I was very excited when I got an email from Ron Orp suggesting I could be a Café Correspondent for his website. Hunting for cool cafés and writing about it is definitely my dream job.
I moved to Zürich 3 years ago but I grew up in France where the café culture is something we take seriously. Most people working in French cafés are professionals and the coffee is always of decent quality. The service may not be the friendliest in the world but it is efficient. And as a work-shy French woman, I’ve spent countless hours hanging out in cafés so I can tell what makes a good one.
When I arrived in Zürich, I was surprised to see Starbucks everywhere. While I am not an anti-Starbucks activist, nothing beats an independent café with a quirky local flavour. My mission as Ron Orp Café Correspondent will be to show you the best cafés to hang out in Zürich.
I’ll start with Cakefriends, the “favorite place of cake-lovers,” because it is an easy-going place anyone can enjoy. Cakefriends is well-located near Bellevue. I usually go there in the morning or the beginning of the afternoon before it gets too crowded in the evening
I decided to check out the place again for a morning break with Dani, a 22 year old hipster chick with a penchant for thrift stores. She moved to Zürich from Chicago two months ago and is eager to discover the city. We met at the Bellevue tram stop, not completely awake yet: we both needed coffee! A short walk towards the Odeon led us to Cakefriends. As we entered the café, Dani exclaimed: “It’s so cute!”
I am always slightly surprised by American reactions to things. A French person would rather complain about the prices, the location, or anything, but an American will always marvel at something instead. Dani was right about Cakefriends though, the place was filled with cuteness: an over-sized glowing red heart on the ceiling, menus almost hidden inside the wooden tables and all sorts of cakes and muffins on display.
Torgasse 3, , 8001 Zürich