Inextricably associated with the European Union and straight-laced eurocrats, the European Quarter in Brussels is nevertheless full of culinary surprises (and indeed, this is a neighborhood with much more to do and see than most people imagine). From authentic Taiwanese to mouthwatering burgers, check out our top picks below.
The recipe to Karsmakers’ success lies in its simplicity as it serves only the golden trinity of coffee, cakes and bagels. Karsmakers ensures that these are all prepared to perfection, and their enduring popularity is a testament to this.
Address: 20 Rue des Trèves, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 502 02 26
This is the go to place in the neighborhood for your ramen noodle fix. Originally located in Place Flagey, Kokuban recently opened another outpost in the European Quarter to the benefit of all. The noodle soups are just as delicious as ever, and with less crowds, it really is a win-win situation.
Address: Place Jean Rey, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 720 00 77
Serving flame-grilled burgers made from organic, local meat alongside homemade fries, Cool Bun is definitely doing things right. The wine cellars are also plentiful, and the staff takes pains to match your burger up with the perfect wine combination.
Address: 168 Rue Stevin, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 230 52 11
Located on the Place Jourdan, Maison Antoine is another of Brussels’ very famous frietkoten. Opened in 1948, and still run by the same family, Maison Antoine beat Frit Flagey and hundreds of others to win the coveted first place in the fritomètre contest, in which the Belgian public votes for their favorite frietkot in the country.
Address: 1 Place Jourdan, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 230 54 56