The Beau Rivage Palace Hotel

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. Read more


The Hotel Royal Savoy SkyLounge

Ever since we first heard from friends at the Royal Savoy that they wanted to turn the roof top of one of Lausanne’s most venerable old hotels into a modern, sleek bar in the sky, we’ve been anticipating  this day.  Read more


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 make this a great place for flirting with someone you think is completely dreamy, aka Date Night. Read more


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.  Read more


Café des Artisans

Snag a seat on this urban terrace in the midst of Lausanne center. Drink local brews and eat tasty dishes all while watching the city go by. Read more


The Montreux CGN Boat

A view on the Lake and mountains is perhaps the most sought after quality for any great terrace, but what about cutting out the distance and enjoying the scenery FROM  the Lake. The Beau Rivage Palace hotel serves an indulgent dinner buffet from aboard the Montreux CGN boat. We’ve never tried it ourselves, but this is definitely on our summer dinner bucket list! Read more


Blackbird Downtown Diner

Right in the heart of Lausanne, with a view of the Palace and the energy of the Flon, is Blackbird. Known for their incredible breakfast, superfood salads and burgers, it’s a great place to start the morning or grab an apero or dinner with friends. Read more


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.Read more


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.Read more


Les Grandes Roches

You might assume that drinking under a bridge should be saved as a last resort in life. But at Les Grandes Roches an unusual urban space has been reclaimed and under-bridge-drinking given a new cool.Read more


Jetée de La Compagnie

In a city as small as Lausanne, it’s easy to make the mistake of believing that everything has already been seen and that all the good ideas have already been had. But for all the tracks that we’ve made across this town in the last six years, we never ventured beyond the Bellerive parking lot to visit the waterfront behind the CGN docks. Fortunately, a new little buvette has reclaimed this forgotten space and reminded us that creativity lurks in the most unlikely of places…Read more


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. Read more


The Lacustre

Watch boats pass, feel the breeze off the lake, gaze as the sunlight changes on the mountains, and eat and drink incredibly well. We’ve spent many brunches, lunches, and even laaaaate evenings at The Lacustre and we still keep coming back for more. It remains one of our favorite terraces in Lausanne for it’s laid back vibe and quality food (plus it doesn’t break the bank).


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 a killer frozen margarita. Read more


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. Read more


Brasserie de Montbenon

Your first steps into the Brasserie de Montbenon will be extraordinary. Your gaze will be drawn upward, and as if by instinct, you will gasp and briefly hold your breath. It’s just that beautiful. Read more


Les Alliés

Whenever we’re dreaming of simple, satisfying French fare, Les Allies always at the top of our list. This restaurant is great year round, but it really comes into its own in summer when the days are long and the garden around the terrace is in bloom.


  1. Hope you will add more to your already-nice list. I think about Restaurant du Théâtre, Brasserie de Montbenon, Watergate

  2. Thankfully you don’t mention the best one, Le Montriond, I want it to remain my secret spot… Don’t go there! 😉

    • Haha–well we must say we haven’t been since the first week they were open (years ago)! We definitely need to go back and see what all the buzz is about 😉

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