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Swiss Heritage invites you to the “Loveliest Coffee & Tea Houses”

Please Note: This review covers the 1st edition of Switzerland’s Loveliest Coffee and Tea Houses which has been replaced by a 2nd revised edition that you can read about here. The Swiss number among the biggest coffee drinkers in the world, a beverage they consume in local espresso bars and cafés ranging from the traditional to the modern. Many of these popular establishments have distinctive architecture and a unique history that make them a rich contribution to Switzerland’s heritage. Patrimoine Suisse, the Swiss Heritage Society founded in 1905 to preserve important Swiss landmarks and promote good architectural design, publishes a series of booklets entitled “The Loveliest…” and this issue shines a light on the “Loveliest Coffee and Tea Houses” in the country. It tantalisingly serves up photographs of 74 architectural gems found in every region of the land, from Lower Engadine to Lugano, from Basel Land to Geneva. The selection is complemented by snatches of instructive text on the theme of coffee. The photographs invite us into a world of coffee/tea drinking and conversation (or peaceful solitude). They …