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