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What to Eat in Brussels

Brussels offers an abundance of Michelin-rated 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 yourself 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 streetside snack shops.

Restaurants can be found in clusters around tourist areas like Grand-Place and Schuman. Unfortunately, meal prices are generally high. To save money, order off the prix-fixe menus, which offer choices for two or three courses for a set price, or walk to Boulevard Anspach for affordable Belgian cuisine.

If there are two things for which Belgium is known for, it's chocolate and beer. Brussels was once home to the famous Côte d'Or chocolate factory. Although the factory closed in the 1970s, You can learn about the production of chocolate at the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate, where you can also pick up a few samples to savor. Brussels is also famous for its mouth-watering waffles.

If you're not one to indulge your sweet tooth, succumb to your love of hops instead. Belgium is home to approximately 600 different types of beer, most of which you can find at the city's many cafés and pubs. Travelers say a great way to experience a good number of Belgian brews is to tag along on a Belgium Beer Tour. For those looking to grab some Belgian beer, or any beer really, head over to Delirium Cafe, which has more than 3,000 beers to choose from. Delirium Cafe is less than a mile north of the Grand-Place. Visitors can also find an abundance of waffle places near and around Grand-Place.

Find the Best Restaurants in Brussels

  • #1
    Le Rabassier
    #1 of 4,323 Places to Eat in Brussels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 662 reviewsTripAdvisor (662)
    $$ | Belgian, European, French, Seafood, Diner
    23 Rue de Rollebeek, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #2
    Tonton Garby
    #2 of 4,323 Places to Eat in Brussels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1503 reviewsTripAdvisor (1503)
    $ | French, Belgian, European
    Rue Duquesnoy 6, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #3
    Le Rossini
    #3 of 4,323 Places to Eat in Brussels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 68 reviewsTripAdvisor (68)
    $$ | French, Belgian, European, Contemporary
    Boulevard Adolphe Max 7 Debrouckere, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #4
    Berlaymont Cafe
    #4 of 4,323 Places to Eat in Brussels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 148 reviewsTripAdvisor (148)
    $ - $$ | French, Belgian, European, Pub, Gastropub
    Rue Archimede 8, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #5
    Pasta Divina
    #5 of 4,323 Places to Eat in Brussels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2890 reviewsTripAdvisor (2890)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European
    Rue de la Montagne 16, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #6
    Vinomania
    #6 of 4,323 Places to Eat in Brussels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 250 reviewsTripAdvisor (250)
    $ - $$ | Latin, Mediterranean, Spanish, Wine Bar, Catalan
    Place Fernand Cocq 22, Brussels 1050 Belgium
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  • #7
    Le Wine Bar des Marolles
    #7 of 4,323 Places to Eat in Brussels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 973 reviewsTripAdvisor (973)
    $ - $$ | French, Belgian, European, Gastropub
    Rue Haute 198, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #8
    Kaffabar
    #8 of 4,323 Places to Eat in Brussels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 217 reviewsTripAdvisor (217)
    $ - $$ | Belgian, Cafe, European
    Place Rouppe 1, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #9
    Aux Merveilleux de Fred
    #9 of 4,323 Places to Eat in Brussels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 439 reviewsTripAdvisor (439)
    $ - $$ | Belgian
    Rue du Marche aux Herbes 7, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #1
    Au Cor de Chasse
    #1 of 77 Places to Eat in Etterbeek
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 628 reviewsTripAdvisor (628)
    $ - $$ | Brazilian, Seafood, European, Portuguese
    Avenue des Casernes 21, Etterbeek, Brussels 1040 Belgium
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  • #11
    Le Bistro
    #11 of 4,323 Places to Eat in Brussels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2451 reviewsTripAdvisor (2451)
    $ - $$ | French, Belgian, Bar, Seafood, European, Central European
    Boulevard de Waterloo 138, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #12
    Mozart More Than Just Ribs
    #12 of 4,323 Places to Eat in Brussels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 362 reviewsTripAdvisor (362)
    $ - $$ | Steakhouse
    Petite rue des Bouchers 18, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #13
    Midtown Grill
    #13 of 4,323 Places to Eat in Brussels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 544 reviewsTripAdvisor (544)
    $ - $$ | American, Steakhouse, European, Grill
    Rue Paul Devaux 4 Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #14
    The Lobster House
    #14 of 4,323 Places to Eat in Brussels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3200 reviewsTripAdvisor (3200)
    $ - $$ | Belgian, Seafood, European
    Rue des Bouchers 39, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #15
    L'atelier de willy
    #15 of 4,323 Places to Eat in Brussels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 249 reviewsTripAdvisor (249)
    $ - $$ | French, Belgian, European
    Boulevard Emile Jacqmain 118, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #16
    Horia - Oriental Natural Eatery
    #16 of 4,323 Places to Eat in Brussels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 166 reviewsTripAdvisor (166)
    $ | Lebanese, Moroccan, Healthy, Middle Eastern
    Borgval 7 Croisement avec le Bd. Anspach, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #1
    Greenway
    #1 of 117 Places to Eat in Saint-Gilles
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 203 reviewsTripAdvisor (203)
    $ - $$ | Fast Food, European
    Parvis Saint-Gilles 1060 hall parallel to Square Victor Horta, Saint-Gilles, Brussels 1060 Belgium
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  • #18
    Menthe & Safran
    #18 of 4,323 Places to Eat in Brussels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 232 reviewsTripAdvisor (232)
    $ - $$ | Moroccan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    Rue de l'Enseignement 49, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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  • #19
    Bon Bon
    #19 of 4,323 Places to Eat in Brussels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 580 reviewsTripAdvisor (580)
    $$ | French, Belgian, European
    Avenue de Tervueren 453 1150 Brussels, Brussels 1150 Belgium
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  • #20
    Coimbra
    #20 of 4,323 Places to Eat in Brussels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 160 reviewsTripAdvisor (160)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
    Avenue Jean Volders 54, Brussels 1060 Belgium
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