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.
Atmosphere: Happening. The first time you walk into this Café/Restaurant is bound to be memorable, simply because there is a lot to take in. From the beautiful old bar, to it’s classic, imperial style, which includes antique tables, chairs and chandelier. Look out for the clock-face table in the center and the rather large Rhino above the door! There is even an original, old, rather large wall mirror where, even on a bad hair day, you will think you look great!.. or at least artistic and cool. A busy place, with a mixture of regular customers and visitors, for people who want and like to be social and even those who like to be seen. Stop for a bite to eat at lunch, for tapas, and the restaurant is great for a special occasion dinner.
Espresso rating: 3.0 out of 5
As with any opening act, the presentation of the espresso is set to stimulate all your senses so you can appreciate what is to come. This espresso was ‘corto’, with a slight, broken layer of cream, letting in the deep, brown light of the espresso. A strong, nutty, krafty aroma, this espresso left a slightly bitter aftertaste, which was soothed by a sip of water. There are those that may like lingering bitterness, but feel free to improvise by adding a bit of sugar or a touch of cream to help smoothen the ride. This espresso creation comes from the mix supplied by Henauer Kaffee, played through a La Cimbali machine. The little Volkhaus biscuits are good, but if you need a chocolate intermission, try the chocolate cake – delicious!
Free water: Yes
Kid friendly: Yes
Lactose Free Milk: No
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Until the next cup..