Saturday, July 9, 2011

Marichka - Our Favourite Tea and Bake Shop

Marichka (soft form of Maria) is a locally owned cafe and bake shop.  The cafe makes good pizza and salads, serves dozens of different kinds of teas and wonderful desserts from the bake shop side of things.  It also has free Wi-Fi and was where I went sometimes to use Skype  before we got decent wireless service at our home. The bakery makes everything but bread.  Most importantly (for me) it makes panchiki (donuts) and sausage rolls and stuff like that.  As well as cakes, perogie (pies) and many different kinds of pastry. 

The owner is a friend of Andrei's (of course).  He believes in the future of Zhovti Vody and has invested in his business.  The area including the building and the surrounding land is about 1/4 of a city block.  He has landscaped it, beautifully.  Tanya is envious.  The parking area and the area in front of the store is all paving blocks.  the deck is loaded with stuff to entertain small kids and attracts many mothers of pre-schoolers for lunch and afternoon tea.  Tanya and I go there for lunch at least once a month.

Marichka.  The bakery is upstairs, cafe to the left, bake shop to the right

Looking east from the edge of the property along the front of the store

This part of the deck is a little kids' playground

The deck, looking north

Landscaping to die for along the east side of the lot

Looking north the length of the lot.  Note kids sandbox in the "park"


  1. Nice! I've recently been looking for a hang-out in the downtown area here. I used to have a favorite coffee shop, but the place went into decline.

    When I grow up, I want to get a job as a cafe and restaurant critic.

    Interesting post!

  2. What a nice place! They would have to roll me out of that bakery though if I lived nearby.

  3. I think I'm beginning to like the lack of commercialism I see in all of your photos. No ugly billboards to spoil the landscape.

  4. I used to think owning a coffee shop and restaurant in a small prairie town would be great retirement. Visit with everyone in the community.

    There are a few billboards around the city but not many. Maybe 5 or 6.

  5. Cheers for the biscuit recipe! Finally found an interesting blog. Thanks!


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