• To live in Liege as a pure “Liégeois” ;
• To get the keys of a love at first sight apartment in the heart of the ardent city ;
• To receive guests on your living room or terrace with view on the Cathedral or the Meuse ;
• To cook true Liégeois meatballs with trappist beer and Liege’s syrup at home or sit on a restaurant’s table, awarded with a “Boulet de Cristal” for its awesome local cuisine ;
• To shop and walk on La Batte docks, on Sunday mornings, which is one of the biggest outdoor markets of Europe ;
• To bargain-hunt on the Saint-Pholien’s bric-a-brac, on Friday mornings, and continue ones deco, accessories and others local specialties bargains on Neuvice or Souverain-Pont streets
• To sit on a terrace whenever the sun appears in the Market or Carmes Places and to look at people and pigeons passing by ;
• To surprise oneself saying “Oufti” or “Ouftidjuti” in the end of sentences
• To avoid tourists “traps” thanks to our various experiences and advices from natives and expatriates. Thanks also to our latest discoveries, places to be/to drink/to eat/to see  that win the Ze team unanimous support ;
• To llive a unique and local experience ;
• For our home to become your home ;

Welcome in this « plat pays » that is yours?

 Ze Guide

Discover, read, live in Liège as we do thanks to our tour guide written by Emilie. It will give you practical information when you’ll arrive in Liege, good plans and adresses, must-sees, to live a true experience in the city.

Because our mission is to make you feel at home.

For the smartphone version, click here and for the pdf, click here.

Enjoy the discovery! 


Aaaah finally arrived at your destination!
You finally find yourself alone in your new home. It isn’t so bad to sit down for a while, is it?
However, this is often exactly the moment that you realize what you forgot/lost/broke in transit…
it is also at these moments that we stare at the empty fridge, hoping for it to grant our wishes…



– Between 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. (ZE right time): this is the perfect time to buy perfume or extra socks, everything is open!

– Outside of these hours, before 9:30 a.m. or after 6:30 p.m. (ZE critical moment): most SUPERMARKETS open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., so yourevening meal and toothbrush are safe.

– After 8:00 p.m.(ZE plan B): if your fridge is empty, you may need to consider the pizza option – the pizzas at BAMBOLA are very good – because you have to be very lucky to find a table at a good restaurant in Liège without making a reservation two days in advance. Otherwise, the sushi at SUSHI TIME is exquisite, and the couscous from Chez RABAH, served to go in your own pots, will warm your heart.

For small purchases and little vices – tobacco-alcohol-chips – you are still in luck, because Liège is known for its many NIGHT SHOPS, commonly called “Paki” (because a number of the storekeepers come from Pakistan). They will be able to come to your rescue at night or on Sundays.


In the city centre, the CARREFOUR EXPRESS, the BAKERIES, and the night shops are open, but feel free to go buy your fruits, vegetables, roast chickens,flowers, pyjamas, etc. at LA BATTE, located along the left bank of the Meuse. It’s one of the largest outdoor markets in Europe!

Be careful, if your iPhone is showing that it’s 2:30 p.m., it’s not worth moving: that’s when the vendors at la Batte pack up camp.

You can console yourself by VISITING A MUSEUM, free if it’s the first Sunday of the month… Then, you can consider pizza yet again…



– Carry an umbrella. Even if the weather seems good, you mustn’t be too confident: we are never completely safe from a small drizzle (or a big downpour – a drache, to speak like a local);

– In case of sunshine, if it is one of the first sunny days of spring, feel free to bare a little more skin and go observe the locals at the now-overcrowded patios overlooking the place du marché or the place des Carmes. Actually, residents of Liège believe in light therapy; they are even ready to take a day off as soon as the sun makes its first appearance in the sky, to swap their sweaters for short sleeves and soak up the one sole ray of light…


– Do you plan to leave smiling? Get ready for Liège familiarity. From hello to the family anecdotes: the friendlier you are, the more they will tell you!

– If you want to continue a conversation with a stranger but you don’t know what to say, feel free to comment on the weather, the primary topic of conversation in Liège (apart from Guillaume, the bookseller at the bottom of rue Saint-Gilles).


