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!
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.
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.
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?