Belgium may be famous for its chocolate, beers and waffles, but you may be surprised to learn that it is also enjoying a boom in its vegan and vegetarian food scene. With this burst of diversity we rounded up our best picks for vegetarian eating options in the city.
More than just a vegetarian restaurant, CHYL is also a bio and beauty store located in the heart of the city. With its ambition to change our lifestyle in a soft but revolutionary way, CHYL Shop offers a wide range of fresh and dry goods (to buy in bulk with sustainable packaging options) and also cosmetics and food supplements. The CHYL Café is the perfect spot to enjoy fresh and healthy dishes with plenty of options for gluten or lactose intolerant customers. The elegant bohemian aesthetic and the green terrace for sunny afternoons will make you feel fantastic.
CHYL, 62 rue de Belle-Vue, Brussels, Belgium + 32 (0) 2 648 34 76
Located near Central Station, Moonfood caters to all raw food, vegan and vegetarian lovers with its delicious food to enjoy on the premises or to take away. For about 10 euros, you can enjoy refreshing and healthy eating without ending up broke. The green wrap is to die for and the dessert menu is also worth a try. The interior is bright and serene, confirming the joint’s intention to be a gourmet fast food restaurant. Its central location makes it perfect for a post-lunch stroll in the Parc Royal.
Moonfood, 58 rue des Colonies, Brussels, Belgium, + 32 (0) 2 303 43 32
Probably among the first vegetarian restaurants in Brussels, Shanti is a real treat for the eyes and the mouth. The restaurant serves fish dishes alongside a variety of vegetarian options. The lunch menu is original and diverse with fresh produce at an affordable price. The dinner menu is definitely more rich and offers an authentic journey around the world.
Shanti, 68 avenue Adolphe Buyl, Brussels, Belgium, + 32 02 649 40 96
Are you on the lookout for a healthy lunch break? Head to Ami; the owner took on the challenge of making vegetarian food appealing to meat lovers and therefore serves delicious vegan burgers, soups and sandwiches made with love and local fresh products. The dessert options are appealing and even feature Bake’s tasty carrot cake. Perfect for a healthy lunch on-the-go.
Ami, 13 rue Lesbroussart, Brussels, Belgium, + 32 02 646 88 41
A green oasis in Gallerie Horta in Brussels South train station (Gare du Midi), Green Way is a great spot to recharge before hopping on a train. Though technically more an express kiosk than a restaurant, this cute fast food joint offers various breakfast options as well as burgers, wraps, pasta and salads. The kebab wrap is particularly recommended, but the burgers will definitely satisfy any hungry customer.
Green Way Brussels Midi, 16 avenue Fonsny (hall parallel to Square Victor Horta), Brussels, Belgium, + 32 02 544 14 69