Liège[dead link] (German: Lüttich, Dutch: Luik) is the largest city of Wallonia. This industrial city is actually quite green, with wide boulevards, an interesting, if a bit disorderly, mix of architecture from different periods, much greenery and picturesque riverbanks and hillsides. There are also quite a few museums and other points of interest, enough for at least a busy day trip.
At the foot of Ardennes on the river Meuse, it has been a prominent urban centre since the Middle Ages, but really blossomed during the industrial revolution, when it grew to become Belgium's third-largest metropolis, after Brussels and Antwerp. Thanks to its strategic position, Liège still enjoys relative affluence and economic importance, in contrast to its fellow Wallon cities farther south.
Despite its size and location in-between some of the most-visited cities in Europe, Liège sees very little tourist traffic. It is the largest city of Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium, and the capital city of the namesake province.
Liège has been an important city since the early Middle Ages. It was the capital of the Principality (prince-bishopric) of Liège, which remained an independent state until the French Revolution (around 1789). In the 19th century it became an early centre of industrialism. Today it is a large city of 200,000 inhabitants, with a total 750,000 in its metropolitan area. A city heavily shaped by waves of immigrants, Liège has important Italian (making up at least 5% of the population), Spanish, German, Moroccan, Turkish, and Sub-Saharan African communities (the latter being one of the largest in Belgium).
The central area of Liège presents itself as a rather interesting mix of a historic town centre (dotted with a few extremely brutalist buildings from the 1960s and 70s), a rather elegant new town with wide boulevards, tall apartment buildings (some Art Deco), narrow street with small businesses, a few pretty parks, and a few interesting shopping arcades. The outskirts of Liège consist mainly of 3 very distinctive areas: large industrial complexes sprawling on the river's bank in the north and the south (with the cities of Seraing and Herstal), working-class areas in the east and the west with mainly spare green neighborhood for healthy people, and several affluent suburbs dispersed here and there.
Liège sits at the beginning of the Ardennes, which makes the landscape of the south very different than the rest of the city, with high hills and abundant forests (Sart-tilman and beyond).
- 1 Tourist office (Office Du Tourisme De Liege), Féronstrée 92, ☏ +32 4 221 92 21. 09:00 – 17:00.
- 1 Liège airport (LGG IATA). Specialising in freight (7th biggest cargo airport in Europe), the airport sees mainly seasonal holiday charter flights to destinations around the Mediterranean. Regular passenger connections are provided by some airlines seeking opportunities to capitalise on local business interests (and charging accordingly). Reaching the city centre with public transportation is a bit tricky. Check the TEC (local city bus) website for further information.
- Brussels Airport is your most likely point of entry into Belgium. To reach Liège, take the train to Louvain/Leuven, or Brussels-Nord and change for Liège.
- Brussels South Charleroi Airport, located in Charleroi, is an alternative for low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and WizzAir. From the airport, take the city bus Line A (stop is outside of the departure hall), which costs €6 one way to Charleroi-Sud (south) train station, then the train to Liège-Guillemins. Train departs once every hour from 05:00. Last train leaves at 23:00. The trip takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.
- Maastricht Airport is also close to the city. Ryanair has some service from the city (a lot less than Charleroi though). Transportation to Liège can be done by taking a bus to Maastricht station, then taking a train.
- Cologne-Bonn Airport, in the neighbouring North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany, is a mid-sized airport that serves as base for many low-cost carriers such as easyJet, Eurowings, and Ryanair. Reaching Liège from that airport takes just under 1½ hours by car, and about 2 hours by train with a change in Cologne.
- Frankfurt Airport has a thrice daily direct high-speed train link to Liège-Guillemins. More frequencies can be found if you make a stop in Cologne.
2 Liège-Guillemins is the main station, 3 km south of the centre, with bold modern architecture by Santiago Calatrava. Thalys and ICE high-speed trains serve Brussels, Paris, Aachen, Cologne and Frankfurt.
From Brussels, intercity trains run at least hourly and take 50 min from Brussels Nord. From Brussels Airport, take the airport shuttle to Leuven then the intercity train. From the Netherlands change in Maastricht, with hourly trains taking 30 min.
