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What to Eat in Brussels

Brussels offers an abundance of Michelin-starred restaurants, serving meals inspired by both French and Dutch cuisine. And a trip to Brussels is not complete without steamed mussels and a side of fries (moules-frites). If you're not hungry enough for a full meal, grab a snack (such as a paper cone of extra crispy frites served with a mayonnaise-based dipping sauce) from one of the city's many sidewalk food carts. Visitors to Cafe La Brocante, located about a mile south of the Grand-Place, enjoy its beer selection, baguettes and traditional dishes like stoemp, a potato dish with Brussels sprouts.

Brussels is also famous for its mouth-watering waffles, and visitors can find an abundance of waffle places around Grand-Place. Travelers love the waffles at Mokafe, which you can accompany with a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea.

Restaurants overall can be found in clusters around tourist areas like Grand-Place and Rue des Bouchers. Unfortunately, meal prices are generally high. To save money, order the prix-fixe menus, which offer choices for two or three courses for a set price. Or, venture beyond these tourist hot spots when it's time to eat and seek out eateries frequented by locals and travelers alike, such as La Quincaillerie (for a contemporary take on Belgian classics), Noordzee Mer du Nord (a popular seafood spot) and Comptoir des Galeries (for a splurge-worthy French meal).

If there are two things for which Belgium is known for, it's chocolate and beer. When you're craving a sweet treat, you can easily find Godiva. Though it's now a worldwide brand, Godiva had humble beginnings in Brussels where it was a family-run business beginning in 1926. You can visit the company's first shop, which opened in 1937, on the Grand-Place. If you're on the hunt for chocolate you wouldn't necessarily be able to source easily at home, consider shops like Mary or Elisabeth.

If you're not one to indulge your sweet tooth, succumb to your love of hops instead. Belgium is home to a dizzying array of beer types, most of which you can find at the city's many cafes and pubs. For those looking to grab some Belgian beer, or any beer really, head over to Delirium Cafe, which boasts more than 2,000 beers from around the world. Plus, Delirium Cafe sits less than a half-mile north of the Grand-Place, making it an easy stop for tourists.

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  • #1
    65 degres
    #1 of 3,897 Places to Eat in Brussels
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 197 reviewsTripadvisor (197)
    $ - $$ | French, European, Gastropub
    Avenue Louise 173, Brussels 1050 Belgium
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  • #2
    Le Rabassier
    #2 of 3,897 Places to Eat in Brussels
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 743 reviewsTripadvisor (743)
    $$ | Belgian, European, French, Healthy
    23 Rue de Rollebeek, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #3
    Le Pecheur
    #3 of 3,897 Places to Eat in Brussels
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    $ - $$ | Belgian, Seafood, European
    Rue de la Fourche 35, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #4
    Tonton Garby
    #4 of 3,897 Places to Eat in Brussels
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    $ | French, Belgian, European, Healthy
    Rue Duquesnoy 6, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #5
    Gus
    #5 of 3,897 Places to Eat in Brussels
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 96 reviewsTripadvisor (96)
    $$ | French, Belgian, European, Gastropub
    Rue des Cultes 36, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #6
    Le Rossini
    #6 of 3,897 Places to Eat in Brussels
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    $$ | French, Belgian, European, Contemporary
    Boulevard Adolphe Max 7 Debrouckere, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #7
    Pasta Divina
    #7 of 3,897 Places to Eat in Brussels
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    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European, Healthy
    Rue de la Montagne 16, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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    Au Cor de Chasse
    #1 of 74 Places to Eat in Etterbeek
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    $ - $$ | Brazilian, Seafood, European, Healthy, Portuguese
    Avenue des Casernes 21, Etterbeek, Brussels 1040 Belgium
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    La Verveine
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    $ - $$ | French, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Fusion, Middle Eastern
    Avenue de la Couronne 375, Ixelles, Brussels 1050 Belgium
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  • #10
    Pois Chiche
    #10 of 3,897 Places to Eat in Brussels
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    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Street Food
    Kapellemarkt, 15, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #11
    Yummy Bowl
    #11 of 3,897 Places to Eat in Brussels
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    $ | Korean, Fusion, Soups
    Rue des Eperonniers 49, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #12
    The Lobster House
    #12 of 3,897 Places to Eat in Brussels
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    $ - $$ | Belgian, Seafood, European
    Rue des Bouchers 39, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #13
    Berlaymont Cafe
    #13 of 3,897 Places to Eat in Brussels
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    $ - $$ | Belgian, European, Bar, Gastropub
    Rue Archimede 8, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #14
    Kaffabar
    #14 of 3,897 Places to Eat in Brussels
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    $ - $$ | Belgian, Cafe, European
    Place Rouppe 1, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #15
    Le Bistro
    #15 of 3,897 Places to Eat in Brussels
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    $ - $$ | French, Belgian, Seafood, European
    Boulevard de Waterloo 138, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #16
    Midtown Grill
    #16 of 3,897 Places to Eat in Brussels
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 817 reviewsTripadvisor (817)
    $ - $$ | American, Steakhouse, European, Grill
    Rue Paul Devaux 4 Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #17
    Vinomania
    #17 of 3,897 Places to Eat in Brussels
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 305 reviewsTripadvisor (305)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Spanish, Wine Bar
    Place Fernand Cocq 22, Brussels 1050 Belgium
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  • #18
    Aux Merveilleux de Fred
    #18 of 3,897 Places to Eat in Brussels
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 484 reviewsTripadvisor (484)
    $ - $$ | Belgian
    Rue du Marche aux Herbes 7, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #19
    Shahrazad Restaurant
    #19 of 3,897 Places to Eat in Brussels
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    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Arabic
    Rue Jourdan 28, Brussels 1060 Belgium
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  • #20
    Menthe & Safran
    #20 of 3,897 Places to Eat in Brussels
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 253 reviewsTripadvisor (253)
    $ - $$ | Moroccan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    Rue de l'Enseignement 49, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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