The café Au Laboureur in Brussels’ Rue de Flandre has preserved the relaxed charm of old Brussels even if the neighbourhood has become quite hipster. The interior is decorated with antique beer signs, round mirrors and an old telephone booth.
Locals come here to play cards or read Le Soir with perhaps a caged canary sitting on the table. The terrace is a favourite spot to hang out on a summer evening drinking a glass of Papegaei beer from Diksmuide.
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