Although they speak French, this French still contains traces of Walloon (a language which is still spoken by some older people in the city) and an influence from Italian (due to Liège’s industrial past and the Italian emigration in the mining sector).

Here is a word which, all by itself, represents the entire Liégeois lexicon

OUFTI: [ufti] (sometimes pronounced fti, wafti, oufff.., ..ti, ouftidjuti) two syllables that encapsulate a purely Liégeois expression, to be said at any moment and to mark all kinds of feelings: exclamation, surprise, relief, sadness, anger, joy, etc. Some residents of Liège use it almost unconsciously, as a simple spoken interjection.
Other words, less useful than the local “Oufti”, (Trémie, RAVeL, Chique, Dagobert, Drache, Bièsse, Ewaré, Mamé, Guindaille, etc.) are explained on theZe Agency’s website.


– With family and friends, but also with simple acquaintances, we kiss on the cheek: just one kiss is enough!

– Shaking hands is preferred between professional contacts or between men; they will extend a hand before a cheek.

This choice, left up to individual judgment, is not always easy…

The most hesitant shake hands while giving kisses, knowing that at their second meeting, they will kiss on the cheek.


if you have the time and the shoes, nothing is ever very far or very steep.

So take advantage of your travels to walk, looking at the shells of Saint-Jacques de Compostelle on the ground, the golden pipes of SimenonWay (a writer from Liège that you’ll find on a bench, between the City Halland the Maison du Péket), the old paving stones – very anti-high heels– and other curiosities. On the way back, feel free to look up at the detailsof the storefronts of Liège, which are modern or medieval depending onthe street or the neighbourhood.

Other means of transport and other ways of touring the city are offeredand explained on the Ze Agency website.


BREAKFAST AT “CAPPUCINO” , rue des Croisiers, 40, 4000 Liège

In all weather and for all budgets, locals like to drink their coffee or eat their breakfast while reading the newspaper made available in many cafes, particularly those around the Philosophies and Humanities colleges and the Chiroux library. We recommend this one:
– For the charm of the place, left as it was created in 1971: small round tables and wooden stools, soft light, old rugs, visible cross beams, and newspapers to read;

– For immersing yourself in the debates, internal or not, of well-known or unknown intellectuals or artists, who come alone, in pairs or in groups of three;

– For the impressive, enormous, magnificent mountain of crème fraîche that towers over the Cappuccinos and for the variety of coffees and teas in bulk (Liketheir tea? You can buy some at FRAGRANCE , at the end of rue Neuvice,the pedestrian street leading from the place du Marché).

– The prix fixe menus for sweet or savoury breakfasts, both inexpensive and high-quality, with fresh fruits and small cookies on the side.

Don’t like bohemians and hipsters?? Avoid Cappuccino and make your way to rue de la Casquette (one street to the left, just before the Opera when you are coming from place Cathédrale), at No. 12, a brunch is waiting for you in the cosy, trendy, and new atmosphere of the CAFFE INTERNAZIONAL


Take rue Saint-Paul, a pedestrian street where you will find good butchers, bakers, cheese shops, grocery stores, and other small high-quality boutiques.


Know that, perpendicular to this street, at No. 9 rue Soeurs de Hasque, you’ll find POT-AU-LAIT, a cafe with a patio which, if you aren’t faint of heart and if you close your eyes at the state of the restrooms, is worth the detour:

– For the originality of the place, its thousand and one modern, changing, moving decorations that come straight from the imagination of Liège’s most unusual artists;

– For its wide selection of beers, served on tap, such as its fruity beers (try the Pécheresse);

– To tenderly observe the latest styles of the trendy young students from Liège and elsewhere. You can then follow rue Saint-Paul to get to the CATHEDRAL OF LIÈGE

THE TREASURE OF THE CATHEDRAL is the subject of tours particularly appreciated by my grandfather – but now I’ve stepped out of my role as Ze Guide, so I’ll continue my explanation speaking in the name of the agency. What we love in this cathedral, aside from its history and architecture, is its organist. This is because in addition to playing songs from Walloon folklore, he takes on Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Muse, U2, Radiohead, etc on Wednesday at noon. Some “blind tests” of the Cathedral have also already been organised.

