As many reviewers have stated, the beer list leaves a lot to be desired, but there’s still a decent enough selection to pair with the few food offerings, which themselves are quite good. I’ve been here for lunch twice; had a pasta one day and an open sandwich the next, and enjoyed it both times. I’d go again for the food, but wouldn’t stop by if I were only having a drink.
I like this place.
It is like stepping back in time, no rush, no noise, just a clean, pleasant experience.
My wife and I always have cheese and a bottle of ’Forbidden Fruit’ each, when we visit this lovely old cafe. We always sit inside, there is so much to admire within, compared to outside.
Art Nouveau was invented in Brussels and this cafe is a fine example of how all ’well-too-do’ central Brussels cafes would have looked back then.
It is a must visit cafe if you are in Brussels, trust me. It may not have a great beer list, but the decor is worth seeing, even if you only have a coffee!
Brilliant bar for having a slow Orval and losing a hour or two. Its like stepping back 100 years - original fittings, attentive waiters decked out in full apron, old boys at the back having lunch. Not the deepest beer selection, bit pricy, but so what - this is a real treat.
This place is a great 1850’s cafe beside the old Bourse in Brussels. It is a 5-minute walk from the Grand Place. The place has been opened for close to 150 years with almost no change in the decor. The choice of beer is limited but the service is great. This is more of a must see place for the beauty of the architecture and the nice terrace then for the beer selection. Nice place to sip a beer before going out afterward to one of the trendy bar or the nice restaurants beside this café.
In this world of changing fashions this place is an utter delight. You would be hard pressed to find a London pub or North American bar with the original Victorian fixtures and fittings like Le Cirio. Even the toilet facilities were antique. The waiter was an elderly gent who took a lot of trouble to help me choose a beer, carefully explaining the differences between them.
I stumbled across this place while walking by rather than on Ratebeer for a change. It dates back to 1886 they say and i’m sure that parts of this place are original. It really is like a walk-in history lesson! If the toilet didn’t have a Dyson air blade hand dryer, you might think you had gone back 100 years. The beer selection is nothing to write home about, but it’s a cool place to be and the service is great. There’s also a live-in semi friendly fat ginger cat to provide some entertainment! No wifi, but I loved the place and will return. The prices were very reasonable too.
Visited recently for swift a Gueuze Lambic on holiday in Brussels. Fantastic oldy-worldy (as my wife called it) style interior, great banquette seating, and a reasonable beer menu. The staff are old-school, clad in waiter apron/tabard and very professional in their duties. Well worth a visit if you want to get into the feel of what it would be like to enter the early 20th Century.