I’ve only been to Switzerland once before. When we were driving through the country to get to Italy. We stopped in a beautiful village in the mountains, at an unfortunately named place called Cunter. I remember thinking how clean the air was. We had a bit of a Sound of Music moment (and yes, I am aware that’s set in Austria).
But since then I’d never been motivated to return to Switzerland. I’m not a skier. Or really an Alpine walker. I’d read and heard about Zurich and Geneva, that they were pleasant, if fairly un-exciting cities. Yet when I had to go to Zurich for the day on a work trip I was strangely looking forward to seeing the city. And disappoint it did not.
It’s astounding what you can do in 8 hours in a city. My first point of call was Milchbar because it seemed to be mentioned quite a lot on other blogs, and it looked right up my street, and I needed a comfortable cafe to do some work. Word of advice: don’t come to Milchbar if you do want to work because, as quiet as it was on a Monday morning, the wifi also does not work.
That’s the only bad thing about the place. Bizarrely, it is run by Australians. Or, there seemed to be a lot of Australians working there that particular morning. Good news is, they make good coffee. I very much enjoyed my cappuccino, and loved the place itself. It has a huge terrace, which must be so stunning in the summer, and incredibly cosy (sheepskin rugs galore) in the winter. The place is split in two, which is a bit confusing, but seems to work.
This is a great place for lunch it seems, or for a coffee and a cake. The Swiss are clearly as good at making cakes as they are chocolate. I passed many a cafe with a mouth-watering display of cakes, pastries and sweet treats.
Anyway, my stop at Milchbar was short, due to lack of wifi, but I highly recommend it for those looking for an excellent coffee, or a sugary treat, or a delicious, healthy lunch. 10/10!
Kappelergasse 16 (super central)
8001 Zürich, Switzerland