A perfect accompaniment to Switzerland’s famed chocolate, coffee is everywhere in big cities. Over the past few years, more and more cafes are providing perfectly blended coffee in the beautiful cities of Geneva, Zurich, Lucerne, Lausanne, and Bern. If you happen to visit one or maybe all of the cities, you have to visit the cafes. We’ve compiled a list of 8 must-visit cafes for anyone visiting Switzerland. Why must-visit? Simply because they are the most excellent in the cities.
1. For the love of beans & brews: Birdie Food & Coffee
Birdie Food and Coffee is a small cafe in Geneva that offers comfort, warmth, and the ultimate coffee experience in Switzerland. There is a selection of delectable coffees served in this cafe and coffee can be prepared in several different ways to suit your taste. To accompany your cup of coffee, you can have a freshly made pastry or bagel.
Birdie Food and Coffee
Address: Rue des bains 40, Geneva
Price: from 4 CHF (4 USD)
Opening Hours: 8 am - 5 pm (Tuesday - Friday). 10 am - 6 pm (weekend). Monday closed.
Access: Bus No. 22 or 51 then change to Bus No. 19
Contact: +41 223202900
Website: Birdie Food and Coffee
2. Cafe de Grancy
Open all days of the week, Cafe de Grancy has its own charm. Located in an old building behind Lausanne’s main train station, this popular cafe is a superb place for you to hang out and relax with a cup of coffee or to treat yourself to a Sunday brunch. The cafe is quiet in the afternoons but it gets busy during lunch and dinner times. If you want to avoid queueing up for a table, make a reservation ahead of time.
Cafe de Grancy
Address: Av. du Rond-Point 1, 1006 Lausanne
Price: from 4 CHF
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 8 am to 12 am. Saturday and Sundays: 9 am to 12 am.
Contact: 021 616 86 66
Website: Cafe de Grancy
3. Hot chocolate tastes the best at Sprungli
Sprungli is famous for its sweets and chocolates, both among locals and tourists. If you arrive in Zurich, stop by this cafe, which is located on level two of Airside Center of Zurich Airport. If you are curious enough to taste the best hot chocolate in the city, spend some time in the cafe before leaving the airport, and before you know it, you will feel your battery recharged and ready to take on the city.
Address: Airside Center Level 2, 8058 Zurich
Price: from 10 CHF (10 USD)
Opening Hours: 5.30 am - 9 pm
Contact: +41 764278754
4. The best coffee in Zurich: Cafe Henrici
Nestled in Niederdorf, the heart of Zurich’s old town, Cafe Henrici is said to be the most favorite cafe of people who reside in Zurich. Whatever your mood when you enter Cafe Henrici, it is guaranteed that you will leave the cafe with a happy heart. The bohemian-style atmosphere promises to make you feel relaxed as soon as you sit down in the indoor or outdoor seating area. The cafe serves the most delicious coffee, especially cappuccinos, and tempting homemade desserts and flammkuchen (Tarte flambee). Brunch is the best time to enjoy a coffee and meal at Cafe Henrici. Do not come after 4 pm, because it is likely that you won’t get a seat!
Address: Niederdorfstrasse 1, 8001 Zürich
Price: from 5.5 CHF (5.5 USD)
Opening Hours: 8 am to 10 pm (Monday). 8 am to 12 am (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday). 8 am to 11 pm (Wednesday). 9 am to 12 am (Saturday). 9 am to 10 pm (Sunday).
Access: Bus No. 34 or Tram 4 or 15
Contact: +41 442515454
Website: Cafe Henrici
5. Enjoy delicious coffee and some jazz music at Cafe Noir
Another popular cafe in Zurich is Cafe Noir. Always packed with people, you might need to prepare yourself because there is a great possibility that you will have to queue to enjoy a cup of coffee at Cafe Noir! The cafe is rather small, thus offers an intimate and laid-back atmosphere. There is only space for about 12 people indoors and a few additional spaces outdoor. You can have a cup of coffee and listen to some jazz music at Cafe Noir.
Address: Neugasse 33, 8005 Zürich
Price: from 6.90 CHF (6.90 USD)
Opening Hours: 7 am to 8 pm (Monday - Friday). 9 am to 6 pm (Saturday). Sunday closed.
Access: Tram 17 or 13
Contact: +41 445583410
Website: Cafe Noir
6. Serving the best espresso: Adrianos Bar & Cafe
When in Bern, make sure that you spare some time to visit Adrianos Bar & Cafe, one of the best cafes in the city. Boasting its prestigious reputation as one of the most loved cafes by locals, the cafe serves a wide selection of coffee. You should try the espresso, which is their most popular option! For a different experience, visit Adrianos Bern in the morning for coffee and again in the evening for a cocktail, when the cafe becomes a bar.
Adrianos Bar & Cafe
Address: Theaterpl. 2, 3011 Bern
Price: from 4.5 CHF (4.5 USD)
Opening Hours: 7 am to 12.30 am (Monday to Saturday). 10 am to 11.30 pm (Sunday).
Access: Tram 6, 7, 8 or 9
Contact: +41 313188831
Website: Adrianos Bar & Cafe
7. The right drinks served at Einstein Kaffee und Rauchsalon
You can’t say you have visited Bern if you failed to drop by Einstein Kaffee und Rauchsalon, one of the best cafes in the city. The cafe may not serve a wide variety of drinks, but it serves the right ones. Whether you order a cappuccino, an espresso, or another coffee, they taste just perfect!
Einstein Kaffee und Rauchsalon
Address: Kramgasse 49, 3011 Bern
Price: from 4.5 CHF (4.5 USD)
Opening Hours: 8.30 am to 10.30 pm (Monday to Wednesday). 8.30 am to 12.30 am (Thursday to Friday). 6 am to 12.30 am (Saturday). 9 am to 5 pm (Sunday).
Access: Bus No. M97
Contact: +41 313122828
Website: Einstein Kaffee und Rauchsalon
8. For an enjoyable cup of coffee or tea: Blend Teehaus
There are plenty of cafes in Lucerne, but the best that you have to visit is called Blend Teehaus, which is an excellent a tea house. Serving tea and coffee, Blend Teehaus offers the visitor pages and pages of drink options. From matcha lattes to ginger tea and black coffee, there is something for everyone here. The ambiance is laid back, making it a perfect place if you want to unwind, read a book, enjoying specialty coffee, tea, and snacks. Oh, and Teehaus also caters to those with dietary restrictions by serving vegan and gluten free sweets!
Address: Furrengasse 7, 6004 Luzern
Price: from 5 CHF (5 USD)
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm (Tuesday to Thursday). 9 am to 10 pm (Friday to Saturday). 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday). Monday closed.
Access: 7-minute walk from city center
Contact: +41 415458527
Website: Blend Teehaus
Happiness is only a cafe away
There is this saying that says “you cannot buy happiness but you can buy coffee and that is pretty close.” We 100% agree with that statement. Coffee can change your mood from bad to good and from good to better and make your day perfect. Stop by any of these cafes in Switzerland for a perfect day.
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