The capital of Belgium is the city of Brussels, completely surrounded by the Dutch speaking province of Flanders and oftentimes considered the capital of the European Union. The area sits at the crossroads of culture, namely the Germanic of the north and the Romance culture to the south. In so many words, Brussels is an archetypal “melting pot” of sorts, but it still retains its own unique character. Aside from the architecture, culture, and history of the city, there is much to be said about the Dutch cuisine.
Photo by moria
However, one menu faire that oftentimes goes overlooked or is not considered is the Vegan or vegetarian cuisine which can be experienced in the city as well. The following is a listing of Vegan/vegetarian establishments that you should experience if you visit the city and are looking for a healthier alternative to the standard restaurant faire. Here are our choices for the best veggie restaurants in Brussels.
Den Teepot – all vegan restaurant with a menu that changes daily along with alternating sides and soups. Additionally, the basement below the restaurant sells health foods as well as vegan and vegetarian-friendly foods.
La Saga – offers an organic and vegan menu as well as beers and wines. The desserts are excellent as well and you will find an organic food store adjacent to the restaurant.
Dolma – Lacto, Ovo, Vegan-friendly buffet style restaurant. There is a bar and health food store along with the restaurant. There is an adjoining bar as well. Ovo-Lacto dishes are the primary menu entrées but there are a few raw options that are Vegan or vegetarian. Be aware that reservations are required.
La Tsampa – located in the rear of a health food shop, this small restaurant is typical of the “hole-in-the-wall” restaurant that is a hidden treasure. The downside is that the restaurant is only open from noon to 7:30 pm Mondays through Fridays but closed on the weekends.
Mr. Falafel – a snack shop that serves falafel and features a salad bar where you can fill it with fresh vegetables. The shop is open from noon to midnight 7 days a week.
Ozfair – this friendly establishment offers an organic, Lacto, and vegan-friendly menu but also serves beer and wine. They deliver and have a take-out menu as well. Eggs and milk are used in some dishes. You can take advantage of their outdoor seating when the weather cooperates and they sell non-food items. This is one of the few veggie restaurants that accept credit cards.
Slurps – international Lacto, organic, and Vegan-friendly menu that includes beer and wine. The international cuisine is mostly Indian but they also serve Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, and Tibetan cuisine. Reservations are required and there is an organic food and wine store adjacent to the restaurant.
Hotels in Brussels
Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre
Average Price: €51
Average Rating: 7.6
Hotel Astrid Centre
Average Price: €43
Average Rating: 7.7
Hotel Van Belle
Average Price: €48
Average Rating: 7.2