Just in the shadows of the cathedral in the historical center, you’ll find one of the oldest cafés in the city. The “Elfde gebod” opened somewhere around 40 years ago, and it has kept most of its authenticity and appearance throughout the years.
The 400 year old building used to serve as office space for people working in the cathedral. What makes this place mysterious and awe inspiring are the numerous catholic statues on the walls, corners, everywhere basically. These statues of the saints were originally the first owner’s collection, who named the café ” Het Elfde gebod” to indicate the 11th commandment; which is, as legend says, drinking beer. What else?
As a matter of fact the café has its own special brewed beer. Also a great collection item you won’t find anywhere else. They also have an impressive arsenal of other popular or special Belgian beers for your indulgment. If the Belgian experience is what you are looking for, you should definitely try the beef stew – it’s to die for.
I had passed by a lot of times until one day, not so long ago, a friend of mine introduced me to this charming collection peace. The café attracts many tourists, but there are also a lot of regulars. If you go on the weekends the place will be buzzing, but on a Monday night, it has everything for you to relax, admire the statues and obey the 11th commandment while enjoying a deliciously brewed beer.