Ethiopia is where it all began for coffee, where humans first cultivated the beans and learned to roast and ground them to create the beverage drunk throughout the world today. Aksum, undoubtedly the nicest café in the Marolles neighborhood, has now moved a little closer to the centre and continues its tradition of intense coffee and delicious cakes in new premises.
You can order an espresso, café latte, or cappuccino – I prefer the latte as the espresso really takes some getting used to – but all are made with Ethiopian coffee beans freshly roasted and ground on the premises daily, which they also sell to take away.
If coffee’s not your thing, they also have interesting herbal teas from across Africa, unusual juices and excellent cakes to accompany your drink.
The new space is a little smaller but has been beautifully renovated and promises a terrace out front, if the sun ever deems to shine again. It is also a stone’s throw from the Grand Place and the Gare Centrale, so very convenient for a quick stop while visiting the medieval city.