Monday, December 19, 2016

Happy Holidays!

Photo by Serge Mercier, taken at our Christmas Cocktail

Merry Christmas, Lausanne! We're signing off for several weeks so we can soak up the holiday season with our families + gather our thoughts and put some new plans in place for 2017. In case you miss us, here are a few highlights from the year...

We FINALLY tested (and loved) Eligo.

The Beau Rivage wowed us with their spa service.

We found a great hair salon for men.

The Blackbird Downtown Diner became one of our favorite places to drink coffee. 

Here are a few things NOT to do while in Italy...

The historic Royal Savoy hotel re-opened its gilded doors.

Le Charlot officially raised Lausanne's sandwich game.

Sofia Clara gave us tips for adding some personality to our home decor with local flea markets.

We danced through the streets of Lausanne with Ballerina Drew Jacoby.

Tanya had a baby!

...and then Sarah had a baby! #peerpressure

We discovered the Terrace in Lutry and wondered why we'd never found it before.

Le Pavillon brought delicious cocktails to Riponne.

We got into the Olympic spirit.

Chez Elle redefined cozy.

What's that gorgeous smell?! Aesop opened a boutique in Lausanne!

Romain C. taught us how to properly take our tea.

Le Pointu elevated the brunch scene in Lausanne.

And finally, The Lausanne Guide and Street Kitchen teamed up for a fabulous Christmas cocktail party!

We're looking forward to seeing you in 2017, Lausanne! Happiest of holidays to you and yours.

With love, Sarah and Tanya

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Giveaway: Blackbird

Congratulations to Emily Plank! You're our winner for two eyebrow sessions with Eleni. Send us an email at thelausanneguide@gmail.com for more details on how to claim your prize!


If you know us at all, you know that Blackbird is our go-to spot for so many reasons (the food! the coffee! the service! the space!), and for the past two years, Blackbird has been one of our most popular Christmas giveaways because you share our sentiment.



This year, our friends at Blackbird Coffee & Breakfast Club and Downtown Diner are at it again--offering you a 100CHF voucher valid at either of their locations. Did someone say pancakes for everyone?!

For a chance to win, leave a comment below telling us about your favorite breakfast tradition. We'll announce our winner tomorrow on our Facebook page!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas Giveaway: Eleni Eyebrows

Congratulations Hugo Bernabe for winning our giveaway from 1906 By Angéloz yesterday! Please contact us at thelausanneguide@gmail.com and we'll tell you how to claim your prize!

We can't believe it's been over two years since we first met Eleni--part of us wonders what we ever did before she worked her magic on our brows. Not only is she absolutely the best at what she does, but she is genuinely a wonderful person (try not to be her friend after an appointment).


Today, Eleni Eyebrows is offering you two complete eyebrow sessions, including consultation for first-time clients. Remember, this offer isn't just for women--Eleni is also a master of the masculine brow as well!

To win your brow shaping sessions, leave a comment below telling us about your must-have beauty or health product (remember guys, beauty product could be face-cream, deodorant, cologne or moisturizer!). Good luck!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christmas Giveaway: 1906 by Angéloz

vmartinevans you're our winner of the Design Cotton giftcard! Send us an email at thelausanneguide@gmail.com for details on how to claim your prize.


Today is all about that fashion lover on your gift list this year. 1906 by Angeloz is one of our favorite discoveries in 2016. This family-owned, Fribourg-based retail company offers international big brands, with the friendly service you’d expect from a local business. We love how they take their identity as a small business seriously, by hosting events in their boutiques and supporting local projects.

And since they’re really Swiss, 1906 by Angeloz can put together an outfit that is as warm and practical as it is stylish. It’s great to find looks that have our rugged-winter, cobblestone-hill climbing lifestyle in mind.

Today 1906 by Angeloz is offering a 100 CHF giftcard to one of you! To participate, leave a comment below telling us what article of clothing or accessory you wear most often in winter.

