The music that spills out of the funky, bright interior when the waiter opens the door for me has a jazzy feel to it. The bright pink and lime green of the chairs and cushions lure me to a spot where I can both observe life flowing past the floor to ceiling windows, and be part of the cosy interior. Only a couple of lone customers sit with their noses in books when I enter, but as I linger here the energy changes with the customers.
My eyes dart around the space, drinking in the titles of the rows of books lining the shelves that cleverly circle the room, while further dividing it into two intimate spaces. I choose a recipe book as an appetiser for lunch and a suitable companion for my mint tea.
I am in Book Munch, a literary café in Al Wasl Square that faces onto Al Wasl Road. The trees and narrow strip of grass cleverly hide some of the frenetic city energy that relentlessly streams past. The quirky name was inspired by Oliver Jeffers’ book “The Incredible Book Eating Boy”; a delightful children’s story about a boy who loved books; not to read, but to eat!
Although no books are served here on plates, it does allude to Book Munch’s philosophy: “We believe there is a special connection between eating and reading. Perhaps because both food and books are made from the heart or maybe it’s consuming both food and the written word that makes the marriage of the two activities quite heavenly.”
It is a space conducive to both reading and socialising, and a haven for kids, as an entire section is devoted to children’s literature.
Liked the book you just paged through? Why not buy it? It is a bookstore after all . . .
* Book Munch offers so much more than just a place to eat, read, and buy books. Check out their Facebook page to see what is happening at the moment.
** Or take a peek at their menu to whet your appetite.