
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This historical café has always been a meeting spot for Lausanners from all backgrounds and across the generations, a place that brings people together and appeals to everyone. Open all day from Tuesday to Sunday, its Chef Etienne serves homemade cuisine cooked from local, seasonal products. Head there in the morning to savour its famous “Chocolat chaud Marta” (Marta’s hot chocolate), at lunchtime and in the evening to taste delicious daily specials or on Sunday to enjoy an incredible brunch.

In the summer, its terrace, located below the old town and overlooking the “Escaliers du Marché” wooden staircase, is much sought out for a tasty snack or to sip a drink peacefully. It’s also a meeting place made all the livelier by culinary and cultural events that lead to exchanges.

This establishment has been awarded the “ Café historique de Lausanne ” label established by the city of Lausanne in 2021. Iconic café and tea room dating from 1952. Main meeting place for students in Lausanne, including female students (a novelty at the time). Became famous for its hot chocolates. The exterior is close to the original, in the historical context of the houses lining the Escaliers du Marché that lead to the Cité. Recently reopened after the building’s renovation.

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