From Leopoldplaats I often take a walk to the Botanical Garden. The gate was designed by architect Pierre Bruno Bourla in 1826. Around that time, Den Botaniek was planted as a garden of medicinal plants for the neighbouring St Elisabeth hospital. Nowadays, you can walk in for free as early as eight in the morning.
I gladly walk an extra mile for a good cup of coffee. Aldo, formerly the baker of starred restaurant Dôme, opened his Domestic on Lange Gasthuisstraat 5. It’s a place of authentic baking. Thick-crusted loaves, crispy baguettes and beautiful cakes. The groceries, too, are selected for their pure and honest tastes.