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This confectioner's is one of the most chic in Lausanne and one of the best too. But you will pay for the top quality as this shop is also one of the most expensive in town! The pastries are wonderful fruit mousse, chocolate truffles, millefeuilles. The homemade chocolates are also delicious, as are the ice creams and the frozen desserts. A real delight for the palate. There is also a tearoom next door if you want to eat in.
This confectioner's/chocolate shop first started with a branch in the chic district of Chailly. It then opened, to the locals' delight, another branch in the center of Lausanne. A variety of small chocolates is what makes this place famous but one can also find delicious fruit mousses or chocolate truffles. The famous bouchons vaudois are also sold at Mojonnier. There's a tearoom on the first floor for those who wish to try the delicacies straight away.
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.
Begun in 1909, this establishment houses one of the most exclusive selections of jewelery in all of Lausanne. You will find on display items by Damiani, Peter Wong, Breitling and Tiffany. This shop is also an official distributor of Patek Philippe watches if you are looking for something very special. You will be treated with all the personal assistance and attention you would expect as a customer about to spend vast amounts of money on a priceless jewel. Let out those purse strings and enjoy shopping.
Lausanne sometimes seems over-run with department stores, but at least this one is a bit more upmarket than the rest. Like Globus, the building itself is not particularly appealing, but once you enter, though, you feel right at home. While not as extravagant as Harrods or Harvey Nichols, you still feel like you have walked into someone's flat. The store's elegance is subtle and understated yet there are enough enticing displays to remind you that you are there to shop. With designers such as Max Mara and Armani every age range is catered to. The BG Cafe is located on the third floor where customers love to relax after an evening of shopping.
A rather small upscale music shop, this place has great gifts for people of all ages. There are the obvious music things like songbooks for the piano and for the guitar (mostly classical), but there are also neat items like plastic-y attache cases, musically themed postcards and some CDs (also mostly classical). As for the more traditional music store stuff, like guitar picks, forget it: they don't sell them.
For every sporting need, from a tube of tennis balls to an entirely new skiing outfit, Schaefer has it all on its four floors of clothing and equipment. Die-hard sportsmen and women can browse through labels such as Pringle, Burberry and La Coste, while the hardcore sports lovers discuss the latest in ski technology, or the pros and cons of Gore-Tex with one of the helpful and friendly members of staff. This shop definitely offers a superb choice in sports gear.
A couple of years ago the copyright owners of the character Tin Tin decided to grant only certain shops the right to distribute their merchandise. La Marelle was fortunate enough to be one of those stores, and is one of only six with the rights in Switzerland. That is why this place is absolutely jam-packed with Tin Tin! Every conceivable item that has room for a Tin Tin logo is present in this shop and is a must for anyone who is a collector. However, the Belgian wonderboy is not the only cartoon character available; the Asterix chess set is also there to provide some amusement, as are the toys dating back to the 1950's. It is interesting to see how much children's toys have changed over the decades. Yes, they are a lot noisier now.
As "the" department store in Lausanne to visit, Globus boasts six floors of goods from fashion to sports equipment, hi-fi's to perfume. Much of what is on offer is what you would expect, but the food section is somewhat better than the rest. Food stalls at every entrance entice you off the streets and once through the dull facade, the interiors are well laid out and spacious. The store's stationary department mixes fun and practicality, and their array of shoes is fantastic. One could spend hours in here.
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 small shop is the meeting place for all the tea and coffee lovers in Lausanne. One finds here 250 kinds of teas from all over the world, together with accessories like Winnie the Pooh teapots. It's possible to find the perfect blend of coffee to suit everyone, ground correctly for every type of machine. On top of all that, it's the only place in Lausanne which sells Argentine maté and various brands of it.