Shoppers in Lausanne tend to be much more concerned with the commercialized glamour of Paris than with kitschy mountain souvenirs. That being the case, you'll find lots of emphasis on high-profile outfits such as luggage and leather maker Louis Vuitton, 30, rue de Bourg (tel. 021/312-76-60); or haute jeweler Cartier, 6, rue de Bourg (tel. 021/320-55-44).

But if handmade souvenirs from the Vaud region appeal to you, head for Heidi's Shop, 22, rue du Petit-Chêne (tel. 021/311-16-89). The biggest and best bookstore in Lausanne is Librairie Payot, 4, place Pepinet (tel. 021/312-85-42), which carries English-language titles. The biggest jeweler in Lausanne, with a well-established international reputation, is Bucherer, 15, place St-François (tel. 021/312-36-12). Competitors, especially for Swiss watches, include Roman Mayer, 39, av. Du Casino (tel. 021/963-34-24), which has good buys in Omega watches, and Junod, 8, place St-François (tel. 021/312-83-66;, carrying Blancpain watches among others.

The major tobacco outlet is Besson, 22, rue de Bourg (tel. 021/312-67-88), known for its Davidoff cigars.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.