My favourite breakfast joint is a place called Le Pain Quotidien
They serve simple yet delicious soup, salads, tartines, breakfast, homemade pastries and handmade bread and there are quite a few vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. I’d strongly recommend the hot chocolate; it comes in a bowl with a little bar of dark chocolate to dip in for 5 minutes of liquid heaven. Whenever possible they source organic ingredients and they have a great reputation for respecting environmental.
Now, if you’d told me that this was a chain with over 100 café’s I’d have laughed. I mean the ambiance is incredible; families, couples, friends and single diners all sitting around big farmhouse kitchen tables regardless of the fact they know each other eating great food. The simple elegant dishes on offer transport you to the Belgian countryside and a simpler way of life, its incredible that they have managed to turn it into a chain without killing its values and warmth.
The first Le Pain Quotidien was opened in 1990 and the original café can still be found at Place du Grand Sablon 11 1000 Brussels. Find out more locations and info here.