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Why no late night food?

I live in Lausanne, and to my disappointment it seems to be almost impossible to find some food after a night out. A nice kebab or hot-dog or whatever is so incredibly good on the way home around 2-4 am. But it seems not a single soul is selling.

I am surprised for example that in the middle in the city center it is not a single food-place that sells food to all the people heading home late. I was expecting to see atleast some random guy selling hotdogs if a local fastfood place was not open.

Is it forbiden to sell street-food in Lausanne? Or perhaps it is a question of demand? Is it the same in the bigger cities like Geneva and Zuirch, or does it exist some fast-food late night?


I really miss my food after a night out though... That is the time when food can taste incredibly good.
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Re: Why no late night food?

You are in Switzerland now!
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Re: Why no late night food?

It is probably because the owner of the restaurant/stall/whatever has to pay a substantial amount to employees [this is Switzerland after all] to cook and serve food to only a very few people like yourself. Why not make it when you get home?
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Re: Why no late night food?

I'm sure it's a question of demand.

In the old days there was a place near the train-station in Zurich where we could enjoy a caspaccio (other stuff too, I suppose but for me it was always caspaccio) at 5 a.m. before calling it a night and go home.
Don't know if that still exists but it was the only place that offered this.

I know what you mean
Guess you'll have to make your own hot-dog when you get home.
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Is it forbiden to sell street-food in Lausanne? Or perhaps it is a question of demand? Is it the same in the bigger cities like Geneva and Zuirch, or does it exist some fast-food late night?
I think it most likely to be just a lack of demand. In Basel city centre there has always been several kebab shops that stay open late, although quite how late I'm not sure. But they're mostly very central to the popular bar areas where there are a lot of people still around at 1 or 2 in the morning. So enough demand=supply.
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Re: Why no late night food?

Thanks for the replies.
About making my own food when getting home is unfortunately not the same thing. Because I am drunk and eating on the way home is part of why its good. As you also pointed out; demand of course plays a big role.

Its just such a difference. Compared to Sweden where a big part of the fast-food places is thriving around 3am atleast in Stockholm. Its a swedish word "fyllekäk" meaning "drunkfood". A big chunk of the people end up to buy hotdogs or kebab

As someone pointed out though; I am in Switzerland! But I am also in the complain section of the forum, so I will just add that Switzerland should start with bigger yoghurts. The same size as the milk. All these small ones are not so practical.
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I live in Lausanne, and to my disappointment it seems to be almost impossible to find some food after a night out. A nice kebab or hot-dog or whatever is so incredibly good on the way home around 2-4 am. But it seems not a single soul is selling.

I am surprised for example that in the middle in the city center it is not a single food-place that sells food to all the people heading home late. I was expecting to see atleast some random guy selling hotdogs if a local fastfood place was not open.

Is it forbiden to sell street-food in Lausanne? Or perhaps it is a question of demand? Is it the same in the bigger cities like Geneva and Zuirch, or does it exist some fast-food late night?


I really miss my food after a night out though... That is the time when food can taste incredibly good.
You are in luck! I have spent many pleasant evenings in Lausanne, and often found myself in need of steaming victuals at four or five o' clock in the morning. Not many people know about it, but Sawney Bean's Long Pig Buffet is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The food is always of exceptional quality, served piping hot, at a surprisingly unreasonable price. Don't bother trying to pay with cash - it will be waved away with a friendly chuckle. The proprietor will tell you what you owe her when you've finished your meal.

The food, to the disappointment of some, consists only of meat products: pies, steaks, cutlets and sausages. If you want vegetables, you will have to bring your own - but few patrons do. A sharp knife and a large napkin should be sufficient to enjoy your early morning feast.

The establishment may be found behind the barber shop on the Rue de Geneve. Knock on the red door to the right and ask for Mme Lovett.

Bon appetit!
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Old 18.03.2018, 21:03
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Thanks for the replies.
About making my own food when getting home is unfortunately not the same thing. Because I am drunk and eating on the way home is part of why its good. As you also pointed out; demand of course plays a big role.

Its just such a difference. Compared to Sweden where a big part of the fast-food places is thriving around 3am atleast in Stockholm. Its a swedish word "fyllekäk" meaning "drunkfood". A big chunk of the people end up to buy hotdogs or kebab

As someone pointed out though; I am in Switzerland! But I am also in the complain section of the forum, so I will just add that Switzerland should start with bigger yoghurts. The same size as the milk. All these small ones are not so practical.
Are you the one who ranted about shops not open here on Sundays?

