Blackbird Downtown Diner

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April 20, 2016

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Co-Founders of  Blackbird Coffee & Breakfast Club and Blackbird Downtown Diner: Rich, Jess, and Max
We were all a bit shocked when we heard that Blackbird Social Club was closing its doors in Riponne–as if a member of our little ‘Lausanne favorites’ family was losing a limb. But then we heard why the Social Club was closing (for now): to make room/increase capacity for a new project right in the center of Lausanne: Blackbird Downtown Diner. And honestly, we couldn’t be happier.
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Situated in the heart of Lausanne where the old Bubble Café used to reside, Blackbird Downtown Diner brings forth all of the Breakfast Club charm (as well as the breakfast menu), but merges with the concept of fast, fresh, & healthy choices for lunch. The space is light, airy, and roomy, with plenty of seating both inside and outside. The menu is loaded with options–from generously portioned sandwiches packed with flavorful toppings & spreads, to loaded salads with avocado & pomegranate, and onto their newest concept: Superfood Bowls–healthy, hearty, and uncompromisingly delicious (seriously, just try not to drink the smoky chipotle or garlic parsley chimichurri sauce on its own).
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The Chipotle Chicken Sandwich
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The Chipotle Chicken Superfood Bowl
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Our favorite Flat White

Of course  if you’re not in the mood for breakfast or lunch, you can also head to the Diner for their exceptional in-house roasted coffee and homemade cakes (the red velvet cake is still calling our name).  It’s a rare spot for all moments of the day; whether you want to catch up with a friend, or do some work, or organize a brunch for a larger party (as the diner has more space than the Breakfast Club). Another plus? Blackbird Downtown Diner is also family-friendly and completely stroller accessible–they even have a “pousette parking”, so what’s not to love?

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The Blackbird Salad

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One of our new faves: the Superfood Salad (avocado, wheat berry, pine nuts, and pomegranate seeds are a delicious combo–add some chicken for more protein)
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The menu has some old favorites from the Breakfast Club, but loads of new plates to try as well
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Coffee beans are roasted in-house at the Breakfast Club–grab a cup to-go if you’re in a hurry.
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Little motifs of the iconic Blackbird are carefully displayed throughout–and the style very much resembles the Breakfast Club.
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Take full advantage of the sunny days on their large terrace that seats 60–grab a fresh boxed sandwich or superfood hotbox and have lunch en plein air.
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It’s no surprise that on their first weekend, Blackbird Downtown Diner was packed. Anyone who has had experience with Blackbird (whether it’s the former Coffee & Breakfast Club or the former Social Club) knows that when you enter the doors you can guarantee that the staff will be friendly, the food will be delicious, the coffee will be spot-on, and the space aesthetically pleasing. It’s a sure-fire spot–a fail-safe. And couldn’t we all use more of those in our lives?
Route de Bel-Air 1
1003 Lausanne
No reservations, first come first serve
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