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Sébastien’s Guidebook

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Sébastien’s Guidebook

Great Cafés and Bars
An Ixelles classic, this is a popular spot for locals and is known for being a trendy place with an amazing and vast terrace. At Belga (as it’s known), you will find the right atmosphere for all your needs: a space to work or a place to host an evening with friends. Good music and top-quality service create an atmosphere where everybody wants to go, whether it be morning, noon or night.
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Café Belga
18 Place Eugène Flagey
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An Ixelles classic, this is a popular spot for locals and is known for being a trendy place with an amazing and vast terrace. At Belga (as it’s known), you will find the right atmosphere for all your needs: a space to work or a place to host an evening with friends. Good music and top-quality service create an atmosphere where everybody wants to go, whether it be morning, noon or night.
Le Pantin is one of the few remaining typical Brussels cafés where generations of chess players, students and connoisseurs of sophisticated artisanal beers continue to gather. Officially one of the world's top 100 cafés - no less - it is also a haven of timelessness, with its unusual, characterful décor.
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Le Pantin
355 Chaussée d'Ixelles
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Le Pantin is one of the few remaining typical Brussels cafés where generations of chess players, students and connoisseurs of sophisticated artisanal beers continue to gather. Officially one of the world's top 100 cafés - no less - it is also a haven of timelessness, with its unusual, characterful décor.
Down to earth and a local favourite, if you want a beer and no fuss this is the place to go!
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supra bailly
77 Rue du Bailli
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Down to earth and a local favourite, if you want a beer and no fuss this is the place to go!
One of the best and cosiest cafés in the city center, this one is a local favourite. As well as having a wide variety of beers and other drinks, they also have a restaurant tucked away in the back serving Belgian-style spaghetti bolognese at a very reasonable price.
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Monk
42 Rue Sainte-Catherine
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One of the best and cosiest cafés in the city center, this one is a local favourite. As well as having a wide variety of beers and other drinks, they also have a restaurant tucked away in the back serving Belgian-style spaghetti bolognese at a very reasonable price.
Cosy little spot in Saint Gilles serving drinks but also brunch and food. Terrace is lovely when the sun is out.
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Le Dillens
11 Place Julien Dillens
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Cosy little spot in Saint Gilles serving drinks but also brunch and food. Terrace is lovely when the sun is out.
Local café with great beer menu and great atmosphere.
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L'Athénée
2 Rue Jules Bouillon
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Local café with great beer menu and great atmosphere.
Situated on place de la liberté, in the heart of an old working-class neighbourhood that became a haven of peace in the capital, the café serves homemade food prepared by our chef who mixes traditional flavours with a touch of world cuisine. On top of an original culinary experience, Le Caberdouche also offers a selection of fine beers and organic wines to be discovered in a traditional Brussels décor and a warm, friendly and diverse environment. Live music every thursday.
Caberdouche
8 Place de la Liberté
Situated on place de la liberté, in the heart of an old working-class neighbourhood that became a haven of peace in the capital, the café serves homemade food prepared by our chef who mixes traditional flavours with a touch of world cuisine. On top of an original culinary experience, Le Caberdouche also offers a selection of fine beers and organic wines to be discovered in a traditional Brussels décor and a warm, friendly and diverse environment. Live music every thursday.
Friendly and lively café with a down to earth clientele, with an impressive selection of craft beers.
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L'Amère à boire
8 Rue du Belvédère
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Friendly and lively café with a down to earth clientele, with an impressive selection of craft beers.
The café is beautiful; food and drinks-wise, the bar and kitchen are open from breakfast (from €4 to €9,50) to cocktails (from €7 to €10). From the Parvis, Café Flora is hard to miss: its bright yellow terrace shines from early morning until nightfall.
Café Flora
16A Sint-Gillisvoorplein
The café is beautiful; food and drinks-wise, the bar and kitchen are open from breakfast (from €4 to €9,50) to cocktails (from €7 to €10). From the Parvis, Café Flora is hard to miss: its bright yellow terrace shines from early morning until nightfall.
Cocktail bar specialised in Gin and Tonics.
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De Haus
183 Chaussée d'Ixelles
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Cocktail bar specialised in Gin and Tonics.
Laid back atmosphere with good beer selection.
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Contrebande
6 Fernand Cocqplein
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Laid back atmosphere with good beer selection.
