Brussels, the Belgian capital, is often overlooked as a European vacation destination, in favour of more fashionable capitals like Paris or Rome. While we agree that Brussels is mostly distinguished as Europe’s business power-house (both NATO and the EU have their headquarters here), this does not mean one should only visit in order to advance one’s political or diplomatic career.
We think it’s about time this destination-discrimination come to a halt! Brussels is a great city to visit and is the ideal destination for those who appreciate outstanding architecture, modern art and scrumptious cuisine. Of course, Brussels is also home to some of the most delicious chocolate in the world. Bet you had forgotten about that! Brussels is also where you can savour the most delicious moules frites in the whole country.
Belgium’s national dish is a delectable combination of crispy golden French fries, served alongside a steaming bowl of super-fresh mussels cooked in a delicious broth. Book your next vacation rental in Brussels, and come taste for yourself just how appetizing this European Capital can be. For the best moules frites in town, we suggest you visit one, or all, of our favourite eateries.
Chez Léon, 18 Rue des Bouchers
Do not let Léon’s appearance fool you into thinking this is a sub-standard touristy joint. Yes, it is rather large, and yes it is full of tourists. We also agree that the menus have a kind of take-away-pub-grub look to them; but let us guarantee that all you’ll savour here are possibly the best moules frites in Belgium.
Their moules recipes, which have also been exported to France, draw in the crowds like no place else. Can’t really blame the owners for wanting to exploit their reputation! Besides, this place has been operating for well over a century; they certainly know what they’re cooking. Around 25Euros will buy you a serve of mussels and as many fries as you can possibly eat; now that’s a bargain in any language. Book a table and you get to skip the long queues.
Aux Armes de Bruxelles, 13 Rue des Bouchers
Another crowd pleaser is the Aux Armes de Bruxelles, a rather elegant restaurant spread out over two floors. The ground floor brasserie enjoys a much more casual feel, while the finer dining setting of the second floor is a little quieter. The services, and mussels, are second to none; we highly recommend ordering the mussels cooked in a white wine & provençales sauce, it’s a bread dipper’s dream.
Restaurant Vincent, 9-10 Rue des Dominicains
It seems that Monsieur Vincent is out to conquer the world, one delicious mussel at a time. His namesake restaurant is casual, relaxed, yet still brimming with professionalism. This is the place you come to, to try raw mussels, which are usually savoured with only a hint of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Utterly fresh, and incredibly addictive, the mussels at Vincent’s come in half a dozen different serving styles, so choose one and dig in!