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Cafe du Simplon

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rue du Simplon 17, Lausanne 1006, Switzerland
+41 21 616 31 04
Mon - Fri 07:00 - 00:00
Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Noyal-Muzillac, France
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2014 via mobile

This looks pretty basic from the outside but there was a nice buzz inside and a mixed clientele when we ate here on a Friday evening. The lamb tajine was well cooked and flavoursome, my rabbit was OK. The beer's worth a mention; if you ask for pression you'll get Carlsberg, ask for the full range and you'll find a... More 

Thank Tim C
Warsaw, Poland
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31 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2014

Cafe is next to the stairs going to Lausanne railway station, so good for a meeting before or after the trip. Place seems to be fashionable and rather full, but food (mostly selection of mediterrean meals, from Balkan lamb to Morocco tajina) is average and not particularly cheap.

1 Thank Janusz R
Geneva, Switzerland
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Nice bar to meet friends located just to the train station! Food is average. Nice terrace in the summer.

Thank mbgeneva
Chalon-sur-Saone, France
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2014

Seemed like a typical cafe. We had breakfast there one morning. The coffee was average, and the croissants were ok but did not have the usual croissant form.

1 Thank Tiffany T
Lausanne, Switzerland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 November 2013

Great food, very well priced, very good service. Only had dinner so far. Yet to have brunch/lunch. Overall very reasonable.

Thank Laushabitant
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 August 2013

Situated in a very nice and quiet area, but very close to bus and train station. The whole experience was excellent and we will definitely go back. We tried few things from menu and all were tasty, specially octopus salad.

Thank D_Dolovac
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2013

Spending a weekend by Lake Geneva I stayed in a hotel just along the street, Hotel AlaGare. I had been to Geneva came by train to Lausanne, popped over to Evian, and, tired and hot - dined in this lovely informal restaurant. The busy atmosphere was great, the tagine dish delicious and the service top class, I highly recommend dining... More 

Thank davylad49
tulsa, OK
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130 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2013

Found this on Trip Advisor tonight when looking for a good, casual bistro with a light and healthy menu. Service was superb, friendly, and helpful. Menus in English, French, and probably other languages as well. Lots of variety, with tagines, generous fresh whole meal salads, vegetarian plates, and meat dishes with a mediterranean note. Generous portions. Local beer @ wine.... More 

Thank EllenDelller
La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
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66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2013

This great little restaurant is just below the station in Lausanne. The friendly owner makes everyone feel at home and the simple terrace is always full when the weather is good. Really easy to meet other diners or people having an aperitif - seems to me it only attracts interesting, friendly people! The food is always great and not expensive... More 

Thank jacque1b1
Yamba, Australia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2013

Staggered by the high prices of less than exceptional food in Lausanne. Stumbled upon this little gem and we are very sorry that we hadn't discovered it earlier in our holiday. Great service, crowded with locals and delicious food. We ordered two tagines; vegetarian and chicken with wine to accompany the meal. Hearty portions with excellent flavours and great value... More 

Thank farmgirl448

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$22
European, Swiss, Cafe, Mediterranean
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: rue du Simplon 17, Lausanne 1006, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Vaud  >  Lausanne
  • Phone Number: +41 21 616 31 04

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?