5 PLACES TO EAT IN BRUSSELS CITY CENTRE
Fin de Siècle (€€)
Popular among locals, they offer simple yet effective Belgian dishes, like beef stew with mashed potatoes. Bring cash, because they don’t take plastic!
Aux Merveilleux de Fred (€€)
Ok, this is actually a French shop with a unit in Brussels, but if you haven’t tried the meringues from Aux Merveilleux de Fred, might as well do that. Merveilleux means wonderful in French — and you will find that is pretty much accurate.
La Belgique Gourmande (€€)
Want to bring a sweet souvenir for your friends and family back home, but find the traditional chocolatiers a little bit too pricey? No worries, just go to La Belgique Gourmande, where you can buy the cutest chocolate and candy boxes for a much friendlier price. They sell Belgian beer, too.
Chez Léon (€€€)
Chez Léon serves typically Belgian dishes since 1893 — the restaurant is managed by the same family to this day. Their mussels with fries are world famous, but don’t overlook the rest of the menu. Decoration is as interesting as the food, as the walls tell you more than 120 years of history, including the numerous celebrities who have dined there and how the menu has changed.
Place du Grand Sablon (€€€€)
Some of the most exclusive chocolate brands have shops around this square.
5 PLACES TO EAT IN IXELLES & SAINT-GILLES
Place Châtelain Market (€)
A foodie’s paradise, with stalls selling cheese, fresh fruit, charcuterie, you name it.
Craving a burger? Manhattn’s burgers are sure to please your taste buds. Try their homemade ice tea.
Le Chou de Bruxelles (€€€)
If you want to go for mussels and fries, head to Le Chou de Bruxelles. Their menu has over 30 mussels recipes!
Le P’tit Belge (€€€)
The place to go in Ixelles for a typical Belgian meal. Try their beef and onion stew.
Benoît Nihant (€€€€)
This chocolatier is a true artist, so do not forget to taste his creations at his shop at Chaussé de Waterloo.
2 PLACES TO EAT IN THE BRUXELLES-MIDI AREA
Our suggestion for Belgian cuisine in the area. Mussels, meatballs with fries, stews… All those specialties are cooked from an open kitchen.
Love seafood? Then you will love this place. You get to choose between fresh squids, octopus, crabs, salmon, cod and other delicacies from the sea and then they are grilled or fried on the spot.