In the center of Brussels, a few steps from the animation of Place Saint Catherine, a new lunch spot has opened for workers, students, businessmen, bobos, friends, and families. Come as you are to the Chicago Café and grab a small breakfast, brunch, or a tasty snack while enjoying the ambiance.
The two brussel natives of the Houtsiplou brasserie (Place Rouppe), a well-known spot for burger lovers, opened their new headquarters last September. The idea? To create a friendly and welcoming café for a lunch break during the week or a weekend brunch. We sit easily as a party of four, six or eight in the large, heated room with a painted brick wall, natural light, and colored by a variety of vintage furniture, and rehabilitated movie theater chairs.
A truly affordable cantine, the Chicago Cafe doesn’t take itself too seriously, offering seasonal dishes that are simple and delicious: such as the soup of the day served in a cassolette with a rustic croque-monsieur (multi-grain bread, without béchamel), meatloaf, baked potato, vegetable tart, shrimp croquettes… The menu also features Tex-Mex influences like their Mexican quesadillas recipe.
A play area just for them ensures parents a more relaxed lunch time. Chalk boards, books, and small chairs keep the little ones patient until their food arrives: a 6€ plate of pasta bolognaise, a mini croque-monsieur, macaroni and cheese with ham, or a small burger with a choice of fries, salad or mashed potatoes. A note for sensitive babies: the room is a little noisy at nap time.
… the homemade pastries that we first devour with our eyes at the dessert bar: carrot cake, muffins, ricotta cheesecake, or sweet chocolate cake, all executed to perfection.
- For happy hour, try oysters, shrimp croquettes, and a glass of white wine at the high bar at Mer du Nord also located on Place Sainte Catherine.
- The boutique Habiba and its selection of colorful wooden toys, small, unbreakable contemporary dishes, suitcases and gift ideas for 0-4 years (Magdalenasteenweg 31, 1000 Bruxelles).
Vlaamsesteenweg, 45 Rue de Flandre, 1000 Bruxelles
+32 (0) 2 502 18 41
Checklist : Chaises hautes, garage à poussettes, menu enfant, table à langer, espace de jeu.
Tarifs et réservations
Dishes from 10 euros
Kids menu : 6 euros
+32 (0) 2 502 18 41