It was a rainy day when we arrived in Ghent. We were spending the weekend in Belgium; our hotel in Brussels doubling as our “headquarters” from which we headed out in all directions in search of good coffee.
We were especially excited about Ghent as our friends Lin Lee and Yew Kheong, the husband-and-wife barista team behind The Red Beanbag in Kuala Lumpur had raved about this beautiful university town and were sure we would love it. A canal boat ride later in the day proved their words to be true and prophetic.
But before exploring the town proper, we craved coffee (and wouldn’t mind a spot of brekkie). Our solution? Café Labath, a corner coffee bar with a retro design, warm colours, hanging plants and a Mondrian-inspired wall. Bright and cheerful, perfect for escaping the ever-present (but never overwhelming) Belgian rain.
Barista and roaster Brett Broothaers came over to ask us what we’d like. It helps being one of the first customers of the day as they get packed quite swiftly. The poor guy had to endure our clueless questions as he deciphered the menu from Dutch into English.
His patience (and our willingness to ask and ask) paid off as we enjoyed a substantial breakfast of breads, pain au chocolat, croissant, cheeses, soft-boiled egg and a glass of OJ. Naturally the highlight is the coffee, whether it’s one of the best cappuccinos we’ve had in Europe to an Aeropress brew that was lightly acidic (great for perking up one’s senses after the relentless shower outside the café).
We had a good time chatting with Brett at the bar later before we departed. He recommended some beans based on our preferences and we left with a bag, delighted. The rain even stopped and the sun even came out. Hooray!
這家咖啡館是由Red Bean Bag的老闆和老闆娘所介紹的，聽說咖啡很不錯。
Oude Houtlei 1, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm / Sat 9am-7pm / Sun 10am-6pm