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.
Soda is a hidden gem of a vintage clothing and jewelry boutique. To venture inside means to wander into a curiosity shop with impressive collections of retro clothing and accessories. Rails and shelves are loaded with mid-century dresses, patterned blouses, leather jackets, unique purses, striking hats, and patent leather shoes. The styles run the gamut from 1950s movie diva to 1970s jean queen, complete with sun-sized sunglasses and belts. Everything about the store is stylized, from the herringbone wooden floors, to the brocade patterns on the wall and plush furniture. Soda seems a little out of step with Lausanne, which prefers subdued styles, but it’s a good thing it exists.
Walking into this toy shop is an experience to say the least. Don't be surprised if you are greeted by a moving pig wandering around the store with a balloon tied to its tail! This is typical of Franz Carl Weber. A treasure trove on three floors, this is a fun, user-friendly store where you can buy authentic Punch and Judy puppets or the latest Sega computer game. The staff reflects the store's aims and are more than willing to help you, and will demonstrate any toy you wish. Gift wrapping is also provided free of charge.
There has been a paper supply store called Krieg in Lausanne for more than 130 years. Newly merged with Kramer in 1996, the KramerKrieg stores are among those must-visit places. It is hard to imagine who decided to stock all the items available here, everything from liquid soap, stationary and pizza boxes to computer and furniture are available under one roof. This store is located in Lausanne and Montreux. They have a virtual store on-line and welcome orders by email or by phone. For registration, please check the website.
This shop is a paradise for anyone who has even the most vague interest in the cinema or anything connected to the genre. The place is filled with film memorabilia ranging from the latest film posters to photos of Marilyn Monroe; mugs with South Park characters on them to black and white stills of James Dean films. As you would expect prices aren't cheap, especially the collectors' items, but it's fun to browse and to dream. The shop is centrally located, only a short walk uphill from the central train station. It is beside a large cinema which has daily showings in French and in English too.