Comme Chez Soi
If you want to push the boat out in Brussels and enjoy a dining experience worth the trip in its own right, Comme Chez Soi is the place to go. The restaurant opened in 1926, was awarded its first Michelin star in 1953 and can now boast two stars in the prestigious guide. On the menu you will find classic dishes mixed with innovative creations composed by chef Lionel Rigolet, and you can choose between an a la carte menu and 5–7 course menus. And if you go, there may well be a royal, celebrity or president at the next table.
Mussels are a must in Belgium! In fact, moules-frites are Belgiums’ national dish on par with our 'fårikål' mutton and cabbage stew. A great option to try the traditional dish is the authentic Le Zinneke restaurant, which serves mussels in over 70 different ways when they are at their best in season. Go for the classic prepared with white wine, shallots and parsley or why not try it with a Belgian wheat beer or curry and cream? The restaurant is located in Shaerbeek, about 20 minutes from the Grand Place by public transport. More good options for those who fancy mussels are Chez Leon, about a three-minute walk from the Grand Place, and the In't Spinnekopke bistro, about a 10-minute walk away.
Anyone with a sweet tooth is guaranteed to enjoy Brussels – here you will find the well-known Belgian waffle on almost every street corner. At the popular Maison Dandoy, which has several outlets in the city, both the fluffy classic and the chewier variety called Liège waffle are served. As a topping, you can choose from options such as Belgian chocolate, fresh berries and cream. Yummy! Also check out Gaufres and Waffles, especially known for their salty toppings such as tartare, salmon and duck, and The Sister Brussels Café with a focus on organic and vegan options.
Dinner at altitude
Looking for an airy and high-flying dining experience? Then maybe the "Dinner in the sky"concept is for you! If you book a table at this “restaurant” you will be lifted up to 50 metres into the air, securely strapped into a seat. At the top, a five-course menu prepared by top chefs from the city’s best restaurants is served – so you can enjoy both the food and views to the fullest. The platform can accommodate 32 people spread across eight tables and you need to book a table in advance. If you fancy more airy dining experiences, you can also check out the gourmet restaurant La Villa in the Sky, which is located up in a 120-metre-high building with fantastic views.
A (train) journey in the world of gastronomy
Hop on board the gourmet train and get ready for a tasty ride! Tram Experience is simply put a gourmet restaurant on rails, where you can travel around the streets of Brussels while being served a six- or seven-course meal. The menus are composed of chefs from several of the city’s best restaurants, headed by the head chef at the Michelin-starred restaurant Comme chez Soi, so you are guaranteed a great dining experience a little out of the ordinary. The train departs every day except Mondays.
It’s not just the Swedes who love meatballs – the little brother of the meatball is also a staple in traditional Belgian cuisine. At Ballekes, the meatball is served piece by piece depending on how hungry you are, accompanied by different sauces based on the chef’s grandmother’s recipe. The menu also includes Belgian fries – another classic and a must eat if you visit Brussels. P.S. If you only want Belgian fries on the go, Maison Antoine and Frit Flagey are among the best options.
No trip to Brussels is complete until you have tasted Belgian beer. And that’s when Delirium Café is a good starting point – here you’ll find over 2,000 different beers. There are so many that the bar holds the Guinness record for the number of beer varieties, so every beer fan will probably find their favourite here. Choose from Trappist beer, fruit beer or Belgian wheat beer, or go for a more robust variety such as chocolate beer, coconut beer or a flavoured gingerbread or banana. If you visit the bar on a Thursday, you get to listen to live music too. You will find the beer paradise three minutes’ walk from the Grand Place.
Bar Arthur Orlans
If beer isn't quite your thing, Brussels also offers cocktail bars of the best quality. Bar Arthur Orlans, located in the Dansaert Quarter, serves handcrafted drinks tailored to your wishes. Located in an old tailor’s shop, the cocktail bar gives a nostalgic look back to the Baroque era with patterned wallpaper, leather sofas and old-fashioned knick-knacks. P.S. To enter, you need to ring the doorbell.
MOK Specialty Coffee Roastery & Bar
If you’re in the mood for a drink cup of coffee, head to the MOKcoffee bar, which is said to have some of the best coffee in the city. In fact, the founder has been a Belgian barista champion twice and the cafe has been voted second best roastery in Europe and the Middle East in the specialty coffee category. The menu includes the cafeteria’s own hand-brewed coffee, filter coffee and espresso, all roasted with quality beans that come from farmers who ensure sustainable and organic production. The cafe also serves vegetarian breakfast and lunch, as well as freshly baked cakes and sweets.