The bright and cheerful Le Café du Sablon along rue de la Régence has an enviable view of Eglise Notre-Dame du Sablon just opposite. Dedicated to Our Blessed Lady of Sablon, the 15th-century Catholic church has a Brabantine Gothic exterior and two Baroque-style chapels. The café that bears its name is far less ornate but also a haven of sorts, albeit for coffee aficionados.
Run by François Lafontaine, owner of Café de la Presse, one of the earliest hipster cafés in Brussels, Le Café du Sablon’s focus is on slow-brewed coffee. Lafontaine’s dedication to quality beans is evident with the inclusion of a small indoor roaster, something not every Belgian coffee shop has.