This hidden gem of an eatery is more than it appears. A warm cozy interior with walls painted in soft soothing shades of brown, wooden floorboards, candlelight and white table linen are the formula for this snug restaurant. While Le Petit Boxeur may be on the quainter side, the cuisine here is absolutely spectacular. The food is classic and traditional Belgian cuisine, but with a touch of modern technique and presentation.
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.
You'll find this typical Parisian brasserie next to Bois de la Cambre. Smart waiters welcome you at the entrance right next to a wonderful display of fresh fish, shellfish, lobsters and other sea treasures. You can take out your plateau de fruits de mer for a chic picnic in the woods. The ambiance of the restaurant is cozy, relaxing and friendly and you can rub shoulders with the local beau monde.
Dwelling in one of Brussels' many defunct fabric factories, Bazaar offers ethnic grooves to Brussels' hip and ever-restless clubbers. Try the Crocodile and then let yourself be pulled onto the dance-floor by the hypnotizing music or sit back and drink in the unique atmosphere consisting of indoor hot air balloons, monochrome portraits of men in turbans and ambient golden lighting. A fusion of many ethnic cultures, Bazaar offers a nice change of pace from your run of the mill nightclubs.
Greenwich is a historic cafe and has been a Brussels staple since 1916. The tavern is a gorgeous example of the popular Art Nouveau style with grand ceilings, gilded accents, black and white subway tiles and more. The famous Belgian beer pairs nicely with their popular mussels and fries dish, a surprisingly delicious combination.
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.
In business since 1912, the family-owned Maison Renardy offers the very best in exceptional teas, coffees, and handmade chocolates, candies, pastries, and breads. Snuggled conveniently on the corner of Rue Anoul and Chaussée de Wavre, the shop's large glass windows are perfect for people watching or letting in light to read by. The perfect place to spend an afternoon chatting or relaxing, the Maison Renardy is classy yet undeniably comfortable and charming. If you don't have time to sit down and stay, Maison Renardy also sells loose leaf tea, snacks, and baked goodies to-go.
L'ancienne Poissonerie brings a true Italian dining experience to Brussels. Located in a building considered a cultural heritage site, its Art Noveau exterior immediately catches the eye. The inside of the restaurant brings past and present together with modern, comfortable tables and chairs overlooked by a ceramic mural from 1926. With only the highest quality ingredients used in its dishes, the menu utilizes traditional Italian favorites alongside more modern fare. Though the restaurant honors its name by serving a number of fish and seafood dishes, there is also a range of meats, pastas, and desserts to be enjoyed.
L'Horloge du Sud is not just a cafe but also a vibrant cultural hub. This space plays host to an array of conferences, lecture series, exhibitions, concerts and performing arts with an underlying theme that honors global cultures especially that of South Africa. A specialty on the restaurant menu is crocodile, a dish not for the faint-hearted foodie. This is a great place for diners looking for a unique experience.
Il Pasticcio is hands down one of the best Italian eateries in Brussels. Their menu is extensive, offering traditional Italian dishes that are prepared with the utmost love and care. Order the spaghetti with clams and sit outside on the charming terrace, or dine inside, where it is dimly lit and romantic.
This casual restaurant offers a delicious array of dishes from around the globe. Cafeteria-style dining and a no-fuss decor create a laid-back atmosphere, perfect for a lunch break at work. With its budget-friendly prices and varied menu, it's become one of the most popular lunch options in the neighborhood, so be sure to get there early to snag a seat in this small restaurant.
Located near a popular shopping street, Le Trappiste is set an 1899 building and has been delighting locals as well as tourists alike for several decades with their delicious Belgian cuisine. Their vintage decor is appealing to the eyes and their efficient service will surely please you. Their sublime dishes are authentic and are prepared fresh daily. Their full stocked bar has an impressive list of over 100 beers. Complement your meal with either beer or wine.