Ferdinand Cocq Square in Ixelles has undergone a major transformation in recent years. The square became almost entirely car-free, benches and greenery were added to the little central park and the footpaths were widened so that the bars and restaurants can install larger terraces to accommodate more customers.
It is here, on this square, that Frédéric Nicolay has opened his latest creation. Le Cocq, named after the square, is a bar, café and friterie with an adjoining self-service laundry. Frédéric Nicolay is the hospitality king of Brussels. Over the past 25 years, he has opened numerous bars, restaurants, an amusement arcade and a bio shop at various locations in Brussels. Nicolay has a nose for locations in need of a makeover. It’s not just the location that’s benefitting, but the whole neighbourhood. He has his own vision of hospitality, sometimes a bit stubborn, but most of the time spot on.
This former neighbourhood bar with a lot of wood and a high ceiling has been transformed into a lively and soulful venue with a beautiful long counter that can serve both inside and outside. Nicolay likes to build livings spaces where you can come for a coffee in the morning, lunch at noon, some drinks after work or a cocktail at night.
I’m sure this place will be one of them. Due to Covid, it’s only open for takeaway at the window. They serve delicious coffee from Café Capitale and great fries.