And because shopping to music is more fun, 1906 by Angeloz will be hosting DJs in store on Saturday, December 17, Wednesday, December 21 and Friday December 23.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas Giveaway: Design Cotton Baby Clothing

A big congratulations to Ilektra Apostolopoulou who won yesterday's giveaway for a bubble experience at the Beau Rivage hotel! Send us an email for details on how to claim your prize: thelausanneguide@gmail.com.


We are so excited to tell you about today’s giveaway and the wonderful brand behind it. Design Cotton is a Swiss online retailer specializing in beautiful pima cotton baby clothes, sourced, designed and sewn in Peru. Pima cotton is considered to be the highest quality cotton on the market and is exceedingly soft and durable. When our boys were born this year, we looked for pima cotton in Switzerland and never found it at a price we could afford, so we were over the moon when we came across Design Cotton.

The brand was built with entrepreneurship at its core. The owner, a Swiss woman living in Peru, works to support local entrepreneurship in Lima and while doing so, had the idea to start a business of her own.

Today Design Cotton is giving away a 100 CHF giftcard to one lucky winner! For your chance to win, leave a comment in the section below telling us about the darling baby or toddler in your life (remember, it could also be a niece/nephew, friend, neighbor, etc) that you would want to send some pima cotton this Christmas. 

Double your chances, by visiting and liking the Design Cotton Facebook page.

Seriously, how sweet is this design?!


Remy totally approves.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Giveaway: Bubble Experience for 2 at the Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel

We are so excited to kick off our Christmas Giveaway this week with a little bit of luxury ;) We know that sometimes the holidays can be stressful--and also take a hit on your wallet so you're less inclined to treat yourself. Well, fear not! We are giving away a Tea Time for Two (with champagne!) in the new winter Bubbles at the Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel.

Photo by Beau-Rivage Palace

Here's what the Beau-Rivage Palace has said about your gift:
Your relaxing break will be enhanced with teas, infusions, hot chocolates or coffees. As a treat you may like to enjoy an assortment of sandwiches and scones freshly made on our premises. The highlight: our sweet table with a large choice of cakes, Christmas logs, etc.

Every weekend from 2pm to 6pm, during school holidays every day. Valid until end of February.


For a chance to win, leave a comment below telling us about your favorite winter-time indulgence. We'll pick a winner tonight and announce tomorrow, along with our next giveaway! Good luck, and let the season of giving begin!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Bon Weekend

Photo by Gabriel

We made it to Friday! What are your plans this weekend? We must admit, we are just loving the Christmas markets this season--the live music, energy, oysters, and champagne! We may take another stroll one evening and take in the gorgeous lights, and then we are gearing up for a full week of giveaways next week--so stay tuned!


Did you know that the W Hotel in Verbier was named best ski hotel in the world?!

Looking for a different way to wrap holiday gifts this season? Check out these gift 'boxes'!

What kind of grocery store dad are you?

Speaking of grocery stores, did you see this new concept from Amazon?

Way to go EHL with your mannequin challenge!

Tend to forget about watering your plants? You need this self-watering pot.

What cute mittens!

Have you seen these self-stabilizing spoons and forks for the physically disabled? What a great invention!

Now this is a scented candle we would not light in our house.

A cool world map that reveals what each country is best at! (Who knew Nigeria has the best Scrabble players?!)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Café Mood


Beautiful Beau Séjour has a friendly new neighbor. Café Mood brings a no fuss, cozy culinary offer to the elegant opera district, with delicious dining options from breakfast to happy hour in a sun-washed, airy space.


Happy and inviting, the decor seems to effortlessly reflect the ethos that brought it into being. Anyone who’s experienced the charming service won’t be surprised to learn that behind the concept is a group of friends with a big idea and enough audacity to make it happen.


We love so much about this little café. The floor to ceiling windows, the bright colors and cheeky menu descriptions on the walls—launching a successful business is serious work, but the hosts at Café Mood know not to take themselves too seriously at the same time.  The food is delicious, but not too expensive (thank you, Café Mood!). And during non-peak hours, this might just be the best place to stop in with your laptop and get some work done.




Café Mood is a charmer and the secret is out. Lunchtime reservations are a must!

Rue Beau Séjour 15
021 544 88 75
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