Whenever I take someone to Cook and Book for the first time, they ask the same question… “what exactly is this place?”

Inside there are huge seating areas, people tapping away on their laptops, drinking wine, having a chat,  eating delicious looking food and they are surrounded by books.

There are books on shelves, books stacked on tables and books hanging off the ceiling.  Then there is the rest of the decor; creative, stylish – the whole place is an instagrammers dream.

So, anyway the answer to the first question… Cook and Book is a cafe/restaurant come book shop.

My first visit was about 18 months ago and I completely fell in love with the place. Since then I’ve been back countless times; back to work, to study, to eat, to drink and to shop.  The  fact that it is just four stops from me on the Metro and has free wifi definitely helps!

Cook and Book Brussels

It is spread over two separate buildings and separated into different themed sections; Art, Travel, Cooking, Children’s, Comics, Lifestyle, Literature, Music and the English language section.


Cook and Book Brussels


My favourite for actually eating/working in is the Lifestyle or ‘Greenhouse’ section in Block B, it is probably the least impressive of the lot, but there is lots of space and good size tables which makes it perfect for spreading all my stuff out in.

In terms of food, I have been making my way through the menu and so far there hasn’t been anything that I haven’t really enjoyed.  I am always impressed by the salads that they serve.  They are  HUGE and full of fresh, tasty ingredients.  The Club Francais also deserves a special mention; fresh bread, covered in brie, with grilled mushrooms and walnuts, with a huge salad full of pear.


Eating at Cook and Book Brussels


The service is usually very good with the staff alternating between French and English depending on how well my brain is doing on the day!  If you are in Brussels, I would definitely say it’s worth checking out.

What’s your favourite cafe in Brussels?







  1. brincs July 2, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    It is a great place. Good food and also great selection of books. What else would you want.

  2. Alison @ CheeseWeb (@Acornn) July 2, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    We love it here too! It saved us when we were living in Flanders because we could take the car there without going all the way into Brussels. I am addicted to their 4 cheese ravioli :)

  3. Emma July 5, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Wow, what a fantastic place! Can you take me there please?!??

  4. sylvia July 9, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Really great place. the biggest plus is that it’s hours are amazing (relative to anywhere else in Brussels). Open on a Sunday? and early on a Sunday? Godsend to parents with young kids (ps the kids room is the best! a model train runs under the whole space!)

  5. Holly Hollyson November 21, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Whenever I read things about Brussels I always wish I had known about them before my holiday there! I would have loved this place!

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