The terrace at Les Alliés is one of Lausanne’s best kept summer secrets

Friends, it’s officially terrace season. Between now and September, the city will be transformed. The exteriors of otherwise sleepy restaurants will suddenly become crowded with sunglasses-clad, rosé-sipping clientele. And we will drink Aperol Spritz thrice weekly.!

Through the years, we’ve always told you about our favorite places to eat and drink en plein air, but now we want to let you in on a few secrets…

While you’re probably aware of hidden urban terraces in Lausanne like Jetée de la Companie or le Bourg Plage (now called Les Grandes Roches), you may not have realized that there are several lush, garden-like spots, also just out of view. Bookmark this page because when the canicule hits later this summer, this is exactly where you’ll want to be: taking refuge where it’s shady, verdant, and cool.


Les Alliés

The secret garden behind Les Alliés restaurant was introduced to us by a friend nearly seven years ago, and whenever we’re dreaming of simple, satisfying French fare, it’s always at the top of our list. The 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.

It’s a bit off the beaten path, making it a refreshing change of scene from downtown without needing to take the car outside of the city. It’s very easy to access with the bus #1.

Café de l’Evêché

Unless you were born and raised in Lausanne, there’s a very good chance that you’ve walked past Café de l’Evêché a hundred times and dismissed it as just another typical bistrot Vaudois. Indeed from the outside, it’s charming but seems predictable. But pass through the dining room and bar, and you’re in for a surprise.

Café de l’Evêché is famous for its diverse fondue options, and its loyal cheese-loving clientele are undeterred by the heat. Perhaps this is where our non-native stripes show, but we draw the line at melted cheese in 28°. We go back to Café de l’Evêché again and again for the cold roast beef and French fries – the best we’ve tasted!

Coté Jardin

We’ve been to the Lausanne Palace for everything from a simple apéro to an evening banquet, but it wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago when we were invited to try the Coté Jardin restaurant that we realized that Lausanne’s urban 5* hotel has a secret terrace of its own!

Elegant and upscale, this is definitely a wonderful place to spend a special occasion this summer. Protected by a wall of greenery, this terrace is a great place to retreat to if you want to forget for a while that you’re in the middle of the city. On Thursday and Friday nights, they fire up the grill for an unlimited BBQ dinner. Does anything say summer more than the smell of grilled meat, a glass of rosé, and a view on the lake?

So now we’ve shared our secrets with you – do you have any to share with us? Let us know about any of your favorite spots at Or better yet, tag us in any of your Instagram or Facebook photos!


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