These days more people know Leopold Quarter under the European Quarter name. It’s due to many European institutions located in this area. This area is quite busy and lively during the weekdays and little quieter during the weekends. Since all the EU institution and proximity to the city center, you’ll meet and hear many languages here.
I consider Place Jourdan as a part of Leopold Quarter, even though the map says differently. We come here often since it’s in walkable distance from our place. It’s also more lively and city-like than our more residential neighborhood. We have many favorite restaurants and cafes here and even in not so beautiful weather we like to go for a Sunday morning walk which ends with a cup of coffee from one of our favorite cafes.
This area has everything, a little bit of greenery and peace in Park Leopold, trendy cafes, and restaurants, Sunday market, museums and it’s close to the real heart of the Brussels.
Things you can see and do here
- Stroll around the Sunday market at Place Jourdan, where you can buy artisanal bread, cheese, fresh produce as well as clothes, coffee, and freshly cooked street food.
- Feed ducks, geese, and swans on the lake in Park Leopold, their year-round residence.
- If the weather permits have a picnic in Park Leopold. In really nice weather it might be difficult to find a nice spot on the grass.
- Get Belgian fires in a typical friterie Maison Antoine. Currently, the third generation of the founder of this kiosk is serving what is often described as “the best fries in the world”. It’s definitely worth a try!
- Visit Parlamentarium, an interesting interactive museum about the history of the European Union and member states. Admission is free of charge.
- Take a picture in front of European Parliament or European Commission headquarters at Shuman square.
- Visit Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium or Royal Belgian Institute of Natural sciences.
Eats & drinks
- One of our favorite places, Living room, is located just next to the Park Leopold, on Jean Rey square. Go and buy yourself cookie caramelia, you can thank me later ;).
- Paul, a French bakery that you couldn’t just pass by. Try at least typical croissant or pain du chocolate.
- Tasty is a tiny bistro located in Clinique du Parc Léopold. They have a nice selection of teas and snacks.
- Another favorite of ours, Or Espresso Bar. Their café latte is amazing, smooth, full in taste and with milk foam you would dream about (at least I do ;)).
- If you like burgers you should try the Ellis Burger. Belgian brand on the mission to create honest burgers, made with high-quality ingredients. We tried many burgers from their menu already and were never disappointed.
- Old fashioned Belgian friterie, Maison Antoine, was established almost 70 years ago. Due to its proximity to European institutions, many EU representatives have been spotted queueing for their cone of fries here.
- Le Grand Central, rather new bar/restaurant at Jean Rey square, serves everything from breakfast and brunch to barbeque specialties. We have yet to check their terrace.
Map of the area
Neighborhoods near by
Parc du Cinquantenaire
Place Eugène Flagey