Scouting out new places to drink tea is a favourite pass-time of mine. For instance, I have an extensive list of places I one day hope to visit all over Birmingham, as well as other areas across the globe. The idea of leaning back into a squishy sofa with a hot cup of tea in hand, gazing out the windows to daydream is heavenly to me. It’s a modern take on urban relaxation. So when it came to visiting Ghent, a place I had never been to before, I was hyped to find cafés to marvel at! So, if you like minimalism, plants or books, you’re in for a treat. Here are my favourite cafés to visit in Ghent, Belgium!
If you’re looking for an urban, minimalist café, Pain Perdu is definitely the place to visit! This aesthetically pleasing establishment is popular for its breakfast and lunches. As soon as you walk in, the smell of coffee and fresh bread strikes your senses. It’s not surprising that one of the first few things we see amongst wooden floorboards and clay coloured walls are reserved signs on particular tables- at only 10am, Pain Perdu is almost full.
This café has three seating areas, one of which looks out into a back garden. Potted plants also sit in the corners of plastered walls and balanced on window sills. It has a comfy feel to it: a perfect place to start off an adventure on a sleepy, relaxed morning. What’s more, the staff here are very friendly and speak the three main languages common in the Flemish area. Menus are translated from Dutch to both French and
Whether you’re looking for caffeine, beer or a good book, Le Bal Infernal has it all! This rustic independent is a combination of a café, bar and second-hand bookshop. Bookshelves line the walls, including collections in English and other languages. At one end stands a homey reading area, low hanging lights shining spotlights onto the tables. On the other end, you can find a fully fledged bar, alcohol tightly packed on shelves, and a (fake) tree growing right in the middle of it! And don’t forget to help yourself to one of the many jars of free cookies!
Le Bal Infernal usually hosts events and parties and is perfect for all those social gatherings, whether you’re a businessman or just hanging with some friends. Read some books at one end of the café for that antisocial comfort, or order a beverage at the other end to laugh with some mates. What more could you ask for? A link to their website of course 😉
This tea room is quite literally down to earth. Full of a variety of plants, Madam Bakster is an organic café perfect for vegetarians and vegans. Nature fills the place in an amalgamation of low hanging lights and potted plants and flowers. As well as the amount of greenery scattered about, personal items are also on show. Framed photos, thank you cards and books create a characteristic touch to the place- and even with its drinks! Forget about the usual names for your favourite tea or coffee. Each drink here has its own name, so make sure you read the descriptions to find out which one is right for you!
During my visit, I had a glass of Felix: a mix of peppermint tea and chamomile. Alike the decor, the drink was refreshing. My drink also came with a healthy dose of caramel popcorn, which was another individual touch in addition to the rest of what the café has to offer. Unlike Le Pain Perdu, the menu’s here aren’t translated, however, the staff were very helpful in translating it for me, an appreciative smile on their faces at my broken attempts at Dutch. Above all, it certainly felt as though this café represented the person behind it, and after reading the story behind it on their website, it made for a comfortable place to relax.
Disclaimer: I’m not the best photographer (yet!), but I’m hoping that with the following Tea-Stained Photo Journals (
(All pictures are taken with Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and edited with the free version of Photoshop Express.)
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