Must-see restaurants in Belgium

  • Pomperlut

    Bruges

    Opposite the lovely Koningin Astridpark, with a fine outdoor terrace and a cosy dark-wood interior, this popular bistro serves traditional Belgian food…

  • De Ruyffelaer

    Ypres

    Traditional local dishes are served in an adorable wood-panelled interior with old chequerboard floors and brocante (vintage) decor including dried…

  • Moment!

    Belgian Coast

    Moment! serves up some of the best breakfasts on the coast. They do big English breakfasts as well as more traditional continental fare. There's waffles,…

  • Hortense & Humus

    Brussels

    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

    Nona

    Brussels

    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

    Brussels

    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

    Brussels

    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

    Brussels

    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

    Brussels

    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

    Brussels

    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

    Brussels

    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

    Maru

    Brussels

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

  • Moni

    Brussels

    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

    Brussels

    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

    Brussels

    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

    Brussels

    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

    Brussels

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

  • Henri interior

    Henri

    Brussels

    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…

  • Sanzaru facade

    Sanzaru

    Belgium

    Contained within a glorious converted cubist house from 1937, with views over Woluwe Park, Sanzaru serves delicate Nikkei cuisine (Peruvian-Japanese…

  • Chouconut puffs counter

    Chouconut

    Brussels

    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

    Dandoy

    Brussels

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

  • Les Enfants Terribles

    Wallonia

    In a sleek, modern space with red walls, upbeat jazz and a glass-fronted open kitchen out the back, this friendly restaurant serves excellent bistro…

  • Corto Malté

    Wallonia

    On the right bank of the Escaut, Corto Malté has a lovely tree-shaded terrace overlooking the river, with locals tucking into delicious tapas plates,…

  • Samthaï

    Wallonia

    A surprising find in tiny Rochefort, friendly Samthaï serves up steaming bowls of tom ka (coconut and lemongrass soup), flavour-packed red curries (try…

  • Salon des Lumières

    Wallonia

    Walk aesthetically and gastronomically into history at this 18th-century château located 8km north of Mons. Lit by chandeliers and flickering candles, the…

  • Végétalicia

    Namur

    Namur's best vegetarian restaurant serves up beautifully prepared dishes made with high-quality organic ingredients. The selection isn't vast, but the…

  • Lemonnier

    Wallonia

    On the main square this renowned upmarket restaurant serves painstakingly prepared modern dishes that draw foodies from near and far. Multicourse feasts…

  • Charli

    Brussels

    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…

  • Brasserie François

    Namur

    This stately 200-year-old building has an interior full of polished brass and waistcoated waiters, and it serves up beautifully executed brasserie cooking…

  • Sea Grill

    Brussels

    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

    Brussels

    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

    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

    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

    Brussels

    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

    Brussels

    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

    Brussels

    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

    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

    Brussels

    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…

  • Le Pastissou

    Wallonia

    Warmly lit and cosy, this French-owned space brings flavours from southwestern France, with specialities like Auvergne-style tripe, duck breast with wild…

  • Park Restaurant

    Bruges

    The best thing about this wonderful little restaurant serving haute European cuisine is its luscious interiors which will take you back in time. This is…

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