Jack O’Shea’s Butcher Shop, Brussels

By - June 11, 2008 (Updated: May 30, 2016)


I can hardly believe we’ve been in our new flat for almost a month. Where has the time gone? (And where the heck is my staircase railing?!) Although we’re still busy trying to clean up the old house to hand over (soon, but not soon enough) we’ve had a bit more time for exploring. Last weekend we had a fabulous find – Jack O’Shea’s Butcher shop.

As you can probably tell from the name, Jack O’Shea’s is an Irish Butcher. I first heard about them when Flanders Today did a St. Patrick’s week special edition on the Irish in Belgium. I added it to the “places I must visit when we move to the city” list and miraculously remembered it last weekend.

Jack’s is about a 20 min walk from our flat. It’s a nice walk too – through Maria Louisa and Ambiorix parks, passing some lovely Art Nouveau buildings on the way.

The shop is small and welcoming and of course has a long counter full of organic meats. The staff was friendly and very helpful. We had some veg from our market adventure that we needed to use up and they suggested the perfect cut of beef for shish-kabobs and even cubed it for us. We bought some chicken that was pre-marinated in a spicy concoction that Andrew proclaimed tasted just like Swiss-Chalet. We also got some sausages and ground beef for the BBQ.

The shop also stocks a wide variety of organic spices and spice blends, sauces, preserves and a large selection of wines from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa among others. The prices were really reasonable and considering the quality and flavour of the meat, I may never buy at the grocery store again!

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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