The Flon district

06/09/2017 by My-Lausanne

Animated by day and by night, the Flon is the meeting place for Lausanne citizens. The district has undergone a metamorphosis over the last few years. Warehouses have given way to restaurants, bars and boutiques to become the headquarters for “bobos” (French for bourgeois bohemians), hipsters, the in-crowds and other urban tribes.

A district that blends history and innovation, architecture and artistic expression, and that is today an unmissable spot in Lausanne. What is there to see and do in that trendy Lausanne area? We’re giving you some insider info!

Art, design, architecture

Wandering in the Flon’s lanes, you discover boutiques, cafés, new trendy addresses, but also much more. The Flon district has been transformed in recent years to become an area of artistic expression. Artists’ workshops and studios, architect firms and art galleries have opened in the heart of these former warehouses. And of course, you can sense that on the streets. 😉 By looking upwards, you’ll discover frescoes on the walls of some buildings in the middle of modern constructions, such as the Pépinières. A treat for the eyes! And in the Voie du Chariot, Les Cubes are what attracts attention. An outdoor art gallery that intrigues the enquiring mind. Go and take a look.

Place du Flon, Lausanne
A wander in the Flon district ©C.Leutenegger
A wander in the Flon district (c) LT/
Flon building(c)LT/
Les Pépinières, Flon district (c) Vincent-Jendly

In winter, the Festival Lumières makes the Flon its playground and has fun with its architecture.

Festival Lausanne Lumières (c)LT/mano


What about eating? At the Flon, you’ll be sure to find something to your taste. Amongst the (very) many restaurants, Bad Hunter is the new lair for vegetarians, with fresh and original dishes in a unique décor. Chez Moi is the place for homelike sweet or savoury pancakes (yum! 🙂). A stone throw from there, Istanbul Grill & More reinterprets doner kebabs, Cipriano Wine & Ham takes on a discovery of Italy, the Tao offers a trip to Asia and the Tokyo to taste Japanese cuisine: sushi and Teppanyaki are on the menu.

And for a brunch, a salad or a sandwich, the Blackbird Downtown Diner offers sit-down or takeaway dishes in a vintage décor.

Pssst! Don’t forget to try the Nordic Brunch or their famous pancakes.

What will you choose?


After this world-food gourmet break, it’s time for some shopping. Sports attire at Trend Mania, skate board and freeboard at Rip Curl, accessories and clothes at Maniak, the temple for goths… Boutiques are plenty. And for shoes, you just have to pay a visit to Pomp it up or Pompes Funèbres.

As for fans of vintage, they can meet at the Port-Franc gallery to enjoy a coffee and rummage around for retro furniture and decoration objects in this true Aladdin’s cave.

Shopping at the Flon (c) LT/


The Flon is also a meeting place for Lausanne revellers. Bars, pubs, terraces, etc. – at nightfall the neighbourhood comes to life and Lausanne citizens gather for drinks. For the sportier, the place to go to is the Bulldog Bar, a sports bar with giant screens, snooker and darts to keep up with all the football, hockey and basketball matches. For a nice beer, the King Size or the Tacos are the places to be for afterworks. Local people also meet for a cocktail at the Punk Bar, N2O or the Nomade before setting off to the Xoxo, the Mad or, slightly further afield, the D! to dance the night away.

Evening at the Flon (c) LT/

What else?

At the Flon, you’ll also find a cinema, a bowling alley and, during the winter, an outdoor ice rink!

Illuminated Flon ice rink (c)LT/mano

The unusual?

Don’t forget to try the famous see-through toilets that become opaque when occupied. Quite an experience 🙂

We did tell you that the Flon is Lausanne’s trendy district. So where shall we meet?