Café des Amis does what it says on the tin: It was opened in March 2011 by a group of friends, and the Gallic touch is evident everywhere, in the bistro-style interior as well as in the food menu. The large terrace out front is an immensely popular option on sunny days and warm evenings. Indoors the place looks pretty too, especially the mezzanine floor with the sofas, an excellent spot for some serious people-watching.
There’s a great lunch and a small evening menu, both featuring seasonal, local ingredients and generous portions. Weekends are dedicated to that much-loved breakfast-lunch hybrid: brunch is served until 4pm. Don’t come here if you’re dying for a quick bite. Service tends to be on the slow side, you will usually have to wait until they take your order, and wait again for the food to arrive. This is the one flaw in an otherwise impeccable performance though.
It comes as no surprise, then, that Café des Amis has quickly claimed a place in the residential area of Wipkingen. For a pleasant evening out in the neighborhood, I’d recommend you start at Kafischnaps (check the Kafischnaps article), continue at Café des Amis, then head to Nordbrücke (check the Nordbrücke article).