It is easy to miss the narrow alley with green and brown tiles at Rue de Tabora 11. It leads you to the old Brussels cafe A La Bécasse which has been in this spot since 1877.
The authentic interior has hardly changed since Henri Steppe ran the establishment in the later 19th century and lived upstairs with his family. The wood panelling, stained glass and wrought iron lamps take you back to an older Brussels.
The cafe stocks a limited range of rare local beers brewed in the Zenne valley including the lovely Timmermans Lambic Doux which they serve in old stoneware jugs.
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