May 11, 2018
Located on the corner at Limmatquai 2, this legendary Bohemian landmark has had countless eccentric artists and intellectuals in its red leather banquettes – not to mention the odd fascist. Mussolini apparently knocked them back in here before the Second World War, while Lenin used to pop in regularly before the First. Don’t hold that against them, though this place is a cosy, classy, intimate café that does great lunches and fine cocktails and is well worth a spot on anyone’s ‘must visit’ list. Style is turn-of-the century art nouveau; there are cute banquettes to sit in, a curved wooden bar to order at, and pavement tables outside for summer sun with plenty of window seating if it’s chillier but you still want to watch the world go by. Despite its ageing status (the venue first opened its doors way back in 1911) it’s still popular with a trendy in-crowd and draws more than its fair share of Swiss beauties and handsome young urbanites. The menu changes regularly but includes such comforting dishes as homemade lasagne, American-style burgers and fried calves’ liver with mashed potatoes, and there’s a range of coffees, beers, spirits and wine on offer or try one of the tasty cocktails, or a refreshing glass of Prosecco, which is always a popular choice. The atmosphere changes throughout the day mornings you’re likely to be sitting next to a smart young professional reading a newspaper while enjoying the quality coffee, while in the evenings things get a bit livelier. At weekends it’s open until well into the early hours (4.30am Fridays and Saturdays) making it the perfect spot to wind down after a night on the town.