An espresso with my Mohrenkopf

Winter has finally arrived in Zurich! The perfect time of year to explore the city for that cosey little café that you are going to make home – well at least for a few hours. Whether you are visiting for the weekend, or wandering through this fabulous city which is home, one place to stop at is Café Mohrenkopf. This little café and restaurant, located in the heart of Niederdorf (Zurich’s old town), has been welcoming visitors for over 30 years. It’s name Mohrenkopf (a kind of chocolate coated marshmallow) gives a big hint on what you will find inside – lots of yummy Mohrenkopf’s to have with your coffee. Would this little café deliver that sweet espresso, or would it be just me and my Mohrenkopf? Let’s open the door and find out.. Continue reading

It’s all about doubles at Cafe New Zealand

CafeNZThe news is spreading fast – Kiwi sighting on one of Zürich’s most famous alternative streets, Langstrasse! Cafe New Zealand opened its doors in April and since opening, has been causing quite a stir. Ok – this is not difficult on Langstrasse.

As with most new cafes, I thought I would give Sam – the Cafe NZ man – a few weeks to settle in before hitting him with my visit. As an Aussie-Italian, I was curious of what the coffee experience would be like. Italians love their espresso as much as Aussies love their Flat Whites, and Sam serves both. Can a Kiwi really serve a grand espresso and creamy Flat White (which we all know is Australian and is now hipper than hip!)??

I took the bus down good ol’ Langstrasse, hopped off at Militar-Langstrasse, blew off a few wolf whistles and walked in….

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Espressostyle at Sport Bar

Sport Bar With the Sochi Winter Olympics in full swing, talk on the street is of Dario Cologna, my cousin Julia Mancuso (ha!), and the awesome, rocking Snowboarding events. What better time than now to experience espressostyle at Sport Bar in Zürich’s Kreis 4. In snowboarding slang, word has it that they bust a great espresso here. Would this Snow Bunny discovers an epic espresso, or would it be wack? Trekking through an off-season Zürich thunderstorm, I shook the water from my umbrella and went in to find out..
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Espresso Rocks at Henrici

henriciEvery city has it’s old town where you often make new, delightful, even inspiring discoveries. Zurich’s Niederdorf is no exception. Amongst the beautiful historic buildings and coblestone roads is a piece of coffee heaven, Café Henrici. Henrici lives and breathes Christian Friedrich Henrici’s words – Life without coffee is one not worth living! I hear you!! Would the espresso here make life worth living, or would it be just one of those disappointing Zürich espresso experiences? I almost skipped to the door, I was so excited finally review the espresso..but you have to keep cool when visiting one of the most recommended cafés in Zürich.

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Design me an Espresso!

Senior Design

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.

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Waltz into Café Lang

cafelangLimmatplatz in Kreis 5 has transformed into one of the busiest and hippest zones in Zürich. A waltz away from the tram stop is Café Lang. Will the espresso here sweep me off my feet, or will I want to do a quick step out the door? I polished my shoes, applied the gloss and made my way through the doors to find out.

Atmosphere: Vienesse.  Be prepared to step into another time and space with a true Vienesse coffee house experience. The furniture, the beautiful wood panels, the vintage green, even the newspapers hanging on the walls ready to be read. Continue reading

Noir is beautiful

cafenoirCafe Noir is a cute little jewel of a coffee bar located off Zürichs busy buzzing Langstrasse. Understated, simple and cosy, does this place really take their coffee seriously or will I just see black? After a few weeks of great coffee in Australia, where the coffee culture is alive and kicking, I was more than ready to find out. Let the 2013 journey to find Zurichs grand espresso begin! Continue reading