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A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

Travel with me, and be blown away by all that Belgium has to offer…

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A Foodie Restaurant Tour of Brussels

Belgium has a huge foodie scene. While we were in Brussels, we had the great pleasure of experiencing a wide variety of gourmet cuisine. Here are our favorites:

Senzanome

If you’re looking for an upscale spot to eat out in Brussels, Senzanome should be at the top of your list. It’s a Michelin-star Italian restaurant with impeccable service in a modern and minimal setting. Based on classical italian ingredients and perfectly fresh products, chef Giovanni Bruno and his team offer creative dishes reflecting their gastronomic creativity combined with care for authenticity. The sommelier, Benjamin Lacombe, did a fantastic job of pairing six unique wines with our meal (several of which became new favorites of mine).

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

Tomato sorbet and an incredible cheese that was like nothing I’ve ever tasted

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

This was one of the best dishes I’ve had in my life

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

An incredible sticky toffee pudding dessert, with hints of almond, vanilla and orange

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

Cecilia

With a female chef who takes her art very seriously, you can expect to spend at least three hours at Cecilia Restaurant. The dishes are small and many, and mix locally-sourced flavors together perfectly. You can choose from either a five or an eight course meal, and indulge in per-course wine pairings. The interior is small and simple, with the back open to the kitchen, so you can see the chef put the final touches on each dish. Cecilia is in the downtown area, just around the corner from Le Grand Place, so there are a lot of lively places to have an after-dinner drink nearby.

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

Cecilia, in the old (touristy) area of Brussels, near Hotel Amigo

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

La Quincaillerie

This restaurant is located in uptown Brussels, and is known for the fresh seafood they serve. With three floors that are all open into the middle of the restaurant, there are plenty of gorgeous vantage points and romantic table seatings tucked away from the prying eyes of the Belgian upper-crust that frequent La Quincaillerie.

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

La Quincaillerie translates to “hardware” in English.

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

Known for their seafood, you’ll be impressed by their triple and quadruple-decker seafood platters

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

Pistolet Original

Don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to go to a fancy restaurant to get really delicious gourmet food in Belgium. Here, almost every restaurant is gourmet. Our favorite grab-and-go lunch spot was Pistolet Original (which translates to “original gun/pistol” in English). Pistolet is the name of a famous type of round bread roll with a slit down the middle (yes, it kindof looks like a bum!) that was a Sunday-only delicacy during wartime. Owner Valerie Lepla remembered eating these rolls while growing up, but couldn’t find a restaurant that served them in a creative way, so she opened her own.

I can personally attest to the fact that these are the best sandwiches I’ve ever had. In. My. Life. They were so good that we ate at Pistolet every day we were in Brussels. As my husband just said, “I would literally fly back to Belgium just to have more of those sandwiches!” Filled with everything from shrimp to raw meat (those are called Americans!), these gourmet sandwiches are definitely not to be missed!

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

Pistolet Original also sells traditional Belgian candies

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

With Valerie Lepla, the creator of Pistolet Original

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

…and a great spot in Namur…

A quick drive from NE5T will take you to this fantastic waterfront restaurant.

La Plage d’Amee

Set right on the river Maas/Meuse in a very modern building, La Plage d’Amee is the perfect place to watch the sun go down. Beautifully presented dishes, wines selected expertly for each course, knowledgeable and multi-lingual staff providing excellent service with a price to match.

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

A romantic setting on the river, next to a park

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

We were happily surprised by the quality and creative presentation of our meal

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium

One of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever had

And speaking of desserts…

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She’s always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 21 Comments

  1. Cody Pierce

    Nice photos! Makes me wish I was there right now…

  2. Naomi Linsei

    Wow!! That hotel is super luxurious. I just can’t wait till I get there as well. Thanks Hilary for sharing it.

  3. Hannah S

    OMG OMG OMG that hotel looks aaaamaaazingggg! I’m totally going to visit Namur with by boyfriend this summer. It looks sooooo super cute and romantic! I’m so excited. 🙂 I always find the best tips here!

  4. Meghan Cole

    GORGEOUS photos, Hilary! NEST looks super luxurious. I wish I could make my apartment look like that. Stunning. I’m going to book a trip there ASAP. Too pretty (and the food looks too good) not to.

  5. Absolutely breathtaking! I love the photos you took! I’m going to book this hotel with the guy I’m seeing — looks so super romantic… I also love all the detail you gave about not only Belgium, but the places you went. Like many others, I’m sure, I had no idea that Belgium was so gorgeous and interesting…

  6. Delit L'Angelier

    I had no idea Belgium was so incredible. I’ll add it to my bucket list!

  7. Henry Williams

    Wow!! What an amazing places!!!! I am going crazy to be there 😉

  8. Francis Woods

    Amazing trip, Hilary!!! 😀 And as always, I learn so many things just from reading your articles.

  9. Linda

    Hilary, an amazing informative and enticing article with very professional photos.
    If the reader hadn’t planned on visiting Belgium after reading your experience they certainly would put it on their list. All the Best to You in Your World Traveling!

  10. Chloe Miller

    This is exactly what I’m looking for in a travel article! I really felt like I just had an exciting and fascinating trip to Belgium! Keep them coming 🙂

    • Francis Woods

      I like how Hilary shares her experiences as they are, no sugarcoating! And also, I like how she always gives us additional information. Amazing, as always.

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