Breaking news: Brewdog has its address in Brussels, just in front of Central Station, just in front of us !
Restaurants & good tip & tricks
Here is what we have checked for the best (don’t tell about the worst) and our judgement is only personal without any arrangement…
The best of the best:
Our last "coup de coeur" is "Pré de chez nous" : it's an organic and locavore very good small restaurant in Dominicains street.
The best creative beers in Brussels are... scottish, from BREWDOG, and they have exellent meals at low price. 20 Rue de la Putterie in front of Central Station, just 200 meters from ours, open till midnight.
Soul at 20 rue Samaritaine, organic and respectful, see www.soulresto.com (closed on Monday Tuesday)
pure tradition with quality and humour, in the discrete middle of the Gallery
of Princes (between 40 & 80 €) -closed on Sunday
Viva Mboma, high quality & familial in the heart of rue de Flandres (closed on Sunday Monday Tuesday and Wed) tel 02512 1593
For fish and famous "croquettes de crevettes" the best in "quai aux briques" we love the Bij den Boer around 40 to 50 euros per person
La Villette good cook good wines place Ste Catherine (with also mussels) -closed on Sunday
Brigittines for a very classical Belgian food with a chief who comes to discuss, nice food nice wines, sauces with Cantillon, reasonable price around 50 euros, prudent to reserve at 02 512 6891, closed on Sunday
In Marolles (rue haute), we love the Wine Bar, very kind restaurants with best choice of wines, please test the Champagne Petrae from Francis Boulard. Good humour for welcome and great tastes in every plates. Prices are reasonable. Need to phone to reserve your table,
On the flea market (place du jeu de Balle) choose Pinpon and La Brocante, typical and innovative!
Typical & not expensive:
At 9 rue des Chartreux (without name but ask for the boss Thomas, always full... but you can wait 5 minutes, all evenings)
For Belgian fries we prefer Fritland near the Stock-Exchange or Belfrit' on Rue de la Madeleine in front of Novotel.
Kindly exotic :
Toscana 21 at 21 Street of Roellebeck (Sablon) for cooking from Firenze and Italy.
Kokob the ethiopian restaurant without plates and good atmosphere
Norzee, the fish-shop where you eat standing up in the street corner
L’estaminet 'T Spinnekopke on ‘place du marché aux fleurs’
At less than 20 €:
kindest of Vietnamese restaurants (8 euros the main meal)
At Turkish quarter (20 minutes from center) you can eat for 8 euros, ask for fun discovery...
Eating cafés (the best)
Poechnelkelder in front of Manneken Pis
À la Mort subite
À la Fleur de papier doré
Soup in the city, Laeken street soupinthecity.be/fr
A bit chic
Café-hotel "à l'espérance" pure art-déco www.hotel-esperance.be
The restaurant of Musée Royal
The Kwint at Mont des Arts
La Brasserie Bozar on Street Horta near the Cinematek
And overall Chez Bruneau (but prefer the price at noon)
If you can have a place near the window at first floor of La Brouette on Grand-Place, marvelous sighseeing with "plat du jour" at 8,9 euros, see the list in French page here. Never closed.
The Best Beers : you can get my (rare) book "Around Brussels in 80 beers" but the best are:
Brussels Beer Project on 188 rue Dansaert on Thursday Friday Saturday, but their famous beers are at Delhaize supermarket.
BrewDog in front of Central Station and so close from ours
MoederLambic or Delirium are classical.
Don't miss the Poech' (Poechenellekelder is the real name, ask for the golden plate of Dominique at the table in the corner) in front of Manneken Pis.
Good trips : the galeries st-Hubert, the house of the designer Agnès Emery, material cloth shops Chien vert and Chien du Chien, on Sablon the gallery Flamant, the park of Petit Sablon or visit of ‘Bibliothèque royale’. And the flea market every morning, the best feelings when bargaining.
The museum, more than 80 in Brussels (what we recommend):
‘Musée de la Ville’ on Market-Place, a small museum to concentrate the best
‘Musée Royal des Beaux-Arts’ on Place Royale
‘Musées royaux d’arts et d’histoire’ au Cinquantenaire
‘Musée Belvue’ to understand historic complexity of Brussels and see the palace underground
‘Musée de la bière de Schaerbeek’ (only on Wednesday & Saturday 14 to 17:00)
‘Caves des galeries’ (entrance on 17 through the chocolate shop).
‘Centre belge de la bande dessinée’, rue des Sables, in a superbe building Art Nouveau.
Musée Magritte, ask for Audioguide.
The taste buds:
For wines : www.vins-etonnants.com is our supplier by choice, for his quality & diversity (astonishing wines)
Beers: ‘Délices et Caprices’ in
front of our building at 68 street of Bouchers, closed till January 2016 but possible for groups.
Chocolate: all the best in Brussels,
from Neuhaus to Laurent Gerbaud or Corné, all is excellent! Marcolini is also so nice and tasty on Sablon!
Cakes: our prefered are at Dandoy, but you can also enjoy the pastry lounge at first floor above Wittamer at Sablon.
the best Café :PoechnelleKelder in front of MannekenPis
Drink a beer inside the brewery : taproom Brussels Beer Project at 188 Rue Dansaert, open on Thursday Friday and Saturday afternoons.