Le Pain Quotidien

Price guide: Budget

Rue des Sablons 11, Brussels, 1000

Price guide: Budget

By Emma Thomson, your Brussels expert

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#13 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Brussels
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
3.8
3.8
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Singles, No fuss, People watching

Expert review of Le Pain Quotidien

Rustic bakery chain famous for its communal tables.

Founder Alain Coumont opened the first Le Pain Quotidien in 1990 because he was dissatisfied by the bread offered by other Brussels’s bakeries; he now owns 151 cafés worldwide. The success of the chain hasn’t diminished the quality of its product and I head here for Sunday breakfast whenever I can. .

Food and drink: 

You can pop in just to buy a round of the organic stone-ground-flour bread, or take a seat at one of the rustic wooden tables and choose from a selection of freshly made soups, quiches and pastries and made-to-order salads and tartines (open sandwiches). There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options to choose from. Don’t leave without trying the bombe au chocolat for desert — words fail me!
 

Ambience: 

The bakeries are famous for their table commune — a communal table designed to encourage you to natter with your neighbours.

Coumount’s original store is located on Rue Dansaert (see below). However, I listed the Sablon café because it has a light-and-airy glass-house terrace out the back. It's particularly lovely in summer when they open the roof panels.
 

Service: 

It gets incredibly busy at lunchtimes and on the weekends and, as a result, the waiters can be a bit unsmiling and blunt. You’ll need to grab their attention to let them know you’re ready to order etc.

Location: 

On the fashionable Grand Sablon square, across the street from L'Ecailler du Palais Royal.

Price advice: 

Soup costs 3 euros, sandwiches 7—9 euros and desserts 5 euros.

Other useful branches: 

Coumout’s first store at Rue Antoine Dansaert 16A is still open. Other can be found at: Avenue Louise 124, Rue des Tongres 71-73, Chaussée de Boondael 479, Chaussée de Waterloo 515 and Chaussée de Waterloo 1480.
 

More information on Le Pain Quotidien:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Café, Takeaway, Tearoom
Food:
Snacks, Vegetarian
Address:
Rue des Sablons 11, Brussels, 1000
Telephone:
+32 2 513 51 54
Website:
http://www.lepainquotidien.com
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Opening times:
Mon—Fri 7.30am—7pm, Sat—Sun 8am—7pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible
Free tags / Keywords:
bakery

Have you been to Le Pain Quotidien? Would you recommended it?