Fodor's Expert Review La Fleur en Papier Doré
From Magritte to Hergé, this convent-turned-estaminet was once a regular meeting point for Brussels's art elite—photos and doodles (traded for booze) are found everywhere. It went out of business in 2006, only to be rescued by the community regulars that adore it, and little has changed. Its nicotine-yellow walls are still bedecked in all manner of clutter from ages gone by, with antiques (and junk) scattered on almost every surface. The food served is good, honest pub fare, with local favorites, such as ballekes in tomatensaus (meatballs in tomato sauce) and stoempe, pottekeis et bloempanch (cream cheese mash and blood sausage).
Rue des Alexiens 53
Brussels, Brussels Capital 1000, Belgium
- Local icon with a colorful history (literally) writ large across its walls
- Excellent range of beers
- Menu packed with hearty Flemish fare