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.
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.
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!
The Bike is a store specializes in Specialized and Cannon dale bikes although Trek and other such brands are also available by catalog. The owner, who is an American, imports them from the USA. Although specializing in mountain bikes and road bikes, city bikes are also available as are any desired accessories. The shop assistants are more than happy to help with any questions you might have and there is an after service option. All bikes are of excellent quality. This shop is a 'biker's' dream. For further details, please check the website.
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.
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!