EXPLORED_ Koffie en Staal in Leuven

EXPLORED_ Koffie en Staal in Leuven - by hannelore veelaert for au pays des merveilles

When I was invited to spend a weekend in Leuven, there was one place on the top of my to do list: Koffie en Staal.  This coffee bar with its beautiful interior had popped up on my radar a while ago, but I hadn’t managed to visit it yet.  With delicious coffee from other Leuven favorite Mok and a focus on biological and local food, it’s not that hard to make it onto my to do list, but that wasn’t the main reason for my visit.  Creative couple Nouchka Nemes and Lino Van Molle have created a gem of a coffee bar that offers quite a bit more than your regular flat white, as the name Koffie en Staal – coffee and steel – implies.  Not only your taste buds will be satisfied by coming here, but so will your eyes!

Nouchka (graduated as an interior architect and furniture designer) and Lino (skilled at steel welding and wood working) prove that sometimes one plus one really does equal three, as they are combining their forces to create beautiful furniture under the name of Nono.  Their creations are not only shining in their own bar, but before I ever heard of Koffie & Staal,  they already caught my eye at several other places, including Bar Stan and even my favorite Lisbon hangout Café Tati. (It seems like we’ve got a past in my favorite Portuguese city in common.)  Their furniture is for sale in the bar, but if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, you still don’t have to leave empty handed.  That’s right, Koffie en Staal not only sells beautiful pieces of furniture but also carries Nusj, Nouchka’s jewelry collection.  Reasons enough to put Koffie en Staal on your to do list, I’d say.  With the combination of running an eco-friendly coffee house and designing, making and selling both furniture and jewelry, they’ve not only managed to create a lovely hangout, but my dream job as well.  Jealous, who?  Me?

Koffie & Staal, Mechelsestraat 140, 3000 Leuven - website - facebook  
Nono - website - facebook
Nusj - facebook

 

EXPLORED_ Koffie en Staal in Leuven - by hannelore veelaert for au pays des merveilles-1

EXPLORED_ Koffie en Staal in Leuven - by hannelore veelaert for au pays des merveilles-1

EXPLORED_ Koffie en Staal in Leuven - by hannelore veelaert for au pays des merveilles-1

EXPLORED_ Koffie en Staal in Leuven - by hannelore veelaert for au pays des merveilles-1

EXPLORED_ Koffie en Staal in Leuven - by hannelore veelaert for au pays des merveilles

EXPLORED_ Koffie en Staal in Leuven - by hannelore veelaert for au pays des merveilles

EXPLORED_ Koffie en Staal in Leuven - by hannelore veelaert for au pays des merveilles

EXPLORED_ Koffie en Staal in Leuven - by hannelore veelaert for au pays des merveilles

EXPLORED_ Koffie en Staal in Leuven - by hannelore veelaert for au pays des merveilles

EXPLORED_ Koffie en Staal in Leuven - by hannelore veelaert for au pays des merveilles

EXPLORED_ Koffie en Staal in Leuven - by hannelore veelaert for au pays des merveilles

 

4 Comments

  1. Marijke November 19, 2015

    Wauw! Ziet er echt een fijne plek uit!

    Reply
    • Hannelore Veelaert December 6, 2015

      Ja mooi he!

      Reply
  2. Eva November 20, 2015

    Ziet er een heel chille plek uit. Kende ik nog niet!

    Reply
    • Hannelore Veelaert December 6, 2015

      Het is er echt heel leuk, zeker eens langs gaan als je in Leuven bent!

      Reply

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