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In a city with so many great coffee spots and sunny terraces, it’s always good news when you come across a place that combines both. Add in the mix delicious bagels and you’ve got Karsmakers, a cafe at Brussels’ European quarter.

Conveniently located opposite the European Parliament, Karsmakers is a popular spot with the Eurocrats who pop by every so often for a quick takeout lunch. That probably explains why there’s almost always a long queue during lunch time. If you’re in the mood for a relaxing break with a cup of coffee or a sit-down meal, better to avoid the peak hours! The food here is quite simple, consisting of a few bagel choices accompanied by a small salad as a side. Loaded with a generous amount of ingredients, they’re probably some of the best bagels in Brussels. On weekends the atmosphere used to much calmer, as the nearby EU institutions are closed, but sadly Karsmakers is not open aside from weekdays any more. Minus one spot from my Brussels Brunch Guide I guess!

The owner, Jay Karsmakers, was inspired by California where he lived as a student. Coming back to his homeland in Belgium, he was determined to create a place offering great coffee. And that’s how Karsmakers was born in 2008. Besides the cool decor, cozy armchairs, free wifi and English speaking staff, there are two things I really love about this place. First and foremost, the leafy terrace in the back which is one of my favourite spots for a smoothie or a slice of cake under the sunshine. It actually reminds me a lot of the one at Bocca Moka – only this one is much more lively! And then there’s the coffee. Although I’m more of a tea person, the coffee at Karsmakers is pretty good and can be paired with the milk of your choice (almond, soy, you name it). Do try the almond latte, enjoy, thank me later!

Address: Rue de Trèves 20, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium
Telephone: +32 2 5020226
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