I recently drove to Ghent here in Belgium to meet up with my friend Greg. We'd met at a conference last spring and then again in fall, but hadn't seen each other since.
Greg was staying with his Belgian friend Pascal and so the three of us set off to wander through Ghent. After a few hours another friend, Joke, joined us and we decided that was the perfect timing to go for a drink. The first cafe we came across? Mosquito Coast.
Mosquito Coast, the cafe, not the book
We immediately realized Mosquito Coast was a lucky find. It's a traveler's cafe with cozy couches, a closet full of guide books and walls full of maps, photos and other travel-related stuff.
It's a big cafe, with a front part, a back part and a first floor with an inner seating area and a lovely terrace.
We chose a table and ordered much-needed drinks. What I had? Well, on the way in I noticed the sign by the door advertising cake and tea for €5. How could I not? Exactly, apple cake and tea for me it was. I'd expected a small slice, but when the cake arrived it was huge and accompanied by whipped cream. Needless to say, Greg didn't mind helping me finish it.
The tea was a classic Earl Grey. Served as loose tea, how it's supposed to be served.
As we enjoyed our drinks, Greg told me The Mosquito Coast is also a book by travel writer Paul Theroux. I must say I've heard a lot about Theroux, but haven't read any of his works so far. According to Greg, The Mosquito Coast is really good so it's on my list now.
We only dropped by for drinks (and cake!) but Mosquito Coast also offers tapas, world kitchen and Flemish dishes.