Nightjet, the Austrian Railways' sleeper train, runs three nights a week from Brussels via Liège to Vienna, Munich and Innsbruck. It calls at Aachen, Cologne, Bonn, Koblenz, Frankfurt airport, Würzburg and Nuremberg where the train divides: one portion runs via Linz to Vienna, the other via Munich to Innsbruck.
To get downtown from Liège-Guillemins, either change to the frequent regional train to Liège-St-Lambert (7 min), or take Bus 1 or 4 bus just outside the station to Place St-Lambert or Bus 48 towards Opéra, or take a taxi. Those buses run both ways at the station bus stop so check the destination board.
3 Liège-St-Lambert is the downtown station, with regional trains from Verviers and Merken.
Liège is the crossroads for several major motorways. Its "ring" has 6 branches in clockwise order:
- the E25, to the south, towards Luxembourg and into France via Metz, Nancy, Lyon
- the E42, to the west, crosses Wallonia via Mons/Bergen before entering France via Valenciennes, Paris
- the E40, to the west, leading to the Belgian coast via Brussels
- the E313, leading to Antwerp and on to the large coastal cities of the Netherlands
- the E25, to the north, with Maastricht a stone's throw away (30 km) and the rest of the Netherlands beyond
- the E40, to the east, entering Germany via Aachen. A second branch (Actually the E42) splits off at Verviers, heading to Trier.
Since it is a fairly large city, many motorway exits are signposted for "Liège". When coming from Germany or Netherlands, follow the E25 to its end, then follow the road signs to the center. If you are coming from Luxembourg, exit at "Angleur" and follow signs to the center, or to continue on to the exit marked "Liège-centre". Finally, coming from Paris, Lille, Brussels, or Antwerp, follow signs to Luxembourg until you reach the exit marked "Liège-centre." When coming from Flanders, Liège is named as "Luik."
There are a number of covered car parks in the centre costing €2.20 an hour.
Liège is well-connected by bus, notably in the Eurolines network on rue des Guillemins, near the train station.
Individuals arriving with their own boat are welcome at the port des Yachts.
Many organised cruises departing from Maastricht stop in the centre of Liège, on the right bank (quai Marcatchou to quai Van Beneden).
Unlike most Belgian cities, Liège has no inner ring built along the path of the old city walls. Instead, the main streets were laid out along the old branches of the river, which makes their organisation a bit obscure.
Leave your car in one of the city-centre parking garages, especially if you have no map of to your destination.
Here are the main routes for cars:
- the motorway E40-E25 that crosses parts of the city
- the Boulevards "d'Avroy" and "de la Sauvenière", the main route between the center and the train station
- the Quais "de la Meuse" and "de la Dérivation", which link to/from the two branches of the E25
TEC is the main bus company. Most lines converge towards one of the city-center bus "terminals." These terminals are located at Place Saint-Lambert, Gare Léopold, Place de la République Française, and around the Opéra/Theater (all the four are very close to one another). The names of these five sites are used to indicate the direction of the bus, according to the line taken.
Several other lines leave from the train station Liège-Guillemins. Among them, two lines link the station with city centre: the #4, a circular line (direction "Bavière" to go from the station to the centre, direction "d'Harscamp" for the reverse trip), and the #1 which runs train station to city center and on to Coronmeuse. There also is a few lines that start from the intersection of the Boulevard d'Avroy and the "Pont d'Avroy", the main shopping street. Few lines run after midnight.
More and more bus stops now show the waiting time for the next bus on each line, and many buses are equipped to display the next stop and adapted for people with reduced mobility. Nevertheless, be aware that the next stop screens are not always synchronised with the bus stops. For people using a bus line they're not familiar with, ask the driver to warn you when you are arriving at the bus stop you are looking for. You can ask for a free printed version of each bus schedule at the terminal of the line.
Travelling by bike in the city centre is easy, but the hillsides can be a bit steep (between 5 and 15%). Reaching the higher neighbourhoods will require a bit of training and a multi-speed bike!
