The Top Restaurants In The Northern Quarter, Brussels

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9 February 2017

The Northern Quarter is the triangular neighborhood that stretches around the front of Brussels-North Railway Station, bordered by the train track and the Brussels Ring. It’s mostly a business district, packed with offices. But don’t let that stop you from exploring it, there’s a wide variety of wonderful restaurants to be found. Here are 10 of the best for you to try.

Taverne Omega

Taverne Omega is located close to Brussels-North Station and serves typical Belgian dishes. Besides Belgian cuisine, you can also try a few Greek or Hungarian dishes here. The relaxed atmosphere and the wide variety of Belgian beers makes the tavern-atmosphere complete.

37 Rue du Progrès, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 203 24 30

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A La Vraie Belle Epoque

Brasserie, Pizzeria, Italian, European, $$$
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Named after a European Golden Age before the First World War, this brasserie aims to mimic the architectural and interior style of those days. This means large mirrors, high ceilings and wooden furniture. The food is simpler than the décor, typical brasserie food, combined with a pizzeria.

The O Bar

Bar, Cocktails, Beer
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The quirky interior of the lounge bar
The quirky interior of the lounge bar | Courtesy of Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre, Lounge Bar
Local Belgians don’t usually drink or eat at hotel bars, but that doesn’t mean they should be avoided. The quirky and colorful O Bar is a welcoming place where you can have dinner, or wind down with a cocktail. There’s live music on Tuesdays and a happy hour every evening. The fact that it’s not that popular with locals makes it a calm place, where you can still easily have a conversation. And if you’re in the mood to party, the bar hosts ‘after work‘ celebrations every three months.


Sawad is a fusion of Indian, Pakistani and Middle Eastern cuisine. There’s also a wide variety of vegetarian options here. The tasty food and big portions will surely make you hungry for more. Just remember to tell the waiter you can take some spicy foods, the menu tends to be adjusted to the Belgian taste. Or not, if you prefer it like that.

25 C Chaussee d’Anvers, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 201 34 84

Season Box

Healthy, quick and tasty, Season Box combines the best aspects of a good lunch. Whether you want some soup, salad or wraps, this lunch place can’t do you wrong. You can also order some unique burgers, try the burger with smoked salmon and apple. Season Box uses mainly seasonal and local ingredients, making the meals as good for the environment as they are for you.

84 Chaussée d’Anvers, Brussels, Belgium, +32 479 65 05 17

Brussels Grill Rogiers

Restaurant, Belgian, $$$
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A no-nonsense restaurant that delivers exactly what it promises. It’s great place if you’re craving quality grilled meat without wanting to go anywhere too fancy. The chain restaurant aspect may throw you off, but keep in mind that the Brussels Grill restaurants really can only be found in Brussels and keeps true to the Belgian mindset, especially in the portions of meat.

La Cantina 17

Restaurant, Italian, Mediterranean, $$$
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The reasonable prices, relaxed atmosphere and delicious food makes La Cantina 17 a popular lunch place for locals. This means it’s a busy restaurant, but the waiting will be worth it. The great variety of different pasta dishes and other Italian specialties are wonderful, as is the friendly service.

Les Alizes Manhattan Center

Bakery, Belgian
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Les Allizes
Les Allizes | Courtesy of Les Allizes
Don’t be fooled by the name, this bakery-meets-snackbar is as Belgian as they come. The breakfast options include pastries, eggs with bacon, and a whole breakfast platter if you’re not eating on the go. Besides breakfast you can also have lunch here, or just drop by to grab a snack. The sandwiches are quite popular in the neighborhood, as are their sweet pastries.

Bien Belge Living Lounge

Brasserie, Beer, European, Belgian, Vegetarian
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A bit more refined than your average brasserie, as is the cooking and presentation of classic Belgian meals, Bien Belge Living Lounge is also a bit more expensive, but the difference is made up in the calm and tasteful environment and beautiful way your dinner is prepared, homely Belgian cuisine in a fancy jacket.

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