Café Flora

local bar

16 parvis de saint-gilles, 1060 Saint-Gilles
02 644 04 61 – facebook page
from sunday to wednesday from 8:30 to 11pm
on thursday from 8:30 till midnight
friday and saturday from 8:30 till 2am
evening snacks : 6,50€ – 15€
cocktails : 7€- 10€

The renovation of the magnificent Aegidium building, completely abandoned in the late 80’s, had been long overdue. Built in 1905 in the center of Parvis de Saint-Gilles, with its beautiful ballrooms and theatres, its main purpose used to be highly cultural. Today, we can only find what is left of it, with beautiful bits and pieces of mural paintings, stained glass or original tiles. At its front, right on the Parvis, a mythical bar used to stand: Café Flora.

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Primo

fresh pasta

fresh pasta

175 chaussée de Vleurgat, 1050 Ixelles
02 644 04 61 – facebook page
du mardi au jeudi de 12h à 22h
le vendredi de 12h à 22h30
le samedi de 18h30 à 22h30
le dimanche de 12h à 15h30 pour le brunch
Brunch : 22€
Pâtes fraîches : 10€ – 15€

Before grabbing a seat at the bright yellow terrace for the very first time, all we knew about this place was that it served Italian fresh pasta. On the menu, we discovered a dozen of pasta dishes, made from rigatoni, mafalde casarecce, pappardelle, spaghetti alla chitarra – slightly thicker than regular spaghetti, absorbing the sauce all the better -, and even ravioli. We weren’t mistaken, every type of fresh pasta seemed to be on the menu.

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Kami

coffee bar & lunch joint

355 chaussée de waterloo, 1060 Saint-Gilles
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du mardi au vendredi, de 8h à 17h
le samedi de 9h à 16h

In Japanese, the word Kami is used to refer to a divinity, or a spirit hidden in animals, nature or even daily objects. It’s also a bit of a lucky charm to Clara and Elias, who after meeting in L.A., both fell in love with Japan before returning to Brussels to open their own coffee bar.

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Bar du Canal

Smørrebrød & natural wines

208 Rue Antoine Dansaert, 1000 Brussels
02 355 53 73 – site web
from tuesday to saturday, from 12pm to midnight
sunday, from 3pm to 10pm

We weren’t really expecting to find Smørrebrød (pronounce “s’marble”), those Danish black bread toasts covered with millions of delicious things, when we walked into Le Bar du Canal. Neither were we expecting to find over 80 different references of natural wines, carefully picked by Bjark and his sommelier Léa Roussel, and supplied by Mathieu from Vins Naturels. In this light-filled corner bar, not really on Dansaert anymore but not quite on the canal either, the only thing we were really expecting was a cool neighborhood bar, where we’d be warmly welcome for a drink after a long day.

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