Théâtre de Toone, Brussels
In the Rue du boucher there is a very small side road (direction Grand Place) named the Schuddeveldgang. If you walk that through you will see a very small alley at your left.
Walk it right till the end and you will come to one of the two entrances of Theatre Toone.
This place consists out of several rooms and one is the theatre room where you can enjoy a traditional local puppet show.
If there are no plays performed then the whole establishment is open as pub.
The puppets are hanging all over the ceiling watching what you are drinking `-)
Dress Code: Anything goes.
Panoramic picture: please click on it if you want to enjoy the full view.
After a long walk through the streets of Brussels, have a rest in this original bar, where the puppets of the Toone theatre decorate the walls and ceiling. The tiled-floor contribute to give this place a particular atmosphere. It is also the perfect spot to try the Kwack beer, that you'll get in this special alchemist glass... quite funny :-)
Then have a look at the puppet theatre in the attic and watch one of the puppet shows in the real dialect of Brussels.
I would advise against the many restaurants of Petite rue des Bouchers (near Grand-Place) (tourist trap : bad quality, expensive). But please have a drink in this typical Belgian pub : Theatre de Toone. It's composed of two small rooms filled with wooden tables and benches and offers about 20 different Belgian beers (one of my favorites is Kwak). Above your head : a few puppets once used for the show.
The puppet theater is in the attic and the show is in "bruxellois" (Brussels's dialect).
This is a small puppet theatre located along a side alley at Petite rues des bouchers.
More "Brusselese" does not exist as everything is presented in true local dialect!
So don't worry if you cannot understand what it is said as the pieces usually presented are already well known by the public - just enjoy!
Afterwards pop in the estaminet for a belgian beer and herb-quark sandwich.
Located just east of the Grand' Place is Toone. A seventh generation puppet theatre, with performances given in Bruxellois, the regional dialect. It does not matter if you speak the language or not, you will enjoy the show. I visited on a Saturday afternoon to grab a drink in the bar, which has about 20 different Belgian brews to sample. Within 2 hours I had sampled 5 sinful beers. You must try Cantillon Gueuze, simply one of the best. Hanging above your head in the bar are some of the puppets used in the shows, and there all for sale.
Dress Code: No dress code