Saturday, September 18, 2010

Brussels: Two good breakfasts, and one not to talk of....

I hate, when breakfast is not included at a hotel. At Conrad Brussels you have to pay close to 30 Euros for breakfast - a real rip-off if you ask me! This meant that we, during our stay last November, had to find a place to eat Saturday and Sunday morning. We had two good breakfast, or rather one breakfast and one brunch, the third was nothing to talk of. 

Saturday November 21st 2009: La Cremerie de la Vache

We wandered out Saturday morning to find a decent breakfast place. If you stay in the Avenue Louise area in Brussels, you'll find plenty of open cafés during Saturdays, and we ended up at La Cremerie de la Vache at 6, Rue Jean Stas, a small side street to Avenue Louise.

Photo: Imjustmatthew
That morning we saved close to 20 Euros by eating at La Cremerie de la Vache and not at the hotel. 

For those of you with an enormous bank account, such an amount may be irrelevant, but for us slaving in the office every day, 20 Euros may be better used on other activities.
The breakfast here was filling and inexpensive. We chose a decent-sized baguette ,  fresh and deliciously crisp with thick slices of Belgian cheese, a glass of orange juice and a strong cup of coffee with milk.

Definitely a place to return to Sunday morning, but sadly we found La Cremerie de la Vache closed when we wanted an encore. 
La Crèmerie de la Vache 
6, Rue Jean Stas 1060 Saint-Gilles, België

Sunday November 22nd 2009: Häagen-Dazs 
Avenue Louise was deserted Sunday morning, and we struggled to find a place to get breakfast.
Photo: Ham and cheese croissant by Herrick
We found a Häagen-Dazs café at Avenue Louise 2, a firm most known for its ice-cream, we should not have expected it to be a place to get a breakfast to talk of.

The staff looked quite indifferent, as we entered, and after a while we finally ended up with a criossant and a cup of coffee, neither very good, and quite frankly disappointing compared to our Saturday breakfast.
Coffee was OK, but with our restless quest of Sunday breakfast in mind, I would certainly recommend to jump on a tram and travel to Grand Place to get a better breakfast. We did so, and I had a much more filling breakfast  (or brunch) number 2 at La Brouette
Avenue Louise 2, 1060 Saint-Gilles, België  

Sunday November 22nd 2009: La Brouette 

Go to Grand Place for breakfast on a Sunday morning, if breakfast is not included at your hotel, that is. We walked from Häagen-Dazs to central Brussels hungry, and found the necessary amount of carbohydrates at La Brouette.

Photo: A croque monsieur sandwich by Mbrewer
We ordered a Croque Monsieur, a traditional double-dekker sandwich with cheese and ham, topped with creamy bechamel and cheese and baked in the oven until golden and crispy and filling and delicious - a meal in itself. Yum!

This is serious value for money, at least compared to our hotel. You can get a breakfast from 6-13 Euros, the latter includes a Belgian waffle, or different croques priced at 7-8 Euros. All served in a rustic old interior with one of the most beautiful squares in the world right outside your window.

During fall and winter there is an open fire to warm you.

La Brouette
Grand-Place 2, 1000 Bruxelles, België

Phone: 02 511 54 94

See website here 

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