Take a relaxing stroll out of Zürich’s city centre through the leafy green streets of Kreis 3. Athough Spring still hasn’t sprung in Zürich, you will get a touch of the green grass of home when you visit Kafi Dihei (Swiss German for Coffee at Home). Will this be an espresso to write home about, or will I be left reminiscing of that grand espresso I had way back when..? I parked my vespa across the road, as if I was arriving Dihei and made myself at home at one of the garden tables to find out. Continue reading
You can usually tell that it’s Spring in Zürich not by the weather, but by the amount of roadworks taking place. As you weave your way down Josefstrasse in Zürich’s Kreis 5, you will come across this hidden treasure called Senior Design Café. Part of the Senior Design Factory, this is a creative space which transcends age, with young and old working together. Hats off to the talented Designers behind this cool initiative! Will the espresso here be an experience designed to transcend space and time? I trekked through the mini construction site (..which is now complete) to find out.
Volkshaus - home to theatre, concerts, exhibitions, restaurant, bookshop and more recently a ‘Stadtbad’ with Haman and Sauna. You breath in that cultural, creative air as soon as you approach this unique building. The people’s place – whether you are meeting friends for pre-dinner drinks and concert, planning that romantic dinner and trip to the Haman, or simply want to enjoy some people watching in a lively part of Kreis 4. It’s all here! Is this artistically inspiring meeting place also home to Zürich’s grand espresso? I ventured into the Volkshaus Café Bar to find out.
Kreis 3 is home to many unique, alternative, comfortable cafés and bars, especially in the area near and around Ida Platz. One of the these places is the Berta Bar & Café. On a chilled Sunday afternoon, it’s a great place to stop for a drink and also to try out the espresso. Does this little alternative bar house the grand espresso, or is there a better bar? I looked at the tables outside and thought ‘wish it was spring’, and then opened the door and let the experience begin. Continue reading
Bleicherweg is home to some of Zürichs busiest coffee bars, including Bar Nocciolina. With its Italian flair, this little bar is making its mark in this coffee city. Will the espresso here be my sunshine on a cloudy day, or will I be singing a different song? I brushed the sleep from my eyes and strolled in ready for the first caffeine hit for the day.
Atmosphere: Napoli. This small, cosy bar has a relaxed, la vita e bella kind of vibe. The pictures on the wall of the italian ‘prince of laughter’ Toto‘ are a nice touch and give this place the Italanità of bella Napoli. Continue reading
As you wander down Aemtlerstrasse in Zurich’s trendy neighbourhood of Kreis 3, you will come across Plüsch Café Bar. A great place to stop for lunch, but would this place also offer a lush espresso? Looks like I would be stepping back in time to find out.
Atmosphere: Chillicious. This place has a chilled out 1970s retro feeling. Whether you visit for lunch, or time out with the paper, or to enjoy an after work drink, you will feel comfortable and chillaxed. There is a daily menu to enjoy and also a variety of fresh cakes. Continue reading
Zurich’s Prime Tower in Kreis 5 is not only the tallest building in Zurich, but also home to Clouds and Hotel Rivington & Sons. A unique name for a bar, and people are spreading the news that an esquisite espresso is served here. Having visited siblings La Stanza and Café Lang, I was very curious to see what this place had to offer. Would this bar offer the grand espresso, or leave me in a disillusioned state of mind? I stepped through the green curtain to find out.
Atmosphere: Frank Sinatra. The idea with this hotel bar is that you experience New York in ganster times.. well, that was the feeling I got. Continue reading