The relaxed town of Montreux hugs the shore of Lac Léman in western Switzerland. But don’t let this tranquil veneer fool you, the town hosts the Montreux Jazz Festival every summer, which is one of the best festivals in the country. If you plan on visiting, make sure that you pass by these cafés for some coffee or cake.
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With a history stretching back over one hundred years, Zurcher is a mainstay of the Montreux café scene. Chocolate, pastries and ice cream are all on the menu in their cosy ‘Parisian’ tea room, as well as the best cup of coffee that you’ll find in town. For an extra treat, try the house specialty hot chocolate.
This charming little tea room can be found in Montreux’s old town. While you enjoy your delicious tea or coffee along with something from the all too tempting patisseries options, you can look out over the rooftops of Montreux all the way down to Lac Léman.
Café Tres is a hip and stylish joint serving up traditional French dishes with a modern twist. Whether you are looking to enjoy a lazy brunch or a full meal, you’ll find something here to whet your appetite. Its dessert menu alone will leave you wanting more. Try the Gourmet Coffee and enjoy it with a choice of four delicious home-made sweet treats.
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For fans of jazz, a visit to the Montreux Jazz Café is a must. Its cool interior is littered with all sorts of memorabilia and the Café’s big screen plays highlights from some of the big names that have graced the stages of the annual Jazz Festival. Pick from a full menu or some tapas and nibbles from Funky Claude’s Bar. Music fans will be glad to hear that the Jazz Café is also one of the best venues for live music in town, with regular shows. Check out the programme here.