From the place Cathédrale, keep going straight. At the end of rue Vinâve d’Ile, a pedestrian and commercial street, you will find yourself in front of THE OPERA , whose renovation has been a subject of debate at Ze Agency and around the city: do you like it or not? As for me, I don’t really like the top of the building; I think it seems surrounded by scaffolding, eventhough it is meant to be artistic and aesthetic. I say this because, you understand, Ze Guide is not objective and benefits a lot from its freedom of expression.


Because you have a lot to do when it comes to trying Liège specialties.
Since you are nearby, we suggest you dine at POINT DE VUE , Place Verte, 10, 4000 Liège.

This is a temple of Liège specialties, you will find all the dishes that you should be sure to taste before going back to your faraway land: boulets à la Liégeoise, Herve cheese and Liège syrup, Liégeoise salad (or hotpot), etc.

Next to this green space, across from the Opera, you’ll find the Espace Sain Michel , its multimedia library, gym, shoemaker, and DELHAIZE.

Next, you’ll find, beyond this space, the PRINCE-BISHOPS’ PALACE OF LIÈGE and the famous Place Saint-Lambert , the city’s “birthplace”.

The metallic pillars symbolize the pillars of Liège’s ancient Cathedral of Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Lambert, destroyed the day after the Liège Revolution of1789, an echo of the French Revolution.

Around the place Saint-Lambert, a small plane flown by the statues of two people from Liège folklore: TCHANTCHÈS AND NANESSE (a couple of alcoholic miners) can satisfy your desire for kitschy photography, while the Galeries Saint-Lambert, across from you, will meet your shopping needs.

To buy some Walloon specialties and creations, make your way to WATTITUDE FOOD + FASHION + DESIGN , (say hello to Madame Manu on our behalf) at rue Souverain-Pont (the second street on the right after the entrance to the Galeries). A few steps from this store is a quirky restaurant that only opens at night, the MANDIBULE EN ROUE LIBRE , which we recommend for its design and seasonal product.

Then go a little further, to the Place du Marché , with its patios, City Hall, post offices, tourist souvenir shop, and PERRON (a fountain topped by a large column, you can’t miss it), a symbol of the freedoms of Liège.


Make your way to the second cafe on your left, VIN SUR VIN, to, without wanting to seem too insistent, try some boulets à la liégeoise (we explain the importance of these boulets on our site).


Go drink a coffee at TOCCATA, a beer at BOLAS BUG, a mint tea at BODEGA or stop off behind the City Hall at the MAISON DU PÉKET , to taste the grain alcohol distilled in the Mosane region and flavoured with juniper berries.

Take the rue des mineurs, located at the right of the Place du Marché. The road climbs a bit and leads you in front of the display for a GAUFRETTE SAPERLIPOPETTE that will bring you back to your childhood, as it does for all the other passers-by who stop, mouths and eyes wide open, in front of the pyramids of chouquettes, bouquettes, Liège waffles (three more Liège specialties to try since you really want to get to know the city and its residents). Feel free to say hello to the smiling, warm couple who run the boutique, and to write them a little note on the bookshelf that serves as a guest book.

At the intersection of this little rue des mineurs:

– at the left, you find the bustling old neighbourhood of Pierreuse, built on the old city ramparts,

– straight ahead is the MUSEUM OF WALLONIAN LIFE , pleasant both to visit and for the decor of this ancient cloister, where you can have a drink and enjoy the sun, if there is any,

– To the right, take the rue Hors-Château where you can access three curiosities you won’t want to miss: BUEREN MOUNTAIN , ranked by The Huffington Post among the most extreme staircases in the world, where you can count the steps to get up to the CITADELLE and its exceptional viewpoint over the city, the road’s magnificent dead ends (what’s more, in one of these dead ends you’ll find an excellent theme restaurant, aptly NAMED LE THÈME , as well as the SAINT-BARTHÉLEMY COLLEGIATE and its famous 12th-century baptismal fonts.

Cross the place Saint-Barthélemy, to reach Feronstrée. There, you will find the CURTIUS MUSEUM , another souvenir shop, a refined love shop, and, returning back to the place du Marché, the TOURIST OFFICE at No.92.