Bar du Marché, just off Flagey, has a great cocktail list that gets updated regularly and is usually one of the last places open on a night out.
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Market Bar
12 Rue Alphonse De Witte
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Bar du Marché, just off Flagey, has a great cocktail list that gets updated regularly and is usually one of the last places open on a night out.
Great for a night out with expats on Thursdays.
Ginette Bar
5 Luxemburgplein
Great for a night out with expats on Thursdays.
Local favourite serving food and beers from morning until late at night.
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Café Maison du Peuple
39 Parvis Saint Gilles
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Local favourite serving food and beers from morning until late at night.
Wine and tapas bar.
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Le Fabiola
52 Rue Lesbroussart
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Wine and tapas bar.
Neighborhoods
Great street for boutique shopping and food spots.
Baljuwstraat
Great street for boutique shopping and food spots.
Picturesque little square with nice restaurants and cafés, as well as a great market on Wednesdays.
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Kastelijn
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Picturesque little square with nice restaurants and cafés, as well as a great market on Wednesdays.
The best place to start is Place du Luxembourg. This classic example of a neoclassical station square, nicknamed "Plux", is blessed with numerous terraces and restaurants on and around the square making it the major meeting point for young expats from the EU institutions, especially on a Thursday night. It’s the ideal place to experience international Brussels first hand! Place Jourdan, which is being totally renovated as of 2017, is an international and local hub, with terraces, cafés, nice restaurants serving local and international food. Rond-point Schuman, (known as Schuman roundabout) on the other hand offers an incredible view of two of the three centres of EU decision-making. You also get a view of Cinquantenaire park’s triumphal arch thrown in for good measure.
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Leopold Quarter
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The best place to start is Place du Luxembourg. This classic example of a neoclassical station square, nicknamed "Plux", is blessed with numerous terraces and restaurants on and around the square making it the major meeting point for young expats from the EU institutions, especially on a Thursday night. It’s the ideal place to experience international Brussels first hand! Place Jourdan, which is being totally renovated as of 2017, is an international and local hub, with terraces, cafés, nice restaurants serving local and international food. Rond-point Schuman, (known as Schuman roundabout) on the other hand offers an incredible view of two of the three centres of EU decision-making. You also get a view of Cinquantenaire park’s triumphal arch thrown in for good measure.
A beautiful square more towards the city center, the area is known for its boutique chocolate shops, antique furniture shops, art galleries, and bistros. The square also hosts a market on Wednesdays.
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Zavel
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A beautiful square more towards the city center, the area is known for its boutique chocolate shops, antique furniture shops, art galleries, and bistros. The square also hosts a market on Wednesdays.
Saint-Catherine has become one of the trendiest quarters in Brussels in recent years. With great restaurants, cafés and designer boutiques, as well as great architecture, there's something for everyone.
Sint-Katelijneplein
Saint-Catherine has become one of the trendiest quarters in Brussels in recent years. With great restaurants, cafés and designer boutiques, as well as great architecture, there's something for everyone.
Sightseeing
Perfect for a stroll or a run to get a bit of nature right in the heart of the city.
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Ixelles Ponds
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Perfect for a stroll or a run to get a bit of nature right in the heart of the city.
Le Palais de Justice (The Palace of Justice) is one of the largest and most impressive buildings in the whole of Europe. It is currently still the most important court building in Belgium. The best views of Brussels are found on Poelaert Square, where the main entrance to the building is located.
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Law Courts of Brussels
1 Place Poelaert
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Le Palais de Justice (The Palace of Justice) is one of the largest and most impressive buildings in the whole of Europe. It is currently still the most important court building in Belgium. The best views of Brussels are found on Poelaert Square, where the main entrance to the building is located.
A great place to start visiting the city center, featuring an amazing view of the city and great museums.
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Mont des Arts
2-4 Rue Royale
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A great place to start visiting the city center, featuring an amazing view of the city and great museums.
The Parc du Cinquantenaire or Jubelpark is not only a park but a national landmark in Brussels. The name means 'Park of the fiftieth anniversary' and it was built during the reign of Leopold II to commemorate fifty years of Belgian independence. Symbolically, the Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels is built in the shape of a pentagon, like the inner and outer rings of the city. Cinquantenaire sits just outside the inner circle, and is close to the European Quarter.
