The café In den Hengst is sure to put a smile on your face: it lives and breathes racing, authenticity, relaxation and enjoyment. It is one of many cycling cafés where cyclists – and retired cyclists – really feel at home. Jan Raas, former Tour of Flanders winner and cycling team manager for example, can often be seen amongst the crowd, raising a glass, no doubt thanks to the many full-blooded fans who congregate here. The taste of the Flemish Ardennes is also captured well by its many fine local beers, best served with blocks of cheese and a lively chat at the bar. You’ll hear plenty of stories here, especially in the spring when the Tour of Flanders spirit of anticipation really begins to fire up.

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