25.12.2019 – Food & Drinks | Favourite spots

Five sweet spots

Bored of cinnamon stars, gingerbread and the other Christmas classics? Then check out these five Zurich bakeries for some delicious alternatives – from vegan donuts and sweet cupcakes to amazing Italian concoctions with whipped cream.

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Michelle’s Cupcakes

Not far from Paradeplatz, Michelle Burke sells homemade cupcakes that are a hit with everyone from bankers to brides. ‘At first people thought the cupcakes were just decorations,’ explains Michelle Burke. The Zurich local started selling these sweet treats at markets in 2009.

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Bäckerei Vohdin

If any shop in Zurich’s old town can be described as an institution, then it’s the Vohdin bakery. The ovens have been going at Oberdorfstrasse 12 since 1626 (!). Elvira and Urs Vohdin sell perhaps the most delicate amaretti in Switzerland – and in only 4.3 square metres of shop space.

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Sprössling

When her bakery created a vegan croissant, it became a firm favourite among customers. Would a completely plant-based café prove to be just as successful? Yasi Gnädinger gave it a shot, establishing Sprössling – which puts a vegan spin on everything from latte macchiatos to doughnuts and burgers – across from her traditional bakery Gnädinger.

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Äss-Bar

A croissant for 50 centimes? No problem! Äss-Bar now has eleven branches in Switzerland, but the original store opened in the heart of Niederdorf. It’s the place to buy baked goods that are left on the shelves when local bakeries and confectioners close for the day – at bargain prices. Even before sustainability became such a hot topic, Sandro Furnari and his team caught people’s imagination when they decided to try to reduce food waste.

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Caredda

The Konditorei Confiserie at Josefstrasse 119 is named after Paolo Caredda. He has brought the Neapolitan art of baking to Zurich, and with it la dolce vita. Twenty years ago, no-one even knew how to make a cappuccino. It was Paolo Caredda who introduced it to the people of Zurich in his own special cups.

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