Café des Pyrénées is definitely a time-honoured restaurant, no matter what walk of life, everybody in this city knows it and most probably has spent some time on its little terrace. The customer base of Café des Pyrénées – by locals only called Pyri – is very diverse, one of the most famous Swiss musicians (Polo Hofer, RIP) used to be a regular guest, as well as other artists, successful, aspiring or poor, tradespeople or politicians, young parents or students.
My dad still comes here almost every Saturday early morning, having a coffee, before he goes to the local farmers market. Even though there have been renovations and changes in the management in recent years, he still says Café des Pyrénées has kept its spirit from the old days.
The best time to visit Pyri in my opinion are sunny days between October and April. Due to its location on the west side of a square, it’s probably the only place in the old town where you can squint in the sunshine even during the cold months.