Cozy up in a Cafe. There’s nothing like hearing the pitter-patter of rain drops while nestled indoors sipping on a hot drink.

Here are our top picks for ‘cozy cafes’ in Lausanne:

Bar Tabac–Sometimes we forget we’re in Lausanne and not Paris when sitting in this gem. Grab a corner spot next to the windows and enjoy their fresh mint tea, and once afternoon hits switch to their impressive selection of beer. Read our full review here.

Cafe de l’Hotel de Ville–Located right in the heart of Place de la Palud, this kitschy and unpretentious cafe is the definition of cozy. And if you’re hungry, its menu boasts fresh salads and comforting soups and pizzas. Just check the hours, as they are sometimes irregular.

Le Barbare–Chocophiles rejoice! This is the real deal people. The kind of hot chocolate that is not for the faint of heart, and requires a spoon. Enough said. Although it’s one of our favorite terraces in the summer, the restaurant itself is reminiscent of a mountain chalet–wooden, warm, and perfect for winter. Read our review here.

Cafe de Grancy–Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, apéro, coffee…anything goes here. Grab a seat on the comfy sofas, bring a book, or borrow a board game and settle in for the afternoon. Read more about one of Lausanne’s favorite cafes here.

Couronne D’Or–It’s hidden. And we kinda love that about it. A perfect spot for an afternoon beer and nibbles…just don’t tell anyone else about it, ok?

Cafe des Avenues–We’re regulars here for a reason. Wonder why? Here ya go.


Get Cultured. Lausanne may be small, but we host an impressive lineup of museums with notable exhibitions. And remember, most museums are free the first Saturday of every month.

Our current faves:

MUDAC–We recently visited and sat in a room where a hundred plastic bags were installed in the wall, pulsating with air as if it was a large organism breathing. Intrigued? Yeah, we thought so.

Musée de l’Elysée— It’s tiny, but my goodness does this photography museum get some of the best collections. Some of our favorites have been the controversial photographer Sally Mann, as well as perusing Howard Greenberg’s collection.

How do you like to spend your rainy days? Got any suggestions for us?


Photo by Gabe Rodriguez


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