I turn up at Lilicup, a little café/bakery specialising in beautifully presented cupcakes, in a well-heeled part of Brussels. I am dismayed to discover, looking in the window, that my cycle helmet has made the front of my hair stick up in a quiff, which I vainly try to dampen down as I enter this pristine establishment.
That would have been different at least, but unfortunately Lilicup the place seems rather sterile and not somewhere you feel you can linger with your grandma. I really want to like it, but I just can't.
We wonder what it was that failed to endear the place to us. My friend hits the nail on the head: it's too BoBo (bourgeois-bohème)! I think he's right, it is a bit too Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a bit too Richmond or Châtelain for me. The cakes are lovely, but I suggest you skip eating in and sample them in Café de la Presse instead, which has a good variety of cakes, including some from Lilicup. You could also order cupcakes in advance online or buy them at the more attractive takeaway prices.
65 rue du Page
+32 (0) 2 538 02 68
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
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