The plywood walls and the long benches of this bright café and cocktail bar were designed by the friendly young owners Michiel Thys and Kenny Aernouts. The pavement terrace faces west so you can sit outside in the evening with a glass of their signature spritz (cava, aperol and a slice of orange) as the sun sets. We love this place.
Me & My Monkey
This is a friendly little coffee bar in the antique district furnished with vintage chairs and stacks of fashion magazines. It is owned by a drummer in a Belgian band whose extensive playlist includes rare records by obscure indie bands. The barista serves tasty coffee in old China cups picked up at the nearby flea market.
+32 (0)485 46 45 06
Korsakov’s interior is pure 1950s, with a tiled floor and red formica tables tops. The metal spiral staircase leads to a romantic upper room where smoking is allowed. Some basic food is served.
+32 (0)3 689 16 62
With its crumbling architecture and raw urban feel, Damplein has something of the mood of Berlin. Zeppelin adds to the effect. The two-room interior has bare brick walls with aking plaster and flea market furniture. The women who run this bar create a relaxed mood where everyone feels at home.
Leopold de Waelplaats 34
+32 (0)3 292 65 10
This stylish cafe and foodbar is located on the ground floor of a small hotel in the heart of the Zuid district. It's a welcoming spot for a coffee, furnished with an eclectic mix of cafe tables, vintage armchairs and bright cushions.