Schaerbeek isn’t usually top of your list if you are looking for a cosy café or even a great restaurant. However, it is worth the trip! Not only is this district home to one of the best places for Moules Frites (Mussels and chips), namely Le Zinneke, it also has a very cute place for breakfast.
Les Trouvailles de Louise is tucked away in the side street Rue Josephat. (It is easy to reach with the bus number 59.) You might even walk by, as it really is a tiny little Epicerie Fine. And most people walking down this road will probably focus on the impressing Art Nouveau School opposite. (Btw: It was designed by the Belgian architect Henri Jacobs in 1907.)
So keep your eyes open for cakes and sweets in the window and a cute little sign above the door. Les Trouvailles de Louise is a very small little café, personally I would compare it more with a tea room. The owner Astrid and her mother try to give it an international touch – here you can buy all sorts of goodies such as thick cut orange marmalade, shortbread and English Breakfast Tea. However, this is not a British Café per se – so no baked potatoes and plowman’s lunches. They also have regional treats on sale i.e. honeycomb from the Ardennes.
During the week they serve lunch and breakfast. On the weekends you can go for à la carte brunch. As we are great fans of brunch buffets, we try to keep a slot free for Les Trouvailles de Louise on the first Sunday of a month. Then Astrid and her team put on a lovely brunch spread.
It may not be as extensive as elsewhere – but there sure is pleanty of great, homemade stuff. Cakes, fruit, scrambled eggs, jams, regional cheeses and lots more. The price is very reasonable at 18 Euro. Drinks from the buffet (coffee, fruit tea and juice) are included. This definitely will wind you down after a stressfull week!
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