Wednesday, April 11, 2012
A couple of weekends ago I set off on my Call-a-Bike to go checkout 'Open Westend'An open studio day showcasing 'The Kreuzberg of Munich'. Unfortunately I had my timing wrong and was too early and none of the Ateliers or spaces were open to the public before I had some other things to take care of.
Fortunately, I decided to spend the morning at Marais instead. The day was gorgeous and sunny and Westend was definitely hopping. Lots of sidewalk cafés, people on the street and on their bikes. One of my first apartments in Munich was a sublet in Westend on Kazmairstrasse. This was about 12 years ago and it was DEAD out there. Not any more. I found myself thinking 'Hmm, I could live out here'. I hope to review a lot of the gems in the neighborhood in forthcoming posts, but for now let's talk about Marais.
Many of you have probably long since heard of it and been there. I even mentioned it in my Design*Sponge Munich City Guide. It is a really charming café which used to be an old housewares store. The owners cleverly left the interior intact, wooden apothecary style shelves and all, and organized the café around it. Delicious homemade cakes, along with out of this world jam (I could have eaten my apricot jam by the spoonful) paninis, pastas and really good coffee are the order of the day. My cappuccino was one of the best I have had in years, really.
Despite it being charming and, let's face it, pretty hip, the vibe is low-key and unpretentious. The clientele was a mix of groups of younger people meeting for brunch, families, couples and older folks. It was comfortable and fun without feeling to scene-y.
Little nick-knacks, candies and items like jewelery are also for sale which makes the place also a feast for the eyes.
The next time I draw a blank on where to go for brunch, I will make sure not to forget Marais!
dienstag bis samstag 8.00 - 20.00
sonntag 10.00 - 18.00