‘T Keldkerke: A seat on Brussels’ Grand Place


You have friends coming through to Brussels and you want to treat them to dinner on the Grand Place, but it can get very pricey. There‘s one place at the top end of the square that offers an affordable meal in a unique environment. It’s called ‘t Kelderke, the Little Cellar.

You go downstairs and are immediately struck by the warm brick environment of this 17th century cellar. It manages to be airy and cosy at the same time. As you sit down, you can hear the conversation resonating gently off those red and yellow bricks which form a vaulted roof that runs the length of the place.

Food-wise at ‘t Kelderke, there’s lots of Belgian fare, including a  generous steaming pot of mussels, stoemp, waterzooi, , carbonnades, cheese fondues and ‘Bloedpens à la Bruxelloise’ (a large blood sausage). The service is attentive, and, wherever you sit, you can hear the pleasant clatter of the kitchen and the chatting of the chefs as they prepare your meal. Not into cellars? Then,  now summer is with us,  book a table on the terrace with a wonderful view of the entire square – one of the best seats in town.