Hard Rock Cafe Brussels
Opened in 2012 and occupying a restored 16th-century guildhouse in Brussels’ beautiful Grand-Place, the Hard Rock Café Brussels is one of the city’s busiest eating spots. Guests come for the brand’s classic fusion of American food and rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia presented in a glitzy, boutique-style setting.
The Hard Rock Café Brussels serves the chain’s signature fare surrounded by a mix of historical architecture and boho-style furnishings. Guests are greeted with a giant montage of vintage guitars, a polished bar, and three dining floors awash with memorabilia linked to stars such as Madonna and Elvis Presley. The all-American menu features burgers, ribs, and specialty cocktails, and combines them with music videos, a live stage, and a Hard Rock shop, creating a casual and exciting dining experience.
As with many Hard Rock Café branches, the restaurant is hugely popular and attracts long lines of diners at peak times. Planning ahead and booking a skip-the-line visit will save you precious time once you’re in Brussels. Priority-access seating enables you to breeze past any long lines for tables, and includes a 2- or 3-course meal.
Things to know before you go
- Hard Rock Café Brussels is an ideal spot for rock, pop, and American food lovers.
- The restaurant’s ground floor is partially accessible for wheelchair-users.
- The on-site shop is accessible without dining in the restaurant.
How to get there
Hard Rock Café Brussels is located on the southern corner of Brussels’ Grand-Place, where the square meets the Rue des Chapeliers. The square and its adjoining lanes are traffic-free, so the only way to reach the restaurant is on foot. The nearest train station is Brussels Central, just a 5-minute walk away. Numerous buses also stop near the square, including #33, #48, and #95.
When to get there
The restaurant serves lunch and dinner from around noon to late at night Monday to Thursday and on Sundays; it’s open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Due to its popularity, table reservations are recommended at any time of year but particularly for dinner throughout summer and at weekends.
Must-Sees at the Hard Rock Café Brussels
Between courses, be sure to peruse the restaurant’s rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia—there are exhibits on all three floors. Items not to miss include a revealing lace outfit worn on stage by Madonna, original drawings by John Lennon, handwritten lyrics by Guns N’Roses, and even an army cap worn by Elvis.
- Grand-Place (Grote Markt)
- Brussels Town Hall (Hotel de Ville)
- Brussels City Museum (Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles)
- Royal Galleries of Saint Hubert (Les Galeries St-Hubert)
- MOOF Museum
- Choco-Story Brussels: The Chocolate Museum
- Manneken Pis
- St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral
- Cinquantenaire District
- Museum of the Turn of the Century (Musée Fin-de-Siècle)
- Musical Instruments Museum
- Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
- Magritte Museum (Musée Magritte)
- Grand Sablon Square (Place du Grand Sablon)
- Sablon District