Barbóék - Leuven
There is nothing like discovering a new place in town. Butterflies, expectations and then delight. Great atmosphere is palpable instantly. No one can define exactly what makes a vibe, but when it's there, everyone seems to tune in on it. This is exactly the case for the Barbóék. I was in love with this place immediately as I walked through the door. Books left, right and center and in the middle of it all a central bar with fruity pies, vanilla waffles and hot chocolat.
The Barbóék is a book store/coffee shop in the centre of Leuven, hidden from the shoppers, near for locals. For me there was never a better combination than books and coffee, but Barbóék is more than that. It is a place to breathe, to get lost between pages and find your way to soulful reading, talking or writing.
Hidden corners are either filled with writers, bloggers or book lovers. People parouse the rows and rows of books, or stop and ask the owners for a recommendation. They seem to have read every book they sell and are happy to steer you to one you would love. You could either install yourself in one of the velvet armchairs to disappear or at the communal table to share. Everything goes. So what are you still waiting for?