Day Tripping – Lausanne
I spent an absolutely glorious day wandering the streets of Lausanne, getting lost and walking up what felt like a never-ending hill. Only a short train ride from Geneva, Lausanne has an entirely different feel, what first struck me was the noticeable absence of bulk bikes surrounding the train station (about 20 minutes into my walking tour, I figured out why).
Lausanne Travel Tip: Wear comfortable shoes, I felt as if I was walking up hill all day.
Here is a little list of some of my favourite finds in Lausanne and some day tripping suggestions.
Ouchy – Stunning uninterrupted views of the lake. Take a wander along Quai d’Ouchy and Quai de Belgique to the Parc Olympic. There is a Tourist information centre near the lake on Place de la Navigation.
Post hill climb coffee and treat at Tea Room du Théâtre. Cute and delicious! Then onwards (and upwards) towards the Jardin Botanique, vital lesson learnt, never sit under a birds nest, you’ll never win.
Entrepôts du Flon a fantastic example of a warehouse renovation. Previously home to industrial warehouses, Flon has been transformed into a modern and architecturally eclectic hub with a fabulously creative and modern feel.
Lunch Break!! I had to do some serious backtracking down hill to get to Tiff-in, but it was worth every single step! A fabulous little traiteur located on Avenue d’Ouchy filled with delicious home-made delights, including fresh made to order sandwiches. It is definitely worth the walk! Limited dine-in seating avaliable, but everything can be made to take-away. There is a sweet little park across the road filled with lunch time diners. Highly Recommended!
Sneaky “ginger” beer and afternoon planning session at Brasserie Artisanale du Château, a great bar serving a delicious selection of house made brews. Highly Recommended!! The beers are fantastic (the ginger beer was delicious), the staff are seriously lovely and the decor is what caught my eye… So should I relocate to Lausanne, I have found my local!
Post beer I headed up to the Château St-Maire and then to the Cathedral for amazing views over the city before heading off to wander the old town and a spot of shopping.
Rue Madeline located between Place de la Riponne and Place de la Louve, is home to some super cute shopping including the gorgeous shop “De la Suite dans les idées…“. A bright home-wares shop filled with vintage inspired treasures.
Whilst in the area, be sure to check out the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts in Palais de Rumine building on Place de la Riponne, keep an eye on the website for all the latest exhibitions. The Hôtel de Ville and Place de la Palud, home to the beautiful Fountain of Justice.
More details of where I went below… Some more photos from Lausanne.
Lunch at: TIFF-IN – Avenue D’Ouchy, 29
A beer at: Brasserie Artisanale du Château – Place du Tunnel, 1 (just off Avenue de l’Universite).
Ice-cream at: Blondel Chocolats on Rue St François (it was amazing!!)
Coffee and a sweet treat at: Tea Room du Théâtre – Avenue du Théâtre, 16
A little shopping spree at: De la Suite dans les idées… – Rue Madeline
And another little shopping spree at: L’Aubaine Antiquités – Rue du Simplon, 45 (behind the train station)