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Parque do Cinquentenário
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The Parc du Cinquantenaire or Jubelpark is not only a park but a national landmark in Brussels. The name means 'Park of the fiftieth anniversary' and it was built during the reign of Leopold II to commemorate fifty years of Belgian independence. Symbolically, the Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels is built in the shape of a pentagon, like the inner and outer rings of the city. Cinquantenaire sits just outside the inner circle, and is close to the European Quarter.
The Grand-Place is the central square of the City of Brussels, and definitely a must-see. It was registered on the World Heritage List of the UNESCO in 1998.
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Grand-Place de Bruxelas
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The Grand-Place is the central square of the City of Brussels, and definitely a must-see. It was registered on the World Heritage List of the UNESCO in 1998.
Beautiful 19th century gallery lined with chocolate shops and little cafés.
Galerie De La Reine
Beautiful 19th century gallery lined with chocolate shops and little cafés.
Food scene
A quirky little bistro in the Sablon district with Art Nouveau deco, Le Perroquet is famous for its upscale yet affordable pitta breads, stuffed with the ingredients of your liking.
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Le Perroquet
31 Rue Watteeu
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A quirky little bistro in the Sablon district with Art Nouveau deco, Le Perroquet is famous for its upscale yet affordable pitta breads, stuffed with the ingredients of your liking.
Amazing pizzas a stone throw away from the apartment.
CŎCĪNA Flagey
16 Rue Lesbroussart
Amazing pizzas a stone throw away from the apartment.
Elegant and romantic restaurant serving tapas. Recommended to book in advance!
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Ötap
10 Albert Leemansplein
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Elegant and romantic restaurant serving tapas. Recommended to book in advance!
Hand cut fries and organic burgers for meat lovers and vegetarians alike, this is a great spot for both lunch and dinner.
Bintje
62 Rue Simonis
Hand cut fries and organic burgers for meat lovers and vegetarians alike, this is a great spot for both lunch and dinner.
Makisu has several locations, and is an easy and convenient place for quick and affordable sushi with a European twist.
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Makisu
5 Rue du Bailli
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Makisu has several locations, and is an easy and convenient place for quick and affordable sushi with a European twist.
Vegetarian spot serving fresh and local food at an affordable price.
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AMI
13 Rue Lesbroussart
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Vegetarian spot serving fresh and local food at an affordable price.
Trendy restaurant serving only chicken, from full roasts, nuggets, Caesar salads, and everything in between.
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Kipkot Saint-Boniface
22 Rue de la Paix
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Trendy restaurant serving only chicken, from full roasts, nuggets, Caesar salads, and everything in between.
Brunch on weekends is great here, just make sure you book in advance!
Rodin Counter
8 Avenue Auguste Rodin
Brunch on weekends is great here, just make sure you book in advance!
A hidden gem, this mini restaurant in the city center of Brussels has four tables, no written menu and around six dishes to choose from... The description sounds very basic, but if you go, you will understand why everyone likes Mémé Café. The food is amazing, carefully presented and the interior design which pays tribute to the chef's grandmother, is truly original. Book in advance!
Mémé Café
17 Rue des Riches Claires
A hidden gem, this mini restaurant in the city center of Brussels has four tables, no written menu and around six dishes to choose from... The description sounds very basic, but if you go, you will understand why everyone likes Mémé Café. The food is amazing, carefully presented and the interior design which pays tribute to the chef's grandmother, is truly original. Book in advance!
Probably the best sandwich in Brussels. The original is on square de Londres, with another on Rue de Namur and another on Place du Luxembourg. If you're around at lunchtime, definitely check this place out.
JeanBon
14 Place de Londres
Probably the best sandwich in Brussels. The original is on square de Londres, with another on Rue de Namur and another on Place du Luxembourg. If you're around at lunchtime, definitely check this place out.
This place is for meat-lovers. Amazing burgers and steaks.
La Meute
6 Rue Lesbroussart
This place is for meat-lovers. Amazing burgers and steaks.
Recommended for those who want to try traditional Belgian dishes.
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Le Clan des Belges
20 Rue de la Paix
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Recommended for those who want to try traditional Belgian dishes.
Get ready for a wait if you want to try Nona, they don't take reservations. The pizzas really are worth it though!
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NONA
17-19 Rue Sainte-Catherine
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Get ready for a wait if you want to try Nona, they don't take reservations. The pizzas really are worth it though!
