Brussels is world-famous for many reasons: the grandeur of Grand Place, the iconic Atomium, charming Manneken Pis, the EU. But where the city really excels, well above so many of its rivals, is in its culinary offerings. The restaurants that line Brussels’ ornate and beautiful boulevards range from the charming to the chic, the conceptual to the classic.
If you’ve got a few days in the city and want to know where to head to get the most out of every meal, here’s a handful of suggestions to get you started on your foodie’s adventure in Brussels!
Great food, great views: La Villa in the Sky
For those who believe an all-round great dining experience entails more than just top-notch food, try La Villa in the Sky. Just out of the city core in the Ixelles district, this restaurant sits within a crystal-clear glass box atop one of the few tall towers the city has. It offers breathtaking views back over Brussels – and the food is simply a work of art. It may come at a price, but it’s an experience you won’t forget.
International flavour: Kokob
If you simply love trying new and unusual international cuisine, head to Kokob. Just a block away from the famous Manneken Pis, this cosy family-run venture serves up authentic Ethiopian fare. Expect succulent cooked meats, rice and stews bursting with fresh spices, and eclectic broths. It’s an exciting yet affordable spot to call in at as you tour the city’s most iconic attractions.
Stylish concepts: Restaurant CO2
Just south of the city core is the sleek and stylish Restaurant CO2. Serving up an inspired twist on all your favourite dishes from around the world, it’s the trendy interior that really sets this place off. Funky chairs and colourful neon lighting complement the unique art pieces that adorn the walls – all creating the perfect ambience for you to tuck into their creatively-presented artisan offerings.
Seafood lover’s paradise: La Quincaillerie
You’ll gasp when you step through the doors of La Quincaillerie. The utterly incredible décor harks back to a time of charm and whimsy, with huge clocks and ornate ironwork climbing every wall – it’s a true and traditional Belgian Brasserie. As soon as you’re done being impressed by the fit-out, you’ll be bowled over again by the food. The fantastic three-course set menu is a must, featuring delights such as rock oysters, lean grilled beef and fresh-cooked pastries. It’s everything dining in Brussels should be – and more.
A taste of true Brussels: Le Chou de Bruxelles
For an unpretentious and authentic experience, head to the Ixelles district and to Le Chou de Bruxelles. Everything about this place feels just right – from the homely bistro-style furnishings through to its locally-sourced fare. Mussels are the order of the day, with a special menu of their own boasting 30 options. Unsurprisingly, the wine offering is exceptional – and they’ll always have just the right bottle. If the sun’s shining, take a seat out in the beautiful little garden hiding out back.