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Anyone who lives in Brussels or has visited the city has probably been to the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, the beautiful shopping arcade that’s amongst the oldest in Europe. Apart from the imposing architecture, I also find it a really special place as it houses some of my favourite spots in town, like MeertTropismes Libraires and as of late, the Comptoir des Galeries. 

Between the busy shops and groups of people admiring the arcades, there’s a little oasis of calmness and great design. Upon entering you’ll find a small wine bar where you can have a light bite and enjoy natural wines while tucked in the back, there’s a more formal dining room that stretches all the way to the Rue des Bouchers. The space is bright with lots of natural light, tastefully decorated and has a cute little patio for those perfect warm days in Brussels. What stands out is the enormous press, reminiscent of the old function of the building as a lithography shop.

Now about the real star: the food! I was lucky enough to visit Comptoir des Galeries with a bunch of fellow bloggers, so we got to try a little bit of everything, starting with ham and cheese boards, open sandwiches and wine before moving to the restaurant for dinner. One by one our dishes were served by the kind staff and I couldn’t help but notice the high quality of the ingredients. The shrimp croquettes, the slow cooked lamb with pappardelle, tomato sauce and olives as well as the Iberian pork were pea mousseline, bacon, glazed carrots and Liège syrup were my favourite of the lot and come highly recommended!

Whether you’re looking for a nice place for a glass of wine or a sophisticated yet relaxed meal in the centre of Brussels, the Comptoir des Galeries is a great place. It’s by no means cheap but definitely worth it. 

Address: Galerie du Roi 6, 1000 Brussels, Belgium 
Telephone: +32 2 2137474
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Sandy (@smarksthespots)