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I have just been made redundant & to cheer me up hubby is taking me to Brussels.

We are staying in the centre, and would like local food somewhere nice & cosy but not too expensive!

Also any tasty cafes or bistros for a quick snack

thanks deborah

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  1. I'm so jealous!!! I lived in Paris for two years and some of the best meals I had during my travels in Europe were in Brussels. Try Lola at Place du Grand Sablon or La Quincaillerie for a special meal, and for a snack stop by Le Pain Quotidien on rue du Sablon. Also, the best chocolates are to be found at Wittamer (also at Place du Grand Sablon). My favorites were the Rose and Earl Grey. Bon voyage! :)

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    1. re: neensters

      Eeeek - whatever you do, stay away from La Quincaillerie! I've lived about three blocks from this place for eight years, eaten there occasionally (when dragged there by professional commitments) and do NOT understand why anyone would go there. It's coasted on its reputation for years, and you would have at best a mediocre meal. My general rule: don't eat at restaurants frequented by group tour buses... That said, there are a ton of good restaurants in the Quincaillerie neighbourhood, the Place du Chatelain (about a ten-minute tram ride from the Place du Sablon). Personal faves: Le Fils de Jules for high-end Basque cuisine, Quentin Pain et Vin for anything from a plat du jour to plates of charcuterie, and Mamma Roma's for the best pizza I've ever had. Really.

      Lola in the Sablon is good, but not cheap and not traditional. My three standard recs for Belgian food in the center are In 't Spinnekopke (Place du Jardin aux Fleurs), Vincent (Rue des Dominicains) and Volle Gas (Place Fernand Cocq - this would be a short bus ride from downtown).

      Pain Quotidien - great for breakfasts and brunches.

      Some people might contest that Marcolini (also in the Sablon) is tops for chocolate -- they specialise in unfilled dark chocolates.

      1. re: Kelly

        Thanks so much for the advice Kelly

        Getting excited about going now, just hope weather gets a little better!

        deb

        1. re: Kelly

          We had a great time even though it rained every day!

          We had breakfast at - Pain Quotidien & was served enough bread for 2 days. They were Ok and in fact happy about us taking the left over rolls for our lunch.

          We had the best Baguettes ever at the Love shack, near the Palace gardens. Serving free trade coffee.

          Great Greek food at La Plaxa in the Greek restaurant area.

          Lovely Morocan at the Kasbar with lovely red lanterns all over the ceiling.

          Ate Belgium food in a place I forget.....and then lived, drank & munch enough chocolate, waffles & Icecream to sink a ship

          Lovely!

          Thamks for the advice

          Kind regards Deborah

        2. re: neensters

          Thanks for the info, I love chocolate so will try to get to Wittamer

          deb

        3. One of my favorite restaurants in the world, is Belga Queen....I had suckling pig there once that was amazing.....had some Sirop De Liege over meatballs there that was also amazing.....even the simple BUTTER is amazing, but I wouldn't call it too cozy or cheap either...

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          1. re: RPMcMurphy

            Thanks for this

            Sounds great, will let you know if we get to eat there

            deb

            1. re: RPMcMurphy

              We had a great time even though it rained every day!

              We had breakfast at - Pain Quotidien & was served enough bread for 2 days. They were Ok and in fact happy about us taking the left over rolls for our lunch.

              We had the best Baguettes ever at the Love shack, near the Palace gardens. Serving free trade coffee.

              Great Greek food at La Plaxa in the Greek restaurant area.

              Lovely Morocan at the Kasbar with lovely red lanterns all over the ceiling.

              Ate Belgium food in a place I forget.....and then lived, drank & munch enough chocolate, waffles & Icecream to sink a ship

              Lovely!

              Thamks for the advice

              Kind regards Deborah