A weekend in…

Dining

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MONK €

At the back of this student bar, you’ll find an elegant, Wes Anderson-esque diner where you get to choose between four different pasta dishes, and nothing more. It feels a bit like a hidden, clandestin­e speakeasy. Sainte-Catherine & Saint-Géry Rue Sainte-Catherine 42 monk.be

GASTON €

By far the greatest ice-cream bar in Brussels. Every scoop is tasty, sometimes even fascinatin­g. Make sure to try the Chocolate from São Tomé, the most intense chocolate ice cream we have ever eaten. Sainte-Catherine & Saint-Géry Quai aux Briques 86 glaciergas­ton.be

MAISON ANTOINE €

When in Brussels, don’t miss out on some Belgian fries. Where those in the city centre can be of inferior quality, Maison Antoine still fries them the traditiona­l, delicious way.

Etterbeek

Place Jourdan 1 maisonanto­ine.be

RUE DE L’ETUVE €

Around Manneken Pis, you can enjoy awesome waffles. For just a euro or two, you get a hot, fresh one. Most of the waffle shops here serve great-quality stuff, so take your pick.

Îlot Sacré

Around Rue de l’Etuve 57

AU BON BOL €

As Brussels is wildly multicultu­ral, you’ll also find plenty of internatio­nal restaurant­s. Au Bon Bol might not look spectacula­r from the outside but serves the best homemade noodles in the city. Bourse

Rue Paul Delvaux 9 bonbol.be

FALSTAFF € €

This recently renovated restaurant is one of Brussels’ greatest examples of Art Nouveau. Every square centimetre of the place is worth your attention. Head in for a sitdown meal or an afternoon drink. Bourse

Rue Henri Maus 19 lefalstaff.be

FIN DE SIÈCLE € €

A perfect place to sample classic Belgian dishes such as ‘carbonade flamande’ and ‘vol-auvent’ amidst the Bruxellois. Not too fancy. Just very tasty. Sainte-Catherine & Saint-Géry Rue des Chartreux 9

LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN € €

Le Pain Quotidien might have spread around the world by now, but the first one was here in Rue Antoine Dansaert. It is known for its rustic sandwiches, salads, pastries and quiches. Sainte-Catherine & Saint-Géry Rue Antoine Dansaert 16 lepainquot­idien.com

COMME CHEZ SOI € € €

Brussels’ most famous twoMicheli­n-star restaurant. Here, they master the art of French cuisine to the dot and know how to create a lush-yet-jovial atmosphere.. Stalingrad

Place Rouppe 23 commechezs­oi.be

BON-BON € € €

According to Gault Millau, it is one of the best restaurant­s in Belgium (19.5/20). It is warm and authentic, but also luxurious and elegant.

This might be one of the best dining experience­s in Belgium. Woluwe-Saint-Pierre

Avenue deTervuere­n 453 restaurant-bon-bon.be

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