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.
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.
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.
Sticking to the basics, this seafood restaurant maintains a simple decor, saving its frills to serve some of the best seafood in Brussels. While the main dish is Brussels' infamous moules frites, La Marée offers a wide selection of seafood. This restaurant has received much praise from numerous journals such as the Michelin Guide, Petit Fute, and Gault et Millau.
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.
Mano à Mano is a great addition to the eclectic Rue Saint-Boniface. Nestled among several bars and cafes in Ixelles, this one is popular for its classic Italian cuisine and excellent wine. On the menu are delicious pizza varieties like Margherita, Napoletana and Capricciosa, as well as pasta specialties like Rigatoni ai quatro formaggi and Spaghetti al pesto. The best seat in the house is arguably one on their cobbled terrace overlooking the picturesque street.
Le Clan des Belges boasts a prime location at the heart of Brussels' social scene. The ambiance at this restaurant is intentionally reminiscent of the 1920s prohibition era. Its antiquarian decor is replete with industrial lamps, bookshelves, a gramophone and photographic memorabilia. Chef Joris creates a menu of traditional French and Belgian flavors served with fine wine and spirits. Classics include Côte de Bœuf, Cordon Bleu and top notch Mégacheeseburger. Le Clan des Belges also does a popular brunch on the weekends.
Mussels rule the menu at Au Vieux Bruxelles. This lively brasserie serves flavorful mussels cooked with fries or in curry and wine; the dish is a specialty of Belgian cuisine. Traditionalists can also savor raw mussels. It is a local hangout place with diners digging into the food amidst animated conversations. Pair it with a local Belgian ale to discover the magic of the traditional cuisine.
This jazz club near Ixelles City Hall (and therefore only a stone's throw from Brussels City Hall) has been in operation since 1986. There are concerts six days a week, featuring artists such as Aka Moon, Bobo Stenson, as well as up and coming jazz musicians like Octurn. This is a great place for them to jump start their careers. The accent lies on contemporary jazz, without dwelling on hermetic and hermeneutic spheres. Here contemporary music always sounds pleasant.The food is rather good, the atmosphere young and convivial and there is live jazz in the evenings.
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.