Best Coffee Shops in Zurich
Coffee shops are my little slice of heaven. Being a foreigner in a foreign country I look for what makes me feel like home and comfortable. I am from Seattle, known for its coffee among other things. So I love walking into a coffee shop. Especially if it has almond croissants.
I get so much energy and happiness from a great coffee shop experience. Is that crazy? What is it about a cup of coffee delivered to your table to make you think everything is going to be alright? It’s all about the simple pleasures in life. Maybe it’s the Seattle girl in me and the coffee shop culture. But I’m pretty sure it has to do with receiving great service, coffee, and pastries.
These are the 10 best coffee shops in Zürich. They are the ones I frequent, find approachable, and enjoy relaxing in, with my kids. I love going to a café to catch up with friends and enjoy my morning. Here are the best coffee shops in Zürich, according to my children and I.
Cafe Péclard in Conditorei Schober
With Heike and I at home in the mornings, we often end up at her favorite coffee shop in Zürich, Cafe Péclard. Heike marches straight through the delicious pastries to the red velvet room, Salon Rouge, which is her favorite place to sit. If I am alone with a friend, I sit one floor up in the airy Cafe Colonial with a beautiful bar, gorgeous wallpaper and windows to a cobbled alleyway to people watch. Cafe Péclard has the best almond croissants in Zürich. I’m pretty sure it’s what I would call a twice baked almond croissant. Oh it is so delicious. There are so many treats to choose from as well as a full menu for brunch. We always look at the pastries before heading to our table as they are beyond beautiful. Here is my post dedicated to my favorite almond croissant establishment.
Sprüngli has the best hot chocolate in Zürich. Our girls love walking up to the Luxembourgerli counter and each getting their own little complementary colorful macaron. It is a wonderful point of difference. We love to sit upstairs, preferably at a corner table facing the Paradaplatz. The girls love coming here for the bouillon soup. They do have a children’s menu with the standard children’s fare if needed. But with a kid in a candy shop, there is so much to choose from, ours haven’t ordered from the menu, but it is so nice they have it. There are free postcards when you get to the top of the stairs (also where you pay at the end) so we grab a few so the kids can write/color while we enjoy our amazing hot chocolates. Here is my post on my love for Sprüngli.
Milchbar, in the Paradaplatz, is tucked in a gorgeous little square off the bustling Bahnhofstrasse. It’s a gorgeous place to sit outside in front of the beautiful green fountain, the kids run around, hiding in the hedges for ages. Milchbar gets their pastries from Cafe Péclard, so they also have the best almond croissants in Zürich!
Babu’s Bakery & Coffeehouse
This is a fabulous little brunch spot right near Juicery 21, Bovelli, and Hiltl. Babu’s is exactly the place I was looking for when we first moved to Zürich. It reminds me of Muriel’s Kitchen in South Kensington, London. It’s a wonderful brunch place with mismatched china and friendly, happy service. If it’s your first time to Babu’s, walk in, grab a seat, then go to the counter to order your food. I love the homey bakery atmosphere, fresh juices, and the girls love their waffles. Here is my post about Babu’s after the first time we went. We were so happy to have found this little bubble in Zürich.
Henrici is in the heart of the cool kids area, the Niederdörfli. On the weekend this place is busting at the seams busy. But my friends and I went on a weekday morning a few weeks ago and it was pleasantly empty. The owner served us and was so charming we will definitely be having more of our Instagram meet ups here for sure. Cafe Henrici is a large space for a week day morning get together. The acai bowl and the flammkuchen are not to be missed. I had a yummy sandwich and the dark brown bread was amazing. My husband and Heike split the apple strudel with ice cream in a pretty hard fought battle. Henrici has been named the best coffee shop in Zürich!
My girlfriend and I had such a fun time at Bovelli last January. Looking at these pictures makes me want to get her on a plane from Seattle right this minute. Bovelli is a gorgeous coffee shop in the massive Hiltl block in town. I absolutely love the blue cups and their gorgeous large bar. The coffee is fantastic and the barista was friendly and fun.
My girlfriends and I had a lovely Instagram meet up brunch at Maison Blunt last week and I can’t stop thinking about it. The coffee is amazing. I ordered coffee that came in a tiny glass cup like a shot of espresso. So good. And their cappuccino comes in a beautiful blue cup. The real eye candy is the amazing plates of brunch they serve. We couldn’t stop taking pictures of the gorgeous tile floor, wall, and even bathroom! This place is so fun with all the colorful sofas. Everywhere you look is color. This place can cheer up even the dreariest day.
Cafe Lang is so beautifully Parisian it makes the perfect morning coffee date spot. My husband and I go on morning dates (since I’m so tired by 8pm I can’t be bothered to go out at night let alone AFTER the kids are asleep?! Anyone, anyone?) and Cafe Lang was the perfect spot to sit down for a moment after our gorgeous brunch at Maison Blunt last weekend. The beautiful French decor pop me right back to Paris. Speaking of Paris, I really should book a train ticket STAT!
A girlfriend and I had a lovely date out last weekend with the most amazing brunch at Cafe des Amis. I loved it so much I told my husband this is our next morning brunch date place. They have an extensive brunch menu with everything I love to see from eggs to lox to gorgeous cheese plates. The sweet French ladies sitting next to us were eating a fabulous looking cake, a note for my next visit. The coffee comes in large and small, so obviously, get the large.
I love Grande Cafe on the Limmat river. The first time I went here, I ordered my usual cappuccino in Swiss German, but the barista asked me a follow-up question I had never been asked before. I asked if she could please ask me again more slowly as I could not figure out a few words. She was asking if I wanted the dark or the light espresso roast for my cappuccino. I was so delighted that we started chatting away on what she recommended. She brought me a straight espresso shot of each to taste the difference. If you are not living in Zürich, you may not understand this amazing customer service blew my mind! Needless to say, I will stop by this café anytime I am in the area. It is tiny on the inside with plenty of outdoor seating. Plus, the tile floor and cute interior are reasons to relax and stay a while.
La Stanza has really good coffee, perhaps the best coffee in Zurich. Just last week I was having a morning coffee with a friend thinking this coffee might just be perfect. And the pastries they have are SO GOOD! There is a tiny glass self serve pastry spot at the far end of the bar filled with custard croissants, marmalade croissants, pistachio and creme cannoli, and lobster tails filled with creme. Oh my goodness they are so delicious. I love people watching here. The clientele is made up of serious business men who pop in, read the entire newspaper while drinking an espresso. It is very busy first thing in the morning but as soon as they finish the newspaper, you can find a chair or bar spot.
Takeaway coffee is not a big thing in Zurich. But, our go to coffee shop on the weekends in Vi Cafe across from the Zurich Opera House in Bellevue. We always grab a coffee from here to start or end our journey. This is a walk up coffee shop without any seating. You can get a paper cup and walk around like an American! I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing, but they won an award for best coffee, so I’m assuming it’s acceptable.
What is your favorite coffee shop in Zurich?
(Here are our favorite places for brunch in Zurich)