While La Cité is the likely first destination of any Lausanne day tripper, many residents grossly under appreciate its charms. In case the soaring cathedral and surrounding medieval architecture are not enough to draw you upward to this historic heart of Lausanne, then perhaps knowing some of its best addresses will! These places keep us coming back to La Cité again and again…

La Bossette
Don’t get us wrong, we enjoy a posh bar as much as the next girl. But let’s get real. Sometimes, the thing you want most of all is a good beer, a relaxed ambiance and a crowd of fun-loving best friends. For these moments, there is A la Bossette. Read our review…

Le Comptoir
Within weeks of its opening, Le Comptoir cocktail bar became one of the coolest places to hang out in all Lausanne; and within minutes of our walking through the door, it was decidedly our favorite place in town for a classy yet comfortable after work drink or weekend gathering with friends. Read our review…

Nano +
We love to be surprised. And to come across nano+, a brightly adorned contemporary gift boutique, while strolling the venerable old cobblestoned streets of La Cité was unexpected indeed. Read our review…

Caffè Bellini
Caffè Bellini, which opened its doors to Lausanne just a couple of months ago, has that antiquated Italian vibe mixed in with the rough-luxe decor found in many Manhattan lofts. Friends, you no longer need to cross the border to get mouth-watering and [my goodness] beautiful Italian food. Read our review…

L’Elephant Blanc
Intimate, smart and elegant are all words that come to mind when describing this almost hidden little bistrot perched atop Lausanne, in the shadows of the cathedral. L’Elephant blanc is a bit unassuming from the outside, but don’t make the mistake of walking past without peeking in. Read our review…

Sweet Dreams Cupcake Café
Situated in the quaint back streets of La Cité, just behind the Notre Dame Cathedral, Sweet Dreams Cupcake Café confectionary heaven is a must-see and must-try for all dessert enthusiasts. Read our review…

P’tit Bar
This little (or shall we say p’tit) gem can be found nestled in the shadow of our Notre Dame Cathedral and is one of our favorite spots all year round. In the summer, enjoy the p’tit terrasse; a cluster of colorful tables scattered on the sidewalk with a view of both the city and the cathedral. Read our review…

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