It’s a fairly quiet week in Lausanne (unless you’re a parent, of course – yay, school holidays! ;)), but we’ve gathered up the best of what’s going on in town – highlights include lots of live music and new art exhibits to visit. Have a good one, friends! This week: The Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts opened up the doors on its first temporary exhibit in its new (gorgeous) space at Plateforme 10. Make note because you only have until May 24 to check it out. The Art Museum in Pully takes a trip to festive Paris with its current exhibit. Learn how to fix your bike Live jazz (free entry) at La Datcha on Thursday Special 12 chf cocktails at the Lausanne Cocktail Club. Brush up on a second, third, or fourth language (for the over achievers among us ;)) at this language exchange. Could you tell your
On Friday, one of the biggest strikes in Switzerland will take place, in efforts to highlight the massive inequalities that still exist between men and women. The Grève des Femmes, or Women’s Strike, is calling on anyone and everyone who believes there is still a long way to go in terms of equality to come and participate–there are events happening all day on June 14, but the manifestation begins at 18h at Saint Francois, with a quick stop at the gare to join forces with participants from THE ENTIRE CANTON OF VAUD. After the march, at 20h at L’Arsenic Bar, there will be dancing, food trucks, and celebration as we hope for a just and empowered future for all. This is going to be huge. So if you want to be a part of history, grab face paint, a sign, and join us as we stand in solidarity for
Perhaps the fickle (and deceptively cold) weather has gotten you down, but have no fear: there are plenty of fun events this week, as well as some sunshine in the forecast for all of us to enjoy. Have a wonderful week and maybe we’ll see you at a few of these! Tuesday One of our favorite local sandal brands, ShoppingTherapy, is extending their PopUp until the end of this month. Go check out the beautiful leather sandals and get those feet ready for summer. Local food blogger from A Hungry Blonde is taking over the kitchen at Gab’s Lab restaurant and sharing some of her favorite wholesome and healthy recipes. Wednesday Join the OCL and soprano Laurene Paterno at the BCV Concert Hall for a free concert, as Laurene performs her 2nd recital to obtain her masters. Perhaps you enjoyed the climbs of the 20km of Lausanne so much,
Monday It’s rosé season! Head to Les Arches for a rosé tasting this afternoon and evening. Tuesday Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? This workshop wants to help you find out. Wednesday This workshop for kids at the mudac allows them to experience all sorts of different scents that are used to create parfums. Thursday Stroll through St. François and Rue du Bourg this Thursday evening and taste different sparkling wines from the Canton de Vaud. An art history lecture and museum visit at the Hermitage museum. Baby reading hour at the library. Friday Get fancy for a good cause, and dance to some great music at the Royal Savoy. Classier than dinner and movie – dinner and a museum visit ;). Les puces du design puts 20th century furniture design on display. Saturday Imagine a bar crawl – for chocolate. We’ve got your attention?
Happy April friends! Even though the temperatures are supposed to dip again this week, the flowers are blooming, the birds chirping, and we can’t help but feel summer is around the corner. A few events to especially highlight this week: The Fourchette Festival continues on this week, offering huge discounts at participating restaurants in and around Lausanne. Also Cully Jazz begins this Friday, and the public gets a chance to check out Plateforme 10 in an exclusive event this weekend! Read on for more fun events this week: Monday Viva Frida, a darling fashion boutique right here in the heart of Lausanne, is having a “déstockage” at Spot2B all this week! You won’t find deals like this for quite some time, so make your way there and check out all of the gorgeous pieces (but leave some for us!). La Galicienne is opening again for the season–which means winter
And the sunshine continues! Lots of fun events to help continue to celebrate the arrival of spring…isn’t Lausanne just lovely this time of year? Here’s what’s going on this week in and around Lausanne: Monday The La Fourchette restaurant festival kicks off today until the 21st of April–giving us great deals (up to 50% off) on a huge variety of restaurants right here in Lausanne. Check out the whole list of participating restaurants here. Take a trip to Greece without the plane ticket–join the Lausanne Palace tonight for a “voyage culinaire sous le soleil de la Grèce”! Tuesday The History of Love, told in the dance style of tango. Wednesday House, Jazz, Funk, Downtempo, Ambient…get all the sounds at Pavillon this Wednesday night. Thursday Every last Thursday of the month, Musée Elysée is open until 20h, and this Thursday they’re giving a “carte blanche” to the Ecole de jazz
Doesn’t it feel like an eternity ago when we were parading around town, faces kissed by the early spring sun? We knew it wasn’t going to last, but goodness, going on week 2 of rain and grey has us dreaming up more exotic vacation destinations for the future holidays. Alas, we know the sun will come out tomorrow (metaphorically speaking, perhaps), so let’s grab our umbrellas and find some fun events that will keep our spirits up this week! Good thing Lausanne has quite a few offerings too: Tuesday Quizz Night at Giraf Bar. Wednesday Have fondue in the charming Montriond space. A vernissage at A La Bossette in collaboration with artist Gaëlle Vejlupek. Le Petit Théâtre begins their newest show (for 6 and up) called Galimatias! Thursday In the market for old vinyls? Then you have to check out La Datcha’s vinyl market this Thursday. Like running but
