The Top Restaurants In Ixelles, Brussels

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Ayla Sileghem

Ixelles is a lively part of the city that seamlessly combines bilingualism, multiculturalism and Belgian humor to create a unique atmosphere. Despite being near the European Quarter, there are many parts of Ixelles that are still largely unknown by tourists, including many local restaurants. Here are ten must-visit dining establishments in the area. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

Greek Sharing Experience by IDEA

Greek Sharing Experience by IDEA

Near Place du Luxemburg, there’s a small restaurant that’s not your average moules-frites haunt. Greek Sharing Experience by IDEA is a Greek restaurant that surprises locals and attracts tourists every day. You don’t need to be in Greece to try some excellent traditional Greek cuisine – IDEA brings it to Brussels for you.

Le Chou de Bruxelles

The name of this restaurant literally translates to ‘The Brussels Sprout’. Serving mainly ‘Brussels specialties,’ this restaurant is a great place to get acquainted with Belgian cuisine, especially moules-frites; they serve 30 different variations on the famous dish. So if you’re dying to try some mussels in Brussels, Le Chou de Bruxelles is the place to go. Make sure you’re not too full – the portions are typically Belgian as well.

Le Bugatti

With its 1980s music and beautiful interior, Le Bugatti is a quirky restaurant that makes customers feel right at home. As part of the vintage decor, the walls are covered in cute paintings and colorful posters. The wide variety of wines, the friendly service and the overall fun atmosphere makes it the perfect place for a night out in Brussels.

L’Amour Fou

Flat-lay of pastrami sandwich in sourdough bread with cheese

Have a quality meal for dinner at L’Amour Fou – a cozy Brussels restaurant you’ll fall in love with. Not only is it a really fun restaurant during the evenings, you can also order brunch during the weekends. In addition, guests can enjoy art while they’re indulging in one of the specialty pastrami sandwiches L’Amour Fou offers, as the restaurant also exhibits art every month. Besides art and great food, L’Amour Fou has live music and, what made the place famous back in 1984, great cocktails.

Le P’tit Belge

French cuisine is not completely absent from the Belgian palette, and many Belgians enjoy some typical French food from time to time. Le P’tit Belge, literally translating to ‘the little Belgian’, combines the best of both worlds; French and Belgian cuisine, though with an added twist to every dish. The many Belgian, Flemish and Walloon flags complete the atmosphere.

Tapatat

Oven baked potatoes

This funny-sounding restaurant serves food from just about anywhere – America, Africa, Europe… you name it. Though Tapatat describes itself as a ‘potato-bar’, this is certainly not the only vegetable on the menu. Give it a try if you’re craving a special dinner, but you can also visit Tapatat for breakfast, brunch or when you’re in the mood for fast food or a sweet snack. The food at Tapatat has been described as fast food in slow food quality, ideal if you’re wanting a quick bite, but still want to eat healthily.

Le Tournant

Refined gourmet food with a lot of wine options – that is how Le Tournant can be described. The fresh ingredients, well prepared dishes and friendly service make Le Tournant a quality restaurant in Ixelles. This restaurant is a go-to place for meat lovers, who surely want as much as possible in a four course meal.

Le Sans 13

Le Sans 13 offers authentic Italian food at the heart of Ixelles, for affordable prices. It’s a small, cozy restaurant that has won the hearts of the locals. Using traditional recipes and fresh ingredients and herbs, the dishes at Le Sans 13 might make you hungry for more. Everything is homemade, including the pasta itself.

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