Must-see restaurants in Belgium

  • That's Toast


    Bruges' best breakfast restaurant has already gained a following with locals and visitors for its all-day breakfasts including everything from eggs and…

  • Bistro Marie

    Belgian Coast

    Lesser known than Knokke's other upmarket offerings, Bistro Marie serves beautifully prepared meals in equally classy surrounds, just a block back from…

  • Bistro Villa Julia

    Belgian Coast

    Set in a beautiful historical villa and terrace, Bistro Villa Julia offers Flemish fine dining, with meals prepared from fresh local ingredients.

  • Le Mystique


    Fine dining in an opulent setting. Le Mystique offers à la carte seasonal set menus (recommended) for lunch and dinner. Dress to impress.

  • Christophe


    A cool late-night bistro with marble tabletops and a decent range of Flemish staples including fresh Zeebrugge shrimps.

  • 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…

  • Pain perdu and scrambled eggs toast at Cafe Luxembourg

    Cafe Luxembourg


    Featuring a leather and copper interior, this café offers a range of quinoa-based superbowls and other market-fresh nibbles for lunch. Its terrace gets…

  • Takumi


    A pilgrimage to Takumi is in order for all donburi (rice bowl) lovers. From minced chicken with caramel sauce to veggie shitake all the way to miso…

  • Belga Queen entrance

    Belga Queen Brussels


    Belgian cuisine is given a chic, modern twist within a magnificent, if reverberant, 19th-century bank building. Classical stained-glass ceilings and…

  • Oficina


    This little corner restaurant designed by Frederic Nicolay focuses on seasonal and organic produce and offers a minimalist but quality menu on its…

  • Origine


    Under the motto 'love, drink & eat' and alongside a fresco by the Hello Monster collective, Origine serves delicate seasonal dishes. Try the daily special…

  • Jat facade

    JAT' Café


    The strapline at JAT’ is 'Caffeine makes you sexy', but its tempting selection of sweet bites – think crumbling carrot cake, seductive salted caramel…

  • Facade at Domenica



    Selling honest, ethically sourced lunches to a predominantly Eurocrat crowd, Domenica holds up its values of quality and sustainability with homemade…

  • Contrebande


    Across from its organic grocery shop 'The Stock', Contrebande is a beer bar with a brick interior and a lovely terrace on which to sip your blonde craft…

  • L'Ogenblik facade



    It may be only a stone’s throw from Rue des Bouchers, but this timeless bistro with its lace curtains, resident cat, marble-topped tables and magnificent…

  • King Kong interior

    King Kong


    Sea-bass ceviche, quinoa burgers and pulled-pork sandwiches are among the Peruvian-inspired street food sold at this jungle-like restaurant, where hanging…

  • Cocina pasta



    With a sun-catching terrace that romantically overlooks the park, heaving Cŏcīna specialises in hard to find Italian recipes like calamarata (thick ringed…

  • Bistro Madame interior

    Bistro Madame


    A carefully curated seasonal menu and stunning terrazzo bar make this Italian-inspired restaurant the perfect setting for an aperitivo or a tête-à-tête…

  • Certo


    From bruschetta drenched in olive oil and delicate swordfish carpaccio to homely portions of pasta cacio e pepe (pasta with pecorino cheese and black…

  • De Markten side window

    De Markten


    This Flemish community centre on Oude Graanmarkt square features lectures, workshops and an eponymous cafe with one of the city’s best terraces. Run by…

  • Vismet facade



    Vismet is popular and stylish in a simple, vaguely minimalist fashion, with rows of tiny bulb lamps and high-up mirrors like rectangular steersman’s…

  • Dam Sum Menu

    Dam Sum


    With blazes of neon, street-art wallpaper and homemade dim sum dexterously prepared in an open kitchen, Dam Sum offers a tiny taste of Hong Kong. Plump…

  • L'Architecte


    Housed in Brussels’ architecture school, this simple lunchroom of raw concrete and naked pink technical rails serves affordable daily specials like extra…

  • Fika


    Fika serves Swedish pastries such as Kanelbullar (cinnamon fluffy pastries) and Havreflarn (oat-flake biscuit with chocolate), along with quality coffee…

  • Comocomo facade



    Pintxos (the Basque version of tapas) snake past on an 80m-long conveyor belt. Colour codes include blue for fish, green for veggies, red for pork, and so…

  • Mokafé facade



    Locals get their waffles in this old-fashioned cafe under the glass arch of the Galeries-St Hubert. It's a little timeworn and dowdy inside, but wicker…

  • Holy Smoke wall board

    Holy Smoke


    The brisket, ribs and pulled pork at Holy Smoke are cooked low and slow in a smoke pit brought over from Dallas. Southern BBQ is a way of life here, with…

  • Le Phare du Kanaal


    Overlooking the canal, cosy Le Phare du Kanaal specialises in healthy seasonal nibbles like homemade granola, sweet potato soup with cumin, and…

  • Café des spoors

    Café des Spoors


    Mushroom fans will be in heaven at this homage to funghi: dine on black chanterelle, black trumpet, truffles and more. The dark-coloured decor mimics the…

  • Brasserie de la Roue d'or

    Brasserie de la Roue d’Or


    Cosy in a cramped Parisian-bistro sort of way, this place serves excellent if somewhat pricey Belgian food. Wall murals and ceiling clouds pay homage to…

  • Hinterland counter



    This cosy, hard-to-leave cafe is a sanctuary of healthy organic breakfasts (think açai bowls and matcha chia puddings), homemade vegan lunches and…

  • Fritland



    Sit-down or takeaway frites (chips) near the Bourse.

  • De Werf


    With an extensive tree-shaded terrace, this rambling student classic uses road signs, lanterns and very rough walls dangling with builders' tools to add…

  • Auberge St-Remacle

    The Ardennes

    At first glance this pub-restaurant might not look like the most impressive of Stavelot's eating establishments, but service is friendlier than most and…

  • L'Auberge du Prévost

    The Ardennes

    Occupying a superb 18th-century half-timbered farmstead building on the roadside 300m north of the entrance to Fourneau St-Michel, L'Auberge du Prévost is…

  • Fiskebar


    For years, locals have sworn that this bustling, fashionably dishevelled former fishmongers’ shop serves the best seafood in town. Finally the owners are…

  • D’Afspraak

    Northeast Belgium

    For years, great pub food has draw diners to what was – until more recently – a traditional low-key café…so much so that these days the place essentially…

  • La Seigneurie

    The Ardennes

    Like a culinary metaphor for Verviers population, La Seigneurie's menu is a slightly discordant mixture of Belgian, North African and Mediterranean. The…

  • BOM

    The Ardennes

    BOM's riverside terrace has the best castle view of any Bouillon eating establishment. They serve great smoothies and offer the unusual luxury of an…

  • Cafe Lequet


    Liège’s mascot Tchantchès hangs from a ceiling moulding in this classic panel-walled cafe-restaurant, which remains an utterly authentic locals' place for…

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