Brussels is a grand city and what would you expect from the place that is home to the EU, the capital of Belgium and apparently the first place to grow everybody’s favourite tiny cabbages – Brussel sprouts (so legend has it). Sadly though, in my experience, Brussels wasn’t the best city for gluten free friendly restaurants, so make sure you do your homework before you go.
There are plenty of sights to take in on your trip, including the Grand Place (an ornate town square), the Royal Palace and of course the Manneken Pis (a statue of small boy urinating – your guess is as good as mine). All the walking and sightseeing calls for some good gluten free food to replenish your energy levels, so where should you go if you are looking for a good gluten free meal in Brussels?
Top 4 Gluten Free Friendly Cafes & Restaurants in Brussels
1. Toscana 21, Rue de Rollebeek 21, 1000, Brussels. A cute, authentic, Italian restaurant. They serve all the usual Italian menu choices and most pasta dishes can be made with their gluten free pasta. The pasta was delicious, homemade and gluten free, what could be better? The restaurant is tiny, there are seats outside for when the weather is warm but it would be a good idea to book to ensure you aren’t disappointed.
2. Pierre Marcolini, Galerie de la Reine 9, 1000 Brussels. (although there are various other locations around the city). Belgium is famous for it’s chocolate, which is usually a fairly reliable sweet option for coeliacs. It’s hard to find a street that doesn’t have a chocolate shop in Brussels and who’s complaining? Treat yourself! Pierre Marcolini serves chocolates, hot chocolate and macaroons (most of which are gluten free), great place to go for an after dinner gluten free dessert (or afternoon pit stop).
3. Maison Antoine, Place Jourdan 1, Brussels 1040, Belgium. Brussels is well known for it’s frites, or chips/french fries to English speakers, it is actually the birthplace of them for all you fact fans. Stands selling hot cones of chips laden with mayonnaise are frequently found around the city. Coeliacs should have no worries about eating chips from one of the many stalls, as Belgian law supposedly states that chips are not allowed to be cooked in fryers that have been used for other foods (always confirm if you are feeling unsure). Maison Antoine serves freshly cooked and gorgeously crispy chips, a perfect gluten free lunch on the go.
4. Moonfood, Colonies street 58, 1000 Brussels. An affordable raw, vegan and gluten free cafe, nicely decorated inside and everything is gluten free, so loads of choices to pick from. This is one of those places that makes you feel like you’ve done your insides some good after you’ve left, lots of goodness to be found here! I can recommend the gluten free tiramisu cake as it was so delicious, make sure you leave room for a slice!
For after gluten free dinner drinks, head to the Delirium Cafe, located just off Rue De Bouchers (look for the bright pink elephant sign). This is a typical Belgian pub with hundreds and I mean hundreds of beers on offer and that includes gluten free beers! The atmosphere is great, popular with travellers and locals alike.
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