Brussels is an old city, it’s the headquarters of the EU, and it’s worth a visit! But first? What will you eat? Luckily, in a city that loves sweets, frites, and hearty traditions, you’ve got some great options.
Pierre Marcolini is a chocolate shop, but it’s biggest success are the macarons. Trust me. I thought I’ve had good macarons, and then I tried these. Soft, subtle flavors and they melt in your mouth.
Try: pistachio and rose
You really can’t mess up Belgian frites, so most places you just come across in Brussels will be tasty, but if you want some amazing frite sauce? Georgette’s. The truffle sauce in particular. I don’t think I have to say anything else.
Try: the truffle sauce
Easily my favorite place we ate at during our stay in Brussels. Mokafe opens very early in the morning, and I recommend going there as soon as possible so that you can sit in a quiet Galeries de St. Hubert. Once the rest of the stores open up and it gets filled it will be noisy and more difficult to find a seat! However, Mokafe serves lunch, dinner, and baked goods as well, so we also went for a dinner a different night!
Try: the Belgian meatballs (yes, really, just meatballs), and their sugar waffles
Not feeling tiny chocolates or sophisticated pastries? Come here for a huge donut and a reminder of home (at least if you’re from the States). Hearty, filling, and baked fresh.
Try: the white chocolate pistachio
A casual and often recommended restaurant by tourists and locals, Chez Leon has a huge menu and are known for their mussels along with other seafood. I say, when in Brussels, go with mussels. And of course, frites!
Try: mussels by weight, with frites
Any others in Brussels you’d recommend?
Chocolate shops are coming up next!
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