Charming Local Cafés

When winter is in full swing, it is nice to know of a couple of cosy boltholes, where one can escape the cold and enjoy a hot cup of one’s favourite brew.

Lots of cafés in the locality are less than convivial. However, the En Bref team has done extensive, first-hand research (!), to compile the following list of our, more atmospheric, favourites.


L’Arantele –  Cool cafè with quirky interior, opposite Rolle Château. Since it’s also a brocante, most of the furniture and ornaments are for sale. Good choice of cakes to accompany a cuppa.

Also try La Boîte à Thé – little teashop on the high street.


Café Agnès (Photo: Schilliger)

Café Agnès –  Airy, nicely decorated café in Schilliger Garden Centre. Sipping can be combined with browsing the lovely plant and homeware displays.

Also try La Feuillantine – Café and chocolaterie in the old part of Gland. Wide range of chocolates and patisserie made on site.


Tea Room du VillageBustly, cheerful spot, in the communal buildings at the heart of the village.

Also try Le Café du Château – Lovely setting in Prangins Château. Scenic terrace when the sun is shining.

Tea Room du Village (Photo: Prangins Commune)


Cercle du Thé  – Friendly little teashop, with extensive tea menu. Soft music, lovely odours, very warm, chilled atmosphere. Conveniently situated near Perdtemps car park.

Ex Machina –  Probably the coolest spot in town. Digital nomads rub shoulders with students and ex-pats in this sympathetically-converted, ex machine shop. Serious coffee apparatus, decent tea menu and good cake selection.

Café Milo Nice interior, friendly staff, in the pedestrianised part of town.

Gab’in – Pretty café with mezzanine at Porte de Nyon. Run by two sisters, with emphasis on healthy food and drinks. Playground just opposite.

Also try – La Roulotte, cosy yurt behind the train station; Tartines & Co at Porte de Nyon.

Café Ex Machina. (Photo: Le Temps)


Marius, Boulangerie & PâtissièreSmart bakery and tea Room. Modern and bright, with a good selection of pastries and teas.


Cave de la Charrue – Possibly the closest coffee shop to school. Set amongst the local vineyards, this friendly winery and tea room also has a shop which sells  local produce, a little playground, geese (!) and plenty of parking.


Cafe Milo –  Part of a chain (see Nyon), situated in the small arcade of shops entering Mies from Tannay. Good selection of bread and sweet treats. Open Sunday morning.


Guillaume Bichet Salon de Thé – Part of a chain (See Versoix). Situated under the arches in Coppet arcade. Very smart, welcoming interior. Great tea, coffee and chocolate, along with pastries.


Au Fil de l´Eau –  Social enterprise café, where all food and drinks are prepared and served by young, special people, with learning difficulties.

Au Fil de l’Eau
Au Fil de l’Eau

Guillaume Bichet – (See Coppet) Very friendly staff and a good selection of pastries, cakes & chocolates. Open on Sundays.


Try Epicure-Poste de Genthod –  Nice concept – combined tea room, shop, and small post office, with shelves of books for customers to read.  No website. Chemin de la Pralay 8.


Le Comptoir du Chocolate –  Lovely little chocolaterie-cum-café on the Grand Rue.

Le R – Small, but excellent, patisserie, with a few tables for sitting in. Nice selection of cakes and bread. 49 Rue Voltaire.

Many of the cafés listed also serve food. Check their websites.

Compiled by: Jen Sealy, Olive Fenton, Anne Ellsworth 


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