Brussels Restaurants

Although Brussels does not disappoint in its well known waffle, chocolate and beer selection, the city's blend of French and Flemish cuisine makes for some of the best food in Europe even outside of the waffled persuasion.

Like many metropolitan centers in Europe, Brussels has its fair share of overpriced tourist traps, offering tasty but expensive moules frites (mussels) and gaufres (Brussels waffles). These are particularly prevalent in Rue des Bouchers-Beenhouwerstraat, just north of the Grand Palace, where wait staff and owners will attempt to lure you inside to often overpriced, bland cuisine. The moules and other seafood options are sometimes worth the price in this area, but the crowds can also be a deterrent.

Smaller cafés, bars and brasseries on side streets and farther away from the Rue des Bouchers are your best bets for partaking in typical Belgian and tasty international dishes without feeling as if you've been pick pocketed. Look for Jacques and other terrific shops near Place Sainte-Catherine for some of the best moules and seafood bistros in the city. For terrific Thai, Vietnamese and Indian food, find your way to the Bourse Jules Van Praetstraat, a burgeoning street for Asian cuisine. Brussels also has some of the best fritkots, or fry shops in Europe, where you can purchase affordable paper cones full of fried deliciousness. Remember - there aren't French fries in Brussels, only frites. Other affordable stops include local kebab shops, pizzerias and glaciers for crepes and ice cream.

Of course, for dessert, you have your pick of any local chocolate shop (although some are shockingly expensive) or sweet waffles, like the gaufre de Liége or Luikse wafel, with caramelized sugar. Keep an eye out for more inexpensive shops, or if you're willing to spend extra for some of the best-quality chocolate in the world, try Wittamer shops, which can be found on the Place du Grand Sablon-Grote Zavel Plein.

Jacques

quai aux Briques 44
Baksteenkaai 44

Value on the Fish Market...
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Wittamer Pâtissier

place du Grand Sablon 12
Grote Zavel 12

The Sweetest Thing...
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La Maison du Cygne

rue Charles Buls 2
Karel Bulsstraat 2

Elegance Overlooking Grand Place...
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Aux Armes de Bruxelles

rue des Bouchers 13
Beenhouwersstraat 13

Traditional Cuisine/ Tourist Neighbourhood...
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Comme chez soi

place Rouppe 23
Off av. de Stalingrad

Kitchen Dining in Brussels' Finest...
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Scheltema (Le)

rue des Dominicains 7
Predikherenstraat 7

Some of the Best Seafood in Town...
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't Kelderke

Grand Place 15

Amazing Restaurant at Grand Place...
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Villa Lorraine

Av. du Vivier d'Oie 75

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Grande Porte (La)

rue du Notre Seigneur 9
off of rue Blaes

Filling Cuisine...
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Spinnekopke (In 't )

place du Jardin-aux-Fleurs 1
Bloemenhofplein 1

Great Cuisine à La Bière...
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Brasserie Rose Blanche (La)

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Place Grand-Place 11

Fine Belgian Dining...
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The Wood

Avenue de Florelaan 3-4
Bois de la Cambre

Garden Restaurant...
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O-Restaurant

rue du Bailli 90

Modern French...
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Muntstraat, 3000 Leuven

Muntstraat, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

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Coffee - Link

Tiensestraat 129, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

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Brusselsestraat, 3000 Leuven

Brusselsestraat, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

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Naamsestraat, 3000 Leuven

Naamsestraat, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

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De Margriet

Bruul 52

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De Margriet

Bruul 52, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium

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Coffee - Link

Tiensestraat 129

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