Monday Interested in trail running but don’t know where to start? Head to this introductory meetup at Lac de Sauvebelin. Looking for a way to support people in our community? The CHUV is hosting an info session for anyone who would like to work with its patients as volunteers. Tuesday FoodPreneurs Meetup here in Lausanne, hosted by FoodHack and Le LAB. The Sinfonietta of Lausanne is playing at Casino de Montbenon. Live jazz at L’Etoile Blanche! Wednesday Revive that New Year’s Resolution to improve your French at this apéro event. Take your little theatre goers to see Baby Macbeth (umm, adorable) at Petit Theatre. Thursday Take your little theatre goers to see Baby Macbeth (umm, adorable) at Petit Theatre. The Rencontre 7e Art film festival is on in town – check out the agenda for films and lectures. Friday The Art Brut Museum is opening their doors and holding
The highways were busier than normal this past weekend, as everyone is headed up to the mountains for the week long school holiday. Are you one of them? We are staying put because 1) we aren’t organized enough to plan ahead and 2) we’re tired and everyone knows that the word “holiday” with kids is a misnomer 😉 If you’re like us and staying local this week, don’t fret–Lausanne has some pretty cool events to make everyone else have FOMO…kind of. Ok fine, skiing would be pretty amazing this week too. Have a great week, wherever you are! Tuesday The Lausanne Lions will go up against HC Ambri-Piotta at 19h45. Wednesday It’s a Soirée Slam at Bleu Lézard–so bring your creative and competitive energy. Thursday The last of the Happy BAO’hours happens this Thursday starting at 17h30. There’s a new wine and tapas bar called Bodega that will be holding
We really don’t want to jinx it, but this entire weekend we couldn’t help but wonder if winter has bid us an early adieu. We know this weather is most likely a little spring tease, and we’ll most likely be under a blanket of snow in a few weeks…but wow, what a delightful tease it is. The sunshine continues for the foreseeable future, so let’s profit while we can! Enjoy the sunny week, and look out for the ‘supermoon’ on Tuesday–it seems that our children are already feeling the effects #circus. FYI: The Musée de la Main is collaborating with the mudac as they interpret the same theme of scent in very different ways. Check out their ‘parallel’ exhibitions, Quel Flair! Odeurs et Sentiments (MdlM–and on until 23 Feb, so hurry!) and Nez à nez: Contemporary Perfumers (mudac–on until 16 June). Tuesday Vernissage: Check out the new exhibit at Musée
Photograph by Gabriel Garcia Marengo What are you up to this week? The sentiment this week seems divided between those who are adamant about celebrating Valentine’s Day and those who are vehemently against it. And us? We find ourselves apathetically in the middle (meh). One thing we CAN get behind is having a day to unapologetically eat chocolate and buy flowers…but why can’t that be everyday? 😉 Whether you’re a V-day fan or not, there are plenty of fun events to keep us all dancing, drinking, drawing, and witnessing beauty in different forms this week. Have a good one, friends! Monday Get your abdominal muscles ready, because Bleu Lezard is hosting an “Expat Comedy Night” and there are sure to be some laughs. Tuesday 80s music at Lapin Vert every Tuesday. Jazz night at Etoile Blanche. If you’re a fan of James Blunt and/or Olympic/World champion figure skaters, then
There’s something quite romantic about Lausanne underneath a blanket of snow. The white dusting on the tiled rooftops, the cobble-stoned pathways bordered with powder; it’s as if seeing the city with new eyes. While the winter months may seem to drag on, we’ve begun to learn how to pause and appreciate this place, even on those grey days. And it’s much easier to appreciate Lausanne when it showcases such a variety of events each week! Here’s what’s going down this week in and around Lausanne this week: Tuesday It’s actually for the NEXT Tuesday, but we’d like to bring attention to an event and organization that we find inspiring and necessary for this day and age: Girls in Tech. They are a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. Can we get an amen?! And next Tuesday they’re hosting
It’s that time of the year again–The World Snow Festival begins this week in Grindelwald. We’ve never made the trek, but we hear it’s absolutely phenomenal. Have you been? If you prefer to stay local this week (or have to, because, ya know, jobs), don’t fret! There are so many activities and events this week that are sure to keep us all busy, happy, well-fed, and maybe a bit buzzed 😉 Have a great week, friends! Monday The World Snow Festival begins in Grindelwald. Tuesday It’s apparently sold out, but we’ve gotta give a shout out to our friends at FoodHack who are hosting THE Emma from Street Kitchen and the dynamic duo Steeve and Davide from Ça Passe Crème on Tuesday night at the FoodPreneurs Meetup (major FOMO happening over here). They host these meetups regularly and feature dynamic entrepreneurs from the local food industry–so make sure to
Hey friends! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are feeling refreshed and excited about the new year ahead. We did find re-entry from holiday mode a bit tough this year, but we are really happy to be back online with you all. The forecast this week calls for all things cozy and cultural–which luckily Lausanne has in store for us! Check out the events this week, and do let us know if there’s anything we should add to the list. Have a good one! Live music on Monday night at L’Atelier. Jazz nights at Etoile Blanche on Tuesday. Kids 8 years and up can enjoy the performance L’esprit de l’érable rouge by the Lausanne Orchestra this Wednesday at 17h. The European Outdoor Film Tour begins this Thursday at the Casino de Montbenon. Get your tickets here. A flea market this Thursday at the CPO. A free
