Recently, my hometown Leuven here in Belgium has been getting more and more trendy coffee shops. It's always fun to go and try a new one, but I still had to test an established name in the scene as well: Koffie Onan.
Tea and cake at coffee shop Koffie Onan
Cozy, that's the word to describe coffee shop Koffie Onan in the Parijsstraat in Leuven. When you enter, you immediately notice the wall covered with different kinds of tea and coffee. You can buy bags of tea here to take home, or just order a cup of comfort at the counter.
Koffie Onan brews its own coffee but also sells coffee beans. They're not cheap, but they're fairtrade. You can buy them as they are or have them grinded at the coffee shop.
Or if you'd rather have a cup of hot chocolate, they have a gazillion kinds! Okay, that might be a tad exaggerated, but they have a lot of hot chocolate options to choose from.
I decided to go for a cup of tea and chose black tea from the menu. When I did, the lady at the counter pulled out four different black teas for me to smell so that I could choose the one I thought I'd like best. Cool! They could have easily just chosen one kind of black tea to serve in the shop themselves. The fact that I could choose between four kinds of black tea was a nice plus. Oh, and whatever drink you choose, you can have a little chocolate of your choice to go with it.
Koffie Onan also has different small sweets to choose from. My friend and I both ordered a small cake with pecan nuts and white chocolate. It was good in the sense that it was well prepared, but it wasn't really my thing. Do you know “sand biscuits”? That's how we call them in Dutch. Well, the cake was a bit like sand biscuits and I'm not a big fan. But the pecan nuts with white chocolate was a good combo.
When we arrived at Koffie Onan on a late Saturday afternoon, the place was packed. We managed to grab the last spot and started chatting while enjoying our huge cup of tea and cake. Before we knew it, the place was closing. We'd just been so comfortable there, sitting by the window on a pile of pillows. We hadn't even noticed the big stack of newspapers and magazines next to us. Good to know they're there, though. That's a cool thing to have when you drop by for a coffee by yourself.
In the end, only us and another couple were left. Suddenly, the girl from the coffee shop approached us: whether we wanted a raisin bun to take home with us. She'd have to throw them away otherwise. Well, yes, please! Such a nice gesture, as she could've just taken them herself. We left Koffie Onan with a smile and will definitely be back to try some of their other drinks.
Open Monday – Saturday: 8.30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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