As you know, we love Lausanne. But if we had to confine ourselves to just one corner of the city, it would be this one – Rue Marterey. There seems to be something in the water around here that births creative, dynamic new ideas – entrepreneurship is alive and well on this steep stretch of Lausanne!

Rue Marterey is something of a celebration of all that is local AND international at once – business owners from as far as Argentina, Italy, England and Mexico join forces with locals to bring us some of the best that Lausanne has to offer.

Perhaps, it also offers a glimpse of where our city is heading in the coming years…

Long live Lausanne! Long live Rue Marterey!

L’Etoile Blanche, for the boisterous bunch
If you’ve been in Lausanne for more than two weeks, you have almost certainly heard of Etoile Blanche. This 1930s-themed bar and restaurant is famous for its hamburgers, great selection of beers, and lively after-work drinks scene. Read the full review…

GeA Gelateria, locally sourced, seasonally flavored
Not only is it equitable, as the sign boasts, but most of the ingredients (in fact, every possible ingredient) are from the area. Mounted proudly on their walls are photographs of the local farms and farmers who supply their fresh ingredients; Jean-Robert Henny from Mont-sur-Lausanne provides them with their cherries, strawberries, and apples. Read the full review…

Bleu Lezard, a Lausanne institution
No guide to Lausanne would be complete without mention of the Bleu Lezard. For two decades, this café-bistrot has been a dynamic fixture on the city’s restaurant scene. Read the full review…

Mauro, oh my foccacia
There are great spots for Italian dining in Lausanne that we will share progressively, but today we want to focus on the humble yet delectable foccacia bread sandwich. It’s a strange place to start, you might think. That’s only because you’ve never gotten takeout from Mauro. Read the full review…

Café St. Pierre, small plates, big style
With its distinctive retro-meets-industrial interior and an unconventional approach to dining, Café St. Pierre is a hipsters’ paradise with just enough edge to be cool without being cold.  We are convinced, in fact, that this trendy café has the friendliest staff and most vibrant ambiance in the city. Read the full review…

ZooBurger, best burger in town
One of the rarest occasions in Europe might be not only stumbling across a burger joint, but a burger joint that does burgers well. Introducing Zooburger. Established in July 2010, Zooburger has flourished into a Lausanne hot spot for its casual feel, quality  beer, and its flavorful yet simple menu composed of local ingredients. Read the full review…

Viva Frida, vintage re-mastered
Frida Kahlo was known for merging the indigenous with the modern, providing a strong and unique sense of femininity to the art world. Nestled on the corner of Rue St-Beuve and Marterey, Barbara Waldesbühl, owner, creator, and designer of Viva Frida! boutique has managed to do the same with her clothing. Read the full review…

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