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If the Swiss traditional Heidi's Shop does not inspire you, then maybe you should stop by this place. The selection is wide, in quality but also in price. The interior of the shop has been designed so that it seems like you are walking into a friend's cellar, if you have such sophisticated friends, of course. Although the wide range of whiskey, rum and wine, combined with a variety of decanters, glasses and cork screws sort of ruin the 'cellar effect', you can always pretend!
A stone's throw away from the Cathedral, this extraordinary toy shop named Vivishop has gradually expanded over the ground floor of the building. Many little rooms, all stacked from floor to ceiling with games, form a complex labyrinth system. The toys found here are educational and clever, aimed at all age groups. An impressive choice of wooden games is on offer, together with a wide range of children's books selected for their educational content. A well thought out shop as we'd like them all to be.
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.
Le Flon is a district in central Lausanne that was transformed from a post-war warehouse district into a shopping and entertainment hotspot. The district, which is named after a river that once flowed through the valley that Lausanne sits on, was rehabilitated beginning in the late 1990s after decades of economic downturns. During the rehabilitation, many old buildings were renovated, and a few iconic structures were built. These include some administrative buildings, a seven-screen multiplex movie theater, and new pubs and restaurants. Le Flon has the unusual distinction of having an award-winning parking lot, which won a design prize given by the European Parking Association. The Voie du Chariot, along which many of the districts shop lie, is also home to a fountain that recalls the Flon.
Place de la Riponne is where locals of Lausanne flock to for the weekly Saturday open-air markets. Here is your chance to taste a special cheese that is particular only to this city. Fresh veggies, juicy fruits, bric-a-brac, delicious tidbits and much more are on offer. This place also draws crowds in plenty during summer when music and art festivals are organized here.
The largest market takes place on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. It takes up almost all the pedestrian streets in and around Place de la Riponne in the center of Lausanne: starting at the top of Rue de Bourg, it occupies Rue St-François, Rue du Pont, Place de la Palud and Rue Madeleine. Rue St-Laurent and Rue l'Ale complete the market map. You'll find fruit and vegetable sellers, cheese-makers, butchers, fishmongers and bakers. A vibrant way to spend a Saturday with locals!