Rue de Bourg 28
The story begins in 1845 when Henri-François-Louis Manuel opened his shop at Rue de Bourg, in the Lausanne town centre. Almost two centuries later, the sixth generation carries on the tradition by offering a rich selection of chocolates, pralines, truffles and confectionery prepared in an artisanal way.

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Rue de Bourg 28
1003 Lausanne

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La Cité

This is a quarter full of typical small bistros and craft shops. To the north of the Cité hill, at Place du Tunnel, avenue César-Roux avenue and Place de l’Ours, shops and quirky bistros cry out to be discovered. It is around the Cité hill, sculpted by the Flon and Louve rivers, that the mediaeval town grew. Its cobble-stoned pedestrian streets as well as its monuments, the Cathedral of Lausanne, the St-Maire Castle and the Old academy, bear witness to that.

Lausanne Cathedral

At the heart of the old town, the majestic Lausanne Cathedral overlooks the city. Seen as one of the most beautiful gothic art monuments in Europe, it attracts more than 400,000 visitors every year.

Palud square

In the centre of the square is the town’s oldest fountain, adorned with a statue representing justice. Close by, a clock presents the history of Vaud in animated scenes every hour from 9:00 to 19:00. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings this is the site of the country market, which also sets up shop in the neighbouring pedestrian streets. Every first Friday of the month, it plays host to a craft market. Typical cafes, boutiques and large, elegant shops complement what this high-class district, which is completely pedestrianised, has to offer.

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All the chocolates are prepared every day in an artisanal way by a team of five passionate chocolatiers.

At Manuel’s, the selection of chocolates and fine patisseries is particularly attractive, as is the shop’s large range: bakery products, sandwiches and seasonal salads to go, and a lunchtime menu that is colourful and flavourful.

Manuel also offers a catering service for all kinds of events.

Elected best chocolates by a jury of experts at the Lausanne Chocolate Rally in 2017, 2018 and 2019, Manuel also supplied the Swiss airline company from 2018 to 2020.

Lausanne history says that François-Louis Manuel, confectioner and father of the company’s founder, made chocolate for a certain grocer named Charles-Amédée Kohler. However, pastry chef Manuel’s customers disliked the penetrating fragrance of chocolate that prevailed in the shop. Manuel is believed to have said to the future co-founder of Nestlé-Peter-Cailler-Kohler: “My dear friend, if you wish to continue making chocolate, you need to do it elsewhere, as my customers dislike the smell.” Without that friendly banishment, Kohler wouldn’t have created his chocolate factory in the old sawmill at Sauvabelin, first modest stage of the presence of the international group in Vevey.

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