Alice is a Rococco-like old manor house located only a short walk from the main shopping street, the Veldstraat. With its chandeliers, etsy chairs and baroque paintings, you’d think you are visiting Louis XIV. Nothing is less true of course, because the relaxed atmosphere in combination with the oh so fancy decor is what makes this place so special. No need to tiptoe around, just a very cool place to have a coffee or dinner with friends. Did I mention I also had the best cake (of my life!) there? It was a mascarpone and brownie piece of pie and I still dream about it sometimes. I’ve also read that Alice does afternoon tea and that is something I feel needs to be tried before I eventually move away from Ghent, too. I’ll definitely report back on that later…

(And, if you’re a bit of a weirdo, like me, you’ll very much enjoy the rounded door in the bathroom. Just one of those things that excite me for no apparent reason).


Where? Alice can be found at Onderbergen 9, right across from the beautiful “het Pand”, which is part of the university and is also worth a quick browse. Because it’s so close to the main shopping street, it’s perfect for that little pick me up that you so desperately need sometimes while on a shopping spree.

When? Tuesday – Friday 8.30-17.30, Saturday 09.00-18.00, Sunday 9.30 – 14.00



Het Zwak Moment

This blog post concerns my favourite café in my home town, Tienen. The café, Het Zwak Moment, which loosely translates to a moment of weakness, fills a gap that I and my friends have always experienced when spending our youth going to school in Tienen. There were cafés, of course, but never for the tea drinking, board game playing kind of people, who just wanted to have a chat over a few drinks without having to shout at each other across the bar. But Het Zwak Moment is for everyone, though. Old and young. Alone or together. Beer drinking or tea sipping. Below are a few photos and illustrations of what it is that I love about the place so much.

The collection of board games
May the odds be ever in your favour
The place has a very homely feel to it, which is not very surprising seeing as it’s located in an old town house
It even has a piano, just saying. And they let you write and draw in the menu. (However, do NOT, I repeat, do NOT attempt to draw any of your friends. Friendships are on the line here)
And tea cups the size of soup bowls
Extra cozy around Christmas time

So, if you ever find yourself in the unlikely event of an emergency, where you get lost in a random town called Tienen, you know what place to go.