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.
Near Place du Luxemburg, there’s a small restaurant that’s not your average moules-frites haunt. Ergon 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 – Ergon brings it to Brussels for you.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12am-3:30 pm & 6:30pm-11pm, Sat 1pm-4pm & 6:30pm-11pm
1 Rue du Parnasse, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium, +32 2 502 92 77
Ergon | Courtesy of Ergon
Le Chou de Bruxelles
Restaurant, Northern European, $$$
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.
Opening hours: Tues-Sat, 12am-2pm & 6:30pm-10pm
26 Place de Florence, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium, +32 2 537 69 95
A vintage interior, a jazzy atmosphere and Belgian food greet you at Les Brassins. The name is a nod to the Belgian beer culture – a brassin is a tub in which beer is brewed. You’ll also find many different beer options on the menu. This restaurant specializes in Belgian dishes, which means lots of fries on the side and big portions of food.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12am-3pm & 6pm-12pm, Sat-Sun 12am-12pm
36 Rue Keyenveld, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium, +32 2 512 69 99
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. Opening hours: Tues-Sat, 6:30pm-11pm 4 jacques jordaens, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium, +32 2 646 14 17
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. Opening hours: Mon-Thur 6pm-10:30pm, Fri 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm & 6pm-11pm 185 Chaussée d’Ixelles, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium, +32 2 325 73 53
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.
Mon-Sat, 12am-2:30pm and 7pm-10:30pm
7 Rue de la Paix, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium, +32 2 503 40 49
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.
Opening hours: Tues-Wed 11:45 am-3pm, Thur-Fri 11:45am-3pm & 6:45pm-10pm & Sat 12:30am-10pm
180 Chaussée d’Ixelles, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium, +32 476 74 01 09
If you’re thinking this restaurant looks a bit more on the traditional side, you’d be right. La Regence has been around for 100 years. Remaining a symbol of the Place Fernand Cocq, the restaurant-bar is the beating heart of the square. French and Belgian cuisine are served at La Régence, at any time of the day. Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 8am-1am, Fri 8am-2:30am, Sat 10am-2:30am & Sun during the summer 10am-11pm 12 Place Fernand Cocq, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium, +32 2 513 13 90
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. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12am-2pm & 7pm-10:30pm, Sat 7pm-10:30pm 168 Chaussée de Wavre, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium, +32 2 502 61 65
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.
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 12am-2:30pm, Thur 12am-2:30pm & 6:30pm-10pm, Fri 12am-2:30pm & Sat 6:30pm-10pm
113 Chaussée de Wavre, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium, +32 2 513 63 61