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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.
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 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.
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.