Fodor's Expert Review Eetcafe Het Warm Water
Located just above the place de Jeu de Balle in the heart of the Marolles area, this café is a local institution–-—legend has it that when the neighborhood had no running water, residents would come to fill their buckets, hence the name. In 2013, its closure was imminent, but locals stepped in and reopened it as a social cooperative with a vegetarian canteen dishing up hearty lunches and a dish of the day. It also boasts a well-curated list of bottled beers (many of them organic) from lesser-known Belgian breweries. At night, it hosts live music, (often fraught) political debate, cabaret, plays, and poetry slams.
Rue des Renards 25
Brussels, Brussels Capital B1000, Belgium
- A genuine local spirit, and some fierce political debate (on the right night)
- Good organic vegetarian food—a rarity in Brussels