The extravagant window displays here are good at luring customers into what's Switzerland's top confectionary and chocolate shop, at the hub of its most exclusive shopping boulevard. Less well-known to tourists, however, is the elegant café upstairs, where you can sip coffee served on a silver salver while rubbing shoulders with the refined and well-to-do of Zurich. It's like winding the clocks back to the city at the height of its Belle Époque grandeur, with its old-fashioned manners and extravagant mirrors and gilt. The creamy cakes and fruit pastries are each a work of art, and the seasonal salads and sandwiches make a perfect light lunch. Ask about the "sandwich of the month" (it was a "beefburger brioche" when we last visited), and don't leave without a box of the mouth-watering Luxembourgli, the bite-sized macaroons that Sprüngli is famous for.
Bahnhofstrasse 21, above the Sprüngli shop on the corner of Paradeplatz
Our Rating Neighborhood City Hours Mon–Fri 7am–6.30pm, Sat 8am–6pm, Sun 9.30am–5.30pm Transportation Tram 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13 (Paradeplatz) Phone 044/ 224 4616 Prices Sandwiches and salads CHF5.20–CHF13.50 Cuisine Type Café Web site Confiserie Sprüngli