Coffee culture in Switzerland has a long history. Since the 17th century, coffee houses have been meeting places in Neuchâtel and Geneva, among other cities. Since the country is a blend of European cultures – German, French, and Italian – to this day, the coffee scene is quite diverse. The Swiss are among the biggest consumers of coffee on the planet; almost three-quarters of the world’s coffee trade happens in Switzerland. A little-known fact about how strongly the Swiss feel about their coffee is that when the government decided to scrap its strategic coffee bean reserve due to budgetary constraints, a viral reaction sparked among citizens who consider a strong cup of coffee vital for kick-starting their day.
How the Swiss love to drink their coffee
This is probably the most popular form of coffee in Switzerland. Get your perfectly brewed espresso and add some cream. Voilà, you have yourself a kafi-crème.
A schale is usually served in a big cup or bowl. It is essentially coffee with milk. However, it has less milk than a latte macchiato and is not as frothy as a cappuccino. It’s perfect for mornings when you think only a large serving of coffee can get you through the day.
Kafi Luz or Luzerner Kafi
If caffeine doesn’t do the trick, it’s time to add something fanciful. Kafi luz, a coffee cocktail, is made with coffee, sugar, and Träsch. Träsch is a pear brandy produced with pear and apple pomace, which is enjoyed mainly in Central Switzerland. This is the coffee for warming yourself up from within on a cold winter day.
Espresso is a dark, strong brew served in small cups. The drink is so effective because it gives you that “snap” that wakes you up and feel alert. Many people like their coffee as an espresso, strong and dark, but you can choose to have your coffee the way you like it.
The most beautiful coffee shops in Switzerland
Café Musée d’ethnographie - Neuchâtel
The Musée d’Ethnographie de Neuchâtel is a must-see venue, not only for its exhibitions but also for its café. You can come from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm to enjoy delicious food and a convivial atmosphere or take advantage of a privileged moment on the terrace to enjoy the stunning view of the lake and the Alps.
Museums Café Chur
The warm ambiance, stylish interior, and pretty garden invite you to enjoy leisurely hours at the Villa Planta. Situated in the heart of Chur, the Museums Café is open from Tue to Sun 9 am to 5 pm.
Café Bar Mardi Gras - Lucerne
Just a short walk from the riverside, the Mardi Gras Luzern Café is a beautiful and cozy place that gives you a sense of serenity. If you want to enjoy your coffee under the sun, this lovely café also provides outdoor seating. The café is open daily, with shorter opening hours on Sunday.