Must-see restaurants in Brussels

  • Bouchery garden



    Using locally sourced and organic ingredients, award-winning chef Damien Bouchéry puts his own twist on French cooking with veal tartare and grilled…

  • Ötap from entrance



    ÖTAP chef Paul-Antoine Bertin serves small seasonal plates with natural wines and expertly presented cocktails. Expect anything from Iberico ham rolls to…

  • Arcadi interior



    The jars of preserves, beautiful cakes and fruit tarts at this classic and charming bistro entice plenty of Brussels residents, as do well-priced meals…

  • Kitchen 151


    Standing at a culinary crossroads, Kitchen 151 offers a whole world of flavours from the Middle East. Drag thick, fluffy pitas through velvety hummus, or…

  • Tich interior



    A vegan canteen-cum-concept store, TICH sells organic groceries and vegetarian-friendly cookbooks alongside its açai bowls, cold-pressed juices and…

  • MOK


    MOK serves some of the capital’s best coffee and offers a wide range of vegan-inspired recipes prepared by Josefien Smets – think crispy tofu and pickled…

  • Laurent Gerbaud


    A bright and welcoming cafe with big picture windows that’s perfect for lunch, coffee or hot chocolate if you’re between museums. Don’t leave without…

  • Comme Chez Soi


    The name evokes cooking just like ‘at home’, but unless you have a personal chef crafting North Sea lobster salad with black truffles and potatoes, sole…

  • Claire Fontaine


    Just off Place du Grand Sablon, this is a tiny but atmospheric tile-floored épicerie, fragrant with spices and home-cooked dishes – there’s a small…

  • Mer du Nord


    Well-reputed fishmonger’s window catering to a wide cross-section of Brussels folk plus assorted visitors – place your order and when it’s ready your name…

  • Stirwen


    This long-established Franco-Belgian restaurant is popular with a discerning EU crowd. The decor is rather dark and conservative, but the classic and…

  • Saint-Boniface


    An enchanting old-world restaurant near the eponymous church featuring gingham tablecloths, walls jammed with framed pictures, and authentic dishes from…

  • Hortense & Humus


    With a Sistine Chapel–style ceiling and gold trimmed furniture, H&H is a real treat that serves haute vegetarian cuisine such as salt-crust baked swede…

  • Nona oven



    With a striped monochrome awning, marbled counter and Neapolitan slow-rising-dough pizzas, Nona is a slice of bella vita in Brussels. Barring Italian…

  • Bel Mundo communal table

    Bel Mundo


    As Brussels’ most sustainable restaurant, Bel Mundo makes scrumptious, affordable dishes using seasonal vegetables from its organic backyard garden and…

  • Comptoir Rodin table

    Comptoir Rodin


    A small bronze replica of Rodin’s The Thinker welcomes visitors to this hidden canteen, which was once a military hospital. Refurbished with sleek…

  • La Fabrique


    This superbly restored orangery in Parc d’Egmont has huge windows that allow the sunlight to glaze the tables. During the week, it sells healthy lunches…

  • Palo Alto facade

    Palo Alto


    Named after the hedonistic film by Gia Coppola, Palo Alto pairs authentic Mediterranean food with an extensive gin list, much of which is displayed in…

  • Knees to Chin


    Behind the turquoise-tiled facade of Knees to Chin is an emporium of delicious Vietnamese rice-paper rolls. The menu is seasonal, so expect anything from…

  • Grand Central


    Spread out across two floors, this huge bar-restaurant packs in the crowds with its buffet lunches and dinners. Expect slow-roasted aubergines, tomatoes…

  • Maru facade



    With bamboo tables and Corbusier-blue walls, Maru serves the city’s best gyoza (dumplings) alongside a host of Korean delicacies, including sizzling…

  • Moni


    Don’t let the Scandinavian interior fool you: Moni serves some of the best Pugliese cuisine in the city. Sharing plates include antipasti with deli cuts…

  • La Petite Production


    Kiss your diet goodbye at La Petite Production, which serves up decadent brunches of triple pancakes served with maple syrup, colourful bowls of fresh…

  • MiTo


    MiTo's Milanese pizzamakerstop their slow-rising dough with choice organic and regional produce. The result? Ten light heavenly pizzas to gush over on the…

  • Makisu


    Makisu lets you pimp your sushi how you want it. Choose your outer style (nori seaweed, rice or a soy sheet), customise your filling from a whole host of…

  • Le 203


    Offering sophisticated French cuisine with an Asian twist (think chicken terrine with a touch of lemongrass, ginger or coconut), this renovated Brussels…

  • Henri interior



    In an airy white space on this street to watch, Henri concocts tangy fusion dishes such as tuna with ginger, soy and lime, artichokes with scampi, lime…

  • Chouconut puffs counter



    Enticing cookies, doughnuts and cream pastry puffs are the draw at this patisserie – the tough part is picking a flavour. Choices range from vanilla-yuzu…

  • Dandoy patisserie



    Established in 1829, Brussels’ best-known biscuiterie has five local branches, this one with an attached tearoom. The chocolate for Dandoy’s choc-dipped…

  • Charli


    A fabulous little bakery housed in a gabled building whose cute frontage is painted with a colourful map. There's posh patisserie fodder, as well as…

  • Sea Grill


    You’d be hard pressed to find a more unlikely setting for Brussels’ finest seafood than this '80s-styled place. But at the Michelin-starred Sea Grill,…

  • Old Boy


    From classic braised pork bao to Peking duck pancakes, Old Boy serves up some of Brussels’ best Asian street food, paired with a flawless list of natural…

  • SAN in Brussels


    The decor is minimal with bright pops of colour. The focus here is very much on the food, created by a French-influenced Korean chef. Everything is served…

  • Maison Antoine


    Brussels can be divided into two kinds of people: not French- and Dutch-speaking, or locals and expats, but rather those who swear by this chip shop, and…

  • Les Brigittines


    Offering grown-up eating in a muted belle époque dining room, Les Brigittines dishes up traditional French and Belgian food. Its classic (and very meaty)…

  • Le Perroquet


    Perfect for a drink, but also good for a simple bite (think salads and variations on croque-monsieurs), this art nouveau cafe with its stained glass,…

  • L'Ultime Atome


    This cavernous brasserie has curious train-wheel decor enlivening the pale wooden panelling of an otherwise classic cafe. A youthful crowd keeps things…

  • Cremerie De Linkebeek


    Brussels’ best fromagerie was established in 1902 and retains its original glazed tiles. It still stocks a beguiling array of cheeses, which you can also…

  • L’Horloge du Sud


    A Matongé institution, the exterior here is distinguished by a large clock – hence the name. It has a Senegalese owner and serves all types of African…

  • Flamingo interior



    An all-day brasserie from restaurant designer Frederic Nicolay – the man behind Grand Central, BarBeton and Kumiko – Flamingo gets busy at lunchtime as…