Cycling paths are regularly added and improved, though the main roads remain a bit dangerous. Most one-way streets can be travelled in the opposite direction by cyclists. A map of cycling paths is available at the tourist information office. In addition, there's a "Ravel" (a path for walkers and cyclists) along the right bank of the river Meuse.
Multiple electric scooter rental companies operate in the city such as Dott and Pony. Scooters are scattered all over the city therefore are easy to find.
Most of the areas in city centre are easily accessible on foot, and walking provides an interesting perspective on the city itself. The trip from the train station at Guillemins to the city centre requires a bit more timeL about 30 min.
1 Place St. Lambert is a major square in the centre, where a number of key sights may be found. It was the site of Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady and St (Cathédrale Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Lambert), representation of religious power, torn down at the start of the 19th century after the revolution of Liège and today memorialized by metal columns and a design traced on the ground. At Place Saint Lambert 9-17, admire the neo-classic façades, dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
- 2 Palace of the Prince-Bishops. Composed of the Palace of Justice (classic façade at Place Saint Lambert 18) and the Provincial Palace (lateral neo-gothic façade at place Notger 2). This palace is the heart of the city, and represents the political power of the old Prince-Bishops of Liège.
- 3 archéoforum, ☏ +32 4 250 93 70. Tu-Sa 10:00-18:00, Su 11:00-18:00, closed on Monday. An underground archaeological site with the remains of the three (successive) cathedrals on the site, as well as a building from Roman times. €5.50 guided; €3.00 un-guided.
- 4 Hôtel de ville de Liège (La Violette), place du Marché, 2. Perron, and houses along the market square. The town hall, is an elegant classic building. It was built in 1714, during reconstruction after the French attacks in 1691. It can be visited on rare occasions only, except for the "salle des pas perdus" - "room of lost steps" which is freely accessible. The houses on the square, with their charming blue stone and brick faces, date from the same period. The Perron, symbol of the city's freedom, is at the center of the square above the fountain that acts as its support. The perron is one of the symbols of the city and was used to render justice.
Other sights in the historic city centre include:
- 5 Hôtel d’Ansembourg (Musée d’Ansembourg), Feronstrée 114, ☏ +32 4 221 9402, email@example.com. Now a museum (Musée d’Ansembourg), is worth visiting for the well-preserved original interior €3-5.
- 6 Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Liège (Museum of Fine Arts), Parc de la Boverie 3, ☏ +32 4 238 55 01, firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-Sa 13:00-18:00, Su 11:00-16:30, closed M. The old museum in the city closed down and moved to Boverie Parc with its works by regional painters since the Roman times. €8-10.
- 7 Curtius Palace (Grand Curtius), Féronstrée 136, ☏ +32 04 221 68 17, email@example.com. This imposing 8-storey building from the start of the 17th century was the store of a rich arms merchant. It has art and history collections.
- 8 Hôtel de Hayme de Bomal, quai de Maestricht 8 and rue Feronstrée 122. It was an official building under French rule and twice welcomed Napoleon.
- 9 Saint Barthélémy Church, rue Saint Barthélémy 2, ☏ +32 4 223 4998. M-Sa 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00, Su 14:00-17:00. It was the last of 7 "collégiales liégeoises" to be built, near the end of the 11th century. It is home to the masterwork of the Liège goldsmiths from the Middle Ages: the baptismal fonts from the old parish church of the cathedral. €1.50-2.
- 10 Museum of Wallonian Life (Musée de la Vie Wallonne), Cour des Mineurs, ☏ +32 4 237 9040. An ethnological museum hosted in an old convent.
- 11 Museum of Religious Art, rue Mère Dieu 1, ☏ +32 4 221 4225. Tu-Sa 11:00-18:00, Su 11:00-16:00, closed M. It will be integrated into the future Museum Grand Curtius, but can now be visited separately. €3.80.
- 12 Montagne de Bueren (Mountain of Bueren and the slopes of the Citadel). Climb the imposing staircase of 373 steps framed by small houses and gardens, or opt for the smaller streets and stairways leading up to the Citadel's slopes. From the top, you'll have a lovely view of the city, from the Palace roofs to the ancient watchtower.
