Café Labath, Ghent

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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!

而Cafe Labath就是我們在拜訪美麗的Ghent時所到訪的其中一家。
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。


Café Labath
Oude Houtlei 1, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm / Sat 9am-7pm / Sun 10am-6pm

Kenny is a writer. CK is a photographer. Together they café-hop around the world and have contributed to The Malay Mail Online, Time Out, and other cool publications. Read more of Kenny’s stories at Life for Beginners and check out CK’s photography at Devil's Tales 胡思亂想.

7 thoughts on “Café Labath, Ghent

  1. 最喜歡那種雨天喝咖啡,可是喝完後剛好雨過天晴,心情超愉快的!

        1. Definitely your gravatar is prettier, the same way the real person is prettier. 😉

          Now we just need to get Wallace in on the action too… Haha..

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