Back at the Place du Marché, turn left at Neuvice , a “Street to Be” for its recycled design store RESTORE, its personalized contemporary art store ARQONTANPORIN, its cheese shop UGUZON, its butcher shop COLSON, its organic bakery DODDIES, its leather goods shop HARIGA CLOSON, and its tea store FRAGANCE. Feel free to take a gastronomic break to eat a hamburger at LA FRITE, at the end of the road on the right.

Next, take the Pont des Arches, across from the rue Neuvice, to discover the FREE REPUBLIC OF OUTREMEUSE, a multicultural neighbourhood where, among other things, the folklore festivals of 15 August take place (well, from 12 to 16 August to be exact: processions, concerts, fake processions, juniper and beers at every street corner, etc.).

Once you’ve arrived in Outremeuse, keep going straight until you get to the SAINT-PHOLIEN CHURCH

This church and Captain Maigret’s bookstore across from it are reminders of two books by GEORGES SIMENON, the writer from Liège whose statue is in front of the “Maison du Péket”, where you might have already been if you followed our advice to the letter. The book about the Saint-Pholien church is called Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets, because a guy was found hanged at the door of the church… that’s it for Liège’s dark history.

Don’t hesitate to come here on Friday mornings: the SAINT-PHOLIEN SECOND-HAND STORE, on Boulevard de la Constitution, brings happiness to the greatest collectors, bargain-hunters, or simple wakers. We recommend focusing your treasure hunt at CÔTÉ COUR – CÔTÉ JARDIN boulevard de la Constitution, 48, especially if the weather is good.

Now, ask people for directions to rue Puits-en-Sock. Not because we don’t want to give you exact directions, but because we want to force you to interact with Liège locals and to walk a bit. Re-read our previous advice and all will go well: we aren’t dogs, this road is well-known in the neighbourhood and just a few steps from where you are.

Once at rue Puits-en Sock, find the entrance to the Rue roture, one of the most picturesque streets in Liège. You get there through the LION CAGE , the name given to two gates installed after a deadly accident in the early 20th century, when a little boy hurtled onto rue Puits-en Sock coming from Roture at the moment that a tram passed by.

Cross Roture, admiring its POTALES (niches containing a statue for protection), its former dance floor (look closely at the paving stones and the signs to find it), its many restaurants with hidden inner courtyards or unsuspected little gardens, and continue until, before the OUTREMEUSE SWIMMING POOL, you see a roundabout where you will take the rue de Pitteurs.

Continue straight ahead until you are back at the docks.

– Across from you on the other side of the water: the UNIVERSITY AND ITS THEATRE;

– In front of you, to the side, the RAVEL: a network of slow paths, perfect for walking and jogging;

– To your left: the University and its AQUARIUM, behind which is an unusual restaurant, LE LABO 4, and in front of which you can board the SARCELLE IV for a boat ride.

– Take a right to climb the Passerelle (did you see? In Liège, too, lovers lock padlocks onto bridges!) and return to the other bank and your starting point.

For the evening, it all depends on your desire and your energy:

THE CARRÉ, a festive neighbourhood 365 days a year, 24/7, and it has been for centuries. If you aren’t a student, you risk feeling a bit old, but the Carré is still worth the detour for your first visit to Liège…

The GRIGNOUX MOVIE THEATRES, where the programming focuses on defending auteur cinema, offering a large choice of films of all genres and nationalities, in their original language with subtitles, and at reasonable prices.

Two sites to surf to, if you want to find out about events in Liège (clubbing, concerts, theatre, dance, shows, events, openings, previews, exhibitions, salons, free plans, etc.).



Residents of Liège will happily give you information (although most of them will mix up the names of their bridges)!

Emergency services : 112
Fire : 100
Police : 101


To send a postcard to grandma: You better do it at the beginning of your stay, to be sure to do not forget it! Postcards representing Liege are sold in a bookshop on Saint-Lambert place, just before crossing the street to reach the Marché place, where you will find the Post Office (at number 32-33).

