Welcome to Vevey, one of the cutest cities on Lac Léman. I love my little town because, despite its size, it’s a multicultural city with people from so many backgrounds living together.
We even have an event to celebrate our diversity which is called “Fête Multiculturelle” (which is unfortunately canceled this year) where you can taste food from all around the world. I also love my city because of the beautiful lakeside offer. You can find great restaurants and places to chill with friends or plan BBQs with family. There’s nothing better than getting up early in the morning and going for a peaceful walk by the lake before the city wakes up.
First thing’s first: coffee.
Personally, I can’t start the day without a cup of coffee, and, in my opinion, the best coffee spot in town is The Brew. I live for their flat white, which is a perfect combination of milk and coffee. Made with a double ristretto espresso, it’s a bit stronger than a latte. Take it à l’emporter or take a moment to savor your drink on their terrace.
After coffee, you can stroll to the place du marché where you’ll find la Grenette one of the most famous buildings in Vevey. Vevey’s market takes place every Tuesday and Saturday. It’s an opportunity to discover local vendors and taste food from different cultures. From South America to Africa, Asia and Europe of course, you’ll find the world at our little market.
Now it’s time to get the second part of our breakfast, which is… TADA… THE CROISSANT!! You’ll find the best one at HOKTA, a little French boulangerie where they also have many yummy pastries like the kouign amman (a French pastry that is to-die-for and totally not bikini body-friendly) along with homemade cakes and a variety of bread.
Vevey’s old town is full of charming little streets and small shops that sell original items. You can begin your shopping tour at L’Air du temps just in front of HOKTA. It’s an address not to miss for foodies or anyone who loves unique products. Teas, oils, chocolate or spices, you’ll find so many potential gifts or items for yourself.
It’s lunchtime, and for me there’s no better option than Sawasdee Thai. It’s probably one of my favorite lunch spots in Vevey because I like ethnic food, and their Pad Thai is life-changing. The spot is really tiny with only 3 or 4 tables, so if you want to lunch in, make sure to reserve in advance.
I would not be a real foodie if I didn’t recommend a visit to the Alimentarium Museum. On your way to the museum, make sure to stop by the Fork of Vevey (it’s hard to miss, as it’s literally a huge fork sticking out of the lake) and the Charlie Chaplin statue right in front of the museum. After the museum, take a stroll along the quai and take in the beauty of the lake.
L’Annexe is a little bar located on one of the busiest streets of Vevey, la Rue du Simplon. This street is famous for the arcades and you can find many shops there.
It’s called The Annexe because it’s situated just next to the Cave du Chardon, a well-known local wine store. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that wherever I go, I order a Hugo – but if you’re a real wine or whisky lover, there are plenty of offerings and the staff there will surely guide you to the best of the best.
It’s hard to choose because there are so many great restaurants options in Vevey, but for dinner I’m totally in love with KJU. Not only is the place breathtaking, but it’s also one of the spots in town with some real ambiance with great music and low lighting. I love going there with friends because it’s a guaranteed fun night out (before Covid, there used to be a DJ set until 2am. I can’t wait for them to get the party going again).
And if you’re a gastronome, I can also recommend Ze Fork, which is one of the greatest restaurants in Vevey. I always order “Le Rossini” which is a must-try. The interior of Ze Fork is also super charming with an intimate atmosphere.
Mosey down to Le National (act like a Veveysan and call it “Le Natio”) and sit on the terrace for your last drink. At this local favorite, make sure you try one of their cocktails; I recommend the Gin’gembre-Passionnata – it’s a refreshing summery drink perfect to sip as you reflect on a day well-spent in one of the best cities on the Swiss Riviera.
Mona-Maria is a foodie from Vevey who was born in Angola. She’s passionate about traveling, brunch, and discovering food from different parts of the world. She believes that food is one of the best ways to build connections and learn more about people and the cultures which define them.