La Fleur en Papier Doré/Het Goudblommeke in Papier

M. Vanhulst ©

A meeting place for Brussels’ surrealists, La Fleur en Papier Doré/Het Goudblommeke in Papier once saw a stream of famous faces pass through its doors: René Magritte, Paul Collinet, Marcel Mariën, Irène Hamoir, Marcel Lecomte, Marc Eemans, Édouard Messens and Louis Scutenaire. It was also frequented by members of the CoBrA movement, including Wout Hoeboer, Christian Dotremont and Hugo Claus, as well as other writers and artists such as Louis-Paul Boon, Jan Walravens, Simon Vinkenoog and Jean Dubuffet. Dating back to the 17th century and redeveloped in 1830 by architect H. L. F. Partoes, this modest two-bay house was occupied from 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, as indicated on a commemorative plaque. It did not change hands again until the beginning of the 20th century, subsequently being turned into an estaminet by Geert Van Bruaene in 1944. This renowned establishment closed in 2006, and the façade and three ground-floor rooms, including the furniture and decor, were listed by the Brussels-Capital Region to prevent them from being lost. Having re-opened after a respectful restoration, its walls now display drawings, collages, aphorisms and unusual objects that reflect the unique atmosphere of this neighbourhood bistro, which always draws in customers in search of authenticity and conversation. (Listed 03/07/1997)

Guided tours: Sat. & Sun. at 10:00, 12:00, 14:30 and 16:30 (in French); 11:00, 13:30, 15:30 and 17:30 (in Dutch). In cooperation with Korei Guided Tours.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00

Rue des Alexiens/Cellebroersstraat 53-55, Brussels

Guided tours and by reservation only

33 95 Grand Sablon - Grote Zavel
27 48 Chapelle - Kapellekerk
Accessible with assistance

Accessible with assistance