Where to Drink In Lausanne & Montreux Riviera, Switzerland

Both the Montreux Riviera and university town of Lausanne have inspired artistic minds for centuries. Today, music, winemaking and gastronomy merge to make this lakeside idyll a must for pleasure-seekers.

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Dining spaces at Le Café Littéraire


Le Café Littéraire

Adjacent to the public library, this popular lakeside café has an edifying roster of film screenings, talks and other cultural bites. And the food and drink menu is just as appealing, with craft beers, sandwiches and salads offering a proudly local flavour.


Quai Perdonnet 33, 1800 Vevey

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La Brasserie du Château

This much-loved local brew pub serves pizzas and a short but impeccable list of craft brews. The downstairs bar is intimate and chilled during the day; by night, the bigger upstairs bar turns into a gentle party.


Place du Tunnel 1, 1005 Lausanne

Natural wine at a picnic


Café des Philosophes

With a focus on natural wines and a small daily menu with hearty plats du jour, such as polenta with wild mushrooms or confit duck, this cosy café is a favourite with local creatives. At night, things get more lively, partly thanks to the killer cocktail menu.


Place Pépinet 1, 1003 Lausanne

The Lowdown

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