Food: Secret Brussels by Lucie Van Damme

Since we love her timeless style and offbeat restaurant tips, we asked entrepreneur Lucie Van Damme to share her secret spots in Brussels with us. An excursion into Belgian territory to save asap on Google Maps for your next escapade.

Cover photo: Rafael Deprost (@RafaelDeprost on Instagram)


How would you describe Brussels to people who have never been there?

Lucie Van Damme: It’s a city that has it all! All sorts of architecture, cultures and styles. And, obviously, restaurants. At first glance, some people may think it’s not the most exciting city in the world, but there is so much going on here. In fact, it’s one of the cities with the most restaurants in Europe. I love to discover them… and share them.



A café: Café Kami

Photo: on Instagram

“Right at the heart of the (hip) Saint-Gilles neighbourhood, Café Kami serves delicious coffee and some yummy treats to go.”

Café Kami
Chau. de Waterloo 355
1060 Saint-Gilles


A hybrid fine food shop: Le Petit Mercado

Photo: @LePetitMercadoBxl on Instagram

“It’s a fine food shop, but also a living space. You can find everything here: from high-quality canned food to seasonal veggies. And their daily special is always delicious.”

Le Petit Mercado Bruxelles
Rue de l’Hôtel des Monnaies 82
1060 Saint-Gilles


A wine bar: Palette Wine Bar

Photo: @palette.winebar on Instagram

“In addition to their super selection of bottles, they also have yummy seasonal sharing dishes in the evening.”

Palette Wine Bar
Rue des Alexiens 73
1000 Brussels


A speakeasy: Jalousy Club

Photo: @ElsaFralon on Instagram

“This secret cocktail bar transforms into a club at nightfall. Perfect for an evening out with friends or to go dancing.”

Jalousy Club
Rue Haute 4
1000 Brussels


A store: American Vintage Brussels

“It’s funny, but I worked as a sales assistant in the first store that sold American Vintage pieces in Brussels more than 10 years ago. I’ve always loved the brand and I still go there today quite often!”

Boutique American Vintage
Rue Antoine Dansaert 32
1000 Brussels

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