10 Things to eat in Lausanne and where

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Lausanne is one of the most important cities in Switzerland, along with Zurich and Geneva, and its beautiful location overlooking Lake Geneva make it a very popular destination for tourists and not only. Among the most visited monuments, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Olympic Museum and the Ouchy Castle stand out, even if the city is famous above all for its university center.
Lausanne is a real Swiss paradise, a paradise where you can relax on board, taking a quiet walk in the center (recently redeveloped!) Or ... in front of a warm and appetizing plate of fondue! Yes, because the local culinary tradition refers to the wonders offered by the territory, guaranteeing raw materials of the highest quality it's a rather varied menu. So let's find out what the dishes not to be missed in case you find yourself near the city.


  1. Fondue
  2. Croute au fromage
  3. Papet vadois
  4. Saucisson vadois
  5. Rosti
  6. Perch à la muniére
  7. Cordon Bleu
  8. Malakoff
  9. Swiss chocolate
  10. Local wine
  11. Where to eat in Lausanne: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Fondue

The undisputed queen of the Swiss table is undoubtedly there cheese fondue. In Switzerland, there are two versions: the first, moitié-moitié, is lighter because it consists of two different local cheeses (vacherin and gruyère), while the second, also called vacherin, is made entirely with vacherin and it is slightly heavier during digestion (but it is definitely worth it).
Regardless of the type of cheese used, however, the fondue is strictly served inside the caquelon, the special pan under which a weak flame prevents the cheeses from solidifying. Usually served with bread, it can also be accompanied by gherkins or potatoes and of course a good glass of Lavaux wine!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00 / 18,00
  • Main ingredients: local cheese

2 - Croute au fromage

Still speaking of cheese, not surprisingly a cornerstone of local cuisine, croute au fromage is another delicious dish that can be found on the menus of every restaurant. It's about a a fairly thick slice of bread that is soaked in white wine, covered with cheese and baked (or grilled). Simple and quick to cook, the croute de fromage can also be served with egg or a few slices of ham.

  • Recommended to: snack, lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00 / 10,00
  • Main ingredients: bread, cheese, white wine

3 - Papet vadois

It is a typical dish of the canton of Vaud, and especially in Lausanne: leeks and potatoes they are cooked together until a white and green dish (like the colors of the Vaud flag) with a consistency similar to papette is obtained. Aesthetically not very inviting, it actually has a strong and very pleasant taste.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: leeks, potatoes

4 - Saucisson vadois

To accompany the papet, you will often find the saucisson vadois: one pork sausage, flavored in the mixture with spices and cabbage. The combination of flavors is curious and truly delicious as the very origin of the dish is curious: it is said that, during the passage of Charles III in Orbe, a town north of Lausanne, the meat began to be scarce. Then someone came up with the idea of ​​lengthening it with cabbage and other spices and since 789 the recipe has come down to us today.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: pork, cabbage, spices

5 - Rosti

As you may have guessed, Swiss cuisine is not known for dietary and light dishes but, on the contrary, the dishes are all very tasty and, alas, caloric. Put your soul in peace, at most you will burn off the calories after lunch with a nice walk, and try this other traditional dish: coarsely grated potatoes, mixed with oil and melted butter. Widespread throughout the country as a side dish, rosti has actually become a complete second course with the addition of sausage and some cheese.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00 / 12,00
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, oil, butter

6 - Perch à la muniére

Lausanne remains primarily a lakeside city and the perch it is certainly the most common fish in this area. The fillets cooked in the miller are floured and cooked in butter, and then served with a side of cooked seasonal vegetables. Genuine, without too many frills, it can be a very valid alternative to meat main courses or the omnipresent cheese.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 12,00 / 15,00
  • Main ingredients: fish, butter

7 - Cordon Bleu

Not many people know it, but the Cordon Bleu, which today can be found in any supermarket surrounded by a thousand thousand other ready and quick to cook dishes, has Swiss origins. This cutlet filled with ham and dark cheese owes its name to the famous sash in blue guise that was conferred by the Order of the Holy Spirit, created by the King of France Henry III of Valois.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: meat, ham, cheese

8 - Malakoff

The Malakoffs are gruyère cheese pancakes, the recipe of which seems to date back to 1854, when many Western Swiss soldiers fought as mercenaries in the Crimea. If you are going to order them at the restaurant, however, be careful: it seems that the filling of these cheese bombs is very addictive ... your diet could suffer greatly!

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 5,00 / 8,00
  • Main ingredients: cheese

9 - Swiss chocolate

Impossible to talk about Swiss cuisine, without mentioning one of its most exported and known products in the world: the chocolate. Whether it's milk, dark, white, with candied fruit or hazelnuts, chocolate is definitely the Swiss dessert par excellence which (almost) all adults and children like and can be easily combined with an incredible variety of ingredients. In the surroundings of Lausanne, for example, we tried to combine chocolate with grated almonds to create a new and very special dessert: Bouchon Vadois it is shaped like a cork stopper and appeared for the first time in the mid-twentieth century. The unusual shape and intense taste make it certainly one of the delicacies to be tasted in this region.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: from € 8,00 upwards
  • Main ingredients: cocoa, milk, more to your liking

10 - Local wine

In Switzerland, wineries are widespread, so much so that there is talk of over 200 varieties of vines of which 40 very ancient rarities. In the canton of Vaud, and especially around Lausanne, they are mainly produced white, fresh and fruity wines, derived from Chasselas grapes. The Lavaux region that stretches between Lausanne and Vevey-Montreux includes among other things one of the most famous vineyards in the whole canton: Dézaley.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: from € 5,00 per glass
  • Main ingredients: wine

Where to eat in Lausanne: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Characterized by dishes based on cheese or meat, Lausanne's cuisine is however quite varied and there are numerous places to enjoy it.

You can choose between the restaurants in the city center, or those in the medieval area, on the menu you will certainly find the exquisite cheese fondue, one of the main dishes!

The offer is varied and for all budgets even if the prices everywhere are higher than the Italian average and remember that the cafes in Ouchy are the most expensive ones.

1 - A la Pomme de Pin

  • Description: near the cathedral and the castle, this restaurant with a warm atmosphere and typical furnishings offers a menu based on lake fish and tasty meat dishes
  • specialty: fera (lake fish) and leg of lamb with mountain aromas and venison medallions
  • Average price: from € 32,00 per person
  • Address: rue Cité-Derrière 11, Get directions

2 - Pints ​​Besson

  • Description: a nice historic place characterized by a rustic setting where you can have a feast of cheeses, fondue and cold cuts
  • specialty: Fondue
  • Average price: from € 18,00 per person
  • Address: rue de l'Ale 4, Get directions - Page Fb

3 - Hotel du Port

  • Description: this restaurant is located in Ouchy, where the city coexists with the lake and is perfect for a seafood lunch with a panoramic view
  • specialty: perch
  • Average price: from € 34,00 per person
  • Address: Place du Port 5, Get Directions

4 - Cafè de Grancy

  • Description: a few minutes from the station is this bright and convivial place that offers seafood dishes
  • specialty: salmon tartare with avocado
  • Average price: from € 32,00 per person
  • Address: avenue du Rond-Point 1, Get directions

5 - Cafè de l'Evechè

  • Description: a place popular with university students where you can enjoy good fondues accompanied by excellent beers
  • specialty: lamb chops, fondue
  • Average price: from € 32,00 per person
  • Address: rue Louis-Curtat 4, Get directions

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