Espresso in Dihei

Kafi Dihei
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

Espresso in the Haus

volkshaus
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.

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To Plüsch for coffee

Pluesch Cafe BarAs 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

Coffee? Ma Certo!

certoCerto Ristorante Bar is an icon of Kreis 4, know for its delicious italian food and al fresco dining during the beautiful Zürich summer. Can I be certain to find a good espresso here? I dusted off my high heels and trekked down an icy path to find out.

Atmosphere: La Dolce Vita. This place is embossed with italian vintage, from the Sofia Loren eyes piece, to the beautiful long wooden tables and the comfy antique green arm chairs. What you won’t be able to miss is the elegant red ‘affettatrice’ which provides delicate slices of fresh parma ham and mortadella. Buonissimo! Continue reading

The little coffee bar at Zürich HB

labarettail Baretto is the little italian style coffee bar facing platforms 17 and 18 at Zürich main station. What better way to start a trip then by getting a good coffee hit! Does this little bar offer a good espresso or will I be taken for a ride? I battled the pre-christmas travellers to find out. 

Atmosphere: Locamotive. This is the place to go to for a quick coffee or snack before you run to get the train. It was busy, with people standing in the ordering queue and tables occupied with travellers. Continue reading

Dini Mueter will love this place!

dinimutterDini Mueter is a fab little bar in the heart of Kreis 4 with all the sweet comforts of home. Does this place offer the mother of all espresso? Only one way to find out.

Atmosphere: Home. When I opened the door and stepped inside, I was tempted to yell out ‘Hi, I’m home!’.It has it’s own little lounge area, plenty of tables for all your friends, a very well stocked bar, toys for the little ones, board games for young and old, and the bonus of friendly staff and a chef in the kitchen! Continue reading

Step into Bellavista

Bellavista offers coffee, wine and the elegant social bar feeling.  It fits nicely into the Bellevue/Niederdorf area, where the old buildings provide a great atmosphere to almost any place. Is the espresso here only bella in vista? Let’s take a seat at the bar and find out.

Atmosphere: Jazz and Soul. The long bar with stainless steal like top, the variety of bottles lined up nicely behind the bar, the stairs leading up to the quite, more intimate seating. Continue reading