Monday, April 27, 2015

April 27 - May 3, 2015

Happy Monday, Friends! The week is off to a pretty wet start, but did anyone else enjoy the thunder and lightening as much as we did yesterday?!

Last week we announced our new event calendar (on the right-hand side of the navigation bar), and the month of May is filling up with some great activities that we are looking forward to checking out ourselves and hope you'll join. This week is still a little quiet, but we wanted to highlight two interesting events nonetheless...

  1. Geneva-based wine subscription startup and one of our dear sponsors, WiineMe, is hosting a Wine Lovers' apéro at the P'tit Central
  2. Interested in helping restore an old abandoned kiosk in Lausanne and seeing it transformed into a café? Join the fundraiser apéro at the Montriond just outside the Parc de Milan.
  3. For a creative outlet next weekend, head over to the Saladerie ium for a gift wrapping workshop
If you are hosting any other great events taking place in town, please head over to the event calendar and submit the information. We'll review and publish in the shortest possible delay.

Have a great week!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Bon Weekend

Hey! What are your plans for the weekend? One of us is headed off to Amsterdam to celebrate King's Day with family, while the other hosts family right here in Lausanne. We've been busy here at The Lausanne Guide creating new giveaways, dreaming up new series, and collaborating with insanely awesome businesses right here in Lausanne! We hope you're as excited as we are as we dive into the bustling seasons of spring and summer, and we look forward to meeting you along the way. In the meantime, here's some love from around the web:

Europe's best streets according to the NYTimes.

On the wish list.

Made us laugh. Out loud.

Simple rules for healthy eating. Number 7 is a favorite.

Wait a second, Waka Flocka Flame is running for president of the United States? Like, seriously?

Any Full House sitcom fans out there? Then you'll be happy about this news.

This will be hanging in our future kitchen, and these will be our kitchen day.

The Emoji Translation Project. Don't know if the English language 'purist' within us could support this...but it's fun, nonetheless!

This French toy brand has always been a favorite, and now we're thinking this would make a good 2-year birthday present.

After visiting Blackbird Social Club last week, and having an out-of-this-world camembert, chicken, & avocado toastie, we thought about trying to make our own. But we'll probably just let the experts at Blackbird make them for us.


In case you missed it, we've gone to this Lausanne restaurant THREE TIMES in the past week. Yes, it's that good.

Introducing the Apple Pocketwatch.

If you're in the mood to celebrate spring, the Morges Tulip Festival is in FULL BLOOM!

Speaking of celebration, join these fine people on Saturday and cheer on the 20K runners!

For the next baby, or a friend's.

And finally, don't forget to check out our Event Calendar for all the happenings in and around Lausanne!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ristorante Amici

We once read in an article that people love recounting incredible dining experiences because it releases extra doses of dopamine (the "pleasure" chemical) not only in the person telling the story, but also in the person hearing it. Food is that powerful--and when you combine great food with authentic atmosphere and exceptional service, the dining experience becomes something you want to share with everyone. So we'd like to say: "you're welcome" for the extra doses of dopamine you're about to receive. 

Ristorante Amici has been open for a mere six months and it is already completely booked every night of the week. We look around at the lunch-time rush and people are sitting elbow-to-elbow, speaking animatedly over their antipasti and prosecco. The crowd is a lively mix of corporate workers, friends, lovers, and even a couple next to us who came all the way from Geneva just to eat here for lunch. Francesco, the owner and creator of Ristorante Amici, greets you at the door as if you're his long-lost high school sweetheart, and all of a sudden, you don't feel like you're in Lausanne anymore.

The food, the people, the feel, it all comes from Calabria--the deep south of Italy, just across from Sicily where food is a really big deal. The flavors are distinct and many of the dishes incorporate seafood. We tried the Duo di Carpaccio Brancino e Salmone marinated in herbs as well as the Insalata di Polpo e Seppie Aromatizzati al limone e menta. Both dishes were fresh, with every ingredient carefully chosen to bring together a perfect bouquet of flavors in each bite. 

We were obviously big fans (as you can see from our clean plates!).

For our main courses, we tried the plat du jour which from our previous experiences is always a deliciously safe option (if you're going on a date with someone who is willing to share, always get the suggestion du chef/plat du jour!). It was perfectly al dente linguini in a red sauce with black olives and fresh tuna--we added a pinch of the spicy red pepper from Calabria and it was heaven in our mouths. We also had the Casoncelli al burro, salvia e pancetta affumicata which were ravioli-type pasta packed with beef cooked in a red wine sauce, as well as pears and raisins, served in a butter sauce with fried sage and smoked bacon (are you salivating yet?!).

Domenico, Francesco, and Antonella. Francesco has employed waitstaff from his original hometown, some of whom he has known since childhood.

 And of course, you have to have dessert. Francesco brought out a little sample ("with zero calories!" he joked) of their infamous tiramisu as well as their cannoli which is very specific to their region. At this point, calories were a non-issue and we enjoyed every last bite.

We capped off the lunch with a little bit of grappa--the perfect digestif after a long and rich meal.

 The dining area seats 38 people max, which creates a cozy and intimate atmosphere while increasing the lively nature of the crowd. A perfect combination for a dining experience!

