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The Best Cultural Cafes Near Rue Dansaert, Belgium
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The Best Cultural Cafes Near Rue Dansaert, Belgium

Picture of Ioanna Sakellaraki
Updated: 19 November 2016
Strolling around the surroundings of Rue Dansaert, one of the most popular areas in downtown Brussels, you will not only come across fancy boutiques and grandiose dining establishments, but also some well-hidden treasures offering interesting insights into the city’s culture. Whether you plan to sightsee or simply enjoy yourself in a relaxing environment away from the crowds, these five spots are some of the best choices to stop for a coffee in the area.
Via Via Travelers Café | © Ioanna Sakellaraki/Flickr
Via Via Travelers Café | © Ioanna Sakellaraki/Flickr

Via Via Travelers Café

Situated in a former industrial building dating back to the 19th century, Via Via is a local spot for people interested in travel and city culture. A wide covered courtyard with high ceilings providing the proper set up for exhibitions, combined with a wooden interior space with a large traveling guide collection and a cooperative market, the so-called MicroMarché for young designers displays their handicrafts and creations. This spot is a multicultural hub, just a few steps away from Place Saint Catherine.

Via Via Travelers Café, Quai à la Houille 9 Steenkoolkaai, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 218 74 17

Cobra Bar Gallery | © Ioanna Sakellaraki/Flickr
Cobra Bar Gallery | © Ioanna Sakellaraki/Flickr

Cobra Bar Gallery

Cobra Bar Gallery, which borrows its name from the 1950s avant-garde art movement, has remained a cozy escape from the city center for over two decades. It offers a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy some of the best whiskey and cocktails in town. A wooden interior with a classic spiral staircase, combined with some live jazz and a wise selection of art displayed on the walls makes for a chilled evening in busy Brussels.

Cobra Bar Gallery, Kartuizerstraat 1, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 513 42 47

Le Jardin de Ma Soeur Café Theatre | © Ioanna Sakellaraki/Flickr
Le Jardin de Ma Soeur Café Theatre | © Ioanna Sakellaraki/Flickr

Le Jardin de Ma Sœur Café Theatre

An amazingly inspiring local spot in the heart of Saint Catherine, this café theater is a place for performances, intellectual discussions and art. Located at the edge of the ancient Grand Béguinage de Bruxelles, it captivates customers with its warm ambiance and engaging shows.

Le Jardin de ma Sœur Café Theatre, Corner of the Quai au Bois à Brûler and the Rue du Grand Hospice, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 217 65 82

Café Kafka

Located in the central junction between Saint Catherine and Saint Géry, Café Kafka is a traditional Belgian cafe that doesn’t just offer a wide range of specialty beers, but also a cultural environment, brimming with the presence of Czech writer Franz Kafka. It’s a perfect spot to enjoy contemporary art and music whilst indulging in your favorite beverage.

Café Kafka, Visverkopersstraat/Rue des Poissonniers 21, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 513 66 31

Halles Saint Gery | © Ioanna Sakellaraki/Flickr
Halles Saint Gery | © Ioanna Sakellaraki/Flickr

Halles Saint Géry

Built in the 16th century, Halles Saint Géry is a covered market hall inside the ancient Church of Saint Géry. It houses two associations entrusted with cultivating the heritage and environment of Brussels, as well as many art exhibitions, events and markets. A protected architectural site in the heart of one of Brussels’ busiest squares, and just a few minutes’ walk from La Bourse, it is the perfect location for art lovers.

Halles Saint Géry, 23 Place Saint Géry, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 502 44 24