As with many European cities (but much better than most, as a rule), the café scene in Zurich is a tourist destination in and of itself. There are so many things to do and see in the city, but few are better or more rewarding than an afternoon spent hanging out in a variety of cafes, sipping coffee, reading a book and engaging in scintillating conversation with locals.
Conversation is easy to find, as are newspaper tables, edifying architecture, interior design and, of course, an ample array of menus featuring coffee, beer and wine. Whether you’re in search of libation, nosh, or social interaction, Zurich’s coffee houses are an ideal source from which to sip and sup.
There are countless cafés throughout the city, all with their own unique take on café culture, but here are a few suggestions to get you started.
The Bottéga Club & Lounge is a great place to celebrate the end of the working day with a refreshing glass of white wine, antipasti, salmon sandwiches or a corstini.
The popular café and bar within the Urania Observatory tower is the most elevated drinking establishment in Zurich. The good news is that it’s an excellent place to enjoy the views over the rooftops of the city with an alcoholic beverage. The bad news is that all of Zurich knows it. Check the hours of operation and plan your visit accordingly so that you can avoid the worst European equivalent of the happy hour crush.