BRUSSELS Gay Friendly Restaurants 2020

Brussels gastronomy has a long history with deep-rooted traditions, quality produce and bold flavours. Among the many Belgian specialities, three are long-standing favourite taste-sensations, emblematic of Brussels.

Dining in Brussels

Brussels is home to one of the largest international food scenes in Europe with great outdoor dining during the Summer months.

Belgian Food

Belgian waffles? Yes, Belgian Chocolate? Yes. Belgian Beer, of course! This city is a foodies dream come true!

Food and dining in Gay Brussels.

For lunch, head to 
Place Sainte-Catherine – once the city’s fish market, it’s still packed with excellent seafood eateries. For something lighter, Como Como serves tapas from a conveyor belt, sushi-style. Push the boat out at dinner at the luxe Belga Queen.

One of Belgium’s most sought-after chocolatiers is an Australian. Paul Stevenson, who grew 
up in Queensland, is 
the two-time Belgian Chocolate Master. Sample his wares by dropping into his place of work – the Le Saint-Aulaye patisserie.

Chocolate is undoubtedly the best-known and most-exported gourmet product. Neatly arranged in ballotin boxes, pralines (invented in Brussels) are true jewels. World-renowned chocolatiers like Frédéric Blondeel, Godiva, Laurent Gerbaud, Mary, Neuhaus, Pierre Marcolini, Wittamer can be found in the Galeries de la Reine, around the Sablon and elsewhere.… Moreover, several places – such as Belgian Chocolate Village and Choco-Story Brussels – are devoted to the discovery of chocolate. And, finally, the annual Salon du Chocolat/Chocoladesalon (Chocolate Fair) has become a not-to-miss event for chocolate lovers and professional chocolate makers alike.

Beer is the favourite beverage Brussels citizens and its visitors. From casks or bottles, it flows by the gallon. It may be natural or perfumed, simple or sophisticated. Today, several well-known brewers continue to produce in the Region: Brasserie Cantillon, known all over the world; Brasserie de la Senne, the Brussels Beer Project and, most recently, En Stoemelings.  Every year, during Beer Weekend, the Grand-Place and its surrounding area are the scene of tastings of the best of Belgian beer.

Frites stalls, also called friteries, or fritkots in Brussels parlance, fill street corners, squares and fairs with their delicious smell. If there are some stand-out addresses (the friteries on the Place Jourdan, the Place Flagey, the Place de la Chapelle…) the best friterie no doubt will be the one that travellers come across and that tempts their taste buds during their visit to Brussels.

We have found Hotels close to the gay bar with good reviews,

Hotel Amigo,    Grand Place,    Marriott Hotel,    Hotel Agora

  • Crazy outdoor dining?

    Noordzee/Mer Du Nord is a kind of street food stall, almost-deli, somewhat al-fresco restaurant that specialises in small plates of seafood cooked to order and served with fresh bread, side salad and simple glasses of wine. Customers descend upon two counters surrounding the fish shop for hot and cold plates of exceptionally cooked seafood in a casual, convivial setting as diners perch at rounded high tables set up in the small square the shop faces. Busy, but highly recommended by both locals and visitors.

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Our recommended restaurants in BRUSSELS

Our editors have spent the past year researching the best places to eat! Here are our recommendations.

Brasserie Taverne du Passage restaurant Brussels

Brasserie Taverne du Passage

La Taverne du Passage is decorated in an art deco style, located in the heart of the elegant Galeries royales Saint-Hubert
Chez Léon restaurant Brussels

Chez Léon

In the 17th century, “moules” were still known as “mouscles”, hence the name of the classic dish “mouclade”.
Maison Antoine restaurant Brussels

Maison Antoine

They may be known as “French Fries”, but it’s widely held that it was in fact Belgium who invented our deep-fried finger-licking friends.
Los churros restaurant Brussels

Los churros

Los Churros is the best place to go for a Belgian waffle, or a gaufre as they’re locally known!
Bia Mara restaurant Brussels

Bia Mara

Bia Mara have transformed the simple Fish and Chips to new levels by using the freshest fish available and coating it in flavors

Map of BRUSSELS Gay Friendly Restaurants

Our restaurant recommendations are dotted all around the city and are worth the journey.


Recommended Hotels in Brussels

Most of Brussels’ gay life centres around the Rue du Marché au Charbon (or Kolenmarkt – Brussels and its street names are bilingual: French and Flemish). We have chosen hotels within easy walking distance of the gay scene.

Forte Hotel Amigo
5 Star Luxury Option

Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo

Elegant rooms with designer features, on the corner of Grand Place with an award-winning restaurant in a picturesque historic setting.

Brussels – Grand Place
5 Star Readers Choice

Warwick Brussels

2-minute walk from the Grand-Place and Brussels Central Station. It features free access to the fitness centre and sauna and close to the bars.

Hotel Grand Place
4 Star Perfect Location

Hotel Grand Place

The Brussels Marriott Hotel is only 50 m from Bourse Metro Station. Rue Neuve shopping street can be found 850 m from the hotel.

Hotel Agora Brussels
3 Star Beautiful interior

Hotel Agora Brussels

Opening in April 2016, Hotel Agora Brussels Grand Placer is housed in a historical Brussels building dating from 1696

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