Hidden Belgium: La Manufacture Urbaine

Hidden Belgium: La Manufacture Urbaine

It’s worth hunting out this urban food lovers’ spot hidden down a quiet side street near Charleroi Sud station.

Known as La Manufacture Urbaine, or more simply LaM-U, it opened in 2017 in a former printing house. It occupies four floors decorated with white concrete beams, exposed brick and industrial fittings.

The vast airy space incorporates a micro-brewery producing six different beers, a bakery and a coffee-roasting corner. It also includes two restaurants – a lively bistro downstairs and a more upmarket restaurant one floor up.

The bistro serves food from small farms in the Charleroi region, including Colombus pork from Marcel Biron et Fils. Photo exhibitions and indie concerts also take place in this buzzing spot.

Derek Blyth’s hidden secret of the day: Derek Blyth is the author of the bestselling “The 500 Hidden Secrets of Belgium”. He picks out one of his favourite hidden secrets for The Brussels Times every day.

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