Restaurants around Grand' Place, Brussels
Near Galeries de la Reine and Galeries du Roi, you will find a crowded street full of "seafood" restaurants with seafood stalls. The famous "(Petite) Rue des bouchers". Avoid them as food there is as not exceptional as its prices.
However, attractive layouts and stalls of seafood... Beware! For fresh seafood in Brussels, go to Place Ste-Catherine (also downtown)... Something to know, many of those restaurants share same underground dirty kitchens. They have problems with Hygiene Inspection (some rats were found in there). So, noone living in Brussels would advise you going there, so wouldnt I.
Unique Suggestions: If you really want to have this experience, Aux armes de Bruxelles (local cuisine) and Karim restaurants (for Maghreb tasty dishes) are exceptions to my warning!!
Pricey but quality food!!
Fun Alternatives: For alternatives, see my other Restaurant tips. Or go to local Chinatown for low price Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian standards... (Quartier de la Bourse). Convenient location.
OR, for cheap food near Grand-Place, go to "Pitta street" (rue du March? aux Fromages), just around the corner of Grand-Place. It's about Gyros pitta and variations on it. With fries (frites). Not top quality food at all but you could eat for 5 euros there (pitta + fries + soda/water). If you want, you could even order your meal and eat outside where is sunny (Grand-Place or Rue March? aux herbes). Strange enough, this street attracts locals as well (esp. students).
Anyways, for me, both Cheap Asian in Chinatown and Pittastreet (especially) restaurants serve as last resorts (open late and dead cheap). !!!!
For fresh seafood, rather go to Place Ste- Catherine.
Rou des Bouchers is a attractively looking street full of restaurants but you better go to other restaurants in the Brussels City centre such as "Fin De Siecle" - "Mirante" around the stock exchange area "La Bourse" of just take a walk around Rue Dansaert or got to the Place St Katelijne for a wide range of fishing restaurants.
Too many people have been sucked into this seafood street only to leave with an unfair impression of Belgian cuisine character! This street is a total trap.
Unique Suggestions: If you go there, restrict your choices to Aux Armes de Bruxelles or Chez Leon. These are the only 2 reputable ones.
Fun Alternatives: Better yet, walk 10 minutes to the other side of Boulevard Anspach and go to Place Ste. Catherine where you have an abundance of seafood restos with better price and quality.
Pitta Street is just behind Grand Place and is full of ... well, pitta places. It's the Eastern equivalent of Rue du Bouchers. Lots of Greek/Moroccan/Turkish/etc places with lots of same stuff. It's noisy, it's dirty, it's crowded (beware pick-pockets), and is nothing much. You are one of many, there is nothing individual about it -- it's the typical tourist assembly line.
Unique Suggestions: Keep going!
Fun Alternatives: Sumela, which is not that far (on the other side of the De Brouckere). See my tip on it.
There's a street next to the gran Place where you can find only restaurants. They are tourist resaturants, mainly offering mussels (the typical Brussels dish).
The fact is that each restaurant has one or more than one waiters standing outside and trying to pull you inside thier own restaurant.
This I find very unpleasant, but it seems to be one of the more touristic attraction of the area!
Unique Suggestions: Well....just don't hesitate to go ahead....
Fun Alternatives: Let me suggest to go to "Chez Leon". It's located in this street too, but as it is a very famous restaurant they don't need to have a witer standing outside.
ask yourself why. I've got a fireman friend who has seen some of the kitchens. Yuk! Only go to the recommended ones
Unique Suggestions: If you really like the look of a place, sit down and order a drink first. Use your fellow diners as guinea pigs .. if their order comes out really quickly, theres probably a conveyor belt of dishes of the day being microwaved out the back ...
Fun Alternatives: Great selection of restaurant (rated by customers) available on www.resto.be
............... A street plenty of restaurants: expensive, horrible food, disgusting kitchen... Don't go to have a eat in this street. You must see this but walk away...
Unique Suggestions: Laugh about the guys who eat in... and go away to find a pretty and good restaurant somwhere else!
Fun Alternatives: All the rest!!
The Rue des bouchers near Brussels grand' place is a definite tourist trap. Every restaurant on the street offer great prices but the food is not as fresh as you'd like it to be. The waiters tend to be very kind and inviting, but it is only to compensate on the meal that is not worth the money.
