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From breakfast to dinner in Europe’s capitals

Breakfast in Brussels, lunch in London, dinner in Paris

If you’re a glutton for culinary experiences, you could pack three gourmet capitals in one delicious day, starting from Belgium. Our guide takes you from breakfast in Brussels to dinner in Paris – with time to spare for a gentle afternoon stroll in London.

Breakfast in Brussels

  • Hinterland, Brussels

    Chaussée de Charleroi 179, 1060 Brussels

    Thanks to fabulous seafood and cuisine from all over Europe, Brussels is an underrated foodie destination. The smell of waffles and frites wafting through the streets may be impossible to resist, but healthy, wholesome fare has really taken off here, too. Take this cosy café in St Gilles: the fluffy buttermilk pancakes are to die for and the açaí bowl’s the colourful, energy-packed start you’ll need for the day.

Onwards: Brussels to London

Hop on tram 81 if you don’t fancy the 20-minute walk to Brussels-Midi. The 10.56 train to St Pancras arrives in London just before noon.

Lunch in London

  • Quality Chop House, London

    88-94 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3EA London
    A 20-minute walk from St Pancras, Exmouth Market comes alive at lunchtime, when Clerkenwell creatives come down from their studios to sample the street food stalls. If you’re after a proper sit-down meal, grab a booth at Quality Chop House – a three-course lunch at this Victorian-era temple to modern British cuisine is just £25.

Onwards: London to Paris

After a spot of shopping in the neighbourhood’s quirky boutiques, stroll back to St Pancras station. Catch the 16.31 train – you’ll arrive in Paris in time for dinner.

Dinner in Paris

  • Poulette, Paris

    3, Rue Étienne Marcel, 75001 Paris
    Just around the corner from where Paris’s central food market once stood, this address has to be one of the prettiest in town. This sassy lady (Poulette means ‘chick’ in French) has a zinc bar for classic cocktails with a Gallic twist, like a whisky sour with a splash of red wine. The menu changes according to what’s in season, but the classic steak frites is always tempting.

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Image credits: © Hinterland; © Hinterland; © Joe Woodhouse; © Poulette