At Ristorante Amici, it's the authentic familiarity rooted in strong origins that sets them apart from the rest. It's a restaurant where you'll feel like a regular, even if it's your first time and it's not just a meal, but a trip to the south of Italy where Francesco and his team will bring you face to face with real Italian hospitality (and several ways to increase that dopamine!).

 Francesco, who studied hospitality back in Italy, poses outside of his restaurant, whose name pays homage to the previous restaurant, Café des Amis. 

Ristorante Amici
Monday-Friday 10am-14h45 and 18h-midnight
Saturday 17h30-midnight
Reservations (strongly recommended at least a week in advance): 021 311 54 58

Monday, April 20, 2015

What's on in Lausanne? LG event calendar

Pillow Fight 2014, Lausanne. Photo Gabriel Garcia Marengo.

When we first moved to Lausanne, we wanted nothing more than to know where the action was. Where were the coolest restaurants? Where could we meet our future friends? How could we connect with our city? Of course, if the answer to any of these questions had been easy, we never would have launched The Lausanne Guide; but even after these three years of searching for the best and writing about it on this site, we felt that something was missing...

Sometimes you just want to figure out what's going on in town...tonight. We don't want to have to search all the official sites or walk around looking at posters in the streets for ideas. We want an event calendar with all of our options, be it an official music festival or a boutique's open house evening.

Of course, curating a calendar like this is a full time job for three people. So, we decided to attack it from a different angle - an open event calendar, hosted on our site, and managed loosely by us. What this means is that anyone can add their event (even you!). We will of course keep an eye on things to make sure the content is relevant, but the idea is to have an open space for the community.

On our end, we will make sure that great events added to the calendar get a publicity boost on the blog. We hope to see a bunch of you guys at some of Lausanne's awesome events!

Check out the calendar by clicking on the tab "Event Calendar" in the navigation or simply on this link.

So what's on this week?!

If you're planning a great event, feel free to submit it to the calendar - or if you have any questions, reach out to us directly at

Terraces of Lausanne

The Beau Rivage

We mostly find ourselves here for after work drinks, but it would be hard to go wrong any time of day. Wait for blue skies and sunny hours and prepare to be swept away on a vacation in your own city. 

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Café de l'Evêché

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. 

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The Great Escape

There might not be a more amicable place in all the city. For many, stepping into The Great Escape is a nostalgic experience, conjuring memories of collegiate days and eternal summers.

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Caffè Bellini

Caffè Bellini is a great girls/guys-night-out (especially with Le Comptoir cocktail bar just next door), but the inventive deco and food also makes this a great place for flirting with someone you think is completely dreamy, aka Date Night.

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Le Barbare

Le Barbare is a regular fixture on our "Welcome to Lausanne" tour for out-of-town guests, especially for its heart-stopping hot chocolate and authentic medieval ambiance. But in summer time, this hole-in-the-wall opens up onto a charming terrace and takes full advantage of its location among the oldest buildings in the city.

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La Folie Voltaire

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.

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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.

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Le Bourg Plage

You might assume that drinking under a bridge should be saved as a last resort in life. But at Le Bourg Plage an unusual urban space has been reclaimed and under-bridge-drinking given a new cool.

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La Grenette

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 in the summer of 2014. The furniture is thrifted, the idea fresh; mismatched tables and chairs add to the informally cute charm.

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Les Arches

Ripped jeans, body piercings, tube tops, and killer tattoos litter this bar under a bridge. Owned by the D! Club, this spot is prime time for people watching, catching a few sun rays, and drinking Lausanne's best margarita.

Review coming soon!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Bon Weekend!

Happy weekend Lausanne! Firstly, congratulations to Sandrine and Brennan for winning tickets to Blue Butterfly! We'll contact you with how to claim your tickets!

What are you doing this weekend? We have family in town so will probably hit up some our favorite spots in the city (and try to avoid the rain on Saturday). We've got some exciting things on our radar in Lausanne that we can't wait to share with you, but in the meantime, here are a few fun things from around the web:

The high school math problem that stumped the internet.

This party is going to be the biggest we've ever seen in Lausanne.

For all you feline fanatics out there.

Amy Schumer keeping it real.

Can't. Stop. Watching.

These temporary tattoos make us want real ones.

Hilarious "gluten-free" art.

This spring-cleaning detox salad.

In case you missed it, Montreux Jazz isn't joking around this year. Check out the lineup.

We always drool over her stuff, and now she has created this beauty.

This is better than Apple's Photo Booth.

Nike's new #BetterForIt ads are nailing it.

What an adorable way to wrap a tiny gift.

We've been eyeing fitness bands for awhile, any preference between this one and this one?

Australians are asked to label the UK and it's so bad funny.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Blue Butterfly

It wasn't long ago that we were invited to preview the captivating first act of Blue Butterfly; a full length play production fusing together science and creative production in order to bring forth cogent questions of the mind and belief and scientific process amongst a chaotic and dysfunctional world.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Le Non-Stop in Lutry

It was kind of a bizarre circumstance, where in the span of one week four different people asked us if we had been to Le Non-Stop. After that, we couldn't resist...we had to find out what the buzz was about. So we hopped in the car one rainy Sunday afternoon and came face-to-face with a little Americana right here on Lake Geneva.
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