Ask people what Brussels is famous for and you can bet that amongst the answers will be beer and Art Nouveau. So what could be better than a brasserie combinig those two?
La Porteuse d’eau does exactly that. It’s a picturesque art noveau Brasserie between Porte de Hal and Parvis St Gilles. Inside and outside you will find all the Jugendstil you can wish for – and on top of that a good choice of Belgian beers.
What’s more, this is not one of those kitschy-touristy places you find dime-a-dozen near Grand-Place, but a place where the locals go. When we visited, there was the mid-fifties regular ordering his usual combo of trappiste beer and cheese; and at the table next to him a senior lady enjoying first a snack, then a coffee and finally a kriek beer to round things off.
If you are sat downstairs, make sure to have a look at the upstairs area too, where you will find not only the restrooms, but even more art noveau ornaments.
La Porteuse d’Eau, Avenue Jean Volders 48, Brussels // Website