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Address: Place St-Francois, Lausanne 1002, Switzerland

Social center of Lausanne: popular cafes, student hangouts, an important...

Social center of Lausanne: popular cafes, student hangouts, an important church, St. Francis, where everyone meets.

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Nice Square - But nothing more than that.

I crossed the Place St-Francois square on my way from the station to get to a restaurant. The square seemed nice but alright, but there was nothing more to it. Not a must do... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2016
Ryan G
Zurich, Switzerland
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Shanghai, China
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

From an urban point of view this is with "place de la Riponne" one of the two worst places in Lausanne. Central building of St-Francois is the church: On the North side you have the pedestrian part which is nice but the south side is a main bus station in the shadow of two buildings...the post office and a local... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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201 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

I crossed the Place St-Francois square on my way from the station to get to a restaurant. The square seemed nice but alright, but there was nothing more to it. Not a must do in Lausanne.

Thank Ryan G
Columbus, Ohio
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44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

If you can get to Place St. Francois, you can navigate the 3-dimensional city that is Lausanne. Be sure you find Loom ice cream, Blondel chocolate, and Starbucks.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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556 reviews
311 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 432 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2015

Perhaps it was the dank weather, but the square seemed, while attractive enough, not of great interest to me - that may have been in part as I was searching for a place to eat and of the few there none seemed particularly inviting. In fact, at the noon hour on a Monday I was surprised that almost no one... More 

Thank DottoreGianni
Karawang, Indonesia
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2015

NIce place to sight seeing in Switzerland, not too crowded, the building is quite interesting and we have to take a picture here.

1 Thank Ariansyah
Athens, Greece
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2015

A busy spot during the day, located in the heart of the vibrant city center of Lausanne. A lot of commercial shops,the central train station of Lausanne,some bars and small eating places are close even on foot.There are also many bus stops,some of them to and from the Leman lake. It has a nice church but otherwise nothing special to... More 

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Krakow, Poland
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59 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2015

Although during the day it's not a special place, during Christmas it was lovely - a lot of people and small shops with souvenirs and local products (cheese, sausages, honey etc), colourful lights. Hot wine was the best of all! I was passing through the place every day for 4 months and I really liked it. Many buses have a... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2015

Place St-Francois is rich in high end boutiques and coffee shops. it's nice for a walk and for a coffee outdoor.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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334 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Quite a busy place, noisy. The church is nice, some buildings too, lakeviews you can get better elsewhere.

Thank vaclean
Lausanne, Switzerland
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33 reviews
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Walking around the city centre, you'll see this, sure. Is it drop down spectacular? No. But it is charming. It has bars, pubs, shops ... but don't make a special visit just for this.

Thank Lukc

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