Perfectly reflecting its green Boitsfort surroundings, Chez Josy is all about getting the best out of nature, the words ‘vitamin bar’ and the cute bees stamped on their gorgeous tall windows give that away in a heartbeat. This small joint at the heart of the commune attracts large crowds and is quite popular. Their cozy digs may be small, but their commitment to eating right and serving plates with all the colors of the rainbow is impressive.
Place Keym 15, 1170 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 679 01 53
With its first floor restaurant and second floor lounge bar (which often transforms into a surprise dance floor at night), The Lodge is a place where you can happily eat and drink your worries away all night long. We especially recommend lunch among the trees on their terrace on a sunny day, where you can eat while overlooking the pond.
Rue de Pêcheries 2, 1170 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 662 05 66
La Terrasse de l’Hipodrome
Rising up like a fata morgana from the old horse racing track each summer, La Terrasse de l’Hippodrome has been a source of tremendous joy among Boitsfort’s residents. From May to July, an oasis of white tents, palm trees and sandy beaches appears out of nowhere to turn a little piece of Brussels into a Caribbean fantasy. Its restaurant is perfect for a relaxing lunch with friends and be sure to follow it with a cocktail in one of the beach chairs by the pool.
Chaussée de la Hulpe 51-53, 1180 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 354 72 00
Le Tram de Boitsfort
A refreshing play on the now ubiquitous food truck, Le Tram de Boitsfort is a beautiful, repurposed old tram, that is one of the best burger joints in Brussels. The buns are made in cooperation with La Croquignolle, a bakery which is right across the square, and the helpings are more than generous. If you prefer to eat inside, making a reservation is key, as the cute restaurant in the back only holds four tables.
Place Payfa, 1170 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 675 82 91
Gustine, a haven for picky eaters, is usually packed at lunchtime, since they offer diners the opportunity to create a custom delicious sandwich. Of course, you start by choosing your bread, of which they have a huge variety. On chilly days, go for a freshly made warm meal or indulge in their signature brownie.
Rue Middelbourg 86, 1170 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 660 35 15
Au Grand Forestier
At Au Grand Forestier, it’s all about location. On top of the delicious traditional Belgian cuisine, its majestic surroundings at the edge of the Sonian woods make this place extraordinary; walking around and crossing the statue-covered lawns will impress you before you’ve even set foot inside. With a heated terrace that offers seating all year round, this gem of the Niels family (which has been in the restaurant business for four generations) combines quality fare with breathtaking scenery.
Avenue du Grand Forestier 2, 1170 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 672 57 79
Le Crabe Fantôme
If you’ve ever wondered what fancy dining on the inside of a ship would look like, you must visit Le Crabe Fantôme. Its several dining chambers are decorated in a style that that can only be described as ‘fisherman chic’, and each room has a nautically themed name, like the captain’s quarters, the promenade deck, the fisherman’s quarters and the bridge. You can also enjoy your seafood on the heated outdoor terrace.
Avenue du Bois de la Cambre 17c, 1170 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 660 81 45