Place St-Francois
Place St-Francois
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Social center of Lausanne: popular cafes, student hangouts, an important church, St. Francis, where everyone meets.
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permia
Ireland40,833 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Visiting on a Saturday morning a busy market was underway. Well frequented, we also had a fine browse of the myriad of goods on display.

At the Plaza’s centrepiece is the fine eponymous church.
Written 9 November 2023
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Crimitorii
Hawthorn, Australia469 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Hey! It's a nice street but ultimately there's lots of such places in every old European city. Still worth a visit if it's your first time / city in Europe.
Written 8 October 2019
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Alan H
Chicago, Illinois132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
St-Francois square is alive with shops, restaurants, buzz, people, transportation, a beautiful and historic church, outdoor cafes.
Written 5 October 2019
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Akash S
South Pole67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
We walked around a bit on our one free afternoon. Weather was great and due to the weekend there wasn't much traffic. The architecture of the buildings in this area is fabulous to gawk at.
Written 5 June 2019
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Barbara E
Lausanne, Switzerland312 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
St-François church is well worth a visit, especially on Saturday evenings (5pm) for the free concerts, often performed by students from the nearby HEMU (collection at the end). There is also a quiet place inside if you want to get away from the noisy traffic. Note the superb sculpted main doors at the top of the steps, which open automatically. The roofs have recently been decorated with a flock of colourful ceramic birds by Ignazio Bettua. One side of the church, with the arches, is a main bus stop, while the other side gives on to a cobbled pedestrian square with an old fountain: some of the cobbles are metal and inscribed with names. Unfortunately the view once enjoyed from the square down to the lake was blocked off with the construction of three big edifices in the 19th century - the post office in the centre, flanked by two banks. At the east end of the church is the posh Bon Génie department store (look up at the façade on rue de Bourg for traces of its 19th-century glory), and treat yourself to tea or coffee in the restaurant that has windows looking out onto the tree-shaded part of the square. The north side is lined with clothes shops, an international pharmacy, an American coffee bar, a bakery with nice restaurant upstairs, also overlooking the trees. It is also home to the private Cercle littéraire, which is a library with elegant reading rooms (not open to the public). Sometimes there are market stalls behind the church - fruit and veg on a Saturday, crafts, the Christmas market with oyster bar, and quite often there are buskers - you can sit on one of the benches under the trees to listen and watch. (Also plenty of homeless people and Roms begging up and down the bus stop.) A large bank at the western end has been converted into a swish several-storey shopping center (including the Nespresso shop) with useful moving staircases that save your legs if you don't want to walk down the slope to rue Centrale (but mostly used by people wanting to avoid the uphill climb). It is called Portes St-François. The imposing building on the other side of the road (traffic lights) is at present empty, having served as cinema, self-service restaurant and déco shop over the past decades. The old ticket kiosk with its iron and glass "marquise" canopy, long curving wooden bench and fancy clock is now a café with tables inside and out - inside, note the beautiful mosaic floor. Behind the post office, something visitors an easily miss - paths at either end lead to the Conservatoire building, an architectural marvel. During term time you can sneak in discreetly (from St François the entrance goes into the top floor) and admire the magnificent staircase and listen to sopranos practising their scales behind the closed doors. At the eastern end is the old-fashioned Café Mozart with a 19th-century arty atmosphere - terrace outside in fine weather - and on the ground floor the students' café with huge paintings of the lake and vineyards by Sarto at each side. You can also reach this ground floor by taking the underground passage at the east end of the square. This passage has a sandwich bar and a cobblers', and some display windows, but it's a bit gloomy and usually occupied by a mournful busker.
Written 24 September 2018
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Henri Tascherea... H
United States105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Business
St Francois is the center of Lausanne and reflects much of Lausanne's character -banking, elegant stores and the famed Palace Hotel. Stop here and have a cafe or enjoy some great bars and discos in short walking distance.
Written 30 April 2018
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Cohiba
Mumbai, India193 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Good architecture, history attached to it. A guided tour would help. A pit stop on your vacation tour.
Written 12 April 2018
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Travelcookiecat
Germany549 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
A historical square in the very centre of the city, only 7 minutes away from the main railway station by foot. A beautiful medieval church St. Francis is a must to visit. The post and banks offices. Promisingly looking fashion boutiques.
Written 3 January 2018
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Jules S
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
The best time of the year to visit Place Saint-François is definitely around Christmas because of the market. Otherwise there is not a lot to do but it remains a beautiful place.
Written 30 November 2017
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Mia D
Warsaw, Poland89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
In general, nice city and beautiful architecture :)~ I will come back here if I have chance. Definitely!
Written 8 October 2017
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