With a huge Southern-style food market and a good smattering of multifaceted restaurants, foodies are at last finding their way to the Brussels’ Canal area. Here’s our favorite places to visit in this up and coming neighborhood.
The ideal spot to start a cultural outing is at Kaaicafé at the Kaai Theater, where you can find a small but diverse menu. There’s Belgian comfort food like stoemp to heat up cold winter days and healthy salads do the trick during the summer. Special attention goes to all of the ingredients being responsibly sourced. Once your belly has been filled, enjoy a matinee at the adjoining theater.
Kaaicafé, Square Sainctelette 18, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 427 87 72
A bar, brewery and music venue all in one, Walvis is the creation of café guru Frédéric Nicolay. One of the first hip places to usher in a new era for the neighborhood over a decade ago, Walvis is known for bringing together a diverse Brussels crowd around its exceptionally long counter. A recent revamp inspired a simple menu to enjoy on the sunlit terrace, though the selection of Belgian beers and weekend DJ sets remain the famous café’s biggest assets.