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Kafi Schoffel – Student café haunt

When I was a student, I used to spend quite a bit of time at this café. 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 have most certainly 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.

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Details about this spot



Schoffelgasse7, Zurich

Telephone number


Opening Times

Tue - Thu 11:30 - 23:30, Fri - Sat 11:30 - 03:30


Espresso: CHF 4


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