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.
quai aux Briques 44
Value on the Fish Market...
place du Grand Sablon 12
Grote Zavel 12
The Sweetest Thing...
rue Charles Buls 2
Karel Bulsstraat 2
Elegance Overlooking Grand Place...
rue des Bouchers 13
Traditional Cuisine/ Tourist Neighbourhood...
place Rouppe 23
Off av. de Stalingrad
Kitchen Dining in Brussels' Finest...
rue des Dominicains 7
Some of the Best Seafood in Town...
Grand Place 15
Amazing Restaurant at Grand Place...
rue du Notre Seigneur 9
off of rue Blaes
place du Jardin-aux-Fleurs 1
Great Cuisine à La Bière...
Place Grand-Place 11
Fine Belgian Dining...
Avenue de Florelaan 3-4
Bois de la Cambre
rue du Bailli 90
Muntstraat, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Tiensestraat 129, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Brusselsestraat, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Naamsestraat, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Bruul 52, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium