Brussels

Grand Place

Eating

Belgian

  • Fin de siecle – iconic, go at off times to avoid the crowds, kind staff
  • Le petit chou de bruxelles – undiscovered, the best bologonaise 
  • Nuetinegenough – tiny, quality, authentic
  • Cafe Novo – authentic without the wait, but hipster in a way

Thai, Asian

  • Fanny thai – delicious, central, busy at prime dining times
  • Thai talks – casual, tiny
  • Knees to chin – spring rolls, casual, order at the counter
  • Makisu – sushi, casual, order at the counter

Kebab, Frites

  • L’express – non-greasy, casual
  • Hellas – late night, central
  • Plaka – late night, central
  • Mannekin frites – staple, always open
  • Friteland – funny workers, late night is better because toursits are gone
  • La taboura – late night is better because toursits are gone 

Waffles

  • La funamable – on the go 
  • Mokafe – sit down, casual, local, scenic iconic location
  • Maison Dandoy – sit down or on the go, central

Misc.

  • Nona – wood-fired pizza
  • Amadeus – ribs a volonté, bring an appetite
  • Bia mara – fish and chips, casual, hipster
  • Peck 47 – brunch, casual, hipster

Bars

Saint Catherine

  • ViaVia – cool environment, outdoor space, board games
  • Monk – beer bar, local
  • Le Bar des Amis – nice atmosphere, urban, always busy
  • Kumiko – cool spot, food also, great terrace
  • Brussels Beer Project – nice during the day/hang out spot for beer tasting, just walk in, casual

Stalingrad

  • Moeder Lambic – great beer selection, casual
  • Poechenellekelder – quirky, nice beer selection, next to Mannekin Pis
  • QUAY 01 – deep house (and techno) club on the canal, bougier crowd than Fuse but still people are there for the music 

Bourse/De Brouckere

  • Roosters – expats galore, tourists in town, but less intense than Delirium next door
  • Le cirio – oldest bar, casual, chill, older crowds
  • Aux bon vieux temps – fine but go to the one below (next door) for nicer staff, down a hidden alley
  • A l’image de nostre dame – kind staff, local feel, cool location down a hidden alley
  • Celtica – tourist trap, grinding on the dance floor…
  • Nua – karaoke! same company as Irish bar, never closes
  • O’Reilly’s – Irish pub, expensive beers, always playing soccer
  • Bar les gens que j’aime – couches upstairs, chill
  • Bonnefoi – the place for ‘afters’, never closes, djs, gets too crowded but cool spot
  • Viage – rooftop above Casino in warmer months every Thursday night, bougie but awesome

Halles Saint Gery

  • Zebra – loud music day and night, cheap
  • Darwin Cafe – looks bougie, great owners, djs on weekends, older crowd
  • Mezzo – salsa bar, touristy crowd, fun dancing on weekend but watch for creeps, bogo cocktail happy hour
  • Mappo Mundo – lovely, one of the best bars of Bxl, good music, still chill, amazing atmosphere
  • Le Roi des Belges – lovely, one of the best bars of Bxl, good  music on weekends, cafe by day
  • La Machine – steampunk bar, cool atmosphere
  • Halles Saint Gery – old marketplace, classic, bar any time/cafe by day
  • Bison – live music, casual
  • Cafe Central – nice beer selection, usually loud experimental music, local
  • L’Archiduc – jazz bar, live music on weekends, small and gets busy, older crowd

Grand Place

  • Au Brasseur – near Grand Place, casual
  • Delirium/Floris Bar – classic, largest selection of beers on tap in the world, tourists and locals / absinthe bar
  • Goupil Le Fol – lovely, my favorite bar in Bxl, stay for hours, get the framboise cassis drink, couches like someone’s house, french & Jacques Brel always playing
  • Epicerie Moderne – “club”, underground music and crowd, closing
  • Up Club – djs on weekends, perfect location, weird crowd, tiny
  • ZODIAK – (my favorite) club (in Brussels), techno, open till 8am on weekends, local crowd that’s there for the music, cool people

Galerie Royale Saint Hubert

  • Le Cerceuil – “skull bar” – your beers are served in skull mugs, for people into rock music
  • Benelux – cocktail bar, nice space, djs on weekends
  • Scott’s Bar – very new, huge spot, expat home
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