Fun Alternatives: If you like seafood i suggest you go to ostend and buy it in the street stands where it is way fresher and cheaper too, but the ambience is of course a little less inviting.
It is funny that in a street named “Butcher street” you mostly will find fish restaurants!
Anyway, except for a very few this street is only to look at, take pictures of, but not to go inside the restaurants itself.
I have been in there once on invitation and first of all the waiter was ignorant about my guest asking not for pork as he was a Muslim.
First entry they brought was … right ! Pork. So he complained but got no alternative in return.
As we just were sitting there finishing the big fish dish but mostly chit chatting, the waiter came impatiently asking every 15 minutes if we had finished. It really innerved my guest and me to the limit. After a remark the waiter left us at ease for a little more.
I wondered why he wanted to press us as there were hardly any other people in the restaurant, so making room for new customers was really not the reason?
Maybe pure bad manners?
The bill was higher then expected too, I still think they added something that was not consumed. Anyway it was far too pricey for what we got and this was sure the first and last time I had dinner there. It was just that I didn’t knew Brussels well but I think I know better now!
Unique Suggestions: NO no!!! don't go at all :)
just walk along and take your pictures!
If you want to try it... then first look at the menu card and prices first and see they are not cheating on you.
Fun Alternatives: Go somewhere else and study the menu card carefully before you go inside.
Rue des Bouchers is a famous street full of restaurants. I advice you, though, not to eat in one of those restaurants. They are a real tourist trap. Prices are way too high and the hygienics are not always conform standards. I've already heard a lot of negative comments, so be warned.
Unique Suggestions: Enjoy the lovely seafood displays on the street.
Brussels - so called european Capital !
I'm a citizen of Belgium - more and more i like my Capital - but this sc?nary goes to far although it is typical belgian.
On the Grand Place i took a seat at this taverne - well aware that the price for a belgian beer is rather high at this square and asked for a "Gueuze" - the same prononciation in french or dutch !!!
Waiter n? 3 - (see ticket) did not understand
my question because i put some demand in the dutch or flemish language - Gueuze is a traditional and local beer from this area.
Topic - he even could not reply in english to the tourists sitting next to me.
Is this a touristic european highlight in our country !!
Unique Suggestions: No hard feelings Mr Manuel - but to succeed in "Horeca" world - try to find a better way to keep yr clients
And look at yr tickets - i was there on Valentines day - not on the 13th - at 20:37
Fun Alternatives: Get away from this place to have a drink.
As tourist - even as citizen of Flanders
There are better places in Brussels !
Notice : even in the "Marollen area" in restaurants like "De Boer" the servants try to speak flemisch !! And they do it well !
the Rue des Bouchers is a tourist
trap. Expensive for the quality they give, some have pbs with hygiene
For seafood, better go to Place Sainte- Catherine and Marché aux poissons
(Vismarkt). Metro: Sainte-Catherine (Sint Katelijn or Katarina, not sure).
Although this street has the most restaurants of teh city, it is actually a tourist trap. You'll recognise the streets by it's many bright lights and advertisements and the fish on display outside. I've been told that only tourists come to eat here, and noone from Brussels will eat there.
"Rue des Bouchers" is a very nice, picturesque street close to the Grand'Place. The narrow cobbled street is packed with restaurants that compete for the tourist trade with hard-sell waiters and displays piled high with all manner of marine delicacies.
It is very nice looking but please do not eat there. They regularly have problems with the food inspection and are way too expensive!
It is tourist trap nr 1 in Brussels!
Fun Alternatives: Go to the Place Sainte-Catherine if you are looking for delicious seafood. ( see restaurant tips)
Restaurants around the Grand'Place offer excellent people-watching opportunities, but the quality of the food can range from excellent to "why did we stop here?"
Waiters step out into your path to lure you in with "specials" as you stroll along.. don't feel obligated to stop. The one in the picture put their seafood out on display, an assurance that they only serve the freshest ingredients? Look around, take your time...and you will have a wonderful dining experience!
Unique Suggestions: Don't be afraid to review the menu and walk away. It happens all of the time.
Fun Alternatives: There are many streets in the city center that radiate from Grand'Place that are a little less touristy. Check you guidebook for suggestions, and notice places that look interesting as you wander on your daytime sightseeing path... you can always come back later!