Fika Coffee was one of the first places I went to in Brussels. A quiet refuge that was (at the time) open on a cold Sunday afternoon in May when many other shops were closed and just a short distance from my Airbnb.
Hidden in plain sight on a side street in Ixelles, Fika’s modest storefront is easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for. For those who know, the woman-owned coffee shop is a local gem. The signage is simple and the windows peek into a cozy space, wood furnishings and tiled flooring, a lounge-y seating nook leading to a homey coffee bar. The menu is also simple, with a shortlist of hot and cold drink options, filter and espresso based drinks, and tea and juice for non coffee drinkers. Their pastry case is quality over quantity, all baked in house. All the perfect ingredients, the perfect location to invite a coffee break into your daily ritual.
Go here for: coffee and a treat, preferably for here but they also do to go
Order this: coffee and toast or whatever looks good in the pastry case
Amount of time to spend: you could easily spend an hour or two, but whatever feels right is right
When to come: any time for a little pick me up, on a nice day for an outdoor coffee break
Getting here: about a 5 min walk from Porte de Namur/Naamsepoort (lines 2, 6)
Other things to note: They also have a little yard in the back for outdoor seating.
Last visited: May 2019
Last updated: January 2022