The 10 Best Restaurants Near Place Flagey, Brussels

Home-made lemonade at Takumi
Home-made lemonade at Takumi | © Takumi
Stephanie Benoit

There is no shortage of places to eat or drink on Place Flagey. One of the most vibrant and hip areas of Brussels, Flagey is characterized by the iconic Art Deco Maison de la Radio, the nearby Etangs d’Ixelles and possibly the most famous ‘Fritkot’ in the whole of Brussels. The adjacent Rue Lesbroussart is also steadily gaining the reputation of being the tastiest street in Brussels, making Flagey an unmissable destination for foodies.

The exterior of the famous Mamma Roma

1. Mamma Roma

Pizzeria, Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian

Mamma Roma is not your average pizza joint, instead of selling slices, they sell their pizza ‘al taglio’ or in ’tiles,’ which are priced by weight. The combinations are fun and fresh and, above all, delicious. The original restaurant is right here in Flagey, but their success has recently seen them expand all the way to Paris.

2. Takumi

Restaurant, Japanese

Takumi is the type of restaurant that focuses on two or three dishes and makes them to perfection. Their homemade gyoza are some of the best in Brussels, and the main dishes are comprised of a selection of donburi, along with one burger option. The food is great, and the service is extremely friendly; just be sure to get there on time as the restaurant fills up fast.

3. Piccola Store

Wine Bar, Restaurant, Italian, Belgian

Piccola Store functions as a delicatessen store as well as a restaurant and serves unpretentious, high-quality Italian fare. Finish up your meal with the absolutely delectable lemon tart, which will transport you instantly to the sunny streets of Italy.

4. AMI

Restaurant, Vegetarian, Dessert

AMI is a vegetarian restaurant that specializes in veggie burgers and mind-blowing desserts. For the vegetarians out there who just can’t get their meat-loving friends to embrace a non-carnivorous diet, AMI is the place to convert them.

5. L’Autre Grain

Restaurant, Belgian

For those who really want to treat themselves, L’Autre Grain serves top quality Belgian-French cuisine. With an eye for detail, the gastronomic dishes are an experience in themselves. This restaurant is not for those on a tight budget, but the quality of the food is well worth the price.

6. Izakaya

Restaurant, Japanese

Izakaya serves authentic Japanese cuisine. The menu is not restricted to standard sushi fare and includes anything from Ramen noodles to a range of different otsumami (the Japanese version of tapas). A real corner of Japan right here in Brussels, as anyone in the know will tell you.

7. Frit Flagey

Cafe, Restaurant, Belgian

Crowed waiting for their Frites from Frit Flagey on Place Eugene Flagey in Ixelles.
© Boaz Rottem / Alamy Stock Photo
Frit Flagey is more than a Fritkot, it is a Brussels institution. The crown of best Fritkot in Brussels is hotly debated and highly coveted, but Frit Flagey is widely agreed to be among the best. Notorious for its long queues and rather unfriendly service, this is nonetheless part of the experience and will not detract from the satisfaction that comes from eating the perfect frite.

8. Racines

Restaurant, Italian

At Racines, the menu changes daily depending on the availability and freshness of local and seasonal produce (they even have their own garden, which supplies many of the ingredients for the food). The emphasis is on quality, with a healthy respect for traditional Italian cuisine, effectively echoing the ‘roots’ evoked by the name of the restaurant.

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