If there’s one establishment that has held on to Ostend’s glory years, it’s Brasserie du Parc. Gathering place for the young bohemian and sophisticated intellectual alike, Du Parc still carries the air of that golden age when Leopold II was handing out the orders. No caramel machiattos, hazelnut mochas or latte art to be found here. Instead, sip your coffee served in grandma’s silver filters and fancy yourself part of the belle époque beau monde for a delightful moment frozen in time.
Marie José Square, 8400 Ostend, Belgium, +32 (0)59 51 13 05
Lovers of traditional arabica coffee and different blends of tea find an abundance of choice at Mi Gusto in Nieuwpoort, one of the trendiest cities at the coast. Take a break from hiking one of the beautiful nature trails to stop for a refreshing iced tea or soothing latte at the terrace.
Albert 1 Laan 196, 8620 Nieuwpoort, Belgium, +32 (0)58 23 66 31
At Li o Lait, the art of serving a good coffee is held in high esteem. Baristas with steady hands perform Pac-man latte art while your neighbor at the other table gently sips his anti-hangover coffee (a long black coffee with a slice of lemon) with extra marshmallows. This is a place where you sit and wind down as your clever dripper (a mug with a filter on your cup that you take to your table) runs through. No hasty phone calls, no work stuff. Li o Lait is the slow coffee trend at its best.
Dweersstraat 30, 8000 Brugge, Belgium, + 32 (0) 50 70 85 70
The people at I Love Coffee aren’t lying. Their love of the black gold shows in everything they do, from the roasting of their own beans to the effort they put in picking a great espresso and latte of the week every single time. They also explain exactly why their selection is special to them. Wooden paneling and brick walls create an industrial impression but the toned-down lighting keeps the place bathing in the warm atmosphere.
Sint Jakobsstraat 10, 8000 Brugge, Belgium, + 32 (0)498 51 63 40