Where to Eat & Drink in Brussels

by Nicole Trilivas

My boyfriend took me to Brussels last month and here are a few shots from the trip:

The beautiful fairytale streets in the old town

The beautiful fairytale streets in the old town

The royal palace. They say that if the flag is flying (as seen in the pic), then the king is in residence

The royal palace. They say that if the flag is flying (as seen in the pic), then the king is in residence

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One of the beautiful chocolatiers and bakeries of Brussels. My favorite was Mary. Try their white chocolate (even if you don’t normally like white chocolate) and you’ll fall in love.

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Manneken Pis (or “The little pissing boy”). For some reason, this little guy is a symbol of the city. I kinda love it. (PS he also has outfits!)

WHAT TO EAT:

There is some awesome food in Brussels. I would recommend the following:

Noordzee: Seafood stand in Saint Catherine Place

The scampi was particularly awesome

The scampi was particularly awesome

Restaurant Ogenblik: An upscale restaurant near the Grand Place in the beautiful arcade, Les Galerie Royales Saint-Hubert

old school deliciousness

old school deliciousness

Mary Chocolatier: Amazing white chocolate (and every other kind of chocolate). Can be found in Les Galerie Royales Saint-Hubert, as well as all over the city.

Oh the yumminess. (And bonus points for cute, traditional packaging)

Oh the yumminess. (And bonus points for cute, traditional packaging)

Fin de Siècle: Traditional food served in a fun young atmosphere. (Rue des Chartreux 9)

Carbonnade: beef and beer stew

Carbonnade: beef and beer stew

BONUS TIP: I had the best waffle at a stand at Parvis de Saint Gilles Outdoor Market (Sat & Sun). I don’t remember what the vendor was called though, but it’s worth trying to find if you’re near Porte de Hal (the medieval gate)

Pic of the market in front of Saint Gilles (since I stupidly didn't take a photo of the waffle guys

Pic of the market in front of Saint Gilles (since I stupidly didn’t take a photo of the waffle guys

WHERE TO DRINK:

Belgium beer is something special. But be careful because they’re very strong

Delirium Café: Super touristy but so fun and affordable. (In the old town)

The menu is the size of a novel

The menu is the size of a novel

À la Mort Subite: old fashion (turn of the century) resto-pub. (In the old town)

Love the high ceilings and smokey mirrors

Love the high ceilings and smokey mirrors

Au Bon Vieux Temps: medieval style drinking hole (small and cute). If you like this place, also check out L’Imaige Nostre-Dame (a few doors down). Both in the old town area

Dark but cheery.

Dark but cheery.

BONUS TIP: Try the Gulden Draak (Golden Dragon)

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