What better way to arrive at an establishment, named after the captivating and ever-interesting Marilyn Monroe, than in complete style? Let’s begin this post with a giant THANK YOU to Pennant Media Group for providing me (and my date, Proud FM’s Chris Howson) with a ride in a posh town car all the way to the Marilyn Monroe Cafe in a swanky part of Oakville.
With stark white walls, soft grey chairs and an abundance of photographs of Monroe taken by Milton Greene (from Marilyn’s Ballerina Series, Red Sweater Series and Tennis Sweater Series) the cafe isn’t the garish, over-the-top establishment one would normally picture when thinking of Monroe tributes. Instead, the severity of the timeless design is a picture of where the actress herself would have wanted to hang out. Being flanked by stunning portraits of herself wouldn’t have hurt either.
On my trip I was granted the treat of tasting anything I wanted off the menu. A menu that contains amazingness like cheesecakes, cookies, danishes, smoothies and more. I started off with a coffee (a Bianca Latte, how could I resist?) and a French croissant which was quickly followed up with two more croissants because they were AMAZING. Then I moved on to an Oreo Dream Bar and a strawberry-banana smoothie. Mmmmmmmm. Everything was so delicious!
Touring the cafe came after the food (yum) and it didn’t disappoint. In addition to the main floor area with regal-looking booths, mirrors that have televisions built in, a marble counter and adjoining glass case for the pastries to be shown off, the cafe comes complete with a second level lounge that have a balcony overlooking the first floor. Swanky.
Furnishing by prestigious designers like Philippe Starck with Dedon, Eero Saarinen with Knoll, Diesel with Foscarin, and Tom Dixon are everywhere. The espresso machines are even manufactured in Italy where espressos were invented, so you know they’re legit.
Even the music comes into play when you experience the cafe. With 22 speakers of complete clarity, the stunning JBL Audio plays soothing jazz music as well as slower contemporary hits. Music programming is selected digitally by the vibe of the songs’ algorithms and thanks to a tiny microphone on the ceiling, the sound system automatically sets the volume level, based upon activity in the café, a very state of the art feature.
Owners of the Marilyn Monroe Cafe are hoping to open another location in the downtown area. YAY! If you’re able to visit the one in Oakville make sure you do. Guests are invited to use a sleek new Mobile App called “MM Café” to order ahead of time and skip the line.
Simple yet elegant.