Place de la Chapelle
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Below the Sablon and at the start of the Marolles neighbourhood, a puff of white smoke rises from the chimney of the "Pitta Friture de la Chapelle".
Its delighted owners seem to smile to every passer-by. They're undoubtedly still grateful to their predecessors for opening the shop at the feet of the Sainte-Anne chapel. Their little hut, huddled up against the small church, churns out heaps of chips and is a real goldmine.
A sticker on their windowpane bears witness to the quality. In 2010 the Routard Guide and le Petit Futé branded the stand as a Brussels essential.
After all, it makes sense that Anne, the patron saint of artists and goldsmiths, to watch over her neighbours who are transforming big potatoes into their delicious fried sculptures.
A youth hostel is also close by and is always packed with French tourists. The chip shop is already very popular, and the suggestions of its readers often influence the Routard's future recommendations.
That's not the only reason for the Pitta Friture de la Chapelle's great success. The only way to know more... is to taste the chips!
© Julien Thomas
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