Accommodations can be difficult to find in Brussels, especially on weekends and in June and July. In general, accommodations are well-kept and centrally located. If a hotel or hostel is booked, the staff will usually call other establishments on behalf of prospective guests.

Sleep Well, 23 r. du Damier (218 50 50;, near Gare du Nord. M: Rogier. Nice, newly refurbished rooms and a grand lobby. Breakfast included. Internet 2 per 30min. Lockout llam-3pm. Dorms 14-19; singles 26; doubles 41; triples 60. Reduced price after 1st night. 5% ISIC discount.

Centre Vincent Van Gogh-CHAB, 8 r. Traversiere ( 217 01 58; M: Botanique. Exit on r. Royale, head right and turn right onto Chausee d’Haecht which becomes r. Traversiere. Newly renovated clean rooms, chic lobby. Breakfast included. Sheets 3.60. Laundry 4.50. Internet access. Reception daily 7:30am-2am. Under-35 only. Dorms 12-14; singles 22; doubles 32. 0

Auberge de Jeunesse “Jacques Brel” (HI), 30 r. de la Sablonniere (218 01 87), on pi. des Barricades. M: Botanique. Follow r. Royale, with the botanical gardens to your right, and take the 1st left onto r. de la Sablonniere. Clean, spacious rooms. Breakfast included. Sheets 3.25. Reception daily 8am-lam. HI members only. Dorms 13; sin gles 23; doubles 35; triples 44.

Hotel Des Eperonniers, 1 r. des Eperonniers ( 513 53 66). Great location close to Grand Place. Well-kept rooms. Breakfast 3.75. Reception daily 7am-midnight. Singles 40-55; doubles 47-70.

Hotel Pacific, 57 r. Antoine Dansaert (511 84 59). M: Bourse. Basic rooms in an excellent location. Breakfast included. Reception daily 7am-midnight. Singles 35; doubles 55; triples 75.

Jeugdherberg Bruegel (HI), 2 r. de St-Esprit ( 511 04 36; Near pi. de la Chappelle. Breakfast and sheets included. Reception daily 7am-lam. Lockout 10am-2pm. Curfew lam. Dorms 13; singles 23; doubles 36; quads 60. Nonmembers add 2.50.

Inexpensive restaurants cluster around Grand Place, and Rue du Marche aux Fromages, to the south of Grand Place, offers cheap Middle Eastern food. Shellfish, paella, and other seafood are served up on Rue des Bouchers, a sight of its own at night with narrow streets and sparkling lights. Cheaper sea food can be found at the small restaurants on Qua! aux Briques, in the Ste-Catherine area behind pi. St- Gery. Belgaufra peddles waffles from nearly every streetcomer, and Panos offers quick and tasty sand wiches across the city. The giant AD Delhaize super market is on the corner of bd. Anspach and r. du Marche aux Polets. (M: Bourse. Open M-Th, Sa 9am-9pm, F 9am-4pm, Su 9am-6pm.)

Chez Leon, 18 r. des Bouchers. Serving seafood and other local dishes for over a century. Moules frites 13-22. Open daily noon-llpm.

Maison Antoine, 1 pi. Jourdan. M: Schuman. From the rotary, walk down r. Froissart; it’s the brown kiosk in the middle of pi. Jourdan. The best frites in town. Also offers tasty sandwiches and fried kebabs. Cones of frites (1.60-1.80) with a huge selection of sauces (0.50 each). Open Su-Th ll:30am-lam, F-Sa ll:30am-2am. O

Le Perroquet, 31 r. Watteau. Sit down for lunch, an afternoon beer, or a late-night pastry. Selection of salads and delicious pitas from 5. Open daily 10:30am-lam.

Hemispheres, 65 r. de I’Ecuyer. Delicious Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine. Vegetarian meals 7-10. Open M-F noon-3pm and 6:30-10:30pm, Sa 6:30pm-midnight. Zebra, 33-35 pi. St-Gery. Although known for its drinks, this chic, centrally located cafe also serves light, tasty sandwiches and pastas (2-5). Open daily lOam-lam.

Bonsoir Clara, r. A. Dansaert 22-26. Pricey French cui sine (entrees 13-16) served amid enchanting multi colored glass panels. Open M-F noon-2:30pm and 7- 11:30pm; Sa-Su 7-ll:30pm.

Arcadi Cafe, lb r. d’Arenberg. Huge selection of quiches, sandwiches, and pastries (3-6). Lots of veg etarian choices. Open daily 7:30am-llpm.


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