The beautiful lakeside town of Lausanne, a short drive from Du Parc Residences
, is a mecca for gastronomes, with restaurants specializing both in local and international cuisine.
Perhaps the finest of all Lausannes dining options is the Restaurant de lHôtel de Ville
in the northern district of Crissier. This establishment has a brilliant history, having been founded by the legendary Frédy Giradet, recognized in his prime as the worlds greatest chef. His successor, Philippe Rochat, upheld these impeccable standards, and in 2012 Benoît Violier took on the mantel. Immediately retaining three Michelin stars, Violier was also crowned Switzerlands best chef 2013, so Restaurant Crissiers future promises to be just as brilliant as its past. Expect elegant cooking that focus on the very finest seasonal ingredients, with each flavour refined and intensified by technical brilliance. Benoîts wife Brigitte, meanwhile, is as gracious a host as could be wished for.
Perch fresh from Lake Geneva is a local speciality in Lausanne, and the best place to sample it is the Café de la Poste in the eastern district of Lutry. Right on the waters edge, nestled under the historic vineyards, this is an unforgettable setting for al fresco dining be sure to request a table on the terrasse for the best views.The Lausanne Palace Hotels Brasserie du Grand Chêne
is at the centre of the towns buzzing social scene, and is famed for its interpretations of traditional French dishes served in a Parisian-inspired atmosphere. Reservations at the Chefs Table here are highly sought-after, and deservedly so. Meanwhile, the hotels Palace Sushi Zen
offers refined Japanese cuisine crafted by four Japanese sushi masters.
For a hip hang-out that will take you from day to night, head to the Café de Grancy
, a traditional café which has been given a new lease of life by a group of young entrepreneurs. With free wifi, delicious food with Asian influences, and a buzzing atmosphere, this is one of the places to see and be seen for young Lausannois, both during the day and late into the night.
Finally, to taste the finest fondue Switzerlands national dish its worth driving just outside the city to the Tour de Gourze
, a rustic but impeccably authentic chalet-style restaurant. Ask for the moitié/moitié half vacherin and half Gruyère, before finishing your meal with another dish that shows off the regions exceptional dairy produce, such as meringues à la crème double de Gruyère.