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Cat from Brussels {Belgium}

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In the Brussels' café Au Soleil, the PR manager is a good-looking feline: Jean-Claude.

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Jean-Claude (who's actually female) is taking her job seriously. While Au Soleil is popular among locals, tourists mainly go there because Jean-Claude is extremely skillful at luring them in.

Her technique: lying on her back behind the window and exposing her belly while baking in the sun. Within seconds, tourists and passers-by are charmed.

“Tourists take more pictures of Jean-Claude than of our famous Manneken Pis,” the bartender says. "They always end up entering to share a drink with their new favorite feline."

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Jean-Claude loves the visitors of Au Soleil. She sleeps next to them and is not too shy to ask for cuddles. “She's been living at the café for over ten years, so she's used to the noisy crowds,” the bartender says. “She originally belonged to the café's previous owner, but when he sold Au Soleil to someone new, Jean-Claude was part of the package.”

Jean-Claude is almost always present at the café, except in the evenings, because then she's making her rounds. Each day, she visits the neighboring shops, so everyone knows her. If she "forgets" to visit, the shopkeeper goes to Au Soleil to ask if everything's fine with her.

Regular visitors, too, are disappointed when their favorite feline isn't around. Some of them go there specifically for Jean-Claude and bring along food and cat treats.

Now she's waiting for you to bring her a Christmas present.

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Practical information:

Au Soleil is situated in the center of Brussels, at walking distance from many famous attractions such as the Grand-Place, the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate, and Manneken Pis.

Address: Rue du Marché au Charbon 86, 1000 Brussels.


  1. Wat leuk in een dergelijke kroeg te werken als inspiratie. De eerste foto is schitterend en zalig met een flets kat in de buurt.

  2. She knows how to win them over. I'd go in if I saw her in the window.

  3. This is so cute! I wish I could go visit and have a coffee with her. <3

  4. I saw a pub cat in Brussels too but it wasn't this one, it was a ginger cat in another brasserie:)

  5. Jean-Claude looks very serious, as long as she's not upside down trying to lure people in.

  6. How beautiful!! Such a gorgeous cat!!!

  7. Hello, she is a beautiful cat. I would love to visit that cafe. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  8. She seems very happy and comfortable there. Sweet!

  9. We love cafes and stores that have a resident working cat. :)

  10. What a beautiful building! I would love to visit and meet Jean Claude.

  11. What an awesome PR manager! #twinklytuesday

  12. Kitty appears to be winking at the camera!
    Thanks for sharing at

  13. What a nice Cat, cool to visit the store and find that beauty there.
    Happy Holiday Season!

  14. What a wonderful place to have coffee, I would imagine Jean-Claude is the star of the town!!! Purrs and Hugs!

  15. This kitty knows how to charm! If I were there, I would be bringing her a few treats