The Matongé area is one that we have gotten to know rather well during our time in Brussels. Not a week passes without us cutting through from Place Jourdan to Porte de Namur along the very diverse Chaussée de Wavre. You will find virtually everything here: from a lamp shop, a piano store, a Lidl supermarket, umpteen snackbars and further along loads of African shops selling vegetables and fruit – some of which we haven’t identified until today. And in between this rather chaotic atmosphere is one of the nicest tearooms in Brussels “Maison Renardy” (Chaussée de Wavre 111B).
For a long time we only passed by in the late afternoon, when Maison Renardy was already closed. We didn’t notice the wide selection of chocolates and viennoiseries. Neither did we know that this place is a lovely spot for breakfast. It took a recommendation of a friend of ours to finally go there for our first breakfast – and it wasn’t our last!
The tearoom is rather tiny, only about ten marble tables and Thonet-style chairs. The coffee is served on a little silver tray with a chocolate and a glass of water. (In Brussels this really is a rarity!) We always go for normal “café”, but the cappuccino looked great, too.
Breakfast is à la carte or better à la vitrine: Chose a viennoiserie or a pattisserie or go for the bread option. They have pain (bread) and baguette from their own bakery round the corner – both are served with a selection of jams. The flavours aren’t your usual apricot and strawberry. They have them too, of coure, but make sure to give the apple jam and all the other sorts a try! By the way they also sell their goodies to take home!
To top off your breakfast, go for a fresh pressed orange juice – yes, it has it’s price, but it will definitely round off your breakfast.
One final tip: Try to get a seat by the window as the ones close to the counter get quite a lot of “traffic” passing by.
Maison Renardy, Chaussée de Wavre 111B, Brussels // Website