Do you live or work in Brussels? Then you probably spend your afternoons there too. With a sandwich in your hand, your lunch break is bound to be enjoyable!
We’ll tell you all about five of our favourite places for sandwiches in this article. All these establishments are less than a 15-minute walk from Brussels Central Station. Make the most of your lunch break and enjoy!
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Tonton Garby – right next to the railway station
This sandwich shop is listed among Brussels’s top restaurants on Tripadvisor. Moreover, it’s right next to Brussels Central Station: you just pop round the corner to the Dotspot Gallery. The friendly manager immediately gives you a warm welcome in Dutch, French, or English. It’s all the same to him, as long as he can share his passion for good flavours with you – along with a few tokens of wisdom. Since taste is personal, he immediately strikes up a conversation with you. This way, he can create a personalised sandwich for you, which you don’t have to pay for if you don’t like it. “Taste it first; take your time to discover all the flavours. Life is hectic enough as it is.” He’s never let us down.
Tonton Garby – Rue Duquesnoy 6, 1000 Brussels.
De Pistolei – plentiful and inexpensive
People also come here to queue up for a sandwich around lunchtime. Both establishments, on Rue d’Arenberg and Rue de la Madeleine, attract big crowds. Many commuters are fans of the generously filled sandwiches at bargain prices. Our favourite from their ‘classics’ is the ‘Le Brusseleir’, with home-made meatloaf or chicken, potato salad, lettuce, and tomatoes. A Brusseleir is sure to keep you fuelled up for hours! We also recommend the ‘Le Norvégien’ (with smoked salmon) and the ‘Le Police’* (brie with honey).
*You read it correctly, it’s ‘Le’ instead of ‘La’, which is how we read it on the menu.
De Pistolei – Rue d’Arenberg 32 or Rue de la Madeleine 5, 1000 Brussels
Fromagerie Catherine – say cheese!
This artisanal cheese trade can safely be labelled as heritage. It’s a family business with history, an ode to the speciality shops of yesteryear. Catherine de Sloovere’s mother opened this shop in 1951, and since then, her daughter has taken over the reins together with José Servais. In addition to a wide range of different cheeses from all over the world, you will also find assorted sliced cold meats and… delicious sandwiches at lunchtime. Feel free to make use of their years of expertise, since Catherine and José are happy to advise and assist you!
Fromagerie Catherine – Rue du Midi 23, 1000 Brussels
Le Comptoir de Tom – knowledge and skill aplenty
From time immemorial, the Rue Sainte-Catherine has been a place for quality butchers. At Le Comptoir de Tom, this tradition is continued with care and expertise, just like at Dierendonck butcher’s shop across the road. Patrons not only include the Brussels lover of fine meat products, but lunch-goers as well, who buy up sandwiches by the dozens in the afternoon. Again, you may have to queue, but delicious things come to those who wait! If you can’t choose, the sandwich of the day is always a good choice. We recommend the Holstein steak tartare, or a bresaola sandwich with home-made coleslaw. Strange but true: the tuna salad with chives and shallots is delicious here! Moreover, the prices are pretty decent too.
Le Comptoir de Tom – Rue Sainte-Catherine 23, 1000 Brussels.
Charli – bread (for delicious sandwiches) straight from the oven
Charli serves sandwiches just across the street from fishmonger De Noordzee. This bakery was already mentioned in our article on Brussels bakeries, but they also offer a lunch range in the afternoon. Crisp, freshly baked rolls from the bakery – what more could you ask for? Vegetarians aren’t left out either: how about a sandwich with grilled halloumi or an avocado sandwich? The classic ‘BLT’ (bacon, lettuce, and tomato) is also a tasty choice.
Charli – Rue Sainte-Catherine 34, 1000 Brussels.
Just a bit different: L’Express
If you fancy something a little different, a little extravagance for the day, then we recommend L’Express. You’ll find it at the corner of the Grand-Place, just past the Hard Rock Café. At first glance, it may seem like an ordinary kebab shop, but nothing could be further from the truth! Count on efficient and friendly service at an affordable price. And what’s there to nosh on? Lebanese rolls with chicken or beef shawarma, kofta, falafel, labneh, or halloumi. This is a real treat for meat lovers and vegetarians alike! Don’t hesitate to let them guide you through the large selection of garnishes. This hot comfort food sandwich is an ideal way to end the week!
L’Express – Rue des Chapeliers 8, 1000 Brussels.