Eat + Drink

23 Sep 14

Where to Eat in Lausanne: Street Kitchen

If you’ve spent any time in or around Place de la Riponne this summer, you would have noticed the influx of food trucks and stands there every Tuesday and Thursday. And if you’ve walked past Street Kitchen, a food stand started by Toni and Emma–a husband and wife duo, the first item on their menu would definitely had made you do a double-take…it’s called The Skinny Bitch and it’s freakin delicious. We had the pleasure of trying out a few items on their menu recently and couldn’t think more highly of their melange of different flavors and fresh ingredients.    We asked Emma, the co-founder and chef, a few questions about Street Kitchen and thought we’d share her answers with you: What inspired you to start Street Kitchen? I come from a family of entrepreneurs so starting my own business was always something I wanted to do. We felt there was

09 Sep 14

Where to Shop (Eat & Drink) in Lausanne: Ernest

Guillaume and his sister Virginie opened the doors to Ernest just a few weeks ago, but are creating a bit of a buzz already. What drew us in initially was the catchy logo–an older mustachioed gentleman, complete with a suit and tie, black and white–a simple statement. When we later found out the gentleman was Ernest, Guillaume and Virginie’s grandfather, the story is what made us stay. Ernest’s love for food and the creation of food is what created the concept for his namesake’s store, and now Guillaume and Virginie get to continue in this creative vein. At Ernest, you can find a range of local products; from beer, wine, cheese, and meat, to sirups, crackers, biscuits, and breads. One of their popular (and extremely eye-catching) items, however, tends to be their already-prepared meals packaged in gorgeous glass jars. Some are family recipes, others are well-known regional dishes–all made with

Where to Eat in Lausanne: The Great Escape

Bars come and bars go. But somehow the Great Escape is always a Lausanne favorite.

Where to hang out in Lausanne: La Grenette

Settled in a couch reminiscent of one that resides in our grandmother’s house, surrounded by multicolored sun umbrellas and flower gardens that welcome a friendly picker (at just 50 centimes per stem), it’s kind of hard to believe we are still in Lausanne. Seriously, when did it get this trendy? From those who brought us Zooburger, La Grenette is a small oasis in the midst of Riponne’s concrete plaza, which opened it’s proverbial doors earlier this summer. The furniture is thrifted, the idea fresh; mismatched tables and chairs add to the informally cute charm. The menu consists of creative cuisine (currently Korean bimbimbaps and jap-chaes are our faves), in-house Soulberry sirops, and various beer, wine, and cocktail choices. One of the best parts? La Grenette is literally a place for everyone. Looking around there are students with headphones studying their textbooks, friends chatting over apero, couples splitting a bimbimbap, and families

30 Jun 14

Summer Cocktail Series: Pimm’s Cucumber Spritz

Alright lazies, this one is for you! A crisp and fresh cocktail that is literally the easiest thing to make in the history of…ever?

20 Jun 14

Summer Cocktail Series: Rosé Pamplemousse

This delightfully refreshing spin on apéritif is starting to pop up in cafés across the City of Lights. How do we know? Because we discovered it with Parisian friends this Spring. It’s still rare to find a good one, but once you take your first sip, we’re sure you’ll believe us when we say that the Rosé Pamplemousse will soon take over the world. With any luck, we’ll begin to find it in Lausanne next summer – for now, you can whip it up at home! The playersGrapefruit siropRosé wine – cheap is best 😉A wedge of grapefruit (or two…)Ample ice cubes The play Pour 2 dl of rosé wine into a cocktail shaker Stir in the grapefruit sirop – add a little at a time to taste. There’s no precise recipe – every café owner we spoke to has their own proportions Add ice and give it a

13 Jun 14

Summer Cocktail Series: Strawberry Basil Lemonade (…for grown ups)

This heat has us hankering for a little refreshment, and several of the grocery stores have strawberries on sale right now making it the perfect time to whip up this little concoction! We love the natural sweetness of muddled strawberries paired with the fresh flavor of basil. Bring on summer! The Players 1.5 oz vodka 5 strawberries 5 fresh basil leaves 1 lemon honey club soda The Play Muddle strawberries and basil together – you’ll want to get them good and smashed to avoid having too many chunks in the drink Mix in the juice from the lemon and drizzle a bit of honey Add vodka Pour the mixture into cocktail shaker Give it a good shake, and then add a little club soda to make it sparkle Pour into an ice-filled glass and garnish with lemon round and a strawberry Cheers!

