Het Warm Water: "Fleamarket recommendation # 1" Het Warm Water Tip by GillianMcLaughlin

Het Warm Water, Brussels: 2 reviews and 2 photos

  Colourful welcome from a fleamarket institution
by GillianMcLaughlin

The fleamarket area in Brussels, the Marolles sold everything, even hot water. The name of this little bar restaurant hails from the days when very few Marolliens could afford a water heater in their house. They bought it from the small grocers in the area, who were happy to earn a few extra pennies for this service.

Today Het Warm Water is a comfortable place to take a welcome rest from all the stalls and salerooms of the rue Haute and the rue Blaes. With its eclectic menu that tends towards Belgian speciality cheeses and healthy soups and juices, Het Warm Water attracts a wide public.

It offers good value for money food, but a lot more. In its new, larger premises, it has a corner for children to play in, and once a week runs political cabaret in the traditional Bruxellois patois.

Take a moment when you come out to look in th elittle shop next door - there is a violin-maker whose premises look like they haven't changed in centuries.

Favorite Dish: People flock here for Sunday lunch and brunch. They offer a wide range of breakfasts from ?3 to ?9, and brunches from ?9 - ?14. They have a staggering range of Belgian charcuterie and cheeses, and also great homemade soups. very much a place of "petite restauration" but you will leave feeling replete and will be fooled into thinking that you made a wonderfully healthy decision in going there.

Service can be a little erratic on busy Sundays. Take a paper, and chill out. It will all come in the end

Address: rue des Renards 25
Price Comparison: least expensive
Directions: rue des Renards is a pedestrian street that runs between rue Haute and rue Blaes at the level of the plade de jeu de Balles.
Phone: 02/513.91.59
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 5
Theme: Breakfast
Website: http://www.hetwarmwater.be

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 23, 2004
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