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.
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.
A family business that has been passed through several generations since the 1950s, Jadis Antiquités is an antiquarian in the classical sense. The shop offers a wide collection of sophisticated items, nearly all of which pre date the 20th century. It’s a great place, and one of the few in the area, to find grandfather clocks, gilded mirrors, Russian silverware, Swiss farmhouse tables, and 17th Century bureaus, for example. Of particular note are the art pieces, which include beautiful textiles and engravings, and Japanese and Chinese porcelain and ceramics. Jadis provides valuation services, arranges public auctions, and makes official estate inventories. An in-house restoration workshop ensures all the antiques are in the best possible condition.
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.
This local outpost of the high-end, Danish electronics brand offers a full-range of Bang & Olufsen's televisions, loudspeakers and sound systems. Renown the world over for its innovative design, state-of-the art tech-specs and uncompromising quality, Bang & Olufsen has everything you need to take home entertainment to the next level. Sleek, minimalist and modern, the brand's products are both stylish and technologically advanced for crystal-clear sound and visuals. Visit the store for advice on how to enhance your home entertainment experience or to shop for the latest Bang & Olufsen gadgets. Private demonstrations can be arranged as well.
Located slightly off the beaten track, this little venture is a dream come true for outdoor fanatics. Everything from climbing gear to ski gear is available in all shapes, sizes and colors. The shop stocks many well known brands including Scarpa, Salomon, Atomic, The North Face, Mammut, Lafuma and many others. They also have items available for rental, such as snow shoes, skis, boots and climbing gear. With stuff for skiers, telemarketers, cliff hangers and simple trekkers, this is an interesting place just to visit. The staff is really helpful and they will suggest destinations of local interest, where you can try out your gear. Although the prices are slightly high, most items are covered by guarantee and the benefits are certainly there to be reaped!
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.
PKZ is part of a chain of Swiss fashion shops and houses a number of designer brands under one roof. Such brands include Hugo Boss, Burbery, Piatelli, Cerutti, Gant as well as their own brands. Located right in the center of the city, this shop is a five minute walk from St-François. Inside, the store is thoughtfully planned and products are systematically arranged. The shop is user-friendly and efficient. For further details, please check the website.