Wow. What a year it has been! We always start the new year with anticipation, but we would never have expected this past year in Lausanne to be as exciting as it was. There were new bars, new brunch spots, old restaurants turned new, and new endeavors from old friends. Food festivals and music festivals, and by far the best Christmas market to date. We partied with you, tacos and margaritas in-hand for Cinco de Mayo, and we got to share our ideas about authenticity at a little gathering called Creative Mornings. There are so many other wonderful memories from this year–the list can go on and on– but it’s YOU, our readers, who keep us excited about coming back online year after year. It’s not just a digital space for us–it’s a community. We love the idea that we are still discovering Lausanne together, so from our TLG family
Joyeux Noël! Frohe Weihnachten! Buon Natale! Merry Christmas, friends! Santa has a lot on his plate in December, but at The Lausanne Guide, we’ve also been working on some holiday surprises and storing them up our sleeve. We are so grateful for you, our loyal readers, and Christmas is our chance to show you how much we love you by sharing some of our favorite products and services through our Christmas giveaways. We’ve been at it since 2012, so The Lausanne Guide Christmas giveaways have become something of a holiday tradition around here. They’re not exactly on par with carols, red bows, or eggnog. But sort of. 😉 This year we’re paying homage to our beloved adopted country by giving away Swiss or Swiss-based products and services that are especially close to our hearts. As you’ve probably gathered from our use of English and our preference for ‘z’ over
CALLING ALL FLAVOR ADDICTS! It’s time to spice up apéro–and we’ve just the occasion. Scroll down for details! We’ve now been living in Switzerland for nearly a decade (what?!) and while we have come to love so many traditions of our adopted alpine country, there are always a few traditions that we miss about being back in the States. Cinco de Mayo is definitely one of them. With roots in California and Texas, Mexican food and culture was such an important part of our childhood and has now become a necessity in our adulthood. And while Cinco de Mayo has perhaps become a westerner’s excuse to eat delicious tacos and drink margaritas, we say—do we even need an excuse? It’s tacos and margs!We have had so.much.fun celebrating other traditions with you in the past (our Thanksgiving dinner will always go down as a favorite, and our Christmas Cocktails was
There’s often a great divide when it comes to the subject of fur. There are those who love it for it’s luxurious feel and added warmth, while others are opposed to it because of the obvious ethical reasons. While we absolutely love the look and feel of real fur, we have always been part of the latter group–until we heard about Tallis. Tallis is a Swiss based luxury fur brand with a contemporary look and feel. While many other fur shops and brands seem stuffy and outdated, Tallis maintains the fine balance between current and classic. But the most important aspect of Tallis for us, is that ethical sourcing is at the core of all they do. So what is ethically sourced fur? Is that even a thing? Tallis works alongside the food industry to use animal furs that would otherwise be destroyed. You know that tasty rabbit you
This Freitag backpack. Because we spend every day together, come rain or shine. This colorful iPhone case. Because #summertime. This summery dress for the little, because it is under 10 euros and receives alllll the compliments. These handmade Greek leather sandals from Shopping Therapy, because they’re comfortable & feminine (and go with just about everything). This podcast…because it combines ingenuity with idealism and makes us believe our dreams could actually come true.
Not sure if you saw, but The Telegraph published an article about Lausanne being the most underrated city break and it got our wheels turning; if we had just one weekend in Lausanne, what would we do/see/eat/enjoy? This is actually a question we get quite a lot, so we decided to take a stab at it. Here we go! Saturday morning: Pancakes, Detox Juice, and a Flat White at Blackbird Downtown Diner Tanya’s pick: Head over to Blackbird Downtown Diner for pancakes or a breakfast burrito and a flat white made with their in-house roasted coffee. The service is friendly, there’s room for kids and strollers, and the no reservation policy is great for procrastinators. Sarah’s pick: Grab a cup of Jasmine tea to go at Tekoe then head up to Place de la Riponne for a croissant or brioche au sucre from one of the vendors, weaving through the lively outdoor market as
A Visit to Giovanni – Beau-Rivage Palace Cinq Mondes Spa
Sometimes you just need a change. On Sunday, we headed over to the salon at the Beau-Rivage Palace Cinq Mondes Spa for a little R&R and some time with their new hair stylist Giovanni. I was on the fence about what to do with my tired old locks and asked for some advice – should I just cut them off? Considering the options with the pixie-headed celebrities on my Pinterest board. Because a hair cut can turn me into Lily Collins, right? And then the die was cast…Chop…Chop… Chop… There you have it: Short and fresh, just in time for the warmer days ahead. A huge thank you to Giovanni for the relaxing afternoon and fun new look! Lausanne Expert Tip: If your schedule doesn’t allow for mid-day hair appointments during the week, it can be difficult to get appointments with the best stylists in town as Saturday slots are
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