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A Student’s Guide to Cheap and Free Things to Do in Lausanne - 4 min read

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Lix caught up with Fanny Maxine Goppelsroeder, a Business and Economics student at EHL, who shared with us where to eat, drink, shop and be entertained in Lausanne on a student budget. Check out her top three’s! 

Where to eat?

Le Pointu
Rue Neuve 2, 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland

A stone’s throw from the Place de la Riponne, Le Pointu serves up delicious sandwiches, healthy salads and homemade bread, plus a killer weekend brunch. Try the pancakes—divine! And if you’re on a liquid diet, enjoy coffee, wine or cocktails in this calm and cozy nook. It’s worth every penny (or franc). 

Eat Me
Rue Pépinet 3, 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland

Enter the world of small plates—a diverse mix of tapas from all around the world. Located in the heart of Lausanne, feast on an eclectic mix of street food and modern gastronomy. No matter your thoughts on America, don’t leave without trying Eat Me’s ‘Born in the USA.’ Think cornbread waffles with smoked goat cheese, roasted hazelnuts, pickled butternut squash, spinach, sprouts, apples and cranberries. My mouth’s watering just thinking about it. Yum! 

Le Deck 
Route de la Corniche 4, 1071 Chexbres, Switzerland

Can you think of anything more beautiful than a restaurant overlooking the vineyards of Lavaux and Lake Geneva? And if that’s not enough, the food is incredible. Located in the Baron Tavernier Hotel in Chexbres, a 20 minute trip from Lausanne, enjoy classic French fare while enjoying spectacular views. Trust me—you’ll never want to leave. 

Where to drink? 

Happy Days
Rue Saint-Pierre 3, 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland

A staple amid a cluster of bars, Happy Days makes for a cheerful bar-goer! Enjoy outside seating in the sun and classic burgers that would make the Fonz proud (since one’s named after him). To quench your thirst, drink your way through a long line-up of draft beers. And if you’re looking for something a bit more sophisticated, head upstairs to sister restaurant, Longhorn Steakhouse, for a taste of delicious Swiss beef grilled to your liking. 

D! Club
Place Centrale, 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland

D! Club knows how to rock a party with its impressive DJ line-up. A former theater, D! Club is one of Switzerland’s most popular clubs. This means it can become massively crowded and could potentially deplete your wallet. With acts like Boy George, Juliette and the Licks and Asian Dub Foundation, it’s no wonder your wallet might start screaming. But not to worry—student night is every Thursday.  

Bulldog Bar
Rue du Port-Franc 17, 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland

Perfectly located in the heart of the Quartier du Flon, enjoy burgers, nachos, pizza and many more bar snacks. Or drink your way through the day (or night) while watching your favorite sports team on the big screen. 

Where to shop? 

MANOR Department Store
Rue Pichard 3, 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland

Spruce up your wardrobe by moseying on down to MANOR.  Here, you’ll find the latest fashion trends to look fresh to death on your walk to class. From Lacoste to Levi’s, Tommy and more, there’s something for everyone, no matter what style you rock. 

Flying Tiger
Rue des Terreaux 7, 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland

Paying homage to Copenhagen, Flying Tiger projects that good ole Scandinavian vibe. Head there for a little adventure—a treasure hunt of kitschy trinkets that will surely make you smile. Here, you’ll find thousands of products and limited-edition collections from an award-winning concept store. And I’m willing to bet you’ll leave with more than you came with! 

Café des Patronnes
Rue du Valentin 43, 1004 Lausanne, Switzerland

Café des Patronnes is a little treasure trove of second-hand goods at an affordable price. Picture this: chalk-drawn floral motifs covering the walls and racks of clothing arranged by color, pattern and style. This welcoming space is filled with vintage chairs and sofas for those ‘slow shopping’ days. Order a cappuccino at the bar and peruse the eclectic mix of sequined dresses, platform shoes and crossbody bags. 

Where to be entertained? 

Olympic Museum
Quai d’Ouchy 1, 1006 Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne, known as the Olympic Capital, has been home to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for 100 years. Here, you can relive incredible Olympic moments and feel the pulse of the champions. The world of the Games will open up to you as you explore this ultra-modern, interactive museum. And when you’re feeling a bit peckish, head to the museum’s panoramic restaurant with spectacular views over Lake Geneva and the Alps. It’s a must-see! 

Ouchy Promenade
Place de la Navigation, 1000 Lausanne, Switzerland 

Hit up Lausanne’s popular waterfront district (especially on the weekends). Breathe in the fresh mountain air while ogling over the incredible views. Enjoy regular markets and music festivals, and when parched, quench your thirst at one of the many bars lining the harbor. 

Tour de Sauvabelin
1018 Lausanne, Switzerland

Take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque forest or picnic next to goats, peacocks and birds (don’t let them snatch your food). Enter into the heart of the forest, where you’ll find an idyllic lake to cool off in. And if you forgot your packed lunch, head to Auberge, where you’ll find a delicious meal waiting for you. Last but not least, check out the spectacular Sauvabelin Tower, a dizzying timber structure that coils 35 meters in the sky. Some say the spiral staircase is the work of Leonardo da Vinci. 


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Kristy is a copywriter and former student at Columbia University. Having lived in New York City, Berlin and Auckland, she's a bit of a nomad, but has found a home away from home (wherever that is) in Copenhagen. When she's not busy writing on everything 'study-related,' she can be found in vintage shops and coffee parlors all around Copenhagen.

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