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Café MONK: A Belgian Café
Café MONK was a stopover during one of our Brussels visits.
It's a typical Belgian café with a bar at the entrance with some tabeles and chairs and long seats along the walls. In the back there's a seperate room and way in the back you'll find the toilets.
Nothing fancy, have a beer and have some fun.
Brasserie Falstaff: Café at the Beurs
Brasserie Falstaff is located at a busy street next to the Beurs building.
It's named after Falstaff character from the Henry IV play by Shakespeare.
Inside you'll find some old stain glass windows and more interior to admire.
La Mort subite: Don't leave Belgium before tasting their beers!
The ambience is really fun. It is an original brewery, they sell a lot of different beers. They start at 2.50 to 4 or 5 euro the beer. But they are very good!
Favorite Dish: I like the Mort Subite Strawberry, Peach is not bad too. You should try it.. it is more sweet than any other beers.
Le Roy d'Espagne: Grand Place atmosphere
A famous Grand Place establishment really doesn't need a tip to get publicity as tourists flock here all year round without it. Nevertheless I want to show you my favourite of all the places for a drink in the square. Originally the Bakers' guild house, it has a bust of Charles II on its facade and this is what gives the place its name as he was the King of Spain which Belgium belonged to in 1697 when the house was built. The interior is wonderful with everything from a stuffed horse to animal bladders in the ceiling, and the second floor has very romantic little alcoves with a view of the Grand Place in all its splendour. Downstairs there is a roaring fire on cold winter days. Not a unique feature but still very nice. Waiters wear leather aprons and have a special but cheerful attitude and the odd one might nick the change from your drinks but it comes nowhere near the cosy Gulden Boot on the other side of the square where you might end up paying 15 euros for a 13 euro bill as you just never see any change if you don't protest - they think we're all stupid tourists and that they can get away with it just because this is Brussels' version of San Marco and prices are high. The "Roy" has fewer Belgian beers than the Gulden Boot it has to be said, but those there are will do nicely and you can try the rest elsewhere. I am just so annoyed with the latter that I have given it the boot once and for all. As for the Roy, light snacks are served and also some typical Belgian dishes such as stoemp. An additional family bonus here is that in good weather you can enjoy a beer whilst the children can run around in a mostly car free square.
Favorite Dish: Belgian sausage with apple mash.
various: Belgian Beer
Beer is the obvious beverage in Brussels and the choice is huge! From mild to strong, from dark to blond.
A La Mort Subite in 7 rue de Montagnes aux Herbes Potagères (behind the Munt theatre) is of my (and many others') favourite beer halls in Brussels, and it really is just one hall with yellow walls and tiles. A mix of beer loving tourists and local oldies come to this wonderful place with a long, long list of Belgian beers. The name (Sudden death) comes from a dice game played here which also gave its name to the beer label with the same name (lambic and fruit beers - not really my favourite Belgian beers). You can try all sorts of beer here and you might also become the favourite for the house cat which is always looking for a warm lap.
Cirio next to the Stock Exchange (Bourse) is a mirrored wall institution where Jacques Brel used to hang out and when they repainted the ceiling in our days there, they painted it "smoke stained yellow" to keep the atmosphere...
There are also lots of places in Grand Place but beware of the prices (and sometimes waiters disappearing with your small change without you agreeing).
If you have time, venture to St Gilles and other parts of the city, outside the tourist areas, and find a well stocked local. Much cheaper and friendlier than downtown.
Favorite Dish: My own favourites are Duvel, Westmalle Tripel (tripel is the strongest where that is applicable), Kwak (drunk in a funny glass), Brugse Tripel (which really should be had in Brugge and can be hard to find in Brussels) and the Ardennes brew La Chouffe.
Les Brasseurs - De Brouwers: They brew beer in the restaurant
I couldn' believe my eyes. Never seen a pub-restaurant where the beer is brewed right above your head. You even have a view on the Grand'Place. Very nice place to sit and taste a delicious home-made brown (or other) brussels beer and have some local dishes.
If you ask him, the brewer explains how the beer is brewed.
Favorite Dish: I have been a couple of times here and have never been disappointed.
Real Brussels dishes as "Tête de veau en tortue" , "Oiseaux sans tête" and of course oignon soup and mousse au chocolat. Lunch is served at 11 €.
O and please don't try to translate the " " dishes. You would be surprised. It's far from what you think it is. Trust me, it's delicious !
La Brouette: Belgian Beers
Just a bar, but a nice fire and a good selection of beers.... I hadn't had Kwak before and liked the unusual glass and wooden holder.... actually after a few beers, the impracticality of the wooden holder became apparent.... I then had an Orval... I don't remember much after that.....
Estaminets & Belgian Beers: (Don't )miss "Rue des Bouchers"
Place or street to be - but to expensive and the quality often poor.But a must to visit
Look at "the tourist trap page of Brussels -
and read the opinion of many others.
Better go the "Marollen area" or the Fishmarket
Favorite Dish: The temptation was not big enough - and me and my credit card were happy about this !!
- Food and Dining
We can select the choice of Belgian beers in five different categories:
- Trappist beers, brewed by monks,
- Abbey beers, brewed according to a traditional abbey recipe,
- Lambic or fruit beers, aged in oak casks,
- White beers, pale and cloudy, brewed with wheat,
- Other specialty beers.
À la Bécasse: À la Bécasse
Basic café hidden down an alleyway and easy to miss - look out for the snipe (I assume that's what a bécasse is - wading bird with stonking long beak) engraved in the pavement at the entrance to the alleyway. Sit at open benches - looks a bit like a Breughel painting, which I suspect is a cultivated image. Lots more beer than Duvel!
Favorite Dish: Open sandwiches with Ardennes ham, washed down by Duvel beer.
When Belgians head down to the...
When Belgians head down to the local cafés/ pubs, they really take their drink(s) very seriously. If you were to take a good look at a drinks menu, you'd inevitably notice that BEER is the most popular choice here. But...er... which ones are good?
You must excuse me if I'm not too knowledgeable in this area.
Anyway, we were also told by our Belgian friend that Belgium has the best beer in the world (and he swore he was really being objective). So, your stay in Brussels is not quite complete if you don't take time to visit one of the many typical cafes/ pubs here. Do try the local beers of Brussels - Gueuze or fruit beer (cherry beer, raspberry beer, peach beer...et al) or a wonderful Trappist beer made in one of the Abbeys of Belgium. But do be careful when you're drinking a Trappist beer because they tend to be very strong (between 8 and 11.5% of alcohol).
Favorite Dish: BEER! BEER!! BEER!!! ;-)
a la mort subite: Subtle Death?
Well really it's a bar with a good variety of beers and a few snacks to nibble, nice place to have a beer, close to Grand Place.
Favorite Dish: Cheese cubes served with mustard accompany the beer very well
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