The 10 Best Restaurants In The Marolles, Brussels

Chaff | © Camille Cooken
Chaff | © Camille Cooken
Photo of Anne-Sophie Morel
9 February 2017

Surrounded by antique shops, the Marolles is known throughout Brussels for its historical flea market, This popular part of town also has its share of great restaurants. Here are the best places to enjoy a meal.

Pin Pon

Situated in the former Marolles fire station with an impressive glass roof, Pin Pon offers the chance to discover some ‘slow food’. All the products used are locally sourced, and dessert comes from one of the best bakeries in Brussels, Charli. Be sure to have a break at Pin Pon during the flea market, and enjoy Brussels own Brasserie de la Senne beer, brewed in house.

Pin Pon | © Ivan Put

Restobières

Restaurant, Belgian, $$$
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This authentic restaurant gives you the opportunity to discover all of Belgium’s diverse culinary specialties made with beer. From stoemp saucisse to lapin aux pruneaux, all the meals are prepared with local produce and Belgian beer. Pair your meal with a Trappist or a Gueuze typical of Belgium. It’s a wonderful experience for all the beer lovers at Restobières.

Le Wine Bar

Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Belgian, Wine, $$$
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Le Wine Bar des Marolles
Le Wine Bar des Marolles | Courtesy of Le Wine Bar des Marolles
Both a wine bar and gourmet bistro, this trendy candlelit wine cellar with orange brick walls will satisfy anyone looking for a cozy place and tasty food. All meals are cooked with organic and locale produce, and organic wines too. Need a break after work? Push open the doors of this gorgeous 17th-century house, and sommelier Vincent Thomaes will welcome you.

Les Vignes Du Liban

Restaurant, Lebanese, $$$
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Need something delicious and flavorful? You’re at the right place. Les Vignes du Liban, as its name indicates, serves Lebanese cuisine cooked by the chef Faraj Husseïn. In this small restaurant, try the different mezze, like hummus or moutaba. For the meat lovers, order some chicken or beef kebabs. Owing to its popularity, the seats in Les Vignes du Liban are taken quickly, so don’t forget to book a table.

Chaff

A great place to hang out at Place du Jeu de Balle, Chaff can be described as being simultaneously a bar, a restaurant, and a concert venue. For years, this popular place has been a real establishment in Marolles with its own strong identity. Enjoy a drink on the terrace, or a homemade meal in one of the bistro’s three levels decorated with vintage furniture reflective of the Marolles district. Every Sunday, Chaff also welcomes visitors with a generous brunch.

Chaff, Place du Jeu de Balle, 21, Brussels, Belgium, +32 02 502 58 48

Chaff | © Camille Cooken

Chaff | © Camille Cooken

Soul

Restaurant, Belgian, $$$
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Launched initially by two Finnish sisters and now owned by Emilie Smet and Aurore Beaulisch, Soul is a healthy restaurant in the narrow Samaritaine street. Here, everything is organic and local, and all the meals are gluten-free, without butter or cream. Even though the restaurant offers primarily vegetarian dishes, guests can still choose a plate with some meat or fresh fish. With its creative menu, feel free to opt for the énergie or the detox menu. There’s even the grossesse menu, which is made specifically for pregnant women.

Les Brigittines

Brasserie, Market, Restaurant, Belgian, $$$
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At Les Brigittines’ stove is Belgian chef Dirk Myny, preparing gourmet brasserie food. Situated next to La Chapelle and originally a contemporary art center, Les Brigittines gives carte blanche to this head chef who is passionate about traditional Belgian cooking. Its market-based menu changes regularly according to what seasonal ingredients are available, and also features tasty Alsacian wine and homemade beers. What do Vol-au-vent de poularde, cabillaud danois or croquettes de crevettes have in common? They’re the Belgian specialties you can’t miss from this establishment.

Bla Bla & Gallery

Restaurant, Belgian, Contemporary, $$$
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Not only a restaurant, Bla Bla & Gallery has its own art gallery and exhibits a new artist every month. The modern menu in this contemporary restaurant is composed of creative meals such as the risotto of mushrooms and fillet of duck breast or the surprising pistachio crème brûlée. Don’t forget to try their brunch on Sunday, with a buffet mixing sweet and savory food.

Al Jannah

Restaurant, Lebanese
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A place for Lebanese food lovers, Al Jannah, next to La Chapelle, prepares authentic meals with a subtle mix of flavors from the Middle East. Be sure to try some falafels or the classic tabbouleh. The chef and the staff of the restaurant are very nice and helpful if you need any information about the menu. ‘Al Jannah’ which is translated as ‘paradise’ in Islam, opens its doors to you – so welcome to foodie heaven.

Brasserie Ploegmans

Brasserie, Restaurant, Belgian, $$$
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Do you miss the special atmosphere of a brasserie? Don’t look for it anymore, Brasserie Ploegmans has it all. This typical brasserie looks frozen in time with its vintage mirrors, old-fashioned tiles, bench seats and wooden tables. Concerning the food, guests will adore the Belgian specialties like carbonnade flamande and pain de viande, generously served with a number of classic Belgian beers.

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