This café is where I used to spend quite a bit of time when I was a student. Actually, who am I kidding – I would while away the hours there when I should have been attending lectures at uni.
Imagine my delight when I discovered recently that, more than a decade later, not much has changed at Kafi Schoffel. The interior is still cosy, the atmosphere welcoming, the people studenty and/or, for lack of a better label, “alternative”. With plenty of tables out back, this is still a great spot to soak up some sunshine, and a far cry from the many touristy middle-of-the-road establishments prevalent in Niederdorf. Heck, even the food menu is still the same, and the food is simple, tasty and relatively easy on the budget.
There have been a few nods to the changing times: a new (more monochrome) colour scheme, artworks for sale, and the three lunch choices always include a vegan option. That’s it for changes, as far as I can tell.
Post-university me has noticed that the toilets are slightly grubby – something that would most certainly have escaped my attention as a student. Other than that, I have absolutely no complaints: the food hit the spot, service was friendly, my friends loved the cake selection, and we spent a good few hours chit-chatting and putting the world to rights. Yes, exactly: not much has changed in that respect, either.