Home to the European Parliament, Place du Luxembourg – or Place Lux – is often described as the beating heart of the EU in Brussels. Packed with bureaucrats, diplomats, lobbyists and journalists on weekdays, the place has a number of elegant restaurants and bars where the multilingual gather to discuss policy or simply unwind over lunch or dinner. Here’s a list of some of the best dining establishments in the area.
If you’re looking to pair your food with a decent glass of wine, the cozy wine and food bar Gourmand has the best of everything. A highly selective menu with fresh fish and a mouthwatering Black Angus T-bone attracts both expats and Belgians.
Gourmand, Rue de Trèves 4, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 502 36 16
On a trendier scale than the more traditional watering holes surrounding Place Lux, Coco is where the young EU diplomats get their food and drinks after work. Happy hours on Thursdays from six to seven make for the perfect aperitif occasion before delving into their signature ‘Coco deluxe’ hamburger.
Coco, Place du Luxembourg 10, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 230 22 30
One of the better traditional brasseries encircling the square, Quartier Léopold offers up a classical Belgian kitchen with high-quality ingredients. Prepare for a ferocious scramble on sunny spring and summer days to secure one of the coveted terrace spots looking out on the stately façade of the old Luxembourg railway station.
Quartier Léopold, Place du Luxembourg 9, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 280 25 52