04 Jun 14

Summer Cocktail Series: The Moscow Mule

A perfect blend of spicy ginger beer, freshly squeezed lime, and sliced cucumber and mint makes this vodka-based drink dangerously delectable.

Where to eat and drink in Lausanne: La Couronne d’Or

Among Lausanne’s cafés cachés, this charming spot wears the gold crown. Tucked away behind the Place de la Riponne, La Couronne d’Or is the kind of secret you want to keep all to yourself. Lucky for you, we are going to let you in on it. You wouldn’t know it from the surrounding shopping centers and concrete parking garages, but the café on Rue des Deux-Marchés is steeped in history. In the 1800s, the street served as a liaison between the vegetable market at Riponne and the meat market at Tunnel. In 1895, a petite brasserie opened at number 13 and served as a no-frills pub for locals who couldn’t afford the neighboring Moudon. Throughout the first half of the 20th Century, it was a popular lunch joint and the kind of place where local workers stopped in for a pick-me-up. When the current owners rescued the spot from

Where to eat in Lausanne: Chez Xu

It’s not an exaggeration when we say that our thoughts are still consumed with last week’s dinner; visions of fried dumplings, crispy honey chicken, and Szechuan beef are dancing in our heads. In fact, as we write these words, we are salivating and wondering how soon would be too soon to pay them another visit. Mr and Mrs Xu moved here to Lausanne from China ten years ago, when they opened up the first and original Chez Xu in Place du Tunnel (the second location on Rue Petit-Chene is the newest of the two). Mrs Xu was a vegetable farmer and Mr Xu was in the restaurant business when they decided to make the move. And we are so glad they did. With pages and pages in their menu, it is really difficult to choose just one dish–which is why we recommend going with friends so you can share

Where to eat in Lausanne: Brasserie Lausanne-Moudon

The morning before my soirée at Brasserie Lausanne-Moudon, a local friend told me to start fasting, “You will eat heavy, and you will eat well.” Moudon is known for hearty French brasserie fare like tender beef medallions sautéed in foie gras and all-day roasted veal knuckle. It’s the cuisine of red wine lovers and carne connoisseurs, the kind of people who like their meat falling off the bone and don’t care if their vegetables are cut à la julienne. While equally chic as other trendy restaurants around town, we found Moudon’s down-to-earth vibe and delicious but not-so-delicate food to be a refreshing change. It’s no surprise that Moudon knows what its doing. Situated in the heart of the old city, in the Place du Tunnel, the brasserie has been around since 1896 and was an obligatory stop for travelers from the north of the canton. As the city has

Where to eat in Lausanne: Etoile Blanche

Known for its lively happy hour scene, this 1930’s British-inspired gastropub has become something of a Lausanne legend.

The Best Terraces of Lausanne: Café de l’Evêché

When to go: It might be hotter than Hades outside, but you’ve got a hankering for a cheese fondue. If you mention this to a friend or colleague, they will look at you like you have two heads, “A fondue? In summer?” We feel you, friend. On the hidden terrace of Café de l’Evêché, you’ll find a sympathetic crowd of cheese lovers ordering one of the café’s TEN fondue options. Although we’ve not yet tried it, the house fondue especially piqued our interest – it’s prepared with beer and armagnac. We’ll definitely be back to give that a try! Who to go with: This is a great spot to go with friends. The terrace is completely charming, but we’d stop short of describing it as romantic. What to wear: It’s up to you. This is not the sort of place where anyone is going to take notice !

The Best Terraces of Lausanne: La Folie Voltaire

When to go: Lazy weekend days. Bring a book and prepare to loiter in the sunshine. Who to go with: This is one of Lausanne’s family hotspots, so don’t hesitate to bring the little guys. A playground is just next to the dining area, so you can enjoy your adult conversation, knowing that your children are a short ear-shot away. But also, this is one of our favorite places to go alone. There is a sweet tranquillity that is hardly interrupted by the little voices nearby. What to wear: Nobody cares what you are wearing…just show up and enjoy life as it was meant to be…

The Best Terraces of Lausanne: The Beau-Rivage

Lausanne’s most prestigious address and privileged view offers the perfect spot to linger over drinks on a sunny day.

