Belgium is a relatively small country in between France and the Netherlands. I feel lucky as a Dutch person, to live so close to Belgium. The people are friendly and, also important, they’ve got delicious chocolate!
On this page I’m sharing my favorite vegetarian friendly food spots in Belgium with you.
Greenway, several locations
Greenway is a vegetarian (take-away) restaurant with 4 locations in Belgium. You can find them in Antwerp, Gent, Leuven and the Brussels South/Midi train station. Their mission is to show people how delicious vegetarian food can be. Pretty similar to my mission I would say! On their menu they’ve listed which dishes are vegan and/or gluten free. They’ve got several pasta’s and burgers; all vegetarian. This vegan yogurt with granola is perfect for your breakfast-to-go.
Ellis Gourmet Burger, several locations
Ellis Gourmet Burger opened their first restaurant in Belgium and now has several restaurants in both Belgium and the Netherlands. You can find them in 9 cities including Antwerp, Leuven, Brussel and Brugge.
They have 2 vegetarian burgers on their menu; one with portobello and goat cheese and the Crazy Red Veggie. I went for the latter. It’s a red pepper and soy burger with baby spinach leaves, rocket, pecan nuts and lime mayonnaise. It’s served on a nice toasted bun.
Divers is the perfect spot for smoothie lovers! They mainly serve smoothies and smoothie bowls. Everything is available for take-away, but you might want to sit down at this light, tranquil space. All their juices are vegan and gluten free and have no added sugar. Just like their smoothie bowls. As a matter of fact, everything on their menu is vegan and gluten free. Pictured above is their acai bowl, it’s acai mixed with banana, strawberry and coconut milk. Topped with homemade granola, banana, chia seeds and cocos flakes.
Eten vol Leven, Antwerp
Eten vol leven (food full of life) is a small vegan restaurant in Antwerp. Everything on their menu is organic, gluten free and raw. They’re open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and have vegan, gluten free dinners on Friday nights.
Eten vol leven serves gluten free wraps, healthy salads, pasta dishes, soups, juices and sugar free ‘cheesecakes’. Pictured is a gluten free wrap with vegan leek-walnut pesto and vegetables.
Wild Project, Antwerp
Wild Project is a cosy vegetarian and vegan bistro in Antwerp. They’re open for lunch and dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. And on Wednesday and Sunday they’re open for lunch. They have a fixed menu for breakfast and lunch, the dinner menu changes regularly following the seasons. They collaborate with several local shops and suppliers. Wild Project has everything you could want for brunch like french toast, pancakes and avocado toast. For lunch they have several sandwiches like a crunchy tofu sandwich and a hummus eggplant sandwich. They also have several gluten free options like the millet with dates, apple and pumpkin puree pictured above.
Brasserie Flo, Antwerp
Brasserie Flo is the restaurant of the Hilton Hotel in Antwerp. It’s the perfect choice if you want to have a more fancy dinner in Antwerp. They have nice seats near the window with views of the Groenplaats square. Their main focus is fresh fish, but luckily they also have delicious vegetarian options. I had this starter with black quinoa, cured vegetables and pomegranate seeds for example. And as a main dish they have a delicious vegetarian ravioli with ricotta and artichoke. Want to spoil yourself some more? Book a room at the Hilton Hotel and enjoy what might be the best breakfast buffet in Antwerp the next morning.
There’s also a Brasserie Flo in Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Maastricht.
As the name suggests, this Brussels restaurant wants to bring the taste of New York burgers to Belgium. All their burgers names have a reference to the Big Apple like the ‘Gotham burger’ or the ’empire cheeseburger’. It can get quite busy in this small restaurant, but the burgers are great. I went for the veggie burger, as always. This ‘Brooklyn Veggie Burger’ is served with grilled aubergine and salsa verde. You can skip the cheddar if you’re not a fan (like me). They’ve got two locations, one on the Avenue Louise and one in the city centre in front of the old stock exchange building.
Charlies is a cosy coffee bar and lunchroom in Antwerp owned by a young woman called Charlotte. I had this delicious gluten free chocolate cake here, but most people come here for the extensive coffee, tea and hot chocolate menu. Charlies has no less than 8 different hot chocolates! They also have breakfast and lunch and everything is available in gluten free version! Every day they have different cakes, you can check the menu or the display!