Brussels might just have been our most extravagant eating expedition ever. There are so many options though, that choosing where to eat in Brussels can get a little stressful particularly if you want to avoid the tourist traps. So here are our tips:
- Ultimate creperie Le Crachin – this place was so good we came here twice in a day! Order anything as long as they are crepes or gallettes and you won’t be disappointed. – Vlaamsesteenweg 12, 1000, Brussels
- Seafood on the street at Mer du Nord – join the locals for the best fresh bites of fish, squid, mussels with a crisp vino. – Noordzee Mer du Nord, 45, Rue Sainte Catherine, 1000, Brussels
- Traditional Belgian fare at La Villette – Heavy, hearty, meaty, fritesy classic regional dishes. – Rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains 3 1000, Brussels
- Chocolates and Macarons at Pierre Marcolini – There are a lot of chocolate shops in the capital of Belgium… this is one of the best. Rue des Minimes 1, Brussels
- Antique market Rue des Minimes – One of those markets that transport you to another time and place. No junk in this market, just beautiful antiques and old world furniture, for a price. Rue des Minimes, Brussels
Having been occupied by the Romans, Germanic Frankish, Spanish, Dutch, French, Germans, the taste and timbre of Brussels is a lovely European mix that has neat touches of all. The architecture is grand and ornate and the food is unbelievably good: crepes and waffles that melt in your mouth, chocolate shops on every corner (one which had a chocolate named after me!), freshly cooked seafood perched on the corner with a bottle of crisp white eating alongside locals on a Sunday. It was the loveliest place – a bit like Paris’ smaller cousin. A very well kept secret.