1. It’s all about the beans… Café Henrici
Often claimed as the home of the best coffee in Zurich, this bustling café in the old quarter of Zurich does indeed serve a mean cappuccino.
An excellent selection of cakes, nice lunches and a laid-back atmosphere make it a great choice for everything from morning coffee to brunch or a late night glass of wine.
Tip: It’s well worth reserving a table, as Henrici is a favourite haunt of Zurich inhabitants.
2. Ladies who lunch… Café Confiserie Sprüngli
This famous coffee salon is certainly one of the most elegant coffee experiences to be had in Zurich.
You can enjoy delicate bonbons or coffee and cake as well as light lunches in the old-fashioned grandeur of the café, which dazzles with chandeliers and impeccable presentation. While the coffee is good, the people-watching is second-to-none.
Tip: Remember to visit the confiserie downstairs on your way out.
3. Cake heaven … Cakefriends
Cakefriends is a cute café near Bellevue that embraces all that’s great about Switzerland in the most modern way possible. A focus on healthy, homemade food makes it a good choice if you appreciate nothing more than a platter of freshly baked cakes with your coffee.
Tip: Take some friends and ask for their cake selection on a long plate.
4. Watching the world go by… Café Felix
Stepping into Café Felix is a veritable treat for all the senses. Outrageous floral decorations run riot, while the enormous praline counter will occupy your attention for a good while.
If you can find a seat among the tables of smartly dressed clientele, this grand café is a nice place to enjoy a genteel coffee and a delicious cake, and watch the world go by.
Tip: Try one of the exotic hot chocolate blends.
5. A historic highlight … Café Odeon
A constant presence on the Zurich café seen for more than a century, Café Odeon boasts a venerable history.
If you like the thought of drinking a coffee in the same spot as James Joyce, Albert Einstein and Lenin before you, it’s a must-visit. The old-fashioned surroundings are bursting with atmosphere, and there’s a great choice of aperitifs as well as coffees.
Tip: Ask the bar staff for the seasonal spritzer.