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Zerwirk, Munich

3 Ledererstrasse
Germany 80331
Tel: 49 89 189 221 96's insider take:

Here's an example of Munich metamorphosis: A vegan restaurant opened in June 2005 in the city's second-oldest building. The structure dates from 1264—not that you'd know it once inside this stark white room with its smooth walls and curious mod-garden decor (wicker pendant lamps over shiny green benches and highly stylized versions of those hideous molded-plastic garden chairs). But it's all so happening, with a performance space–literary salon and club downstairs, and hipster chicks serving pure food from a menu that changes daily (miso soup with shiitakes; tofu-vegetable stew with jasmine rice and tamarind-peanut sauce). Presumably they performed a shamanic vegan cleansing ritual on the space—during its several centuries it's housed a butcher, a falconry and a storehouse for wild game.

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