The streets of Zurich: Limmatquai: Café Odeon

Like all major cities in the world, Zurich, too, has had its share of famous residents over the years. Do you know that James Joyce (Irish novelist, 182-1941) is buried in a cemetery near the zoo of Zurich?

One café in Zurich that has made history is Café Odeon. The coffee house is located on Limmatquai, a street running parallel to the river Limmat and a short walk away from Zurich’s main train station. Limmatquai is the street featured this and next week in The Streets of Zurich blog post series.


Café Odeon opened in 1911 as a Viennese coffee house with art nouveau interiors. Among the café’s (more or less regular) clients were, besides James Joyce, Albert Einstein (German physicist, 1879-1955), Vladimir Lenin (Russian communist revolutionary, 1870-1924), Thomas Mann (German novelist, 1875-1955), and Benito Mussolini (Italian dictator, 1883-1945) – just to name a few.

Café Odeon

I was recently invited for lunch there by the café manager, Dieter Glauser, and his brother, Roland, who is also a restaurateur.

The place was quite calm at noon, but got very busy at 1 p.m. It is, indeed, a popular lunch spot for those working in the area, as well as for tourists. Make sure you book a table if you’re meeting someone for lunch!

We started off our meal with the soup of the day, a creamy tomato soup, which is one of my favorite comfort foods on a cold winter day.

Café Odeon

Dieter offered us a glass of unfiltered white wine from the Swiss canton of Aargau. I can’t remember drinking unfiltered wine before. I liked it.

Café Odeon

Since all main courses on the menu (around ten) had meat in them, Dieter suggested the cook prepared for me a dish of fried rice with vegetables. Sounded good. And tasted good, too!

Café Odeon

I felt too full to go for dessert. However, having been to Café Odeon several times before, I know I love their Eiskaffee. In a previous post I gave their iced coffee an “outstanding” rating and it surely deserves it!

Café Odeon

Besides the good food (and Eiskaffee!), Café Odeon is a very pretty coffee house you should check out when in Zurich. As a veggie, though, I would be happy to see at least one vegetarian main course included in the menu. I will look forward to that!


Address: Limmatquai 2, 8001 Zurich

Opening hours: Mon-Thu, 7 a.m.-2 a.m. / Fri-Sat, 7 a.m.-4 a.m. / Sun, 9 a.m.-2 a.m.

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