Food hotspots in Belgium
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.
Caulifornication (former 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.
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.
Antwerp has a food market in the middle of the city center. At a former post office at the Groenplaats you can satisfy all your food cravings. There’s something for everyone and also enough choice for vegetarians. My favorite is Baba Beirut where the sell delicious Middle Eastern food. They sell all the classics like hummus, baba gannoush and Lebanese bread. Their falafel is also really delicious! As you can see on the picture you can order some falafel balls separately or you can get a falafel wrap with salad.
LKKR describes themselves as a sandwich bar, but I recommend them for breakfast. They have so many yummy dishes! They have sweet treats like croissants or cake with goji berries but they also have healthy breakfasts like this homemade granola with nuts. If you’re there in the afternoon you can go for one of their salads (the falafel salad is great) or a nice sandwich. They have 4 vegetarian options including a guacamole sandwich with extra avocado on top!
Jack is a hamburger restaurant that also suits the needs of vegetarians like me. They have no less than 4 vegetarian burgers! Pictured on the left is the ‘Spicy Veggie Jack’, a spicy bean burger served with cheddar cheese. On the right you see the ‘Black Veggie Jack’ with goat cheese, cress and yogurt sauce. The burgers are served on tasty spelt bread and you can order a portion of Jack fries if you’re hungry.
Madam Bakster, Ghent
My favorite place for coffee and cake is Madam Bakster as all her cakes are ‘guilt free’. They don’t use any refined sugars and all their cakes are vegan and wheat free. You can also order a cake on their website and pick it up at one of their pick-up points in Belgium. Pictured above is the cake called ‘Raymond’, it’s a vegan chocolate raspberry cake.
Holy Food Market, Ghent
The indoor food market in Ghent is housed in a 16th century chapel! A very special location to eat your favorite foods! There are all kinds of stands, from Malaysian to ice cream and from oysters to croquettes. The price level is a bit higher than average in Ghent, but you’ll get a very original surrounding with it!
Pain & Compagnie, Ghent
If you’re looking for a nice place for lunch in Ghent you should go to Pain & Compagnie. This bakery has delicious bread, sweets and sandwiches. You can have them to-go, but you can also sit down at one of their tables outside on a lovely square. They have several vegetarian options, I had this one with mozzarella, tomato and pesto!
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.
Kokuban serves authentic Japanese food. Ever since our trip to Japan I’m more critical about which food is actually Japanese as most of the sushi we eat in Europe is very different from Japanese sushi. But at Kokuban they serve dishes as they would serve them in Japan as well. They’re mostly known for their ramen and they also have a good vegetarian ramen.
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!
Lily’s Noodle House, Kortrijk
Lily’s Noodle house has just opened up in the old city of Kortrijk. Here you can enjoy your Asian meal with a view on the Broeltorens. Lily is Vietnamese herself but after her travels in Japan and South-Korea she decided to open up Lily’s Noodle house. On the menu are several vegetarian and vegan dishes. I went for the Soba Noodles with tofu, shiitake mushrooms and Chinese cabbage. But she also has vegetarian ramen and Korean Japchae that you can order vegetarian or vegan.
Click here for all my favorite restaurants in Kortrijk.