5 Cafés to (really) get some work done
It’s back to school. And even if summer isn’t quite over, or never quite started, there’s something pretty uplifting in the air. With many of us working from home, we often need a change of scenery so here’s a look at cafés where we are able to get some real #wfh done and all within close distance to Morton Place.
When you’ve had enough of working from home
We self-employed are often hopping from client to client or in my case from House to House and I have some favorite spots in the Morton Place neighborhoods where I know I can concentrate and get things done. Surprisingly, I find it easier to stay focused when working in a café. But the key is knowing how to choose the right place and avoid the cafés with bad Wi-Fi connection, loud music or the incessant noise from the various machines.
Although my list evolves, in conjunction with Chloé from Brussels Kitchen we have selected for you the cafés which, in our opinion, combine all the elements necessary for a good productive working day, from the quality of their coffee, sturdiness of their tables – to their playlists and all within an easy stroll from Morton Place!
Cafés near Morton Place Chatelain
Belga & Co Bailli
Belga & Co is our go-to when we want a café where we are guaranteed to get through the To Do list. The concentration that reigns there is exemplary; customers even go out to the garden to make a phone call, just to be sure not to disturb the others. The three adjoining rooms, the dark walls, the sober and warm decor make it feel a bit like home. But with better coffee.
Our Tips: the sunny garden for a break (or phone call!)
Our favorite drink: coconut milk cappuccino
The best time to go: around noon, to be sure to get a table easily and after the morning rush
Belga & Co – 7 rue du Bailli, 1050 Ixelles
Kami is the new kid on the block, having opened after the others in the neighborhood, yet they have found their place and we love it. If you are lucky enough to nab a spot in the small conservatory, you can be even more secluded with a nice view of the garden and it’s song birds. Inside is comfy as well, with benches that allow several people to sit around a table, ideal for mini improvised meetings around a coffee.
Our Tips: the excellent home-made pastries, especially the “financiers” which are to die for, and the grilled cheese sandwich on soft sandwich bread.
Our favorite drink: Ethiopian filter coffee in batch brew
Best time to go: 9 a.m., as of opening
Kami – 355 chaussée de Waterloo, 1060 Saint-Gilles
It’s our favorite address to start the day off right. They serve one of the best breakfasts in the capital. Too bad we can’t also start the week there: they only open as of Wednesday. But when Wednesday arrives, we tuck our computer in our bags and we rush there as soon as it opens for an indulgent breakfast: pancakes, banana toast and peanut butter, acai bowl or poached eggs and toast, they have it all. Everything to put us in a good mood and get us over the mid-week slump.
Our Tips: the fab menu from breakfast to brunch and snacks, which means that you can easily stay there all day
Our favorite drink: golden latte with coconut milk
Best time to go: Wednesday morning!
The Wild Lab – 44a rue Antoine Bréart, 1060 Saint Gilles
Cafés near Morton Place Louise & Parvis
With its enormous sunny yellow terrace, this place is hard to miss. At first glance, you might think it’s more of a bar – and we have enjoyed more than one drink there however, it is also a very good base camp to get some work done. In the morning, the atmosphere is still calm and we enjoy a buttery croissant while soaking in the first rays of sunshine. If outside is too distracting, inside we like to settle into the thick velvet benches, with a coffee at hand to catch up on our to-do list. And when it comes to happy hour – what better place to invite your friends to join you to finish up your day!
Our tips: best eggs and soldiers on the Parvis
Our favorite drink: homemade lemonade with yuzu
The best time to go: as of early morning, when it’s calm, until “apéritif” time to end the day in style.
Café Flora – 16A Parvis de Saint-Gilles, 1060 Saint-Gilles
This one is our latest gem – we have a huge crush on this place. Despite its popular weekend brunch and after work drinks, the Petit Mercado is a peaceful place at any other time of the day. We love the company of owners Mano and Pia, always there to make suggestions from the delicious croissants sourced from La Boule, the coffee from Velvet served in pretty Moroccan glasses, to the daily lunch and delicious cookies for an afternoon pick me up.
Our Tips: Le Petit Mercado is also a grocery store. Take this opportunity to leave with a few goodies. Our musts: the bouquets of dried flowers and the collection of canned goods straight from Portugal.
Our favorite drink: oat milk cappuccino
The best time to go: when it opens, around 10 a.m., or in the afternoon, around 3 p.m.
Petit Mercado – 82 rue de l’Hotel des Monnaies, 1060 Saint-Gilles
- written in collaboration with Chloé of Brussels Kitchen @brusselskitchen