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Äss-Bar – Fresh from yesterday

No, I am not reviewing a place that offers day-old ass…just in case you thought one of us was finally touching upon the matter of prostitution and its legality in Switzerland. The name of this place means edible in Swiss German.

Day-old bread is perfectly edible. We all know that. So how come it’s quite hard to come by? I guess that’s the question this place decided to answer while at the same time tackling a matter of social responsibility: food waste.

This “fakery” (they don’t bake any of their products themselves – see what I did there?) rounds up perfectly edible bread leftover from the previous day from a number of reputable bakeries, enabling us consumers to buy cheaper bread whilst also doing our bit against food waste. 

My mother’s favourite phrase is “two birds, one stone”. Given that she’s also a world-renowned bargain hunter, this would so be her kind of place, especially since we’re not only dealing with bread. Baked goods come in all shapes, sizes and levels of sugar and cream content. For a waif of a thing, my mother loves her cream cakes. What you find there obviously depends on the whims of yesterday’s shoppers, but sometimes I walk in and see something rich and sweet and wish my mother were here to enjoy the bargain, eco-friendly cake that I as a sugar avoider cannot eat.

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Details about this spot



Stuessihofstatt 6, Zurich

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Opening Times

Mon - Sat 09:00 - 18:30


Loaf of bread: CHF 2


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)