Charming Local Cafés

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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.

Rolle:

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.

Gland:

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.

Prangins:

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)

Nyon:

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)

Givrins:

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

Commugny:

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.

Mies:

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.

Coppet:

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.

Versoix:

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.

Genthod:

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.

Divonne-les-Bains:

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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