Walking tour

From the sofas of literary coteries to café benches

Whether in sumptuous private drawing rooms, literary clubs and discussion groups, symbolist cafés or the back rooms of estaminets, for centuries poets, writers and philosophers as well as artists and bohemians in search of an ideal have been meeting, exchanging ideas, talking about literature, listening to music, and so on. In the 19th century, writers passing through Brussels would frequent these places – Adèle’s Wednesday get-togethers for aspiring authors, talks on literary and other less reputable subjects, concerts in swanky clubs, or solitary drinking sessions wreathed in absinthe vapours – while in the 20th century, such places became nerve centres for surrealist aesthetics. After all, we all need somewhere we can go to get intoxicated on something, whether it be wine or beer, poetry or music!

In cooperation with Brussels Chatterguides.

Practical information

Sun. at 10:00 (in English); Sat. at 10:00 and 14:30 and Sun. at 14:30 (in French) (duration: 2 hour 30 minutes).

Starting point: in front of Saint-Jacques-sur-Coudenberg/Sint-Jacob-op-de-Koudenberg Church, Place Royale/Koningsplein, Brussels

Advance booking required. Up to 20 people per tour.

92 93 Royale - Koning
27 33 38 71 95 Royale - Koning