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As brilliant concepts stores like The Little Green Shop and L’Atelier en Ville keep popping up around Brussels, I was really excited to see that the European quarter has got its very own gem: the Living Room. Maxime Pain, the man behind this lovely project, is a Parisian who left a corporate career to follow his dream and create a place dedicated to the things he’s passionate about, food and design. Chapeau! It’s something I’ve always admired and hope to be able to achieve at some point. 

Located just steps away from Place Jourdan, Leopold park and Place Schuman, Living Room is a great place to lay back and fuel up on coffee, foodie treats and design. The space is a wonderful mix of industrial and Scandinavian details with beautiful furniture and ornaments that are available for purchase. Needless to say, I didn’t leave empty-handed: a porcelain cup with my initial by Arne Jacobsen is already on my desk! The atmosphere is very relaxing and the whole team really kind, so at Living Room you do “make yourself at home”. Plus, there’s free wifi and a space where you can work or study at the mezzanine. 

The open kitchen behind the counter is where all the foodie action takes place. Moist loaf cakes, cookies, croissants, brownies and savoury scones are beautifully displayed but you can also choose between different salads, soups, quiches, coffee from Or Coffee Roasters and much more! Everything is homemade apart from the viennoiseries and the bread and this is reflected in the quality. My sweet tooth fell for the yuzu cake (both gluten and lactose free in my defense!) and a jasmine & rose tea (with free water refills!) that arrived in the prettiest ceramics.

The fact that they also serve brunch on weekends was just music to my ears, so last Sunday I made my way to Living Room and once again, I wasn’t at all disappointed. My partner in crime and I went for the sweet and the savoury brunch formulas which were filling and delicious. Baguette, homemade jam, scrambled eggs with salmon and salad, yoghurt and granola with fruits plus the most amazing speculoos cheesecake – this brunch seemed to have it all. We left full and really happy. This might as well be one of my favourite brunch spots in Brussels!

Address: Place Jean Rey 8, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
Telephone: +32 493 182774
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