15.01.2020 – Food & Drinks | Favourite spot of the week

Where do the locals go?

Five places that have become neighbourhood favourites over the last few years – including a tiny, hidden-away bar with live music and a French-style bistro that is becoming popular with tourists.

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Kafi Paradiesli

Hottingen is – how do I put this? Well, it’s just not very cool. Surrounded by the charming old town and the hip district of Seefeld, it’s mainly just a quiet residential area. But I still often get the urge to come here – specifically, to a cosy little café that seems slightly out of place around these parts.

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Kleine Freiheit

Residents of Zurich’s Kreis 6 have been enjoying their Kleine Freiheit, a small, alternative bar located in the Weinbergpark, since summer 2013. It’s run by Rea Zaverdinos and her right-hand woman, Anna Rotter. Together, the two women have turned the bar – which is open all year round – into an even more attractive venue, with sunshades, flowers and brunch.

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Café des Amis

Café des Amis is known across the city for its lavish brunch menu. Almost all ingredients used come from within the region. Miguel Castro and his team always avoid using products that come from large corporations. Whether it’s lunchtime or for dinner, the food should be fresh and local.

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Si o No

In the mid-nineties, a triangle of buildings was due for demolition at the point where Ankerstrasse begins and Wiedikon ends. Local residents protested – and won. And what is squeezed into the point of the triangle? Si o No, a café and bistro run by Philipp Rohner. It’s hard to imagine that this peaceful place used to be a butcher’s shop. Unless you know something about beautiful floors.

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Bar am Egge

Swiss beer and young bands – Andy Grenacher and Regina Hürlimann make sure the people of Hottingen don’t get bored in the evenings. But outsiders also quickly feel at home when they pop into their bar.

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