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Discussion in 'travel and world' started by downlikedisco, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. downlikedisco

    downlikedisco New Member

    So I've not been for a few years now. The last time I went was 2008. I'm going in four weeks and staying near the European Parliament.

    Anyone have any suggestions for good, and reasonable priced (cheap) pubs or restaurants? Generally, I have a walk down the small lanes near Grand Place and take advantage of the offers random waiters offer you on their doorstep.

    Im pretty comfortable using the trams and subway, so locations aren't too much of an issue.

  2. Greebo

    Greebo 'scuse me, Mrs May, can I have my country back? R.I.P.

    "Cheap" and "Brussels" aren't two ideas I'd expect to find in the same sentence, but *shrug* you've stayed there (instead of just changed there) more recently than me.
  3. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    Rick's on Avenue Louise was the Eurocrat/well heeled ex-pat hang out when I lived there. Comme Chez Soi just off Ave. Stalingrad is also good.

    I wouldn't bother with any of the tourist tat round the GP.
  4. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    Stay well away from the Rue du Midi (pretty unsavoury)
  5. youngian

    youngian Well-Known Member

    Good places to go for a night out if you are in Brussels are Ghent and Antwerp
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  6. downlikedisco

    downlikedisco New Member

    Thanks for all your tips. I do remember this site being much better for friendly advice when I used
    It six years ago, however...
  7. Pingu

    Pingu Credo

    fnarr fnnnar... nowhere near gar du nord at all then?

    tbh i have only been there on business and for me Brussels is a city that cant make its mind up .. so gave up trying. Its an expensive place to visit IME and ghent is a much much much nicer place (just a few minutes by train).

    my own opinion of briussels is its overpriced and there are far better places to spend your time if you have a choice. I am there 2 or 3 times a month as I am doing some work for NATO and I stay near the grand palace. to date i have not found anywhere decent and cheap to eat/drink so if you do I will grateful if yo can pass the tips on.

    eta ... dave is right btw. at night g d midi is not a good place to look like a tourist.
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  8. Pingu

    Pingu Credo

    oooh i just realised i have told a porky.

    therre was somewhere that was nice and cheap to boot.

    it was a kebab shop on rue des palais which tbh exceeded my expectations somewhat
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  9. Greebo

    Greebo 'scuse me, Mrs May, can I have my country back? R.I.P.

    Dare I ask how low your expectations were? :hmm:
  10. Pingu

    Pingu Credo

    given where this was located .. low. but tbh it actually was a really nice kebab

    it was the time they put me in a hotel right next to the red light district and the choice of food wsa kebab.. kebab or kebab
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  11. Johnny Vodka

    Johnny Vodka The Abominable Scotsman

    I walked about the centre a lot at night and didn't see any bother or shadier characters than you get back home. No pubs or restaurants stood out particularly and Brussels is a pretty small place. If you're there for a few days, you need to try some nearby cities/towns (Bruges, Antwerp, Ghent) so as not to get bored.

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