Every city has its Italian restaurants, but Osteria A l’Ombra is something quite special. Located in a former butcher’s shop a stone’s throw from the Grand Place, this minuscule restaurant serves some of the best Italian food you can find. The tortellini with black truffle is divine, the pasta is freshly made and the wines match the food perfectly. What is especially charming about this little restaurant is the long table in the middle for shared dining with other bon vivants.
Address: 2 Rue des Harengs, Brussels, Belgium + 32 02 511 67 10
La Maison des Crèpes on the corner of the Rue des Pierres and the Rue du Midi seems to belong on a Paris postcard. The beautiful place is reminiscent of an old French café in Montmartre and is perfect for lunch with friends and family, as long as they are true crepe-lovers. As the name suggests, you can only get crepes at La Maison des Crèpes: savory, sweet, with fruit or with mushrooms, with meat and cheese; you name it and it’s yours. Children can’t get enough and after tasting the food, you’ll have to admit, neither can you.
Address: 13 Rue du Midi, Brussels, Belgium +32 475 95 73 68
If you like Marrakesh, you will love La Kasbah. The 120 colorful lanterns covering the ceiling create the atmosphere of an old Moroccan medina. The food is authentic as well, with perfectly seasoned couscous and a large array of tajines, of which the lamb tajine with plums and almonds is especially delicious. Along with a wonderful variety of dishes, the menu has an excellent selection of original Moroccan or Algerian wines to accompany the food.
Address: 20 Rue Antoine Dansaert, Brussels, Belgium +32 2 502 40 26
Le Cercle des Voyageurs is the hot spot for globetrotters. A menu like a world map, with options as diverse as Cambodian salad and Brazilian fish stew, a library with travel guides and a garden with an original twist all come together to make this restaurant a must-visit. It has a marvelous interior, with a wall made of hundreds of old suitcases, leather chairs and dark painted walls, which give this resto-bar a neo-colonial feel.
Address : 18 Rue des Grands Carmes, Brussels, Belgium +32 2 514 39 49