With less than a week to go until our 1st birthday and, along with it, our Twitter chat about museum cafés, we thought we’d give you a bit more background info about where the idea came from. Over to Jenni:

Where there’s a birthday, there’s usually cake. And where do you eat cake? In a café, of course. Or not, as is most often the case for me. As I unfortunately have a wheat intolerance, finding a café – whether in a museum or otherwise – where I can have a nice piece of cake along with my cup of tea, is something close to a search for the Holy Grail, even more so here in Berlin than was the case in Edinburgh. Not to mention if I’m being accompanied by one of our gluten free friends or family members. For many cafés, providing baked goods that cater to special diets such as wheat, gluten or dairy free, seem, for whatever reason, to be a completely alien notion. But it’s not an impossible feat, illustrated by two very different experiences I had on a recent trip to Edinburgh. In one café I visited, I counted no fewer than 18 different kinds of muffins, scones, cake, tray bake etc – and not a single one was wheat let alone gluten free. Compare this to another café, where I was overwhelmed by the choice of berry, hazelnut or carrot cake, raspberry gateau, berry truffle, and a whole case full of chocolates ranging from rose and champagne, over hazelnut coffee, to raspberry and white chocolate. All of them where gluten free, as well as various combinations of dairy free, egg free, nut free and vegan.

So, we thought it would be nice to have a day dedicated to museum cafés (or other museum eateries such as bistros or restaurants, we’re using café as an umbrella term). We’ll be around on Twitter all day, on Monday 19 March, to chat with you about your favourite museum cafés, ones to recommend (or avoid?), best lunch, best cake, best for special diets, best for families, best value for money etc – you name it, we’d love to hear about it. We’ll archive all the tweets for future reference, and do a write up afterwards with a summary of recommendations.

Please join us on Twitter on Monday 19 March via the hashtag #MusCafe. We look forward to chatting with you.


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