Claire Fontaine

Price guide: Budget

Rue Ernest Allard 3, Brussels, 1000

Price guide: Budget

By Emma Thomson, your Brussels expert

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#12 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Brussels
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4.6
4.6
Location:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Families with younger children, Foodies, Singles, No fuss

Expert review of Claire Fontaine

Fine-foods delicatessen — ideal for picnic supplies.

A treasure trove for foodies, this delicatessen sells all manner of picnic goodies hand-cooked/prepared by owner Claire Fontaine — you’ll pass her tiny kitchen on exiting the shop.

Food and drink: 

The counter groans with quiches, flans, salads, cheeses, and freshly prepared sandwiches, tarts and cakes. Behind the servers, shelves stretch to the ceiling and bear bottles of olive oil, jams, specialist salts and sirops.

Recommended dishes: 

If it hasn’t run out (try and get there early), you must buy a slice of Claire’s tarte tatin — utter heaven!

Ambience: 

Like a farmyard larder: dried roses and fruit hang from the ceiling and walls, jar and bottles cover every surface and the sweet smell of tarts fills the air.

Service: 

Blond and spectacled Claire is incredibly warm and greets regular clients with ‘cou cou ma belle.’ It gets very busy at lunchtimes, so try and avoid peak times.

Location: 

Just off Grand Sablon square, down the road from Le Perroquet.

Price advice: 

Soup 3 euros, sandwiches 5 euros.

More information on Claire Fontaine:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Deli, Takeaway
Food:
Snacks, Vegetarian
Address:
Rue Ernest Allard 3, Brussels, 1000
Telephone:
+32 2 512 24 10
Opening times:
Tues—Sat 11am—7pm, closed Mon & Sun.
Accepts Credit Cards:
No
Reservations:
Not possible

Have you been to Claire Fontaine? Would you recommended it?