Ever wish you knew the inside scoop before visiting a new destination? Now you can! We’ve reached out to our favorite locals and tour guides from all over the world for their insider tips. In the City Insider Q&A, they’ll let you in on the spots that should be on your must-see and -do list!
Name: Seuret-Dubuis Christine & Anna Decoro
City: Lausanne, Switzerland
How the locals pronounce the name of the city: Lausanne (low-san).
Short bio: Guides for local guide association (algt.ch) since 2007.
Best way to get to/from airport: Train.
Best way to get to/from train station: Metro or bus.
Favorite 5-star hotel: Beau-Rivage Palace.
Favorite budget hotel: Ibis Centre or Jeunotel.
5 places visitors must see:
- Lausanne Old Town
- Lausanne lakeside Ouchy
- Lausanne Cathedral
- Flon area
- Sauvabelin forest
- Lavaux vineyard
Best local newspaper/recommended reading (for finding out what’s going on about town): 24 heures (in French).
Favorite fine dining restaurant: Le Chat Noir, La Brasserie du LP.
Favorite casual restaurant: La Pinte Besson, Le Vaudois.
Best place to get a coffee: Moutarlier à la place de la Palud.
Favorite bar/lounge: N2O.
Best music venue/place to see live music: Bleu Lézard.
Favorite museum: Olympic Museum and Collection Art Brut.
Best sports venue(s): Vidy.
Most popular local food: Perch fillet, papet vaudois.
Best “locals-only” spot: La Pomme de Pin, Brasserie de Montbenon.
To live like a local, you must have this experience: Have a hot wine at the Xmas market. Hot chocolate at the Café de l’Eveché. Climb up to the tower of the cathedral. Lister to the nightwatcher from the Esplanade of the Cathedral.
Local/native fruit or dish to try: Saucisse aux choux with papet vaudois.
Most popular local drink: Beer La Lausannoise.
Movies/TV shows filmed in your city: Mary Stuart, Queen of England (crowning in Cathedral Notre-Dame de Lausanne).
Best souvenirs to buy/goods to bring home: Swiss army knife credit card format. Swiss wine. Swiss chocolate.
Best place to volunteer: Festival de la Cité.
Biggest tourist trap/places to avoid and when: It is not the kind of town with places to avoid, everything is safe, authentic and local.
Best smartphone app(s) for your city: Lausanne.
Anything else to add? Experience one of our guided visits (algt.ch).