The Liberty Shop is a women’s clothing boutique carrying international and Swiss designers. The store is a small temple to minimalism, and carries classic styles along with a few contemporary ones. In addition to clothing, visitors will find carefully collected accessories, and decorative items like posters, journals, and pillows. White walls and light wood dominate the space, while splashes of color come from the pastel color of a shirt or the flower pattern on a throw rug. The store collaborates with local artisans, including some who make leather goods with traditional tanning techniques.
This men’s clothing and accessories boutique store carries brands from all over the world, though it shows a slight favoritism for those from France, Sweden, and Japan. The store is small, but packed with elegant clothing that adheres to its governing philosophy of “sober originality,” which refers to the style of a city gentleman. If you ask the owner, Mr. Alain himself, he will carefully describe each item in his store, and why he has chosen to sell it. An inspired collection of rucksacks and backpacks from local designers make a visit to Mr. Alain worthwhile.
This lovely small street runs through part of central Lausanne with Rue de La Paix on the east and Place Saint-François on the west. One of the city’s premier high-end shopping locations, the street is bustling with cafes, shops, alleyways, charming buildings, and cobblestones. It’s a pleasure to walk through and a nice place to rub arms with locals. Many stores on the street, which is one of the oldest in the city, sells goods from international luxury brands.
Walking into Chocolatier Blondel is a bit like walking into a chocolate heaven. The small shop on the cobblestoned Rue de Bourg is surrounded by larger, louder shops in the city center, but it might be one of the best hidden gems in the area. Trays upon trays of chocolate confections of all kinds and varieties line the shelves of the store. These include dark, milk, and white chocolate mixed with nuts, teas, herbs, and dried fruits. The chocolate can be sold in slabs, by weight, or in gift boxes.
Launched in 1987, Maniak is a cavernous clothing store that carries mostly trendy workwear and costumes and costume accessories. There’s an alternative rock hipster vibe to the place, and it’s just as likely to stock work wear as it is to carry band t–shirts and leather jackets. Think Carhartt and Schott jackets, Dickie’s jeans and shirts, and Freitag shoulder bags. Several rooms are dedicated to costumes, where visitors can find masks, feather boas, faux leather, angels wings, and pretty much anything one would want to create any kind of costume.
Although it may not not look like much, but Place Saint François is the hub of Lausanne. The hippest of cafés here is the Café Romand. You can also the grand Saint François Church. Many street entertainers perform here and students hang out. Every city has one place where everyone inevitably winds up passing through, and this is the one in Lausanne. You will walk through the square on your way to trendy rue de Bourg, Place de la Palud, Place Riponne and all its museums. Good place to be seen.
At Heidi's Shop, you will find everything even remotely connected to Switzerland, things that you may not even know were connected to Switzerland! One can be slightly overwhelmed by the sheer variety of cuckoo clocks and cows that line the walls from floor to ceiling. However, if you can see through the more tacky items you can find some genuine Swiss gems that stand alongside the traditional tourist presents, such as the 4.5kg Toblerone bar and pen knives with 50 "useful" blades.
Ochsner Sport is a chain of sports shops found all around Switzerland. This particular shop is located in the center of Lausanne and has a large selection of skateboards, roller blades, snowboards, tennis rackets, bicycles and more. Most brand names are stocked (K2, Burton, Rossignol, Head and Atomic) and if your desired product is by chance not available, they will order it for you. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, whereas the prices are reasonable. For further information, please check the website.
Olivier Francois Ausoni has clothing for men, women and children, all of the highest quality. Names such as Tod’s, Céline, Giorgio Armani and Burberry line the shelves of this airy and spacious store. One of the shops caters for the older generations and a little further down the same street you will find clothes for younger people. There really is everything; sequined trousers, swim wear, accessories and shoes. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is cool and calm. A very pleasant place to shop, if you can afford it! Plus, if something doesn't quite fit at first, there is an alteration service to make sure that it will.
Lausanne sometimes seems over-run with department stores, but this one is a bit more upmarket than the rest. Like Globus, the building itself is not particularly appealing, but once you enter, though, you feel right at home. While not as extravagant as Harrods or Harvey Nichols, you still feel like you have walked into someone's flat. The store's elegance is subtle and understated yet there are enough enticing displays to remind you that you are there to shop. With designers such as Max Mara and Armani every age range is catered to. The BG Cafe is located on the third floor where customers love to relax after an evening of shopping.
Located on the Rue de Bourg, one of Lausanne's prime shopping streets, this is a very fine jewelery store. Having been recently renovated, this shop looks elegant and classy. It stores a large range of jewels and Swiss watches. The Bucherer name is renowned throughout the country and actually produces its own range, but such names as Cartier, Rolex, Piaget, Chopard, Baume & Mercier, Tag Heuer, Gucci and Rado can also be found here. One may also ask for catalogs of various brands, and then the shop will order the item for you personally. One might say that the staff is very welcoming and professional. This is a very classy shop, selling luxury items for both men and women. Check website for more details.