BRUSSELS, Belgium –Sometimes I have the urge to want to sit down and enjoy all the fun a kid’s table has to offer.
And for the past several years while living and working in Europe I’ve come across several incredibly kid-friendly tables especially in restaurants and get this – bookstores.
Even as Kindles and iBooks compete with brick-and-mortar stores, bookshops can be found in virtually any metropolitan city throughout the world. But in Brussels, bookshops are particularly revered.
In fact, most Brussels stores are closed on Sundays — except for bookshops.
It’s a favorite pastime for locals (as well as expatriates like me) to take in the city’s finest bookshops on a late Sunday afternoon.
And you should see how our favorite bookstore called Cook and Book makes up a kid’s table. ( See the above photo. )
I couldn’t dream nor duplicate this ultimate kid’s table experience even if I tried. However I’ll share with you a little bit about the Cook and Book experience.
Cook and Book is a store consisting of nine mini-bookshops and two restaurants, all under two roofs. Each bookshop carries a central theme.
For example, there is a travel room, a lifestyle and interior decorating room, an art room, a music room, a children’s room, etc. But each of the theme rooms goes beyond the norm.
My nine-year old son, Alexander particularly loves the travel room where an Airstream mini-plane is converted into a dining table for eight people.
The Sunday Brunch Buffet at Cook and Book is very popular with locals and tourists alike, so reservations should be booked as far in advance as possible. In addition, a lovely outdoor courtyard in front of the bookshop offers kid-oriented entertainment including a playground and a small fleet of mini-scooters.
But the real find here is the one of the world’s most awesome kids table: Lunch for two inside a vintage car. The chef at Cook and Book is accommodating above the norm. I think the chef gets a big kick out of the kids being really happy that they can eat their lunch or dinner inside a vintage car – if you ask me.
It’s a really awesome kids table experience, don’t you think?
And you can darn well bet that I have the urge to sit down and enjoy all the fun at this ultimate kid’s table.
Performances: Thursday Nov 29 at 8pm; Friday Nov 30 at 8pm;Saturday Dec 1 at 3pm and 8pm and Sunday Dec 2 at 3pm. Tickets: 25 euros. Under 16s are 12.50 euros for Thursday and Saturday/Sunday 3pm performances. Student’s Night: Thursday, Nov 29 at 8pm. Tickets: 10 euros until seats are sold-out.