I think you should forget about Sweden for the moment and just enjoy Switzerland as it is. "Oh look the cute yoghurt sizes", "great, no junk-food late at night, I lost 1 kg already "(one kilo because alcohol makes you fat too, LOL, and I bet you drink more here because you forgot to mention that alcohol is cheaper here than in Sweden ), "shops closed on Sunday ..... how cute and old fashioned". "Let's see, what other funny habits do they have here?"

You will enjoy it so much more and even find things you'll appreciate (and will miss once you return to Sweden. Wanna bet?) I mean, who moves abroad to live like at home?!

Btw. if you have "Volg" in the French part, they do have half-liter yoghurt. Before you go for yoghurt - check the sugar content

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Is it forbiden to sell street-food in Lausanne? Or perhaps it is a question of demand? Is it the same in the bigger cities like Geneva and Zuirch, or does it exist some fast-food late night?
It's not healthy.


In case you're hungry enough, you can make your own.
The Register had a nice series:

"Post Pub Nosh Neckfiller".

My favorite:
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/1...sala_omelette/


Just google for "post pub nosh neck filler the register".
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You are in luck! I have spent many pleasant evenings in Lausanne, and often found myself in need of steaming victuals at four or five o' clock in the morning. Not many people know about it, but Sawney Bean's Long Pig Buffet is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The food is always of exceptional quality, served piping hot, at a surprisingly unreasonable price. Don't bother trying to pay with cash - it will be waved away with a friendly chuckle. The proprietor will tell you what you owe her when you've finished your meal.

The food, to the disappointment of some, consists only of meat products: pies, steaks, cutlets and sausages. If you want vegetables, you will have to bring your own - but few patrons do. A sharp knife and a large napkin should be sufficient to enjoy your early morning feast.

The establishment may be found behind the barber shop on the Rue de Geneve. Knock on the red door to the right and ask for Mme Lovett.

Bon appetit!
Was reading this with such high hopes and actually fell for it for a few seconds :(((
Wasn't until the music started playing that I went and reread your post >.<
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It is probably because the owner of the restaurant/stall/whatever has to pay a substantial amount to employees [this is Switzerland after all] to cook and serve food to only a very few people like yourself. Why not make it when you get home?
Probably also higher taxes or expensive licenses on top of that as business all around the clock is not really encouraged here - taxes, licences -wise and stuff.

The Swiss are smart - maintain that quiet country status and make sure people will be at work the next day......

C'mon guys, it wouldn't be Switzerland after all. Make yourself a sandwich, OP. :-)

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Probably also higher taxes or expensive licenses on top of that as business all around the clock is not really encouraged here - taxes, licences -wise and stuff.
The biggest cost factor is rent, work force, and the complaining neighbors. The license it self is cheap.

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Its just such a difference. Compared to Sweden where a big part of the fast-food places is thriving around 3am atleast in Stockholm. Its a swedish word "fyllekäk" meaning "drunkfood". A big chunk of the people end up to buy hotdogs or kebab
Which comes with noise, disturbance, littering, and vomit. No drunkfood, no loitering drunkards.
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The biggest cost factor is rent, work force, and the complaining neighbors. The license it self is cheap.
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Hehe, and here I was suspecting them of some social engineering...

So, good tip for some brave entrepreneurs.
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Re: Why no late night food?

Lifehack!: Buy a Kebap while they are still open, put it in your pocket... and when its 2-4 am you pull it out and eat it!

Important: Do NOT eat it before 2-4 am, otherwise you will miss the whole point of it...

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Re: Why no late night food?

Fribourg (well, Givisiez) has an all-night Italian restaurant open Fridays and Saturdays. Quite a treat to go for a sneaky pizza at 3am after a skinful at the Irish .
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Bon appetit!
I am worring that this is an excellent troll attempt on Sweeney Todd??
I was really looking forward to have a place altough shady that served food.....!
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Re: Why no late night food?

Although there are many foreigners who mix up Switzerland with Sweden, who was it said "comparisons are odious" [err..... not me]
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Is it forbiden to sell street-food in Lausanne? Or perhaps it is a question of demand? Is it the same in the bigger cities like Geneva and Zuirch, or does it exist some fast-food late night?
Dunno about regulation, but it looks like a matter of lacking demand. 10am-5am home delivery with reasonable minimum order is doable in Zürich so if there was enough demand, supply would probably follow.
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Re: Why no late night food?

Even better...

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Re: Why no late night food?

Shouldn't all good citizens be home and in bed by 9pm?
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