This street was named in 1878, to celebrate Jörg Kazmair, a blue-blooded Municher who was mayor of the city several times in the 14th century. However, he was driven from Munich in 1397, as craft guilds rioted against the powerful patricians who ran the city – and he was lucky to keep his life. There’s plenty of character to explore there today.
Just stack up some bricks; set up a few old army chairs and wooden tables; spritz a living room atmosphere around; and serve fried chicken and éclairs: voilà, you have La Kaz!
Actor Helmut Fischer grew up in Neuhausen, but his cult series character, the “eternal dandy” Monaco Franze, was born “...in the summer of 1933 between the west end and Schwanthalerhöhe, where Kazmairstraße meets Ligsalzstraße”. That is how director Helmut Dietl describes the creation of his Munich original.
“Ludwigsvorstadt” is displayed in large capital letters, while inside, visitors can find anecdotes from 26 years of local history. Ca Va is a rough mixture of American diner and Viennese café; hearty food and a relaxed mood. Variously famous actors are, or have been regulars here – or have worked here as waiters. A hungry Uwe Ochsenknecht once bartered his backgammon set here for a plate of Tyrolean Gröstl (a hash made of roast meat and potatoes).
Playgrounds are always special places, and Georg-Freundorfer-Platz, at the edge of Kazmairstrasse, is truly a games paradise for three generations. Voted Germany’s most beautiful playground, children run riot around a labyrinth of high piles with suspended bridges, platforms, ropes and nets. Nearby, teens play football and basketball, while just a few steps further away, older men and sometimes students meet for a game or two of chess.
The chef here is a real wine lover, as is clear from the impressive length and variety of the wine list: from Bordeaux to Alsace, from Italy, Germany, Austria and California to Australia, you can drink your way around the world. Though prices are a little steep, the food is piquant, extremely photogenic and has been distinguished by Gault Millau and praised by a great many guests.
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