- 13 La Cathédrale Saint Paul de Liège (St. Paul's Cathedral, Liège), Place de la Cathédrale 1, ☏ +32 4 232 61 31.
- 14 Collégiale Saint-Denis de Liège (Church of St. Denis), Rue Cathédrale, 6. A former fortified collegiate church with a 12th-century tower.
- streets Hors Château and En Feronstrée. Worth a visit for the architecture of the large villas and more modest houses, most dating to the 18th century.
- streets Fond Saint Servais, Pierreuse and du Péry. Typically quaint, they lead up to the remains of the old citadel, with an ancient well, a monument commemorating the Second World War, and in particular a superb view over the city.
On the opposite bank of the river, the Outremeuse district has few memorable buildings, notably the Rue Roture, but a welcoming atmosphere. It was historically a working-class neighbourhood, so the buildings tend not to be as grand as those on the other side of the river. Also the most-visited museum complex in Liège and Wallonia, comprised of the Aquarium, the House of Science, and the Zoology Museum, all housed in a neo-classic University building.
- The main buildings of interest in the district are:
- Convent "des Récollets", rue Georges Simenon 2, 4, 9-13.
- 15 Saint Nicolas Church, rue Fosse-aux-raines 7. Daily 08:00-12:00.
- Sainte Barbe" hospice, place Ste Barbe.
- stable of the Fonck barracks, boulevard de la Constitution.
- Bavière hospital, boulevard de la Constitution.
- Destenay school, boulevard Saucy 16.
- Physiology Institute, place Delcourt 17.
- 16 Grétry Museum, Rue des Récollets 34, ☏ +32 4 343 1610. Tu F 14:00-16:00, Su 10:00-12:00.
- 17 Museum of Tchantchès, rue Surlet 56, ☏ +32 4 342 7575. Su 14:00-16:00 except July, Tu Th. Dedicated to the city mascot who is also the main character for the local marrionnette theaters
- 18 Maison de la Science, Quai Edouard Van Beneden 22, ☏ +32 4 366 50 15.
- 19 Aquarium-Muséum de Liège, Quai Edouard Van Beneden 22, ☏ +32 4 366 50 21.
- Departing from the amphitheater along the quay, a bateau-mouche (covered boat) offers river tours, from 1 Apr to 30 Oct (11:00, 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00, €6, +32 4 221 9221 and +32 4 366 5021).
- 20 Basilique Notre Dame de Chèvremont ((CLOSED) - Sold to a Housing Developer), Rue de Chèvremont 96, 4051 Chaudfontaine, ☏ +32 4 365 04 36.
- 21 Fort de Loncin, Rue des Héros 15 BIS, 4431 Loncin, Belgium, ☏ +32 4 246 44 25. Constructed between 1881-1884 as a Belgian defensive measure against Germany, Fort de Loncin was attacked during the Battle of Liège, the first battle of the invasion of Belgium during the First World War. While a pinnacle of fortification throughout the 1880s, it was destroyed by the largest artillery pieces of the German field army, showing the rapid developments of the late nineteenth century and the technological warfare of the First World War. While defeated, the valiant defense of Liège delayed the German assault on France by four to five days, giving the Entente time to prepare their defenses. The remnants and ruins of the fort still remain as well as a museum and monument. adult 7€ / student 5€ / child 3€.
- Visit the Carré District, where you can celebrate or party on any day, at any time. It's the preferred district of students, alternating shops and cafés, many of which allow dancing (sometimes on the tables!).
- The Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera, and Theater de la Place head up the cultural life in Liège.
- Philharmonic Orchestra.
- 1 Royal Opera (Opéra Royal de Wallonie), Place de l'Opéra, ☏ +32 4 221 47 22.
- Theater de la Place.
