From the Grande Place to the edge of the Jardin Roussy, the old town of Vevey is a maze of narrow streets where it is pleasant having a stroll. In this pedestrian aera, fountains and statues, some of which are over a hundred years old, frescoes and colourful signs alternate at every corner, as well as numerous cafés, terraces and boutiques.
The pedestrian zone of the old city, the lakeside, and the market (Tuesday and Saturday mornings) in the Grande Place (the heart of the old city), are well worth a browse.
From the Place de la Gare, walk towards the lake to the Grande Place and the Vevey landing stage. Each Tuesday and Saturday morning in summer, the square belongs to the famous Vevey market, with its colourful, perfumed stands offering flowers, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, fish and old objects. On Saturdays in July and August, these markets give way to folklore markets: thanks to a glass of wine - you pay for your first glass only - everyone can sample the various regional wine appellations in the company of their vintners! The atmosphere is assured with fanfares, alphorns and winegrowers in their traditional costumes!
Via the Rue du Lac (on the east side of the Grande Place, after the Swiss Camera Museum), you come to the picturesque part of Vevey, intimate and pedestrians only: small narrow lanes, unexpected passageways, a host of craftsmen’s workshops, boutiques and bistros.
Returning along the lakeside on the Quai Perdonnet you will find the statue of the famous Charlie Chaplin, who lived at Corsier-sur-Vevey for 25 years, from 1953 to his death. He is laid to rest in the cemetery at Corsier with his wife Lady Oona Chaplin.