Perched on Avenue Louis Bertrand near Brussels’ main train station, Le Haricot Magique shop-meets-cafe is conveniently located for dropping into upon arrival or before departure from Brussels.
Packed with hand-picked, high-quality ethical brands, including KidsOnRoof, Boikido, OMY and Koeka, the “Beanstalk” store offers something for every child under eight.
The buggy-friendly boutique shares its home with Cafe Pousette, which has been created specifically with families in mind, which means that while you’re stocking up on practical essentials, kids clothing, decorative items or hand-crafted European toys, children can be kept amused playing with the toys and books on offer in the play area.
Together the store and cafe make one of the child-friendly spaces in Brussels. The layout of tables ensure strollers can move easily through, and there’s a designated parking area for buggies, as well as free nappies, a baby changing area and free WiFi.
Alongside a classic cafe menu, there’s baby food and child-size servings of most drinks and meals, including babycinnos. Guests can also bring small amounts of their own food for babies and toddlers and there are microwave and bottle-heating facilities. The popular cafe can get quite busy, so booking a table is recommended if you’re planning to visit on a weekend or Wednesday afternoon.
Le Haricot Magique runs various workshops throughout the year, including baby massage, cupcake decorating and a host of art and creativity sessions. Check the schedule to see what’s on offer at the time of your trip; all workshops require pre-registration either in-store, emailing or phoning ahead.