The Original Le Pain Quotidien in Brussels

I live about 5 minutes from a Le Pain Quotidien in New York and hold a lot of my business meetings there. It's easy, with great coffee and food, and feels very European with communal tables and the long wait time to get your check. I found the original Le Pain Quotidien in Brussels today, first opened in 1990 and now with locations all over the world. It is much smaller than other ones and in the cool Dansaert neighborhood, at 16 Rue Antoine Danseart. There is a larger, flagship property in the sophisticated Sablon area, as well as others around the city. Stop by, buy some mini waffles to go or have the tuna/hummus tartine (much better bread than in the states) and pay homage to a chain that is actually consistently good.