Restaurants around Grand' Place, Brussels
Imagine a very narrow street with restaurants and terraces on both sides. Not too sure how to call this function but each one has a waiter waiting outside and trying to grab you inside (I hate that !)
Of course their only purpose is to trap the numerous tourists... You'll pay twice the price of an other restaurant for more than average food (lots of seafood)...
Unique Suggestions: I had lots of fun yesterday, walking through this street, looking in the plates of the trapped people and thinking I had had much better food than them ;-)
Fun Alternatives: I've never tried it but "Aux Armes de Bruxelles" is the exception in this area.
If you want decent seafood, I'd rather go to one of the many restaurants on the Place Ste Catherine...
The most popular tourist eateries. Nice to see, not to eat. Brussels has many better restaurants where you'll find better quality for a better price.
Fun Alternatives: If you want to eat seafood, go around Place Sainte-Catherine.
Beware of pizzerias in the
city centre...we went to one, and they made us spend a lot of money just for water! I don't know about the other restaurants, but we spent aroun 12 € for 1 bottle of water, and 3 small ones, which they brought us instead af a 1 liter one, because of course they are much more expensive!!
there are a lot of restaurants there and the tourists are really the biggest target of this area...it is maybe cute to see...nice narrows streets, colorful, etc but is it not necessary the best place to eat! And the prices are not always justified...
Unique Suggestions: Just walk there...smell the kitchen odours...of just go and see the toon cafe...a typical brussels cafe.
The Rue des Bouchers/Beenhouwersstraat behind the Grand' Place/Grote Markt used to be the place to be for good restaurants, mainly seafood and mussels. Nowadays however, quality is poor, prices are high and it's almost impossible to walk through this small alley without all the hasslers from the many restaurants trying to lure you inside. Once you're in their restaurant they forget you or try to sell you their very special menu, which in the end turns out to be out of stock. Avoid this street!!
Unique Suggestions: But there are still some good places. Aux Armes de Bruxelles remains a classic.
Fun Alternatives: Brussels is really FULL of outstanding restaurants that are not too expensive at all.
A long, narrow street close to the Grande Place, lined with restaurants. Each restaurant seems to have its own tout trying to entice you inside, though it's hard to see why a restaurant that's any good would need to do this. The food may be fine but all these places do seem rather pricey and you could no doubt do much better elsewhere.
Unique Suggestions: Enjoy it as a spectacle. The street is not unattractive in its way. I guess it is to gastronomy what the red light district of Amsterdam is to carnality.
Fun Alternatives: Restaurants all over Brussels.
You haven't been to Brussels if you haven't seen Rue des Bouchers -- that's THE restaurant street in Brussels and is absolutely HORRIBLE!!! It is better to watch than eat there. Overpriced for the service and food, and somehow lost the traditional warmth.
Unique Suggestions: There is only one place I like -- Taverne du Passage. I've heard Aux Armes de Bruxelles ain't bad either.
Fun Alternatives: Take the first side street you reach, and you'll end up on the Grand Place. Try El Greco.
Rue de Boucher/Beenhouwersstraat , near the Grokmarkt square. This area has lots of fancy looking restaurants with touts who come up to you the minute you set eyes on the menu outside - don't bother. These places are ultra expensive and tourist traps - keep walking and look out for fast food cheap alternatives like Quick or Burger King. Ok, fast food aint healthy, but at least you wont be ripped off enormously. Also, have a look out for cafes and brassieries away from this area - you'll find that the prices become more reasonable the less 'touristy' the place looks. At the end , roughly, of Rue de Boucher/Beenhouwersstraat we came across a dirt cheap kebab & fish'n'shop shop - kebab was 3 euros, scampi & chips 3 euros. It wasn't fancily done up like the other places so you might miss it.
defenitely almost all those touristy restaurants off Grand Place (Rue des Boucher...), don't go! the glamourous outfit does not guarantee quality food!!!
if you really want to try, then try to find a restaurant where most of the guests speak french / dutch...if the Bruxellois eat here themeselves, it should be ok.
Touting outside Restaurants
You will find when you stop to look at a menu outside a Restaurant, you will be subjected to touting. I find this very off putting. I like to peruse a menu at my own pace and make a decision on my own. I find touting unpleasant and I usually just walk away without having given any real consideration to the establishment. This could be to my disadvantage, by that’s the way I am. It just might be to the restaurants disadvantage.
Take you time making your choice. It’s your meal and your money.
Rue de Boucher/Beenhouwersstraat
There are a lot of restaurants here. But to me this is just like a big tourist trap. There are really better places to go to. You just have to stroll around and you can be sure to find nicer places. When I'm visiting other cities, I always try to avoid that kind of touristic spots.
Recently, here were 3 restaurants closed because they practised fraud. And at several occasions there were also violation against hygienic circumstances.
This street is very cute to walk through. But don't stop to eat there, the food is not very good and it is very cheap for what you pay!
Unique Suggestions: Choose another restaurant not on that street!