I love Zurich and I love tea rooms. So it was high time for me to write a blog post on tea rooms in Zurich!
Here is a review of four tea rooms, all quite centrally located. The overall rating is based on the quality of the food, the service, and the overall atmosphere (e.g. interiors, outdoor seating).
Ratings: Outstanding / Very good / Mediocre / Bad / Terrible
Gourmandises de Miyuko
Gourmandises de Miyuko is a Japanese tea room in Zurich serving breakfast, afternoon tea, and brunch. It is easy to fall in love with its pretty, colorful interiors.
I went there once for brunch, which is served on a three-tier cake stand with: Birchermuesli (a Swiss cereal-based breakfast specialty), peach & pineapple chutney, cucumber & carrot sticks, fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, cheese, wasabi-flavored fig jam, cold cuts, jam, butter, fresh pineapple, chocolate pralines, chocolate mousse, and a cupcake. Whole grain bread, white bread, and croissants are served separately.
They also have a wide selection of cakes, many of which are vegan and gluten-free. The house specialty hot drink is Matcha Latte, made of foamed milk with pulverized Japanese green tea.
Rating: Very good
Address: Beckenhofstrasse 7/9, 8006 Zurich
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. / Sun, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Felix Café am Bellevue
Felix Café is located on Bellevueplatz, just by the lake. It is one of Zurich’s best known tea rooms – reason why it is extremely busy on weekends.
It has lavish, yet very pretty decorations all year round and not only during the holiday season! There is a huge selection of cakes and chocolates to choose from for a special afternoon treat.
On some Sundays in winter, there’s live piano or harp music.
Address: Bellevueplatz 5, 8001 Zurich
Opening hours: Mon-Thu, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. / Fri, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. / Sat, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. / Sun, 9:00 a.m.-8 p.m.
There are several Sprüngli outlets in Zurich, but the one on Paradeplatz in a must for both tourists and locals.
It is a large complex with: a store on the ground floor selling chocolates, macaroons, sandwiches, etc.; a café also on the ground floor with outdoor seating in summer; a much bigger café on the first floor where you can also have a sumptuous buffet breakfast every day of the week.
Sprüngli is known for its macaroons, which are called Luxemburgerli, and chocolates. Their hot chocolate (6,80 SFr.) is another thing you should definitely try out when in Zurich!
Rating: Very good
Address: Paradeplatz / Bahnhofstrasse 21, 8005 Zurich
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. / Sat, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. / Sun, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Café Schober is located in the pedestrian area called Niederdorf. It is known for its delicious hot chocolate (7,50 SFr.) and stunning interiors.
There are four rooms, each one with a different decor. One of the rooms can be booked for private breakfast or afternoon tea gatherings.
On most Thursday and Friday evenings you can also enjoy live piano music from 7 p.m.
Address: Weinbergstrasse 15, 8001 Zurich
Opening hours: Mon-Wed, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. / Thu-Sat, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. / Sun, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
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