Nyon resembled a sea-side town today (Friday 16th May) as the Bise wind whipped up strong waves on Lac léman. These waves created perfect conditions for surfing and stand up paddleboarding. See selection of photos below taken near the beach area of the lake. This “plage” area is run by Nyon council and is also a free swimming area.
La Plage is also the name of the café/ restaurant on the lake side situated next to the beach area. It is now under new management for 2014 and has recently opened for the summer season.
This restaurant (with friendly staff) offers a small but interesting menu, from fresh fish to tapas, burgers and salads. Living in Nyon (and fellow diner ) can vouch for both the delicious chocolate cake served with a “boule” of home made ice cream and the Tiramisu (“creamy and not too sweet” ). The restaurant also offers a “plat du jour” at midday and is open in the evening. Look out onto the lake while you dine!
Also recently opened in Nyon, is a fresh fish shop in Rue de la Gare 4 (not far from the H & M department store in the centre of town). This shop, called “Borex Poissons”, sells a variety of fish, from smoked salmon (smoked on their own premises), to fish patés, fish brochettes and a selection of fish packs that can be heated to create a ready made fresh meal.
The shop has its own website where can read all about the history of this business (its previous location was in the village of Borex). See this short RTS video about this locally run enterprise which was shot in New Year 2012 when they were busy preparing oysters and other fish for the end of year celebrations.
With the waves, fresh fish and the plage .. who needs the sea?
If you are interested in renting a paddleboard, sailboat, yacht or simply a pedalo on the lake, then take a look at the latest issue of ” Hello Switzerland” magazine. On page 43 you will see an article called ” Who Needs the Ocean?” This article provides useful contacts of sailing schools and rental outlets on the lake.