- Liège is the European city with the most theaters per person. Liège has an international reputation especially for its marionnette theaters, whose performances often involve the traditional folklore character Tchantchès in an unbelievably wide range of situations. The most-known marionnette theaters can be found at:
- Museum of Wallonian Life (Wednesdays and school holidays at 14:30 and Sundays at 10:30, Cour des Mineurs, +32 4 237 9040, open even when the museum is closed.)
- Museum of Tchantchès (Oct to end Apr, Sundays at 10:30 and Wednesdays at 1430, rue Surlet 56, +32 4 342 7575)
- Theater Al Botroule, Rue Hocheporte 3, ☏ +32 4 223 0576. literally, "in the belly-button"
- Theater Denis, Rue Sainte Marguerite 302, ☏ +32 4 224 3154.
- Theater Mabotte, Rue Mabotte 125, Seraing, ☏ +32 4 233 8861.
- Movie theaters include Le Parc and Le Churchill for European films; Le Palace and Kinepolis for big-name blockbusters; and soon UGC Longdoz in the future "media city".
- Le Forum, rue Pont d’Avroy 45. A small but exceptionally-decorated venue, offers concerts, comedy performances, etc. Country Hall (in the outskirts) is a relatively new venue for huge shows and sporting events.
- Le Trocadéro. It is the most Liégeois of Parisian cabarets, or the most Parisian of Liège cabarets, depending on how you look at it, while two other venues (La Bouch’rit and le Comiqu'Art) offer dinner-show combinations.
- La Zone (Music club), Quai de l'Ourthe, 42 - 4020, ☏ +32 4 3410727, firstname.lastname@example.org. It is the place in Liège for alternative and underground music and arts. Opens only on events, check their program on the web before going there. Non expensive bar with plenty of soft drinks, beers and wine.
- Football: Standard Liège play soccer in First Division A, the country's top tier. Their home ground is Stade Maurice Dufrasne (capacity 27,000) on the river bank 2 km south of city centre. RFC Seraing are also in First Division A, playing at Stade de Pairay (capacity 8200) in Seraing city.
- There are numerous other sports clubs including no less than three rowing clubs. RCAE, a university club but open to everyone, offers a range of sports from parachuting to spelunking. The sports fields at Xhovémont, Cointe or Sart Tilman are ideal for practice. The ice rink, dating from the water exposition of 1939, is in its last seasons before being moved, while a new swimming pool with modern facilities including a diving tower will soon be constructed in the center. (The previous one is being converted to a museum.) Other pools are spread throughout the city, notably in Outremeuse.
- For those who prefer a calmer sport, cycling or jogging is perfect along the quays of the Meuse. The woods at Coteaux de la Citadelle, Chartreuse, and Sart Tilman are all close, as are the magnificent countrysides of the Ardennes (with Condroz, Hesbaye, and Herve lending themselves particularly well to hiking and mountain-biking).
- A circuit is dedicated to Simenon (author of the Maigret stories), and a museum will be opening shortly.
- Liège–Bastogne–Liège Late April. The oldest and most arduous of the pro-cycling spring classics, this 250 km (160 mi) race draws the best in the world to compete. As Liège is where the race starts and ends, don't expect finding accommodations here to be easy.
- The Feast of the Assumption (15 August) is celebrated here by the entire city and countless visitors.
- The celebrations of 15 August in Outremeuse welcome more than 300,000 people each year.
- The Festival of Walking, in the second half of August, offers urban walks.
- The Celebrations of Wallonia (2nd weekend in September), the nuit des Coteaux (night events in the historic center), the Secret Gardens and Corners Day (la journée Jardins et Coins secrets - 3rd Sunday in June), and the heritage days (les journées du patrimoine - end September) are other key dates in Liège.
- The fair, held since the city was established, has become a fun-fair. It takes place from the first weekend in October to the second weekend in November (6 weeks).
- The Christmas Village, one of the biggest and oldest in the country, has more than one million visitors each year.
A university city with some 80,000 students, Liège has plenty of educational possibilities.
- University of Liège (L'Université de Liège) . With 17,000 students and links to numerous foreign universities.
- Le pôle mosan is a platform regrouping more and more of the écoles supérieures of the region.