To go shopping: shops are usually open from Monday to Saturday between 9.30 am and 6.30 pm.  However, many night shops, familiarly called “Paki” (many of the storekeepers come from Pakistan) can help you out at night or on Sunday.  Talking about Sunday, don’t hesitate to buy your fruits, vegetables and others foods on La Batte docks, the biggest outdoor market in Europe! And for the ones who love to bargain hunt, Liege has its luxury second-hand boutiques: chez Lulu Store (17 Saint-Rémy Street) or at la Gerabotte (18 Avroy Boulevard) for example, and secondhand markets as the Saint-Pholien, on Friday morning on the Constitution Boulevard.

To go to the restaurant: beware if it’s Sunday, Monday or Tuesday: the restaurants are usually closed on these days.  The more famous the restaurant is, the more prudent it is to book a table two days before. The Liégeois have dinner between 6:30 pm and 8 pm.

To face possible problems: for little problems (search of information, advice, itinerary or others) don’t hesitate to ask to passers-by: the Liégeois are known for their easy talk, indeed informal, with strangers, above all with tourists in trouble.  For big troubles, here are some useful phone numbers: 112 for emergency, 101 and 04/340 80 00 for the federal police and the Liege police, 100 for the fire brigade.

To move in the city:

Walking: in the center of Liège, if you have some time and the right shoes, nothing is very far or sloping. Enjoy you walk to look at the Santiago de Compostela shells , the golden pipes of the Simenon route (Liege’s writer that can be found on a bench between the town hall and the Maison du Péket), old pavestones, anti-stiletto heels, and other curiosities.  Don’t hesitate on your way back to look up, the details of Liege’s frontages, modern or medieval according to the street or the quarter.
Riding your bicycle: Bicycles can be rented for a fay, a week in la Maison des Cyclistes, Guillemins Place, 2. More info:
Taking the bus: buses 1 and 4 make the urban loop for 1,90 €, a one day tickets are available in the Maison du TEC, Saint-Lambert Place:
In the train: three train stations are available in the center of Liège: Liège-Guillemins (work of the architect Santiago Calatrava, inaugurated in 2009, loved or hated, some call her “the wall”), Liège-Jonfosse and Liège-Palais (both will be renovated in the next years).  For information and train schedules:
In taxi: taxis stand in different key places of the city: Guillemins train station, Léopold Street, Avroy Pont.
By car: parking in the city is paying every day from 8am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 6pm except on Sundays and on public holidays. The payment is done via a parking meter system, for 4h or 1h30 max according to the urban zone where you are located, for 0, 25 € a quarter of an hour.  You can also buy a tax disk in the city of Liège (T: +32 (0)4/221.81.88) that will give you an unlimited access to this paying areas: 600 € for one year or 350 € for 6 months. Finally, there are 6 main parking lots in the center of Liège: Saint-Lambert Place, Cathédrale Place, Saint-Denis Place, quai de la Batte, quai de la Goffe, Théâtre Place (near the Opera).

To visit the city: they are different guided tours options available every day: by walk, taking the little red train or by boat on the Meuse, you just have to contact the Tourism Office in Féronstrée, 92, 4000 Liège – +32 (0)4/221.92.21 –

The tips: are appreciated but not obligatory.  You won’t vex anyone if you don’t give the waiter a tip but you will make him happy if you do so, whatever the sum.

To say hello to a Liégeois: with one’s family or friends, we kiss each other on the cheek.  One kiss is enough.  However, shaking hands is preferred between professional contacts or between men; they will extend a hand before a cheek. The most hesitant shake hands while giving kisses, knowing that at their second meeting, they will kiss on the cheek.

To chat with a Liégeois: the Liégeois hates the rain, above all in summer, he is often too cold or too hot, and worries about the fact that there is “no more seasons”.  The weather is the main subject to choose having a conversation with strangers.  Liege’s chauvinism will give to whatever tourist an endless subject with the Liégeois that he will meet: the city, its story and everything that happens in it.

To know what is going on in Liège:  Websites inform you almost in real time of Liege’s news stories: However, don’t hesitate to look at the posters and flyers in various coffees and cultural places.


