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.
Bon-Bon's menu changes often, depending on what is currently available in the local market, allowing the chef to work with the freshest ingredients possible. The Michelin-rated restaurant takes pride in offering inventive main courses as well as whimsical twists on desserts. The friendly staff is happy to guide diners in choosing wines to complement their meals.
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.
The brainchild of chef Alexandre Dionisio, Alexandre opened its doors just a few weeks after Dionisio won the French version of TV's Top Chef. The creative menu focuses on bringing diners the best examples of modern French cuisine. The restaurant's main focus is fresh, seasonal cuisine, so the menu changes daily. If visiting for dinner, be sure to make reservations well in advance.
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.
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.
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.
If you are into healthy food, then Guapa Luxembourg might interest you. This juice bar serves fruit and vegetable juices as per the order to retain its freshness. They also don't use any kind of sugar and additives. Besides their tasty drinks, they also serve wholesome sandwiches and salads.