Jazz-pianist Stan Brenners first opened this gorgeous bar in the 1940s and in the 1980s, a group of trendy young folks renovated and reopened the place, turning it into the quintessential Brussels nightspot. Hang out at L'Archiduc or take your place behind the piano if you dare. There is usually live jazz on Sundays at 5p and on Saturdays there's Le Jazz après shopping (Jazz after shopping), which you can enjoy for free. The owners offer excellent wines and fabulous cocktails.
The Wild Geese is a great place to unwind and relax, or meet people who stroll in from all over the world. This is the Eurocrat's favorite after-work drinking spot and it will be your favorite too after a long day of sightseeing or business meetings. Filled with wooden tables and benches, the pub offers plenty of room to saddle up at the lively bar or indulge in some privacy in the corner. This joyous establishment is packed with enthusiastic revelers and game-watching patrons throughout the week.
Noordzee, or La Mer du Nord, is an outdoor seafood bar that serves some of Brussels' best seafood. The freshness of their fish is undeniable, and you can even purchase fish to cook at home. This restaurant is a fast stop for fresh seafood. If you want to enjoy your seafood there, the busy square where the restaurant is located provides a lively ambiance.
A traditional Belgian favorite, this fry stand is the oldest in Belgium. Large potatoes are cut into thick strips and fried to golden perfection, then served in a paper cone or even on a baguette with a hot dog. A dozen or so different sauces are the perfect accompaniment. The line is usually quite long for this popular frite stand, but the delicious and simple comfort food is more than worth it. Grab your order from Maison Antoine and head to one of the nearest bistros to enjoy with a nice cold brew and watch as the world passes you by.
This popular sandwich shop occupies a busy spot on Rue Dejoncker. Thérèse et Dominique offers a great range of freshly-made, hearty sandwiches that make for a great meal no matter what time of the day it is. The seriously stacked sandwiches employ the freshest, locally produced ingredients that render a sublime taste to the food. The prices are just right, the portions are generous and the service is quick; there isn't much to complain about this place.
As you enter this little tea room, the aroma of oven fresh buns, cookies and breads will engulf your senses. With a cozy ambiance, A.M. Sweet Tea Room will surprise you in more ways than one. Candies, chocolates, cakes and butter cookies are highly recommended by regulars. Drop by on a beautiful summer afternoon and savor the delights that this wonderful place has to offer.
This small eatery is a hit among the locals. A popular breakfast and lunch spot, The Break Time serves delicious sandwiches and cold as well as hot platters. They make their own bread daily and only use natural ingredients. Their portions are generous and very affordable. Savor their sandwiches like the Matador, Super Chicken and Le Croquant. Other dishes includes the like of Croque Monsieur, Lasagne and Moussaka. They also deliver and cater.
Standby is a popular place for sandwiches or a quick bite. Its vibrant ambiance is highlighted by graffiti, photos and paintings. Their innovative cuisine is inspired by various cooking styles which is reflected in their small plates, sandwiches and salads. Complement your meal with a cocktail or two.
Jat' Café offers a range of delicious and refreshing coffees, smoothies, and juices that are sure to keep you coming back. Located on Rue de Namur, just a few steps away from the Royal Palace of Brussels. They have a nice little patio arrangement that overlooks an interesting and busy scene downtown. Top picks here include caramel milkshake, latte macchiato and cappuccino, to name a few. Apart from these stellar beverages, Jat' Café also serves a small selection of snacks and bites, which includes soups, salads, sandwiches, cakes, bagels, pastries and other baked goodies.
Gazzetta Caffè & Deli, located on Rue de la Longue Haie, offers a delightful Italian treat that will take you back to your Nonna's kitchen. The rustic Italian fare thus served is crafted out of finest produce and ingredients and time-tested family recipes. Gazzetta's menu is dominated by home-made pastas which are enough to keep you coming back for more. Their daily specials come highly recommended. To complement these authentic dishes, Gazzetta also serves a great selection of European wines. The deli also retails top quality Italian products such as cheeses, oils, wines and such.
A part of the international chain of health-focused restaurants, EXKi is known best for its selection of to quality, fresh and organic-whenever-possible preparations that make for a great meal no matter what time of day it is. While the regular menu is dominated by healthy and hearty gourmet soups, sandwiches and salads, EXKi also serves a selection of daily specials that include pastas and such. They also serve a nice selection of drool-worthy desserts that compromise on neither the taste nor health. Offering a great deal of options for vegans and vegetarians, Exki welcomes a wide demographic of patrons.
Located near to Paleis voor Schone Kunsten (Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels), Musical Instruments Museum and Parc de Bruxelles (Brussels Park), this sandwich stop is a nice pit-stop. Ciabatta Mania has a trendy look to it that is appealing. They bake their bread fresh daily and make delicious sandwiches with generous fillings. Their menu also includes soups, salads, fruit juices, tea and coffee. Their prices are cheap, so please bring cash along as credit cards are not accepted.