Have you just landed in Lausanne and want to get to know the best local eateries? Or perhaps you're already familiar with the city but looking for inspiration for places to eat out?
We have got you covered with this hand-picked list of EHL Alumni-run restaurants around the lively Lausanne city. From the best pizzas and brunches in town to Mediterranean Cafés, you will find your next favorite restaurant within our list! The restaurants reviews are based on my personal experience at each of them.
Cipollino is an Italian gourmet restaurant that values quality as their main ingredient. Their philosophy is to preserve and evoke emotions thought their cooking while keeping the authenticity of traditional Italian recipes. Giovanni Tassistro (AEHL 2018) and his team are ready to welcome you with a smile and are known for giving some of the best service around town!
Since 1950, Da Carlo has served generations of Lausanne families. Strategically located in the heart of Lausanne, the Italian restaurant is known for their authentic pizzas and artisanal ice creams. From the moment you enter, you will feel transported with their art deco-inspired decoration and bright spaces.
Insider Tip: Cheese lovers should try their Tagliatelles flambés in a Grana Padano wheel.
Opened in 2016 by six EHL Alumni, this cozy restaurant near Riponne is a must-visit place to enjoy a delicious brunch during the weekends. Their atmosphere features a warm and relaxed style that will make you feel right at home. Their menu varies with the seasons and is based on locally sourced products. You will find a wide choice of apéritifs, coffees, and delicious plates that are made to satisfy each taste.
Insider tip: Their pancake selection is out of this world!
With more than 60 years of experience, Le Café Romand is one of the most renowned brasseries in Lausanne and the French-speaking part of Switzerland. The brasserie is characterized by its traditional Swiss decor featuring vintage wood furniture and candelabra. They are known for their fondue paired with locally sourced wines.
Insider tip: Order the Meringues with double creme for dessert and soak up the full Swiss experience.
Loxton is a modern Bar-Restaurant open every day of the week. It offers coffees, lunches, brunches, dinners, and delicious cocktails. Ideally located at the heart of Lausanne, it features a great terrace to enjoy during the sunny afternoons. This is the second project after Le Pointu of this talented team, headed up by EHL alumni.
After having graduated from EHL, Mike Chavanne (AEHL 2017) and Samuel Bretton (AEHL 2016), decided to join forces and venture into the F&B industry. The bar Restaurant Lucha Libre is a gastronomic reference to the Latin American culture as they offer lunch, brunch and dinner menus. Their restaurant hosts different atmospheres from the bar to the seating areas, all representing the Latin culture from the walls and right down to the last decorative detail.
Meraki is a new Lausanne destination for the youth. Adjacent to the Place de la Riponne, you can find delicious coffees, drinks and Mediterranean inspired meals from Mezzes to Italian sandwiches. It is one of the projects of AEHL Antoine Piguet and Afrim Beqa, grown to be popular among the Lausanne population as they offer a wide-open terrace ideal for these sunny afternoons and a mezzanine with a full library and board games.
Insider tip: Try their Paleta Loca Rosato Spritz (In collaboration with Paleta Loca, from Arnaud Golay, AEHL 2017).
Address: Place de la Riponne 10, 1005 Lausanne
Phone number: 021 211 50 04
8. Minuit Soleil
Image Credit: Minuit Soleil
Minuit Soleil is a Mediterranean restaurant located near Lausanne cathedral. Since their opening in 2002, they have been known as the workshop of flavors, with dishes varying from Tapas, charcuterie to delicious fishes. The restaurant is directed by Laurent Paradiso, EHL graduate from 1990.
Insider tip: Our favorite dish is the Peso Ravioli.