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Private Tour: Battle of Waterloo from Brussels
"Your private tour starts with pickup from your Brussels hotel by luxury private minivan. After a 40-minute drive south arrive in the city of Waterloo. It was here where in the year 1815 one of the most significant battles in European history took place — the Battle of Waterloo.Listen as your guide explains the history of the battle during which the French army fell to the Duke of Wellington’s British and Prussian forces leaving 12000 dead and 35
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Brussels Rail Day Trip from London
"Take the inclusive sightseeing tour and enjoy the medieval architecture that makes Brussels such a visited European city. Don't miss the Grand Place the city's central hub lined with guild houses and flowers adorning the ground like a carpet. You will also see the Atomium and maybe have lunch at one of the gourmand restaurants.Travel through the European Union district featuring Parliament bu the popular bronze statue of a young boy peeing into a fountain.You have the option to hop-on and off as many times as you like at any of the 13 strategically placed stops for your own sightseeing. With bus departures every 30 minutes and the ent this is the perfect way to orientate yourself with Belgium's capital.""""At just under two and half hours why not take the opportunity whilst in London to take a day trip by Eurostar over to the vibrant cosmopolitan city of Brussels! A Hop on Hop off card is included
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Private Tour: Brussels Sightseeing Tour
"Depart your Brussels hotel by private air-conditioned vehicle for your 3-hour tour. If there’s anything you want to see more of let your guide know: your tour is private so the itinerary can be tailored to your interests.Stop at the Grand Place Brussels' magnificent medieval main square. Stroll by the baroque and Gothic buildings as you hear about their history and walk to the Statue of the Peeing Boy (Manneken Pis) to learn why this quirky monument of a urinating boy was placed here in the mid-1600s.Drive to the Laeken district home to the main residence of Belgium’s royal family. Pass St Michael’s Cathedral
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Chez Léon Tips (27)

Chez Léon: too touristy

I ordered the tourist special which was probably my fault. Mussels were very bland and atmosphere was touristy. We just ate at int' spinekopite the night before which was wonderful, so this was a letdown. It does have a great location and they don't hustle you like the other restaurants on the street.

Mar 21, 2005

Chez Léon: Fast service, great food

Don't let the touristy look of this restaurant fool you, it is actually great.

This place had been recommended to us by some friends (did not know of VT back then) and we wanted to try it.

It is located in the main "Restaurant street" in the center and looks just like any other place there... bad.
There are neon signs and picture menus in several languages (not only French and Flemish :)).

A good sign was seeing a lot of locals there (judging by language and appearance).

The food is very good. My girlfriend had mussels with french fries and I had the Trout with almonds. Both were great!
We liked it so much, in fact, that we went back the next day. Just to see if the quality was consistent, of course.

Service is quite unfriendly, with slightly older men that seem to have been working there for at least 20 years, but extremely efficient. I still wonder how they managed to serve my trout in less than 10 minutes, with a full restaurant. Not that I am complaining, of course.

Favorite Dish Mussels
Trout with almonds

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Mar 09, 2005

Chez Léon: Léon

An amazingly big and busy place. In fact, I think it seats a few hundred people, but you don't realise that when you go in. Up a few short stairs, on various levels, people eat in reasonable privacy and groups of 10 to even 40 can be seated semi-separately and still not bother other guests.
We were seated somewhere at the top/back of the restaurants and passing many tables I saw most people ate cooked mussels, succulent steaks, Belgian Fries and other goodies.
Service was quick, friendly, very attentive and the food was excellent!

Favorite Dish Tomato filled with shrimp for starter, choice of steak or cooked mussels for main course and choice of crème caramel, chocolate mousse or a freshly made Brussels Waffle with cream for dessert.

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Jan 23, 2005

Chez Léon: Best Mussels in town!

Although this restaurant might seem like a tourist trap it really is one of the best places in Brussels for 'moules'.

Kids meals are free and there are also plenty of other options for non mussel eaters. Prices have always seemed very reasonable to me. The restaurant is always busy and popular and definitely recommended.

Favorite Dish Moules et frites!

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Oct 17, 2004
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Chez Léon: Moules-Frites anyone ?

Moules-Frites or mussles-fries is one of the most famous dish in Belgium...and it happens to be be one of my favorite, so anytime I crave for the best mussles in town, Chez Leon is the place I go to.

Chez Leon, is a restaurant adventure which started a bit over 100 years ago by Leon. It had such a big success in Brussels that it opened about some 10 other restaurants in Belgium and abroad.

The speciality of the house is of course mussles but you also have other seafood, fish and meat dishes.

There are two Chez Leon in Brussels, one near the Grand Place and one near the Atomium.

Good swift service, brasserie atmosphere, booking not required.

Favorite Dish curry mussels

Sep 04, 2004

Chez Leon: Picture menu's aren't always bad news...

Chez Leon is a friendly, busy Belgium restaurant, close to Grand Place.

It may have menu's with pictures, but the food was fabulous and service efficient and friendly.

We liked it so much we even went to their outlet in Paris.

Favorite Dish moules and loads of frites!!!

washed down by a beer or two. of course!

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Apr 19, 2004

CHEZ LÉON (Ilôt-Sacré)

Ok, Ok I must admit that their standards have switched a bit towards tourirms -which not good!!

B U T they still have excellent mussels (see list on the left * Click to enlarge!(from aåril to september-as an unwritten rulöe) and fish dishes: my favourite: *Moules à l'escargot* and *Sole à l'Ostendaise*.
Meat lovers will find juicy steaks to please their palate: my favourite here 'Steak au poivre vert flambé crème'.
Do check their newly updated "fun" website (Link below)!

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Apr 16, 2004


THIS IS PROBALY THE BEST KNOWN mussel-restaurant of belgium......YES, OF BELGIUM.

Gigantic large, several floors but always full of guests who have found their way to this place.......

You will hear FRENCH and FLEMISH because the Locals love coming there too!

Fast service and enormous pots of steaming mussels, prepared in dozens of different ways are filling the air with mouthwatering scents...

Favorite Dish Although I love fishdishes....I have to confess that I don't like I have never been there.......

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Mar 26, 2004

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Chez L?on: A good choice for mussels

This place has a good reputation for decent food & good service. They did not disappoint during our visit. In fact, I was very pleased by the special attention they gave us, as we had our 3 month old with us.

Favorite Dish Mussles provencial

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Oct 09, 2003

Chez Leon: Moules-frites, s'il vous plait !

Chez Leon is located one block away of Grand'Place. It is located on a tourist street, Rue des Bouchers.

Favorite Dish I enjoyed having lunch there. My moules (mossels) with fries (a national dish in Belgium) were very good. So was my chocolate mousse. Attention wasn't that great, though.

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Sep 07, 2003

Chez Leon: Mussels and Frites

Popular Place in the Rue de Bouchers, the "food street" of Brussels.

Favorite Dish As I don't like Mussels I had a lovely turkey steak covered with herbs. And chips of course ;-) Bea and Caro had Moules et Frites of course!

Jul 11, 2003

Cafe Leon: Cafe Leon

Another Brussells insititution.

Favorite Dish Okay, I have a one-track mind. The seafood at Cafe Leon is famous. Again, cold platter and paella are standouts. Also, you can't have a proper seafood meal in Belgium without a Belgian beer. Kwok happens to be my favorite, but they're all good. Trust me. I've tried them all, several times :-).

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Aug 25, 2002

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