We know, we know. You’ve seen the blog posts and newspaper articles, the tweets and (many) aerial Instagram photos (like the one below) of the food served at Lausanne’s new(ish) café Le Pointu. But there is a reason this place has been all over the media map as of late, and our blog would be amiss if we didn’t talk about the wonders of this new restaurant/café or the six friends who took it upon themselves to repurpose and redefine the iconic space (which has been there since 1875!).
Nicknamed the “Flat-Iron” building of Lausanne, Le Pointu rests on the corner of Rue Neuve overlooking Riponne right in the heart of our city. Its space is airy yet cozy, with a bohemian rough-luxe vibe–light pours into its generous windows, lending to its warm and inviting atmosphere. Our favorite detail, however, has to be the green ceiling. 😉
A project shared amongst friends–all graduates of EHL–the convivial mood also manifests in the design of the restaurant. When entering, your eye is drawn to the massive long communal table right in the center of the restaurant where strangers can sit and share a space while breaking bread together.
During the week, you can pop in as early as 7am to grab a bite and cup of coffee before work, or swing by on your lunch hour for their popular “tranches”, soups, or salads. Alternatively, Le Pointu transforms into a hot spot after work hours (and until the wee hours of the morning) for apéro with tartinades, a variety of local cheese offerings, and of course, local beer on tap.
On the weekends our dear friend and local blogger Sofia Clara runs a brunch inspired by her very own recipes, with two seatings each day (reservations a must and can be done online here). Generously portioned platters of eggs, bacon, pancakes, açai bowls, home-made granola, scones, smoothies, are all up for the taking. While each plate is appealing to the eye (she is a food & lifestyle blogger after all), the food is also appealing to your taste buds.
There is something familiar about each dish–the pancakes taste like the ones our mothers made growing up, the eggs-in-a-hole (which we called eggs-in-a-nest) are a nod to childhood with a more sophisticated presentation, the home-made granola is full of flavor but not overly sweetened, and the scones carry the subtle aroma and taste of citrus. There’s an attention to detail here that we appreciate, and a variety of flavors that have us dreaming of the next visit.
We are so excited about the dynamism in Lausanne as of late; our sleepy city is beginning to stretch its legs and wake up. As one can see from Le Pointu, with some creativity, a bit of entrepreneurial spirit, and a lot of hard work, Lausanne is growing and changing into a lively, zestful, ebullient city, all while maintaining its roots in its rich history.
Reserve brunch here.