7 Lakeside Bars You Need to Visit this Summer

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July 26, 2021

That summer feeling is fleeting, especially this year with half the season spent under a blanket of rain. To ensure you squeeze every ounce of sunshine and good times out of this summer, why not visit these ephemeral bars that boast some of the best views on Lac Léman.

La Generale

With a nod toward General Guisan, one of Switzerland’s most notable military officers who was a native of Pully, this ephemeral bar and restaurant serves local drinks and dishes with a side of a lakeside view. They are especially proud of their mineral drink set-up–which has a system that produces their lemonades, cold tea, sparkling water etc. with water from Pully. All local and almost zero waste.

Jetée de la Compagnie

Everything points to abandonment – the roots of plane trees obstinately push through the sidewalks. Saplings claim their space in the exposed earth of the resulting cracks. The adjacent plot, half filled with gravel doesn’t seem to lead anywhere you would walk after dark. Indeed, Jetée de la Compagnie sits behind a warehouse that is beyond an abandoned gravel lot, which is located beside a car park. It’s no wonder we never wandered back here before!  But the views, the food, the drinks, and the deck providing access to the lake are all reasons why we’re glad to wander there time and time again.

Calmos Club

If Paudex is one of those places you drive through without giving it much thought, you might want to hit reverse and mosey down to the port. In the calming shadow of the swaying boats, this new little popup bar is serving up local food, apéro, and ice cream.

Bains Payes

When it comes to summer living, few places on Lac Léman do it better than our neighbors down in Vevey. With an excellent menu of small bites as well as gorgeous salads and tempting burgers AND direct swimming access, Vevey’s Bains Payes is worth the short drive. 

La Coquette

Each bar has such a different vibe, and it can’t be more true for La Coquette, located on the shores of Lac Léman in Morges. An ephemeral refreshment bar that is open 7 days a week in Independence Park,  it has a view of Mont Blanc from its elegant deck, along with a stage for free shows. A cultural, local, eco-responsible, and friendly bar!

 

Isle of Paradise

And speaking of different vibes, it’s as if Saint Tropez has come to Switzerland via Lutry’s plage at the new Isle of Paradise which has a self-proclaimed dress code of “beach chic” listed on their website. Though this pop-up floating bar has caused some controversy amongst locals, it’s a fresh concept that highlights local businesses on their menus and has a private swimming area for guests. Beach chairs are rented via their website (for 25 chf or 20 chf for Lutry residents) and we’ve seen long lines to enter, so think about reserving ahead of time if you want to go party!

La Terrasse

We’ve never actually visited this “La Terrasse”, but we’ve heard from several friends that it’s a must-visit when in the area. An updated beach hut-style venue for global comfort food classics & drinks by the lake, it’s a great place to stop after a stroll on this side of the lake or on your way back from the Jardin Botanique. It’s the quintessentiel beloved summer bar on the Quai Wilson boasting views of the Jet d’Eau–can’t get more Genevois than that!

Also, check out the initiative by Montreux Riviera called “Dolce Riviera 2021.” They’ve set up decks in specific areas and towns to allow more swim access to the lake, as well as food and drink stations nearby.

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