Discover the charm of Zurich’s café scene as we present a curated selection of five cozy cafés for you to indulge in.
1. Café Conditorei 1842:
In the heart of Zurich’s old town lies a charming confectionary in a heritage building from the 13th century known as Café Conditorei 1842. As the name suggests, this café was established in 1842, making it a well-known spot in the city of Zurich. The café’s long history is visible in its interior. Entering Café Conditorei 1842 feels like stepping into a fairytale. There are sweets and delights, such as mousses, cakes and apfelstrudel. The rooms decorated with crimson walls, crimson velvet furniture and beautiful flower arrangements come straight out of a story book. This contributes to the warm atmosphere, which is especially appealing on cold, snowy days.
Café Conditorei 1842, Napfgasse 4, 8001 Zurich
At the beginning of Niederdorf at Central lies the café, bar and bistrot Franzos. As the name suggests, it is a French café. This is further insinuated by the many different frames filled with France-related pictures, like Brigitte Bardot and French writing, decorating the walls. The earthy tones through the white walls, dark brown floor and wooden furniture contribute to this rustic look associated with the French countryside. The different chairs and tables contribute to this unique and easy-going ambiance. Whether a family wants to celebrate over brunch, two friends catch up over after-work drinks or a student drinks coffee and eats a croissant while studying on a laptop, this place offers a great authentic French setting for different occasions.
Franzos, Limmatquai 138, 8001 Zurich
Located in the University Quarter of Zurich, this café is a popular gathering spot for students and professors alike. It was established by students in what used to be a pharmacy, hence the name “ApoTheke”. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, guests can enjoy a variety of coffees, birchermüeslis, panini, quiches and more! The relaxed atmosphere provides a good space to catch up with friends or study for the upcoming exam. Besides the cozy interior, guests can enjoy people-watching in the spaces in front of the café.
ApoTheke, Zürichbergstrasse 17, 8032 Zurich
4. Café Felix
For anyone Café Felix is a popular café for locals and tourists alike. Situated in a central area between Lake Zurich, Bellevue and Niederdorf, Café Felix is a very frequented spot. Belonging to Confiserie Teuscher, the café offers many home-made chocolates, delicious pastries and freshly baked cakes of different flavors. These magnificent delights and colorful flower arrangements contribute to a festive ambiance that can be enjoyed all year.
Café Felix am Bellevue, Bellevueplatz 5, 8001 Zurich
5. Café Milchbar
Café Milchbar is a hidden gem in the side streets close to Zurich’s financial district Paradeplatz. Besides coffee, tea or juices, guests can enjoy baked goods, cheese and sausages either indoors or outdoors with a view of the courtyard. In addition, Café Milchbar offers one hotel room. For those seeking a truly unique stay, do not miss the opportunity to book “The Zimmer,” a one-of-a-kind hotel room designed by the artist Max Zuber.
Café Milchbar, Kappelergasse 16, 8001 Zurich