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Just the place one would imagine meeting friends for a drink after shopping, a hard day of work or even after a tour of the city's center. We sat at a table along one wall of the restaurant near the big windows overlooking the Grand Place. The spiral staircase was just along side. Stairs in Belgium seemed to be a bit different than most in the USA. Narrower and steeper. Take care if you are not used to them.
In January there were no tables set outside in front of the restaurant as there would be during the summer months. However, the warmth of the narrow ground floor dining area was a welcomed bonus.
It was busy and seemed pretty popular. I was told that a fantastic variety of Belgian beer was on offer here. It was about quitting time so, I guess most of the customers had just stopped for a beer before going home from work.
Favorite Dish: %4We stopped here after a tour of the town. I had espresso and a lively conversation with new and old friends from Mons! A few of them had beers, but it wasn't until later in my journey that I braved the storm of Belgian beers.
Updated Jan 28, 2013
Address: 29, Grand Place, 7000 Mons
Phone: 065/36 47 15
Three restaruants my friends took me to, which might be missed by a tourist, were enchanting spots with wonderful food.
I didn't get a picture of them, but they are worth knowing about:
(1.) 'La Maison du Berger' (The Shepherd's House),
Route d'Ath 171, B-7050 Mons
A Greek restaurant, with ordinary decoration--by that I mean, not in a Greek style. The food was delicious and nice wine also. The service was attentive.
(2.) 'Le Royal,
Grand'Place 7, B-7000 Mons,
This is situated right on the Grand Place and it seemed to be very popular with the college crowd. The food was good and the mood festive--even on week-day nights. This is where I first had Salade Niçoise.
(3.) 'L'impasse' (The Dead End),
Rue d'Havré 49, B-7000 Mons,
Phone: + 18.104.22.168.38.
An elegant restaurant on a street off the Grand Place. The traditional French food was excellent and the service very accommodating. A special place for a special occasion.
Updated Jan 26, 2012
This is a nice place to sit at a window table facing the Grand Place and watch the activity.
The room was cozy, the pizza oven, in the open, allowed patrons to watch as their pizza was being made. The service was attentive and the price resonable.
Favorite Dish: Delicious salad, pasta, pizza and wine!
Updated Jan 26, 2012
Address: 2, Rue d'Havré 7000 Mons
My friends were at work and I took a walk to the Grand Place. This is where I chose to have lunch. I sat near a window to be able to watch the activity of the Grand Place. The service was attentive which I really appreciate, but I'll mention that I was the only customer so early in the day. Still, the dining room felt quite cozy. It seemed to be grouped into several sections and that's probably why it didnt' feel empty. I didn't actually explore further.
Favorite Dish: You may not know it, but for twenty-three years I managed an Italian/Pizza restaurant and have always wanted to eat pizza in Europe. The first time I went to Europe I couldn't eat any pizza because I had a bet going with one of my cooks. (Whoever ate pizza first owed the other a bottle of 1800 Tequila.) I wanted to win the bet, so, no pizza.
Thankfully, while on this trip there was no such bet. I chose this restaurant just to have pizza! The pizza oven was situated in the center of the dining room and I watched the chef prepare and cook mine. The pizza was delicious and worth waiting for!
Updated Jan 25, 2012
Address: rue d'Havre 2, Mons
I use to suspect restaurants in main squares - they use to sell location more than food, for a price. It happened also here, but it was a nice surprise - dinner was very good, and the price very moderated.
Next day we were looking for a place to lunch? Can you guess were did we go?
Yes, Jeffe again, and again with a positive impression
Written Nov 17, 2011
Address: Grand Place
Very nice restaurant in Mons and very tastefull too. The restaurant "Chez Léon" also has a big terrasse for summer. They offer you a big choice of Belgian cuisine.
***Last time I ate there: 04/2003***
***Number of times I ate there: 5***
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is the typical "Moules Frites", that is to say a big pan of mussels (better the ones with white wine) with some French fries. Of course, it's better drinking a beer with them.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Chaussée de Binche 34 - BE-7000 Mons
Phone: +32 - (0)65 / 313474
The Grand Place is lined with a number of brasseries and cafés offering traditional. It is my guess that they all offer more or less the same value for money. If you happen to be in Mons on a sunny day, it is likely that your favourite option be to sit in one of the outdoor terraces for a lunc al fresco.
Budget conscious tourists have a large choice of places in the backstreets around the square, which catter mostly for the many students in town and offer a large variety of foods and snacks.
Updated Nov 14, 2007
Not just another Italian restaurant! La Pizzarela has delicous Italian dishes, together with a nice welcome and a very friendly service! They are situated right in the corner of the Grand'Place, unfortunately a bit hidden between other restaurants and pubs.
The staff is very friendly and quite good looking too! There is 1 person who's a bit older. He's really funny and has a very relaxed attitude about serving people. The interior, the staff, the prices and the quality of the food make me come back here over and over again
Favorite Dish: All pizzas: huge and very tasty!
Good house wine
Updated Jul 28, 2007
Address: Grand'Place 2, 7000 Mons
Charming casual building in the center of town, with an attentive waitstaff that worships you if you tip, My friends and I ate here at least three times a week for a month.
Favorite Dish: The pizza Rimini avec ananas (ham pizza with pineapple) also great with garlic (ail)
Updated Sep 14, 2005
After living in Mons for more than 10 years, I have tried all the restauants in Mons and this is the best (well hidden) restaurant you'll find within a 25 kilometer radius. Beautiful presentation, a different wine with each course. Hainaut Province is not known for its gourmet menus, this was a find.
Favorite Dish: Carpaccio of salmon and swordfish, pork roast served on a potato mash with a sauce made from blasamic vinager, borwn sugar, honey and rosemary. yummy.
Updated Jun 27, 2005