Liège by night
Liège by night
The people of Liège have a reputation for partying… Both in summer and winter, the various districts of the town come alive in the evenings. Discotheques, private clubs, cabaret cafés, bars with beer, student bistros or jazz clubs, these places, many of which are open through the first light of dawn, are ideal places for imbibing the true spirit of the people of Liège.
The market square (Place du Marché) is another centre for nocturnal activity. The pedestrian part of the square is exclusively occupied by lounge bars with large, lively terraces.
Liège is also a city with a vigorous cultural life with the Royal Opera of Wallonia (ORW), the Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège (OPL), and numerous theatres including the Théâtre de la Place, theatre halls and cinemas, including eight art and experimental galleries.
The Carré district is an original concept not to be missed : a set of very busy pedestrian streets where there is also a concentration of dozens of cafés, pubs and restaurants... Students come here to celebrate the numerous folklore festivals including the one of St. Nicolas at the beginning of December.
Pleasures of the palate
Liège has so many good places to eat that the hardest thing is to decide where to go. From a small no-nonsense meal to a luxurious dinner, local specialities or the most exotic of dishes, you will always be able to find a cuisine to suit you.
And for those who like food and are interested in discovering something new, you can enjoy the traditional cuisine of Liège. The menu includes: boulets-frites (meatballs and chips/fries), salade liégeoise (green beans, potatoes, diced bacon), fricassee (omelette with bacon or sausage), rognons de veau (veal kidneys), gaufres (waffles), pèkèt (gin/juniper spirit), café liégeois (Liège coffee), etc.
Pèkèt is the local version of gin (juniper spirit). Whether natural or flavoured (lemon, strawberry, melon, violet, etc.), it is the traditional drink of the Liège festivities, but it is also drunk every day in the many bistros of the city. Pèkèt is also an essential ingredient of the regional cuisine.