- Le FOREM (FORmation et EMploi - training and employment)
- L'Union des Classes Moyennes also offers classes for adults
- Le Centre J has lots of useful information for young students
- Sunday morning market at la rive gauche
- The Marché de la Batte is where most locals visit on Sundays. The one of the longest markets in Europe stretches along the Meuse River by the Université de Liège and attracts many visitors to Liège. The market typically runs from early morning to 2 o'clock in the afternoon every weekend year long. Produce, clothing, and snack vendors are the main concentration of the market.
- Flea Markets at Saint Gilles (every Saturday morning on Boulevard Louis Hillier) and Saint Pholien (every Friday morning on Boulevard de la Constitution) also attract many visitors.
- Val Saint Lambert crystal, now sold throughout the world, makes an exceptional gift in the "splurge" category.
- The tourist information office sells local artists' products including scarfs with medieval motifs and ties with contemporary artistic designs.
- Marionnettes of "Tchantchès", a character from local folklore embodying the Liégeois attitude, are available in the 6 marionette theaters in the city.
Other typical purchases are food and drink products:
- As elsewhere in Belgium, pralines (filled chocolates) and the numerous cheeses and beers are a must.
- Local products include "Herve" cheese (with a strong smell!), "Sirop de Liège" (made from a mix of apples and pears and typically used for cooking/baking), and cider (the alcoholic kind).
- "Pèkèt" (genièvre) is an alcoholic beverage available in countless varieties.
- For sweets, you can't go far without encountering the famous Liège waffles, smelling of cinnamon and sugar. They're best when freshly-cooked, though the pre-packaged variety also exists and has spread to many other countries.
- Other sweets are available depending on the season: boûkètes (dark crêpes with raisins, eaten with brown sugar) are mainly available for 15 August and at Christmas, while lacquemants/lackmans (dry waffles filled with a mix of sugar and other sweets) are found at the fairs.
- If you find them, try "cûtès peûres" (baked pears), which unfortunately seems to have disappeared from the street vendors.
- Liège coffee (café liégeois) is originally from Vienna but was rebaptised by the Parisiens to show their support for the heroic resistance in Liège at the start of the first world war.
Shopping in city centreEdit
The best options for shopping are around Place Cathédrale and Place Saint Lambert, and in particular at Vinâve d'Ile (Celio...), Saint-Michel (Van den Borre, Delhaize, C&A), the Opera Galleries (Zara, Springfield) and the Saint Lambert Galleries (FNAC, Média Markt, Inno, Champion), as well as along the roads towards the center (rues Féronstrée, Saint-Gilles, Puits-en-Sock in Outremeuse, Grétry in Longdoz.)
Shopping outside city centreEdit
Several large commercial centres are on the outskirts of the city:
- 1 Belle-Ile, Quai des Vennes 1 (take bus 377 from the Opera) (Angleur)). North-American style shopping mall with Carrefour on site.
- 2 Médiacité shopping centre, Boulevard Raymond Poincaré 7 (easily accessible by car (with on-site carparking) or bus - 4, 26, 26, 31, 17, 29, 33, 35, 38B (Pont Longdoz stop), Rocourt, Boncelles, Herstal.). 126 stores
- 3 Hypermarkt Carrefour Herstal, Rue Basse Campagne 1, Herstal. Large supermarket. Has a small international section (Italian, Spain, USA, UK, Asia, North Africa) for those missing things from home.
In addition to the local foods mentioned above, regional specialities include:
- boulets sauce-lapin, meatballs in a sauce made from Sirop de Liège, onions, vinegar and prunes, accompanied of course by frites - french fries. The boulet even has its own critics and reviews.
- la potée liégeoise, a country dish made from beans, potatoes, and bacon bits cooked together and drenched in vinegar.
- les boûkètes, dark crêpes served at New Year's Eve or other festive occasions
- le matoufèt, a cross between a crêpe and an omelette, made from flour, eggs, milk and bacon bits, and served either salty or sweet.
- la tarte au riz, originally from the neighboring city of Verviers or the area of Tancrémont
Other local recipes are available online.
