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Surrounded by woodland and greenery, Watermael-Boitsfort’s restaurants are a touch different from your typical Brussels bistros. Whether it’s through their leafy surroundings or their healthy kitchens, this collection stand out in the capital’s most tranquil commune.
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.
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
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