Sometimes becoming a tourist attraction can kills a bar’s atmosphere faster than prohibition. But the Kronenhalle is such a venerable old piece of Zurich’s history, that the evening crowds drain nothing from its key attraction- the art that covers the walls. Unlike the usual mix of band posters and questionable photography, this bar has original works by Picasso, Miro, Chagall, Braque and Matisse hanging above the tables.
The atmosphere is little changed from its opening in 1924- just sitting drinking a cocktail, mixed by a jacketed bartender, makes one feel as though James Joyce is about to walk in. There is a restaurant too, offering a highly praised classic Swiss menu- but just sitting in the bar, watching the world and its art collection, may well be enough.