The Lausanne Guide is a collective project shared with our team of contributors, each with a unique voice and perspective of our city. We all have 'day jobs' but volunteer our time and energy to keep this independent resource a vibrant and relevant guide for those who live in or just love Lausanne.

Meet the Contributors


Valentina moved to Lausanne in 2016 after a work experience in Wales and quickly fell in love with this city and its views. She’s a scientist at CHUV, involved in the development of new immunotherapies for cancer treatment. In her spare time, she hikes, goes for long walks in Lavaux, and being Italian will never say no to a glass of wine with friends.

Natalie M.

Natalie moved to Switzerland in 2011 for a 3-month work contract and never left. She is from the south of England, which is characterized by her love of drinking tea, queueing sensibly, and complaining about the weather. Natalie is a communications professional, energized by working in an international environment. She loves walking calmly in forests, cycling slowly around lakes, and is a big fan of the wine festivals in Lavaux.


Originating from Yorkshire, Nicola (Nix) landed in Lausanne in 2010 thinking it would be for a couple of years. After falling in love with Lavaux (and the rest of Switzerland), building a community of friends, and discovering the endless opportunities to get outside, she adopted Lausanne as her home. She works in HR for a humanitarian organisation and spends the rest of her time delighting in the adventures that life has to offer.


Clara is from California and grew up in Florence, Italy. After completing a BA and MA in the US, she returned to Europe. While living in Paris and managing private collections of contemporary art, she met a Frenchman and followed him to Switzerland. Wife of one (the aforementioned Frenchman) and mother of two, she has been happy to call Lausanne her home for over a decade, and never plans on leaving. Clara is a journalist and event coordinator for the home interiors magazine Espaces contemporains.

Natalie H.
With roots in two of America’s notoriously ‘bon vivant’ cities (New Orleans and Charleston, SC), Natalie comes by a love of food and wine naturally. She first moved to Switzerland 20 years ago, freshly hitched to her Lausannois husband. 10 years & a couple of little boys later, they repatriated to the States where they spent the following 9 years. It was there that she was first exposed to natural wine and began her sommelier studies. Relocating to the vinous slopes of Lausanne last summer, a major highlight of the return was the discovery of the evolving shift to a ‘vin vivant’ approach among local wine producers.


A long time inhabitant of Lausanne, Marc is originally from Finland and lived in several other European countries prior to finding this small paradise. Working mainly in the startup ecosystem, he also conducts in-person workshops in Lausanne. Curious about the hidden treasures of the Lemanic region, drawn to the mountains and a geek for history, he enjoys discovering the natural wonders that this area offers.


Arti grew up in various cities across India, spent a year in Berlin and finally landed up in Lausanne 13 years ago. Now married, a mum to a gorgeous boy, she’s seen Lausanne through the eyes of a single person, and now as a full-time working mum; and loves (sometimes exhaustingly so) every minute of it! A big fan of all the different swimming pools in Lausanne during the summer (hello working from home!), Arti loves cargo e-biking, train traveling and experimenting with different ways of juggling work and childcare & life in general.


Lama is originally from Lebanon but moved around a lot growing up. She arrived in Lausanne in 2018 with her three kids and husband. She used to be a teacher by profession before her son was born, which is when she picked up lettering and its joys. Lama is a multi-passionate creative and loves to letter on everything and anything she can get her hands on. You’ll see her work on Lausanne’s windows, murals, chalkboards, and more. When she isn’t holding a pen in her hand, or a cup of coffee, you will usually find her outdoors getting inspiration from nature and all its seasons