La Vokue left a gaping hole in Westend’s culinary scene when it closed in 2017. Not that the district is bursting with cafés and restaurants, but La Vokue was a real gem. Thankfully, Babuni Pierogeria & Café has come along to replace it.
The cafe was founded by Kinga Belza, born in Poland. She’s been in Bavaria for most of her life, but the food of her early childhood stuck with her. After many years creating digital content for a Munich agency, she said goodbye to her desk and followed her dream. Now the mother-of-two offers up Polish hospitality in the small café in Landsberger Straße.
“I just did it”, she says with a smile. “I started working on a concept and business plan, I decided to do an internship in a cafe last summer, and started to gather some practical experience. Then I heard that La Vokue was closing down and I wanted to buy their coffee machine from them – then all of a sudden, I was starting up my own cafe there!”
It’s not all about the pierogi (though they should be at the top of your list of delicacies to try). Belza also serves up bortscht, kopytka (potato dumplings), bigos and Polish salad specialities including herring salads and potato veggie salads. The food is fresh, hearty and homemade. And the hospitality is what makes this place shine – Belza is a warm, friendly host.
Landsberger Str. 137, 80339 München
Mon – Fri | 10.00 – 16:00