La Grand-Place (Grote Markt) is the epicentre for visitors to Brussels, a giant market square bordered by an impressive collection of ornate Flemish baroque buildings. A number of these former guildhouses have re-purposed their ground-level space into restaurants offering Belgian cuisine. The al fresco dining areas of these restaurants offer the best vantage points for people-watching, and the dine amidst the gilded facades of Brussels’ historical heart.
One of these restaurants is La Chaloupe d’Or. It’s very touristy, but it’s rather fun. Culinary-wise, don’t expect anything beyond the local favourites sought after by visitors to Brussels.
What we had:
Salade de chèvre chaud (Salad with goat’s cheese on toast)
Carbonnade de boeuf à la flamande/Vlaamse karbonaden met rundwagen (Flemish-style beef stew)
The food tasted good to us, but our Belgian colleagues/friends insisted that these La Grand-Place places are only good for drinks whilst we soak in the atmosphere. Oh well.
La Chaloupe d’Or
Grote Markt 24
Tel: +32 2 274 23 32
Opening hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm for meals, daily.
Bar open from 11am-11pm daily.