Walking tour

Cafés: architecture designed for meeting

Cafés, pubs and restaurants hold a special place in our affections, and indeed our lives. Going to a café or pub is about so much more than quenching our thirst – first and foremost, it is an opportunity to socialise and to meet others. The freedom permeating cafés and other watering holes has played a key role in the birth of democracy, in social struggles and propaganda, with intense interaction and sharing on both sides of the bar and kitchen. The architectural design of a café is absolutely crucial, as the space must be highly accessible and bring customers together somehow, in order to encourage friendliness, exchange and, ultimately, dialogue. The heritage of such establishments is as varied as the names used to describe them – estaminets, cabarets, caboulots (drinking dens), bistros, cafés, troquets (similar to the previous two), brasseries, taverns, caf’concs (cafés with live concerts) and buvettes (refreshment stalls or bars), to give just a few – but what they all have in common is that they allow people to get together for a cup of coffee or a glass of something stronger and, in some cases, to share a meal. Join us to explore this intangible heritage with a tour of some legendary locations that form a key part of Brussels’ cultural history.

In cooperation with Korei Guided Tours.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 10:30 and 14:00 (in Dutch) (duration: 2 hours).

Starting point: Place de la Bourse/Beursplein, Brussels
Advance booking required. Up to 20 people per tour.
1 5 De Brouckère
3 4 Bourse - Beurs
29 46 66 71 86 88 De Brouckère
33 46 48 86 95 Bourse - Beurs