10 places to eat a healthy and quick meal in Brussels

Do you want to take advantage of the start of the school year to (re) adopt good habits and replace fatty burgers, fries and tacos with healthier dishes? Salad bars, light sandwiches and veggie dishes: 10 places to try in the capital for a healthy and lightning-fast lunch.

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By Lefty

Who said that a lunch in the city center was always synonymous with fast food? Located at the foot of Mont des Arts, this address invites you to compose your own salad. Breaded chicken cutlet, grilled zucchini, pasta salad or roasted sweet potatoes: its tempting counter changes every day, according to the manager’s wishes and the seasons. Here, everything is fresh and homemade, and you can taste it!

The address? Place de l’Albertine 5, 1000 Brussels

The Kanaal Lighthouse

If you are looking for a healthy, sustainable lunch prepared from local and seasonal ingredients, the Phare du Kanaal will more than meet your expectations. You can order salads, light dishes, sandwiches and generous soups to eat in or take away. The menu changes every day, to the delight of its regulars.

The address? Quai des Charbonnages 40, 1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean


This catering counter only available in take-away offers you to take away pretty healthy dishes inspired by Mediterranean gastronomy. Fill up on colors, flavors and spices: Olivia, the owner of the place is a big fan of Yotam Ottolenghi’s cuisine.

The address? Rue Van Elewyck 51, 1050 Ixelles


Located in the European district, this address is inspired by New York salad bars. At the counter, you will find about forty ingredients to combine according to your wishes to create the salad of your dreams. First select your base – iceberg, pasta, wheat salad… – choose your favorite ingredients and finish with your favorite sauce. Simple, fast and effective ! To avoid queues, you can pre-order via their website.

The address? Rue de l’Industrie 4, 1000 Brussels

Kool Cabbage

A warm family counter where you will find good healthy dishes (savory pies, soups or even mixed dishes) made from organic, local and seasonal vegetables. Best of all, their products come from sustainable suppliers. You can eat there, in a cozy room decorated with wooden accents, or order take-out. The welcome is just like their room: extremely warm!

The address? Rue de l’Hôtel des Monnaies 168, 1060 Saint-Gilles


With a counter set up in the heart of the Gare du Midi (and two other addresses in the Luxembourg and Louise districts), Super Bowl is the favorite address for dazed travelers who have left their lunch in their fridge! Choose your base and add all the toppings you want. On the protein side, you will have the choice between grilled chicken, gravlax salmon or even falafel. For smaller appetites, the establishment also offers wraps.

The address? Gare du midi, rue du Luxembourg 16a and Avenue Louise 294

The Botanist

Behind its pharmacy-style look hides a trendy vegan canteen. On the menu, hearty bowls, veggie mezzes and original soups. You don’t have to be vegan to appreciate their colourful, sustainable, nutritious and healthy cuisine. Building on its success, this chain has two addresses in Brussels as well as counters in Ghent and New York.

The address? Rue du Bailli 10 and Rue Franklin 2


This slow food address located in the middle of the Schuman district will delight stomachs looking for a healthy, complete and gourmet lunch. The portions are generous, the recipes are inspired by flavors from around the world and the containers are plastic-free – the brand has even provided a range of reusable containers. Let your creativity speak for itself and compose your custom-made bowl!

The address? Rue de la Loi 238, 1040 Etterbeek


Located in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, this neo-canteen-style establishment has a bright room with modern decor and a charming terrace, ideal for a lunch break in the sun! Compose your dream bowl or opt for one of the menu’s signature creations – such as N°20, a breaded chicken served with lentils, peppers and nectarines – but keep a (large) place to test their assortment of desserts such as their carrot cake, their banana bread or their homemade brownie.

The address? Avenue Hippocrate 16, 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert

Knees to Chin

Gourmet, hearty, fast and above all very practical: Knees to Chin spring rolls have become a reference for busy workers who run around during their lunch break. The establishment offers 8 original recipes that are suitable for all diets. Our favorites ? The smoked salmon-nectarine and yuzu mayonnaise or the one with pineapple and lacquered duck sprinkled with peanuts. We would lick our fingers!

The address? Rue de Livourne 125, 1000 Brussels

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