Best Friteries in Brussels


Maison Antoine
This hothouse of frying know-how cooks possibly the best fries in town and possibly Belgium. It is certainly famous enough to have had visits from US presidents and international rock stars as it is claimed that both Bill Clinton and Mick Jagger have enjoyed the selection of sauces and side dishes that go with Antoine’s renowned fries. Perhaps it is such an attraction as you are allowed to eat your expertly wrapped meal at several of the bars that look out on Place Jourdan. Although don’t try this at the local supermarket.

Not far from Maison Antoine only a walk down Rue Gray, in fact, is another famous Brussels eatery. Frit’Flagey is small hut of a building, but a gourmands delight on the recently refurbished Place Flagey and like its neighbouring bars and restaurants is popular throughout the day, standard Belgian friterie hours apply although it is closed on Mondays. Diners can enjoy watching the ducks and other wildfowl plashing about the on nearby lakes or listening to the inner city silver band that plays on most market days, Saturdays and Sundays, before taking around a wander around the market itself.

In the middle of Brussels this late night friterie is well known to those who watch a band at the nearby Anciene Belgique or have enjoyed a beer on the Place St Gery, but others should try its produce as well. Just opposite the Bourse this is a perfect downtown friterie to enjoy before taking a taxi home or can be enjoyed during the day too simply watching the busy passers by.

Other notable friteries in Brussels are Friterie de la Place de la Chapelle, near the Sablon and just across for the Notre Dame church, giving you a fine view of the Goothic style, and the Friterie de la Barriere on the Avenue du Parc in St Gilles and not far from the Chaussee de Waterloo. It is also within walking distance of the rather delightful Parc de Forest.