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Top Choice Cafe in Brussels

Le Cirio

This sumptuous 1886 grand café dazzles with polished brasswork and aproned waiters, yet prices aren’t exorbitant and coiffured mesdames with small dogs still dilute the gaggles of tourists. The house speciality is a…
Top Choice Cafe in Brussels


The interior of this grand café is an astonishing festival of century-old, art-nouveau stained glass and fluidity designed by Horta disciple Houbion. A wide range of meals is available.
Top Choice Bar in Brussels

Goupil le Fol

Overwhelming weirdness hits you as you acid-trip your way through this sensory overload of rambling passageways, ragged old sofas and inexplicable beverages mostly based on madly fruit-flavoured wines (no beer is se…
Top Choice Museum in Brussels

Musée du Costume et de la Dentelle

Lace making has been one of Flanders’ finest crafts since the 16th century. While kloskant (bobbin lace) originated in Bruges, naaldkant (needlepoint lace) was developed in Italy but was predominantly made in Brusse…
Top Choice Jazz in Brussels

Music Village

Polished 100-seat jazz venue housed in two 17th-century buildings with dinner (not compulsory) available from 7pm and concerts starting at 8.30pm, 9pm at weekends. The performers squeeze onto a small podium that’s v…
Top Choice Church in Brussels

Église Notre-Dame du Sablon

The Sablon’s large, flamboyantly Gothic church started life as the 1304 archers’ guild chapel. A century later it had to be massively enlarged to cope with droves of pilgrims attracted by the supposed healing powers…
Top Choice Food in Brussels

Pierre Marcolini

Rare chocolate beans, experimental flavours (eg tea) and designer black-box packaging make Marcolini’s pralines Belgium’s trendiest and most expensive.
Top Choice Bar in Brussels

Café Belga

This hip brasserie in a corner of the art-deco Flagey ‘liner’ building is mellow by day, but the beats grow ever louder towards closing time. There's live jazz on a Sunday twice a month (at 5pm).
Top Choice Notable Building in Brussels

De Ultieme Hallucinatie

This café is a classic town house refitted with art-nouveau interiors in 1904. The front salon is truly marvellous, with original lamps, brass radiator covers and stained glass. The brasserie area (behind) that’s pu…
Top Choice Belgian in Brussels

L’Idiot du Village

Booking ahead is essential to secure a table at this colourful, cosy restaurant, secluded on a little side street near the Place du Jeu-de-Balle flea market. Dishes are rich and aromatic and portions plentiful cons…