on June 1, 2006
What to say about the Cafe Belga? Well, it's huge. Located in the former Maison de la Radio on Place Flagey in Ixelles (a registered building who was transformed into a cultural center), it also host its own events (live music, DJ-sets, etc.). Decor is typical Fred Nicolay (wooden brown cafes tables and chairs, a real zinc counter, the whole place bathing in warm light) and the pretty bar staff is also pretty slow (I never wait for the waitress to come to my table, always order at the counter), so, how come it is so successful? Well, the location has to do with something. During the week-end, it's a great place to have a coffee or an aperitif before or after going to the market around the Ixelles Ponds or for a Sunday brunch. You'll find a mixed crowd of students, young parents with their strollers, young professionals and older Ixellois drinking tea. Because it has huge windows, it's particularly nice to have a coffee and read the morning newspaper (although, it has several doors so, try to avoid to sit near one, however tempting it might be). In the afternoon, a lot of people stop by for an after-work drink. At night, it gets livelier and louder as it's really THE hang-out place after watching a concert or movie at Flagey (why go further when you've got a good place just downstairs?) and during the weekends, the Cafe does its own thing and when you know that Ixelles is a pretty urban and fashionable neighbourhood, no need to say the party will end at the wee hours. The good thing, is that there is always a pretty good chance that you'll see the artist at the bar after the performance. In addition to the drinks menu, the Cafe Belga has a nice selection of dishes although a bit on the pricey side. All of that, makes Cafe Belga a pretty cool place to hang-out...and that's all we ask of the place.
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