They call it a travellers café – signaling that you will find an international crowd here. When we were last at Via Via the people surely were quite mixed: Locals, Expats and the odd tourist that had read about the place in his guidebook. It is unlikely that you will discover this place just by luck. it is too far off the beaten track (Quai à la Houille 9, near Place Catherine). What we didn’t realise though was: This café is one of many – and the other venues are all over the world: from Argentina to Tansania. In Belgium there are a number of different ViaVias – in Leuven, Mechelen and Antwerp.
So whats it all about? ViaVia ist set back in a little courtyard – surrounded by a couple of charity-offices and the MicroMarché – a secret tip if you are looking for small, local design-articles. Every weekend stalls – they call them microboutiques – are put up here and local creatives show what they can do with their hands. (Cloths, Jewellery, handbags; Sa, Sun: 2-7pm)
The café has a good drinks menu – including organic juices and cocktails. The prices are adapted to travellers, – so very reasonable. In summer you will find deckchairs in the yard. Oh, and they do some snacks too. So plan to stay a while!
By the way: Check out their Agenda – ViaVia hosts concerts and dance classes too!
ViaVia & Micro Marché, Quai à la Houille 9, Brussels // www.viaviacafe.com