The Best Terraces of Lausanne: P’Tit Bar

Just under the shadows of our Notre Dame cathedral sits a cafe whose name is certainly no misnomer, P’Tit Bar. With just a few tables scattered comfortably on the sidewalk, it’s safe to say that this terrace has one of the best views in the city. When to go: Our favorite time is in the morning while vendors are still setting up their stands for the Saturday morning market. Grab a paper, a brioche, a coffee and enjoy people-watching as the city begins to come alive. Who to go with: Your partner, friend, or just solo. This is a place where you feel completely comfortable regardless of your company. What to wear: Anything goes. Though if you plan to head to the market after, leave the stilettos at home. What we order: We tend to go the pastry & coffee route–as you can see many fresh options in the

The best terraces of Lausanne: Les Grandes Roches

At Les Grandes Roches an unusual urban space has been reclaimed and under-bridge-drinking given a new cool.

A la Bossette

Don’t get us wrong, we enjoy a posh bar as much as the next girl. But let’s get real. Sometimes, the thing you want most of all is comfort food, good beer, relaxed ambiance and a crowd of fun-loving friends. For these moments, there is A la Bossette. A la Bossette Café is located on the fringe of La Cité on Lausanne’s Place du Nord. Serving for many years as a meeting place for leftists and idealists, this local haunt has a distinct personality and probably the most relaxed, unpretentious ambiance in the city. The warmth of the service is second to none and with over 40 beers from all over the world (and from right here in Lausanne) and an affordable menu that includes unique specialities such as fondue au fromage de chèvre, this Lausanne institution attracts a diverse and faithful clientèle.

Where to eat in Lausanne: Le Kiosque at St. François

Our hearts skipped a beat when we walked into Le Kiosque for the first time. What once served as a counter for buying bus tickets has been transformed into a charming little café, perfectly situated in the center of Lausanne’s busy St. François square. There’s something so enchanting about an old space finding its heart and soul and being appreciated again. This little gem of Lausanne past has even reclaimed its old clock, reinstalled after years in the history museum. Swoon! The menu is composed of a classic selection of café beverages as well as soups, sandwiches and salads (all of which are under 10 chf (!) ). Seats are available at about six tables situated along the curved banquette against the wall, so diners cozy up next to one another rather than sitting across a table. We’re looking forward to many coffee dates and light lunches together in

11 Sep 12

Where to eat in Lausanne: Mauro Traiteur

If you’ve been reading this blog at all in its short six-month existence, you already know what sweet tooth we have for Italy, Switzerland’s eccentric southern neighbor (see here, here and here for proof) AND for the hip, up-and-coming Rue Marterey district of Lausanne (home to Viva Frida, GeA Gelateria, and ZooBurger, among other fab.u.lous. Lausanne establishments like our new favorite spot for a workout, Pilates&Moi—more on that later this fall). This week’s review brings together these two loves. There are great spots for Italian dining in Lausanne that we will share progressively, but today we want to focus on the humble yet delectable foccacia bread sandwich. It’s a strange place to start, you might think. That’s only because you’ve never gotten takeout from Mauro. As a typical Italian traiteur, Mauro offers a variety of classical Italian dishes, perfectly suited for taking away and reheating at home. But what

Where to eat in Lausanne: La Folie Voltaire

Shrouded beneath an alley of chestnut trees and nestled within the verdant Mon Repos park, La Folie Voltaire epitomizes the fantasy of summertime.  Something spectacular is preserved in the privacy and protection of this little outdoor café; open only when the weather is nice and serving the freshest products from the city and its immediate surroundings, La Folie Voltaire seems to exist only as an ideal. Even the whimsy of childhood is accentuated; the outdoor playground, old-fashioned gelato stand and proximity of Mon Repos’ famous exotic birds, make this an oasis for young families looking for the harmony and wholesome esprit of a former time. However, don’t be put off if you do not have children. The open air and overall peaceful ambiance leave enough space for everyone.  You will find us here on many a Saturday morning, enjoying brunch, reading the paper and soaking up the summer. The season