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Many of the poor folk living here the Marolles, Brussels' popular working-class neighborhood of old, couldn't heat water in their houses so this shop sold warm water, hence the name. Nowadays it is a charming eetcafé (eat-café), a great place for a cup of coffee, solid breakfast and weekend brunch. Nosh on freshly baked croissants, muesli, yogurt, and eggs, all served in heaping portions before setting out to discover the neighborhood flea markets.
If you're asking around Brussels for where to have the best breakfast, you will at some point inevitably be directed to La Clef d'Or. They open very early in the morning, so if your jet-lag has you up with the sun, you can definitely head to this restaurant in Les Marolles. Right in the Place du Jeu de Balle, visitors to La Clef d'Or can take advantage of the busy market that takes place in the mornings, then head over for a brunch filled with dishes like croque madames, steak tartare and omelette, of course accompanied by coffee or Belgian beer.
Le Clan des Belges boasts a prime location at the heart of Brussels' social scene. The ambiance at this restaurant is intentionally reminiscent of the 1920s prohibition era. Its antiquarian decor is replete with industrial lamps, bookshelves, a gramophone and photographic memorabilia. Chef Joris creates a menu of traditional French and Belgian flavors served with fine wine and spirits. Classics include Côte de Bœuf, Cordon Bleu and top notch Mégacheeseburger. Le Clan des Belges also does a popular brunch on the weekends.