Restaurants + Cafés

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

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

Hidden away but always bustling, this Lausanne institution is a charming treasure for any moment of the day.

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: 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

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

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

Restaurants + Cafés