Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Visit Cologne II: Mueslibar

It seems to me like I have been spending more time in this place like in school and it has not become boring to me ever since: When you visit Cologne this has to be the first place to go when in need of a coffee, a snack, lunch and above all breakfast. The “Mueslibar” – a praise.




“Muesli”, a mixture of all kinds of things from oat flakes to choco pops to dried apple loops, the name seems to speak for itself not only in terms of the café’s specialty but also in terms of presentation. It seems to me as if the place changes the little pictures, scribbles and paintings every week for it never looks the same to me. The key lies in detail and variety: Tables and chairs are a mixture of unique flea market pieces (I even discovered a school chair covered with stickers which reminded me of my elementary school times – good times indeed), the sugar is kept in Matryoshkas, the walls are highlighted with all kinds of pictures, paintings and little works of art. For me every visit feels like a passage back into childhood, bright colours, old teenage magazines from the 80s (not that I’m born in that decade) and even my little friend the Gameboy finds its way into this goody bag full of surprises.



The centre point of the café’s concept is certainly the possibility to mix your own cereal from a variety of ingredients. You simply grab yourself one of the bowls and let out your creativity in front of the containers filled with dried fruit, different kinds of already mixed cereal, nuts, chocolate pops etcetera etcetera.
Aside from this unusual yet authentic concept the “Mueslibar” offers a wide range of self-baked tarts and cakes, cookies, sandwiches and other goodies to be proud of. For lunch they prepare hotpots and soups and little dishes which unfortunately I did not have the chance to try yet. Even more I enjoy the good coffee and the hot chocolate served in cute cups which do not seem to fit together, and I also heard that they have quite a choice of teas and Chais.



What more is there to say? This place is a real inspiration for me and I enjoy coming here as many times as I can. You feel how much work they have put into the decorations and the idea which constitutes for me a counter movement to ubiquitous, impersonal and over-priced Starbucks shops. It is good to know that there are people how enjoy a cosy and whimsical atmosphere in a big city as Cologne, a bright little refuge in every day life.

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Brüsseler Str. 29
50674 Cologne



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