Prices unfortunately are fairly high, as in most other Belgian cities. Budget restaurants will cost about €12-15 per person, drinks included, mid-range restaurants between €25 and €50, and splurge restaurants well over that!
For budget solutions, snack shops like any of the sandwicheries or kebab shops offer cheap yet tasty food. A Döner kebab typically costs 3-5 euro, and a sandwich is around 2-4. In Liège all snack shops charge 50 cents for sauce, and usually another 50 cents for vegetables. For example you can see a meatball sandwich for €2 on the price list; however, after the sauce and the vegetables it will be €3 in total. It is recommended to look for convenient stores for soft drinks as they're over-priced in snack bars.
Obtaining meals outside of conventional times can be a challenge: Many restaurants do not serve between 2 and 6 in the afternoon, those that do tend to be full and you can expect to wait some time for service.
- 1 Le Cloître, Cour des Mineurs (inside the Museum of Walloon Life (Musée de la Vie wallonne)). That restautant has the traditional dishes of Liège. It goes together with Flemish fries and the sauce of Liège.
- 2 Brasserie Sauvenière (Les Grignoux), Pl. Xavier-Neujean 12 (Cinéma Sauvenière). Quite spacious inner yard and a very nice lunch menu. Little and quiet terrace. Also vegetarian offers.
- 3 Messieurs, Rue Georges Clémenceau 17. Nice place with homemade croques. Pleasant and friendly setting.
- 4 Amour, Maracas et Salami, 78 rue Sur-la-Fontaine. Quality brasserie cuisine and really pleasant service. Warm relaxed atmosphere.
- 5 Café Lequet, 17 Quai sur Meuse. Local cuisine and ambiance. Try the boulet-frites, the meatballs and the tete de veau.
- 6 C si bon!, Boulevard d'Avroy 238. Sandwiches, Salades & Catering Service. A grand entrance (marble staircase), 4-meter high ceilings, and a room as bright as it is warm.
- 7 Le Venetto, rue de la Madeleine. One of the best Italian restaurants in Liège, limited menu but great atmosphere and prices.
- 8 L'Amarante, rue des Carmes. Italian restaurant open for lunch only and offering a simple menu consisting of salads and pasta. A 3-course menu at €13 (Jan 2022) is also available. The setting is family-friendly. The food is good and unpretentious.
- 9 Amon Nanesse, Rue du stalon, 1-3 (behind the town hall), ☏ +32 4 250 67 83. The place has a unique style and an impressive interior that invites you to bring friends and stay for more drinks. Recommended are the salade Liègeoise and the vol au vents.
- 10 As Ouhès (aux oiseaux - for the birds), Place du Marché 21, ☏ +32 4 223 32 25. Belgian restaurant. You have to try the boulet frites. Charismatic place where you can see the history in its decoration. The food match the experience.
- 11 L'industrie, 6 rue Saint Gilles (at the start, on the right). Nice brasserie specialising in mussels. Menu is in English, but waiters can hardly speak English. Cash only.
- 12 Cafe Lequet, Quai sur Meuse 17. For the local meatballs, Boulet à la liégeoise.
- 13 Taverne Tchantchès et Naness, Rue Grande-Bêche 35. Belgium restarant and brasserie with traditional decor.
- 14 Les Sabots d'Hélène, Rue St Jean en Isle 18. Enjoy what's grilled right in your table.
The area known as "Le Carré" offers numerous options to drink and party 365 days per year, with a young, vibrant, student atmosphere. Also worth a visit: the trendier Place du Marché, and the area around Place Cathédrale, to see and be seen.
- 1 Le Vaudrée, 109 rue Val Benoit 4031 Angleur, ☏ +32 4 367 10 61. 40 beers on tap and 1200 bottles, fantastic food as well.
- Le Vaudrée 2, Rue Saint-Gilles. Where you can taste a good thousand or so Belgian and foreign beers. Santé!
- La Maison du Péquet (behind the town hall). It mainly serves fruit-flavored versions of genièvre, known locally as péquet.
