Coffee Talk

Cafe Suisse, Westlake Avenue’s New Coffee Spot

"The little piece of Europe" will open in the 2000 block in several weeks.

By Christopher Werner January 10, 2012

Cafe Suisse will open at 2008 Westlake Avenue. Photo courtesy Leslie Conti.

Leslie Conti sent over this pic of the coffee shop she and husband Urs Berger are opening at 2008 Westlake Avenue.

As the name suggests, Cafe Suisse takes a few cues from the land of Toblerone and pristine Alps. Soft drinks from Switzerland are in the cards, as are pastries Conti called guetzi and of course, Swiss hot chocolate. Victrola will be the bean of choice.

A Swiss-American architect rejiggered the space next to Conti and Berger’s boutique Eurostyle Your Life. Toy makers for the shop formerly occupied the spot but are now sequestered to the back. Lest you worry they’ll be by their lonesome, a wooden wall separating the coffee drinkers from the craftsmen features a cross-shaped window—a nod to the Swiss flag—wherein the workers can be watched.

“It’s nice to have a distraction while you wait for your coffee,” offered Conti, who says Suisse is more of a “stand-up” coffee shop than sit-down cafe. Vintage travel posters will hang on the south-facing wall, and a door to Eurostyle Your Life is positioned on the opposite one.

Conti and Berger, a native of Switzerland, hope to open Suisse in three weeks or so.

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