Syrian restaurant serving falafel and other mediterranean and middle eastern classics. Definitely recommended.
My Tannour
98 Rue de la Brasserie
Syrian restaurant serving falafel and other mediterranean and middle eastern classics. Definitely recommended.
Cosy little spot serving healthy (and less healthy) brunch.
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Hinterland
179 Chaussée de Charleroi
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Cosy little spot serving healthy (and less healthy) brunch.
Pick and mix your ingredients to make your own unique pizza or salad.
Loola
300 Avenue Louise
Pick and mix your ingredients to make your own unique pizza or salad.
For Beer Lovers
Craft brewery with a taproom in the city center. Check opening hours before visiting!
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Brussels Beer Project
188 Rue Antoine Dansaert
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Craft brewery with a taproom in the city center. Check opening hours before visiting!
Moeder Lambic are two bars selling specialist beers. L’Original, behind St Gilles town hall, is a cosy, friendly bar, home to a selection of 250 beers.
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Moeder Lambic Original
68 Rue de Savoie
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Moeder Lambic are two bars selling specialist beers. L’Original, behind St Gilles town hall, is a cosy, friendly bar, home to a selection of 250 beers.
Beer shop with local and international rare craft beers.
Malt Attacks
18 Avenue Jean Volders
Beer shop with local and international rare craft beers.
No beer lover's trip to Brussels could be complete without a visit to this iconic bar, featuring a menu of over 2000 different beers!
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Delirium Café
4 Impasse de la Fidélité
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No beer lover's trip to Brussels could be complete without a visit to this iconic bar, featuring a menu of over 2000 different beers!
Local craft brewery and taproom, near the Gare du Midi.
Brasserie de l'Ermitage
Local craft brewery and taproom, near the Gare du Midi.
World famous brewery known for its Lambic style beers.
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Brasserie Cantillon
56 Rue Gheude
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World famous brewery known for its Lambic style beers.
Great Shops and Boutiques
Film camera lovers rejoice! One of the best film camera shops in Belgium, this place has every kind of 35mm and medium format film available, as well as polaroid, lomography and other refurbished vintage cameras. They also offer a wet-plate portrait service, which is one of a kind in Belgium (book in advance).
Studio Baxton - La Maison de la Photographie Argentique
29 Place de la Vieille Halle aux Blés
Film camera lovers rejoice! One of the best film camera shops in Belgium, this place has every kind of 35mm and medium format film available, as well as polaroid, lomography and other refurbished vintage cameras. They also offer a wet-plate portrait service, which is one of a kind in Belgium (book in advance).
A nice little shop selling only local Brussels products, with everything from sweets to beers to olive oil.
Le Comptoir Belge
72 Avenue Jean Volders
A nice little shop selling only local Brussels products, with everything from sweets to beers to olive oil.
Sneaker shop with some rare finds.
Reservoir Store
Sneaker shop with some rare finds.
One of the finest chocolate shops in Brussels. Especially fun during the Christmas period!
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Pierre Marcolini
1 Rue des Minimes
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One of the finest chocolate shops in Brussels. Especially fun during the Christmas period!
Multi-brand shop in the center offering high-end streetwear, shoes & accessories for men & women.
Privejoke
76 Rue du Marché au Charbon
Multi-brand shop in the center offering high-end streetwear, shoes & accessories for men & women.
Vintage / trendy clothes shop in the center selling local brands.
Bison 4
4 Rue des Teinturiers
Vintage / trendy clothes shop in the center selling local brands.
Best camera shop in the city!
A. Campion sprl
13 Rue Saint-Boniface
Best camera shop in the city!
Homeware shop selling plants, pots and pans, cookbooks, ...
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Dille & Kamille
16 Rue Jean Stas
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Homeware shop selling plants, pots and pans, cookbooks, ...
Coffee Spots
Great spot for coffee that also sells cakes, pastries and soups.
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Belga & Co
7A Baljuwstraat
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Great spot for coffee that also sells cakes, pastries and soups.
Well located spot for good coffee, also serving lunch and treats.
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JAT' Cafe
28 Rue de Namur
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Well located spot for good coffee, also serving lunch and treats.
Trendy coffee shop in the center offering hot drinks as well as cakes and other small bites to eat.
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Café Capitale
45 Rue du Midi
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Trendy coffee shop in the center offering hot drinks as well as cakes and other small bites to eat.