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Place Jourdan is a classic meeting point in Brussels. Despite its relatively small size, this square gets packed with Eurocrats having lunch during weekdays, Belgian frites aficionados queuing outside Maison Antoine and nearby residents food shopping at Place Jourdan’s Sunday farmers’ market. I have to admit that this is one of my least favourite spots in Brussels. I guess it’s just me, but I find the square a bit depressing and a tad disappointing in terms of dining options. Well, that was until a few months ago, when I discovered 13 Degrees (remember?), a great wine bar that has made me going back for more ever since.

The space is modern yet very cozy with wood and neon lights dominating the walls. Wine is really celebrated here. 13 Degrees offers a wide range of wine varieties from all over the world to choose from and the staff is kind enough to take the time and propose the best flavours according to your taste and preference. But it’s not only about the wine; the food is very good too! I tried their plancha mixte, a generous cheese and ham board, as well as the tartare tartine, a long slice of toasted sourdough bread topped with fresh tartare, parmesan flakes and pine nuts. Not only both dishes complemented perfectly the wine, but they were also great value for money.

I wouldn’t exaggerate if I said that 13 Degrees is one of the best wine bar in Brussels. What I’m currently looking forward to discovering is their thematic evenings where the national holidays of all EU Member States are celebrated. Any ideas which country might be next?

Address: Place Jourdan 49, 1040 Etterbeek, Belgium
Telephone: +32 2 2311006
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