I asked an office colleague, who’s familiar with Brussels, if he knew where I could eat cheaply there. He said everything’s expensive in the Belgian city.
Well not all, based on what I found out recently.
For example, Hostelworld’s free Brussels guide included several places where meals won’t break your wallet:
Le Pain Quotidien, Rue Antoine Dansaert 16
Located just minutes from the Grand Place, Le Pain Quotidien is arguably the nicest place for breakfast in the city. Choose from combo meals made up of croissants, tea and orange juice for €3.50 or simply sip on a coffee and nibble on a croissant for less. Open daily from 8am-6pm.
Bar Sabir, Rue de Flandre 12
Bar Sabir is one of the coolest little eateries in the Belgian capital. Found deep in the heart of the St Catherine district, you can turn up in the afternoon for a steaming bowl of hearty soup or pop round after dark when you have two main courses to choose from, each costing around €10. Open 12pm-3pm Mon-Wed, Thurs & Fri 12pm-3pm and 6pm-10pm.
Funny Lunch, Rue de la Régence 59
Easily found due to its bright green and yellow front, Funny Lunch makes for the perfect pit-stop at lunchtime after visiting Palais du Justice. Sandwiches, baguettes and paninis start from as little as €2 or you can treat yourself to some pasta for €5. Open daily from 6am-4pm.
Chez Leon, Rue des Bouchers 18
Dating back to 1893, Chez Leon is the best place to sample Belgium’s national dish ‘mussels and fries’. Located on the colourful Rue de Bouchers, try the ‘Formule Leon’ for €13.50 which comprises of a rather large dish of steaming mussels and chunky, home-cut fries. Open Sun-Thurs 11.30am-11pm, Fri & Sat 11.30am-11.30pm.
Dotted throughout the city centre are waffle stands that dish out hundreds of Belgian waffles to ravenous tourists every day. Extremely sweet but equally tasty, they cost approximately €1.50 on their own. Decide you want them smothered in syrup or any other topping and they’ll cost a bit more, but it’s worth it for the few extra cent.
Then, just now I learned about EXKi. Menu items range from 1.20 euros to 6.95 euros. That’s really cheap!