One of our favourite cafés in Zurich is the French-inspired Café du Bonheur in the Kreis 4 neighbourhood. Surrounded by old residential buildings and nestled on one side of Bullingerplatz with its impressive fountain, it is the sort of neighbourhood café which everyone wishes was tucked around the corner from their home.
Brunch is served on weekends between 10.00 and 14.00, with a changing and seasonal menu. On our recent visit, we delighted in our serve of omelette with goat’s cheese and mushrooms, French toast with plum compote, as well as their delicious yoghurt with homemade granola and plum compote. The children were easily satisfied with their basket of fresh bread and French pastries.
At other times, there is often a nice selection of cakes and pastries on offer. Although, we have visited on occasions when they had completely run out of food by 14.00 …
The café itself is quite cosy with a small number of wooden tables and mis-matched chairs (to go with the mis-matched vintage tableware), but in good weather, outdoor seating is also available on the pavement overlooking the square and fountain display.
In good weather, the service can also be a bit hectic … I feel it is worth mentioning that, on a recent visit during a busy afternoon, my coffee never arrived. And they ran out of chocolate cake despite there being a whole cake at the time I ordered. Obviously, the service depends much on the staff working on any given day, and this incident was more an exception than the norm.
There is a good selection of newspapers and magazines for customers to read, and the clientele is a diverse range of young hipsters to families with children.
? Being a neighbourhood café, they are very family-friendly. Part of the road in front of the restaurant is closed off to traffic, which gives children a bit of room to run around and play near the fountain when the weather is nice. Our children love sitting in the bright window seats, and there is also a high chair is available for small children. There are no baby-changing facilities on site.
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For more tips on where to go for the best brunch in Zurich, please see my post on Brunch in Zurich.