Located in rue Sainte Catherine on the main square, La Mer du Nord, meaning the North Sea in English, is a popular local hang-out in the centre of Brussels for fish and seafood connoisseurs. A fine example of some of the best street-food you can sink your teeth into, the fish bar has standing room only around high tables outside under a bright blue tarpaulin.
Locals come here to buy fresh fish from the bar, or to have a quick bite to eat washed down with a glass of white wine. The Mer du Nord serves all kinds of local specialities, from the bar's signature fish soup, to mussels, oysters and the prawn croquettes, as well as a selection of grilled fish a la plancha.
The prices are also reasonable - there are dishes to suit all appetites and budgets, so even if it's just for an quick aperitif, the Mer du Nord is is one of those places where you'll get a concentrated dose of Brusselois spirit.
Attracting people from all over the city, the fish bar is a jovial place with a very local canteen atmosphere; just don't forget to wrap-up warm outside of the summer months!
Smoking area: yes
Details: 45, rue Sainte Catherine, Brussels 1000, Belgium
Tel: +31 (02) 513 11 92