Keeping it healthy and wholesome at Ma Ferme en Ville | Courtesy of Ma Ferme en Ville
With its wide array of local specialties, the Belgian city of Liège is the proud host of a thriving foodie scene. From the famous gaufre liégeoise to American-style burgers and wholesome healthy-hipster dishes, these places have got you covered for lunch.
Ma Ferme en Ville
Restaurant, Canteen, Healthy
If you like what your tastebuds have been treated to at Ma Ferme en Ville, the eatery also has a shop where you can take home all the ingredients and try the dish yourself | Courtesy of Ma Ferme en Ville
If you want to get a taste for local produce, Ma Ferme en Ville works exclusively with ingredients that are produced within a 50-kilometer radius. Wholesome to its core, a dish at this cozy cantine-style restaurant is unfailingly seasonal, so you can forget about eating tomatoes in winter. Ma Ferme’s suppliers are all artisans or smaller companies with a sincere passion for food, which is why everything on the menu is completely transparent and you can buy the ingredients on your plate in the adjacent restaurant too. On Sundays you can choose between a healthy lunch, or a wholesome brunch.
With its stellar reputation, Enoteca has fast become Liège’s resident go-to restaurant for Mediterranean flavors. Diners are offered a choice 2 or 4 lunch courses but there’s only one menu, a fact that is indicative of a chef wholly confident in his abilities. Add to that an open kitchen and a limited amount of ingredients and you know that Thierry Bedeur is a true artist with food.
With a name that sounds like a kid’s stuffed animal, a wide array of beers and the best burgers in town, Huggy’s Bar has become such a phenomenon in Liège that it recently opened another venue in the city. As it stands you’re sure to find the flavour you’re looking for among their 43 different burgers, whether it’s American-inspired (the Boston Tea Party burger or Dallas Burger), European-flavoured (the Little Italy or Greco Burger), or a majestic triple whopper called the THB Tower 3×3.
The original 3×3 at The Huggy’s Bar is a meat lover’s dream come true Courtesy of The Huggy’s Bar
La Roussette de Savoie
Restaurant, Belgian, French, Swiss, $$$
A great lunch experience often goes hand in hand with an original idea, like starting up a restaurant that revolves around the art of a good mountain dish for example. The wooden furniture, checkered table cloths and all-around coziness at La Roussette de Savoie will give you the impression you’re off on a ski holiday with the family, dipping your food into a cheesy fondue.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. And when in Liège, find yourself une gaufre liégeoise with cinnamon and chunky caramelized chunks of sugar in the center. Not to be confused with its lighter counterpart from Brussels (known as the ubiquitous Belgian waffle), Liège likes its traditional street treat somewhat doughier, making for the perfect comfort food on a rainy Belgian day. You can find these snacks anywhere in the city, though one of the better places to check out is the delightful little bakery Une gaufrette Saperlipopette.
The familiar ‘dinner and a play’ formula has been given a run for its money in Liège. The Royal Opera of Wallonia has relinquished its ravishing foyer to ‘les Chefs Traiteur’to offer you the chance to experience ‘lunch and an opera’ instead. A wide variety of small creative dishes awaits under golden chandeliers, inviting diners to mix and match at will. Whether you’re just there for the food or plan to catch a performance after, this is an irrefutably divine setting for a meal.
A fresh face in town but already one of the most fashionable addresses for brunch and lunch, Fanny and Céline’s coffeebar embodies the hipster-chic vibe we’ve come to know so well. Coffee is a holy morning ritual for these two ladies in charge, and they happily order their favourite beans in from Ghent to make the black gold that fills each exquisitely made cup. Grand Maison’s kitchen is, contrary to what the name might have you believe, small, simple and healthy, and the roomy terrace offers a lovely setting with the sounds of Liège’s river in the background.
Fanny and Céline have created a home away from home with great coffee and lunch on Liège’s river | Courtesy of Grand Maison
Punto e Pasta
Long travels around the world have made Fabrizio Brunello acquainted with many flavour pairings, yet the Italian kitchen of his youth remains his steadfast favourite. The chef shares his passion for the uncomplicated Italian way of cooking at Punto e Pasta, where he keeps the dishes simple in order to let the quality ingredients shine.
With its resplendent futuristic arches and rush-hour commuters, The Saint-Guillemins station doesn’t exactly scream tranquil lunch spot. Yet stepping into its Grand Café de la Gare is an entirely different story, one in which chef Erick Lamarre, previously known from La Parmentière, calmly introduces you to the rich Walloon kitchen.