Corica Coffee, Brussels, Belgium

Address: Rue des Chartreux 66, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM, Saturday: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM, Sunday: Closed

If you happen to just finish eating the best waffles in Brussels (and it’s hard to name one as the best because they’re all oh so good), don’t go looking around for fries. I would stop at Corica Coffee, a stone’s throw from the Grand Place in Brussels.

Corica Coffee is not your usual coffee shop where you chill and people-watch over a cup of flat white. Although you can do that, but the most authentic way to experience Corica Coffee is to drink an espresso over the counter. Founded in 1952, Corica Coffee lets you pick the coffee beans, and you can go wild with your choice of beans from Ecuador, Cuba, Costa Rica to Colombia. Talk about consumer paralysis when you get in. If you can’t decide, the baristas are extremely knowledgeable in their craft. And they speak in English.

And don’t do a double take when you see Jamaica Blue Mountain. Yes, Brussels keeps on surprising me at every turn. (Not to mention there is a Japanese buffet along the same street. Japanese buffet in Brussels?!)

But if you still prefer to sit down and chill, and granted, it’s a long weekend, then a cappuccino is in order.

This very well could be one of the best coffee spots I’ve tried in my life. (Sadly, dethroning Cafe Corridor in Hong Kong, because they shuttered their doors last year.)