10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues in Lausanne

November 20, 2022

Winters can be long, and for many, hitting the slopes each and every weekend can be tiresome or impractical. If you want a change in pace, or just looking for something entertaining and engaging, we've compiled 10 different ideas to beat the winter blues. Because who says long winters can't also be fun?

1. Le Barbare - Hot Chocolate


An institution in Lausanne, this cute and cozy little café nestled under the cathedral finally reopened their doors at the end of last year. While the Barbare offers local wines and planchettes, as well as a lunch time plat du jour, it is most known for its decadent hot chocolate (order Marta’s style).

2. STEAM on the Water

steam on the water

If you’re dabbling in the idea of embracing winter by going all in (and by ‘all in’ we mean heading into the lake!) then you have to check out the new Finnish sauna over by La Tour de Peilz. On the Maladaire beachside, you can partake in all this little Nordic haven has to offer including a massage if you’d like.

3. Hot Yoga in Lausanne

Yoga Flame

If stretching and manipulating your body in a 38-degree room sounds like a challenge you’re hoping to try, Yoga Flame, a Lausanne-based hot yoga studio has several classes for all levels.

4. Go Bowling!


We know it’s an obvious one, but every time we go to Bowland in Lausanne Flon we have There’s something about putting on those slightly musty shoes, ordering a beer and stale popcorn, and perfecting your strike pose. It’s a huge hit with the whole family.

5. Life Drawing


Did you know that every Tuesday from 2:30pm until 8pm there’s a large studio in Renens called L’Acade that hosts a life drawing for all levels? It’s not strictly an academic exercise – they encourage participants to draw freely and express themselves creatively. Curious? The first session is free.

6. Go Walk a Dog

walking a dog

Love the idea of hanging out with dogs, but don’t have the capacity to bring one home? The Lausanne animal shelter offers a dog walking volunteer experience, where you can go occasionally to walk them on their grounds at their refuge. You must be quite serious if you’re interested though – completing training is required and it’s such a popular activity, there’s a waitlist!

7. Become a wine expert...or drink with one


They say you have to put in around 10,000 hours to become an expert at something – and while we’d love to just sip away for the next 10 years, we think our time (and palates) would be better served if we left the wine tasting to the experts and learned a thing or two in an enjoyable setting. Jean-Daniel and his team at Alfavin have organized wine tasting workshops featuring Spanish and Italian wines in their warm & welcoming cellar in Lonay near Morges.

8. Get some aggression out, tomahawk style


Whether you want to let off a little steam, just looking to acquire a new skill, or are looking for a fun and ‘different’ type of activity to do in Lausanne, why not try Axers? A series of games and animations are led by their team, ultimately leading you to aim for the bullseye. After your axe-throwing session, you can relax in their mezzanine with their pool tables, boards games, or try out some snacks and local drinks with a selection of over 20 beers.

9. Knit and drink

Little Maille

Come and learn how to knit or improve your knitting skills while having a drink and some tapas. The apéro tricot is open to all, beginners to intermediates, and meet at Little Maille’s studio in Lausanne. For 35 francs, you get drinks and snacks, loaned materials, and personalized guidance while of course, meeting new friends

10. Create with your hands

KnockOn Wood

Participate in a workshop at Knock On Wood, Lausanne's newest woodworking atelier and create something bespoke from scratch. The founders are passionate about the lost art of working with your hands, and have a huge selection of different courses, activities and workshops for all levels and ages.