Once upon a time there was an old, abandoned gas station. It was covered in graffiti and made a street look desolate and gloomy. Until it was made into Café La Pompe in 2015.
The reconversion has been done extremely well. And it seems like the gas station’s DNA still lingers on, like an essence they couldn’t get rid of.
Firstly, architectural elements of the petrol station were preserved and incorporated in a new clear-cut style (only an outside gas pump is missing in my humble opinion). Next to this, La Pompe is open almost 24/7 – as if they didn’t dare to drastically change a gas station’s generous opening times. You can have breakfast, brunch, lunch, special hot dogs, hamburgers and tapas. Thirdly, just like the price for gasoline varies depending on the station, La Pompe charges less for their liquids compared to other similar bars. And last but not least, in the exact place outside where cars used to gas up in the past, it’s you who can now fill your own tank.
On their terrace, you look out upon a relatively quiet and enjoyable junction. Some beautiful house facades draw your attention (tip: never forget to look up when in the streets of Brussels). La Pompe‘s atypical form, its laid back atmosphere, parties, and good mixture of people give me a very pleasant feel.
And while you’re nearby, you should definitely go and have a look at Saint-Gillis’ city hall. Its facade is worth some of your admiration too.