- Pot au Lait, rue Soeurs de Hasque. A café popular with exchange students living in the region.
- Les Olivettes, rue Pied du Pont des Arches. It offers an ambience from an entirely different time.
- Millennium (about 10 km outside the center in the commercial area "Boncelles"). A nightclub.
- La Zone, Quai de l'Ourthe, 42 (Outremeuse). A club for alternative and underground music and culture with a non expensive bar
- Le Sabor Latino. A club opening onto the boulevard de la Sauvenière.
- 2 K-fée, Rue de la Goffe, 6, ☏ +32 4 221 38 23. Nice little café with good coffee, breakfast and brunch
- 3 Grand Maison, 37 Quai de la Goffe, ☏ +32 4 221 38 23, email@example.com. Another nice, real coffee-café with breakfast and snacks. (Sit outside in summer!)
In addition, many of the cafés in the Le Carré area are a good alternative, with plenty of dancing and typically no entrance fee.
For a city of its size, Liège has surprisingly few accommodation facilities. This is both due to the city's relatively low popularity as a tourist destination and the fact that it is between 1 to 3 hours from many major cities where business traffic to it originates. You may want to take advantage of the latter yourself and stay anywhere closer or farther and come to the city for the day.
- 1 Youth Hostel Georges Simenon (Les Auberges de Jeunesse), Rue Georges Simenon 2, ☏ +32 4 344 56 89. Located in the middle of the Outremeuse neighborhood, in a superbly renovated old building.
- L'Embrun, Port des yachts 16, ☏ +32 4 221-1120. A floating hotel that can also be rented out for trips
- Les Acteurs, rue des Urbanistes 10, ☏ +32 4 223-0080. Two-star hotel
- Le Cygne d'Argent, rue Beeckman, ☏ +32 4 223-7001. Three-star family hotel near the botanic garden
- Le Petit Cygne, Rue des Augustins 42, ☏ +32 4 222-4759. Two-star hotel
- La Passerelle, Chaussée des Prés 24 (on the island Outremeuse), ☏ +32 4 341-20-20. Three-star hotel
- Hotel Mercure, 100, boulevard de la Sauvenière, ☏ +32 4 221-7711. Four-star hotel in the center, near Le Carré
- Ibis Hotel, 41 place de la République Française, ☏ +32 4 230-3333. Near the Opera.
Near Palais des CongrèsEdit
- Eurotel, Rue Léon Frédéricq 29, ☏ +32 4 341-1627. Two-star hotel.
Near Guillemins train stationEdit
- Métropole, Rue des Guillemins 141, ☏ +32 4 252-4293. Two-star hotel.
- Les Nations, ☏ +32 4 252-4414. One-star hotel.
- Hotel Husa De La Couronne. Three-star hotel.
- Le Hors Château, Rue Hors Château, 62, ☏ +32 4 250-60-68. A charming hotel in the historic centre.
- 2 Ramada Plaza Liège, Quai Saint-Léonard 36, ☏ +32 4 228-81-11. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. City centre hotel on the banks of the river La Meuse, built in a former convent. Free Wifi.
Liège is generally a safe city during daytime. However, be cautious at night especially for single females. It is not recommended for women to walk alone in the evenings as many foreign female students have experienced being followed late at night. Robbery is rare but harassment to single females occurs often, mostly verbal but some travelers have experienced assaults in off-downtown area. If where you're staying is more than a 5-min walk off the centre, it is suggested to take a cab (they have a line-ups around The Opera and Pont d'Avroy bus terminal) after 22:00.
Liège has 4G from all Belgian carriers. As of July 2022, 5G has not reached the city.
- Neupré World War II Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial commemorates the American soldiers who died in Northern Europe during WWII.
- Henri-Chapelle World War II Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial is the final resting place for 7,992 American military lost during the drive into Germany.
- Spa is the pleasant town that gave its name to mineral spring resorts.
- Tongeren dates from Roman times, but its sights are mostly medieval.
- Maastricht in the Netherlands has an attractive old centre.
- Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle) in Germany is ranged around its cathedral, begun in 796 AD.