Restaurant du Vieux-Lausanne

Restaurant du Vieux-Lausanne
A real institution that offers 100% home-made dishes.

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Restaurant du Vieux-Lausanne
Rue Pierre-Viret 6
1003 Lausanne

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12:00 - 14:00 / 19:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:00 / 19:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:00 / 19:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:00 / 19:00 - 00:00
19:00 - 00:00
Access : Parking de la Riponne or metro M2, stop Riponne - Maurice Béjart

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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Pauline the culinary explorer
A garden hidden in the heart of Lausanne just below our beautiful cathedral! When the days are warm, nothing beats enjoying a snack board of quality cheeses and cold meats, together with a glass of wine or a local craft beer. One tip: get there early as there’s always a crowd jostling to get a table in this highly popular spot.

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In 2017, the Vieux-Lausanne got a facelift thanks to Gary Ahlgren, who gradually took over the family business. A real institution in Lausanne, it offers a bistronomic menu with 2-3 Nordic touches with recipes from Emma, the Swedish great-grandmother of the current owner.

At the end of the day, Les Jardins, open from 5pm, will make you want to have an aperitif with friends in the sun with a small menu of local finger food and artisanal alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. And later in the night, the Bar Giraf opens its doors to make swing and sing along to the songs of your legends.

This establishment has been awarded the “ Café historique de Lausanne ” label established by the city of Lausanne in 2021. Both a café and the home of the Helvetia student society, the “Vieux Lau” still resembles its 1920 and 1950 layout. The place’s interest is emphasised by the presence of furniture and objects linked to the student society that has been headquartered there for close to a century. The house, adjacent to the Escaliers du Marché, provides a landmark in the City Quarter.

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