Things To Do In Lausanne On A Rainy Day Essay

Lausanne: a bunch of activities for rainy days

15/11/2016 by My-Lausanne


It is maybe time to get back the rain boots and the umbrella, but you definitely must not be depressed.

Let’s enjoy this rainy season! 🙂  When it rains there is also a bunch of activities to do in Lausanne:

Let’s have a brunch in one of the famous restaurant of Lausanne

In order to kick off this rainy day, you will definitely need a delicious brunch. In Lausanne, there are many places that offer great brunches on Saturdays and Sundays. The perfect activity when the weather is bad.

If you would like to enjoy some incredible pancakes, you have to try the Black Bird Café. (Yumy!) The Blackbird Café and its charming vintage interior is always crowded. You will be able to choose between eggs, salmon or avocado on toast,… and pancakes, of course! It is not possible to make a reservation, but do not give up, it is worth it.

The mythical Café Grancy in Lausanne is also one of the famous place for brunch in the city. Croissants, bread, marmalades, eggs and crepes, there is everything you need for a delicious brunch.

Lausanne is full of great restaurants for brunch. The Café Saint-Pierre, the Café des Avenues, the Bleu Lézard, le Pointu, the Bref Café, these are lots of unique places where you will spend an unforgettable time. So just like us, enjoy every single rainy day!


Visit the museums of Lausanne

When it rains, nothing is better than taking time to visit the museum of Lausanne and the exhibitions we have always promised to see. The whole year, Lausanne is a very cultural city. You will be amazed by the number of exhibitions.

The Olympic Museumhas to be on the top of your list! In this incredible museum you will learn the history of the Olympic Games, the Olympic sports and the story of these champions in an interactive staging. This visit is like a day in the biggest Olympic athletes ‘life. The Kids will love it (and the whole family too, of course).

Close to the Olympic Museum, The Musée de l’Elysée is also a very interesting for the whole family. This museum is focused on photography and offers various kind of workshop. At the end of the visit, we cannot miss the Café and the library.

The Hermitage Foundation offers many painting and sculptural exhibitions. Do not forget to register your children for the workshop, while you will be strolling in this mansion. Before or after the visit, you can also enjoy a walk in the Hermitage park or have a drink at l’Esquisse, the Foundation‘s restaurant. On Sundays, it is Art & Brunch at l’Esquisse 🙂

*The Hermitage Foundation is closed until the 7th of april 2017. We are looking forward the reopening.

Shopping in Lausanne

You do not need sun to do shopping. Moreover, there is nothing better than doing shopping in a rainy day. And Lausanne is the perfect city for that, you will find many shops and concept stores all around the city.

For luxury shopping, let’s meet in Bourg Street, where you can find big names in fashion and haute couture. If you prefer to discover some local designers, let’s have a walk in the Flon, Marterey Street, the Rôtillon, Mercerie Street.



P.S. Just have a look at the stores Fricote, Viva Frida, Aegon&Aegon or maybe L’Attribut d’Iris !

Relax in a spa

It is raining! The perfect weather to stay in a cozy place, relax and take care of ourselves. The spas in Lausanne welcome you in a unique atmosphere for a cozy time. You will feel like in a dream!

Have a drink with some friends 

At the end of the day, you might want to have a drink with some friends. A hot chocolate in Café de l’Evêché maybe? A mulled wine or a glass of wine in the Café St-Pierre? Would you prefer have a bier in Etoile Blanche, Happy Days or Boucanier? Anyway, there is plenty of places to enjoy a great time.

We have told you that even when it rains, Lausanne is great city!




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Cozy up in a Cafe. There’s nothing like hearing the pitter-patter of rain drops while nestled indoors sipping on a hot drink.

Here are our top picks for ‘cozy cafes’ in Lausanne:

Bar Tabac–Sometimes we forget we’re in Lausanne and not Paris when sitting in this gem. Grab a corner spot next to the windows and enjoy their fresh mint tea, and once afternoon hits switch to their impressive selection of beer. Read our full review here.

Cafe de l’Hotel de Ville–Located right in the heart of Place de la Palud, this kitschy and unpretentious cafe is the definition of cozy. And if you’re hungry, its menu boasts fresh salads and comforting soups and pizzas. Just check the hours, as they are sometimes irregular.

Le Barbare–Chocophiles rejoice! This is the real deal people. The kind of hot chocolate that is not for the faint of heart, and requires a spoon. Enough said. Although it’s one of our favorite terraces in the summer, the restaurant itself is reminiscent of a mountain chalet–wooden, warm, and perfect for winter. Read our review here.

Cafe de Grancy–Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, apéro, coffee…anything goes here. Grab a seat on the comfy sofas, bring a book, or borrow a board game and settle in for the afternoon. Read more about one of Lausanne’s favorite cafes here.

Couronne D’Or–It’s hidden. And we kinda love that about it. A perfect spot for an afternoon beer and nibbles…just don’t tell anyone else about it, ok?

Cafe des Avenues–We’re regulars here for a reason. Wonder why? Here ya go.


Get Cultured. Lausanne may be small, but we host an impressive lineup of museums with notable exhibitions. And remember, most museums are free the first Saturday of every month.

Our current faves:

MUDAC–We recently visited and sat in a room where a hundred plastic bags were installed in the wall, pulsating with air as if it was a large organism breathing. Intrigued? Yeah, we thought so.

Musée de l’Elysée— It’s tiny, but my goodness does this photography museum get some of the best collections. Some of our favorites have been the controversial photographer Sally Mann, as well as perusing Howard Greenberg’s collection.


How do you like to spend your rainy days?Got any suggestions for us?


Photo by Gabe Rodriguez

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