Hi guys! Today I would like to introduce you to a cafe, that is beloved by the locals but still a hidden gem to most visitors: Café KönigX in the middle of Bohnenviertel in the city center.
Café KönigX has been around for more than thirty years and it is thus an institution here in Stuttgart. It opened in the 8os – when there was no such thing as a sophisticated coffee culture in Stuttgart – and has been around ever since. It moved locations once and you can find it now at Wagnerstraße 26, next to a little playground. My dad used to come here when he was younger and still worked in Stuttgart. And nowadays, I meet my godfather there once a month for lunch. As you can see, our family history is woven into this place. 🙂
Café KönigX: What to order?
At KönigX you find high quality food and drinks. Everything’s organic and the cakes are made by the owner herself. I love their quiches for lunch. They come with a small side salad and are very yummy 🙂 When I don’t feel like coffee I have birch water. Try it! So good! And I always order a piece of cake after lunch. Delicious. Believe me 🙂
Café KönigX: What makes this place special?
When it’s warm outside, I love to sit on one of the small, painted (as you can see in the picture above) bistro tables on the sidewalk right outside the café. Or on the wall on the other side of the street, in front of the playground. They put pillows on it and wooden boards that serve as tables. And as you have the playground right next to you, Café KönigX is a great location for families! 😉
You can feel that this place is operated with a big portion of enthusiasm and the same amount of personal engagement. Everybody is so lovely and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. You feel at home right away.
When you visit café KönigX, note the lovely paintings on the wall: They change frequently and are all made by one of the former co-owners who used to work as a decorator and painter of cinema posters. They are all painted directly on cardboard. Quite charming and unique 🙂
Moreover, don’t miss these two ladies:
The one in black was found in the street in front of the entrance one day. The owner took her in and put her on display, hoping that the girl who the Barbie belonged to would come one day and pick her up. That never happend so the doll is living at café KönigX now for good – and she even found a friend! Have a close look when you’re there. Do the two dolls look familiar to you and remind you on someone (behind the counter – wink, wink!)? 😉
So when you feel like visiting a true institution, make your way to Bohnenviertel and check out café KönigX. You will love it, I promise 🙂