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brussels on a budget

Dear all out there, is there a chance of any budget tips (as in eats and drinks) mid-week break in brussels,3 nights.We are on a wed to fri night package, room only.Central Brussels. Any help would be a god send. Am I beeing the tiniest bit niave here?

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1. Re: brussels on a budget

Best budget tip would usually be to get out of the centre, but when people have limited time this can be difficult. All depends on what you want to do (and eat), but it isn't necessary to spend a fortune on food if you keep away from smart restaurants. There is a row of pitta places in rue du Marché aux Fromages (known as "pitta street", for example, and there are some very reasonable places down rue de Flandre: take the street to the right of the McDonalds opposite the Bourse, keep going, straight across at the traffic lights - this is rue Ste. Catherine, a little "Asia town" with an all-you-can-eat spare ribs place, the Amadéo, on the left a bit more than halfway down - and continue across Pl. Ste. Catherine into rue de Flandre. There are some expensive places here, but also a pancake place and a cheap Italian. Restaurants are required to display their menu outside so you shouldn't have any nasty surprises - unless perhaps you eat in the "Ilôt Sacré" (rue des Bouchers, petite rue des Bouchers..), which is known for fleecing tourists.

There are also chains like Exki, opposite Inno in rue Neuve, indeed Inno itself has a self-service restaurant (not brilliant, but not expensive either) and there is a food hall in the basement of City 2, the shopping mall at the Rogier end of rue Neuve. For drinking, if all you want is a Stella, step into one of the nondescript tavernes e.g. the one in De Brouckère metro station, rather than the picturesque places frequented by tourists.

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Thanks gaminari for the advice. On the subject of Beer, Stella is about the last thing I want to drink while on our short break, the question is where do you recommend? We are staying at Le Plaza and the bars I`d like to try are a la Becasse,Le Corbeau and the Poechenellekelder (puppets and beer what a combination!)

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3. Re: brussels on a budget

hi, Brussels offers a wide range of B&Bs, hostels, apartments for rent and lodges.http://www.halldis.com/city/bruxelles/128

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4. Re: brussels on a budget

in terms of the bar choice i wouldnt really bother with le corbeau, la becasse is at best a maybe but you wouldnt hang around long

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5. Re: brussels on a budget

For sheer variety you can't beat Delirium Cafe - 2,000 beers from all round the world:

http://www.deliriumcafe.be/

It is a bit lacking in atmosphere though.

If you want traditional atmosphere (with a reduced range of beers) try A La Becasse, L'Imaige de Nostre Dame, Bon Vieux Temps or Mort Subite.

Two other good places with a vast range of beers - Bier Circus and Chez Moeder Lambic up in St-Gilles which is about 15 minutes by tram from the Bourse.

BTW the new Good Beer Guide to Belgium is out on 3 June...

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Dear ReuzeEmma I`ve been back a week now from a fab trip to Brussels.Visited a la Becasse, L`aimage and Aux vieux bonne temps,Toone and Le Corbeau. Le Corbeau was OK where the others were terrific. Missed out on Morte Subite not to worry we`ll visit next time!

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