I’d been to Loft Five (the bar) recently and liked it so much I promised myself I’d be back again… it took a few weeks, but this morning I made my way back. This time, sitting in the bakery section of the business, literally around the corner from the bar (same building space, but a different entrance)
The atmosphere is lovely, very relaxed with soft jazzy music in the background. They have a very limited menu for a proper breakfast just offering the usual gipfli, sandwiches and light nibbles but I can see this as being the ideal place for meeting up for lunch with friends. The cappuccino is delicious (I had 2!)
I definitely want to try the bakery for an afternoon of cake and tea as there’s cheesecake, cremeschnitte (custard slices) and more, along with a large variety of teas.
Oh, did I mention the decor? I love it, very ‘lofty’, haha!, with a collection of cute and different pieces that all fit together to make this the ideal hangout!
One thing I love about the coffee group that I’ve joined is that I am getting a chance to visit cafes and restaurants I hadn’t been to yet. This week we met at Cafe Felix am Bellevue. I’ve heard about Felix but for some reason never got round to going there even though I’m in the area weekly.
My first impression was one of delight, it is bright, with high ceilings and the first thing that catches your eyes is the massive displays of roses trailing down the walls! At first its aesthetically pleasing but as you realise the roses are plastic and that they’re just about everywhere it does start to feel a bit OTT.
The atmosphere is pleasant, if a bit noisy due to the huge room, but they gladly accommodated our group of 11, rearranging tables and chairs for us.
Their afternoon, apero menu is vast with almost too much to choose from! I loved the menu page dedicated to champagnes and prosecco which I could definitely have indulged in! Most of the ladies ordered coffee or tea with one or two having from the fresh juice selection and a variety of cakes and snacks were ordered. I tried two of the crostini on offer – one with brie and the other with smoked salmon. While the crostini were quite small the generous toppings made up for it and I enjoyed it.
The cafe is huge with a large outside seating area (as usual, mostly used by smokers) as well as having an upstairs dining area overlooking the rest of the cafe.
At Sfr24.60 for a cappuccino, the 2 crostini and a cola, it was value for money and definitely worth another visit.
I found myself with 90 minutes to spare on Saturday (June 4), after an appointment at Xing Lin TCM and before my pedi with the lovely Sabina at Summer Beauty Cosmetic. Both appointments were conveniently on either side of Löwenstrasse, so I decided to visit a bakery I knew near the top of the street for a coffee and croissant. Much to my surprise the bakery was no longer there and I walked in on the opening of the new Babu’s Coffeeshop and Bakery. I was a bit confused as I walked in but was greeted by friendly wait-staff who explained the menu of fresh salads, breads, quiche and homemade ice tea’s that I was quickly at ease and waiting on a freshly made chicken salad with “house-sauce” and berry ice tea.
The food was fresh, made to order and yummy!(They were very accommodating with my food allergies, adjusting the salad to my needs.) I particularly enjoyed the vegetable bread and the delicious coffee to finish off the meal (the are 25 coffee variations to choose from!) The decor, crockery and the finishing touches like newspapers and coffee table books makes you feel like you’re relaxing at home (albeit with better coffee), making Babu’s one of my new favourite lunch spots and a places to meet up with friends.
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Babu’s Bakery & Coffeehouse
Löwenstrasse 1, 8001 Zürich
Tel 0041 44 212 87 45
365 Days a year
Monday to Saturday from 07.00 till 20.00
Sundays von 09.00 till 17.00