Zwolle has a lot of cafes and many of them are very good but Barista Cafe has long been my preferred option and I visit at least once a week. I like the layout, the vibe/atmosphere, the terrace on warmer days, the staff and, of course, the food and coffee.
I often head to Barista for a working lunch as their food options are delicious. My regular choices are the chicken melt (€8,25), the pizza quesadilla (€8,25) and the toast zalm (€7,25)
The chicken melt contains warm chicken fillet with courgette, carrot & ginger dressing, cheese and spring onion.
The pizza quesadilla is a flour tortilla filled with chicken, sundried tomato tapenade, mushrooms, courgette and cheese. It’s warm and gooey and a nice variation if you don’t want bread.
The toast zalm is delicious smoked salmon on a thick slice of wholegrain toast with guacamole, lemon, cucumber, tomato and a hard boiled egg.
The cakes and other sweet items are the usual list of apple cake, carrot cake, banana bread, etc, but there are a few others which make it a bit more unique. For example, the matcha coconut cake and the chocolate mud pie with cherries and white chocolate.
The coffee at Barista Cafe is excellent. I don’t know what beans and blends they use but I do know that they are delicious and coffee here is always made well. I also like the tea selection – they use Pickwick Slow Tea and my favourite choice is Rose Berry Blues (a mix of rooibos, raspberry, strawberry and rose).
Each month Barista has a Chef’s Special and a Barista’s Choice which are a meal option and a drink option. These are often created with a seasonal theme which is a nice touch.
The menu at Barista Cafe Zwolle is really extensive and I will definitely continue to try different options. I’ve not had anything yet that I haven’t enjoyed. The prices are really reasonable especially when you consider the quality of the food.
Barista Cafe Zwolle can be found at Diezerstraat 109. It is open Monday 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5.30pm.