 1.       In the Museum of Walloon life, Cour des Mineurs, 4000 Liège.

• For its surroundings, quiet and lovely that offers this 13th century former monastery rebuild in the Renaissance style in the 17th century, in the heart of the city;
• For its museum and temporary expositions;
• For its culinary specialties of Liege and homemade potatoes;
• Because it is a training company that manages the Flavors space

 2.       In Poivre et Sel, Fond Saint-Servais Street, 18, 4000 Liège.

• For the big and wonderful court of a building listed in the Walloon Heritage
• For the popular and lively Pierreuse quarter, starting point for many walks towards the Citadelle’s hillsides.
• For the quality of its sandwiches and salads: don’t hesitate to taste a Bressois or a Sud-Ouest!

 3.       Ô Cocottes, Mont Saint Martin, 9-11, 4000 Liege

• For their wonderful viewpoint on the city ;
• To lounge in deckchairs and taste the luxury of the only 5 stars in Liège;
• For their delicious coffee, very delicious!

4.       In the Pot-Au-Lait, Soeurs de Hasque Street, 9, 4000 Liège

• For the originality of the place, its various modern decorations, off the wall, changing, coming out of the imagination of the most marginal Liege’s artists;
• For its large choice of beers, as its fruit beers : try la Pécheresse;
• To laugh at the different styles of Liege’s and worldwide students.

 5.       Roture Street, 4020 Liège (Outremeuse)

• To discover on the most picturesque street of Liège, its lion cage (name given to the railings places in the beginning of the street from the Puits-en-Sock Street since the fatal accident of a little boy ran over by a tramway in the 20th century),  its “potales” (niches with protecting statues inside) and its former dancing floor (look at the cobblestones and signs to find it);
• For its various restaurants and their inside courts or wonderful little gardens;
• For la Rustica pizzas (number 19) to savor on the P’tit Bougnat terrace (asking the permission to Jean-Marie, the owner) but also the rums pf the Brasil coffee (number 74) or the Métisses restaurant nearby.

 6.       In Mad Café, Avroy Park, 4000 Liège

• For the originality of the place: a break in the middle of a boulevard!
• For its stand, very sought-after the music festivals, paper lantern dances, weddings and other lovers celebrations;
• For the social dimension of the place : the Mad Musée mission (Museum of Differentiated Arts) is to make known and to highlight the artistic works of disabled or mentally disabled persons, through temporary expositions, educational animations and a permanent collection.

7.        Marché Place

• For its charm, history, “perron” (symbol of Liege’s freedoms), pigeons but above all, large choice of terraces and atmospheres;
• For the pleasure to watch passers-by sipping a fresh mint tea in la Bodega or a cappuccino in la Toccata;
• For the Liege’s meat balls in Vin sur Vin, the Comté fondue of la Valaisanne and the Cheeseburger of l’Ange Vin.

 8.       Place des Carmes

• To watch and be seen, solar glasses on the tip of the nose, Champagne on the tip of the fingers.  The atmosphere is in fact less popular and more classy than in the Marché place;
• For the Wine Note wines and the Comptoir ,decoration, made by talented Liege’s artists.
• For the heart shaped waffles that follow the coffee in the Rive Gauche.

 9.       Côté Cour/côté Jardin, Constitution boulevard, 48, 4020 Liège

• For those who wished to be artists, those who are or those who like to rub shoulders with them.
• For the pleasure to have a drink or eat a salad in the garden;
• To make a break and enjoy ones finds in the Saint-Pholien secondhand market that takes place in the same boulevard every Friday mornings.

 10.       In the Brasserie of the Sauvenière movie Theater, Xavier Neujean Place, 4000 Liège

• To have a drink or eat a toasted sandwich, an empanada or a soup in the indoor court and for the casing that vibes and lights up at your table when your dishes are ready;
• For the various events organized on the Brasserie: fashion shows, signing sessions, concerts, outdoor movie theater, debates, conversation tables, etc.
• For its movie theater which programming is based on the defense of independent art cinema and offers a large choice of worldwide movies in their original versions with subtitles, at a sweet price.


1.       In Québec Café, Cour Saint Gilles, 34, 4000 Liège

• To start the day with a little trip in the caribou country. By the way, it is possible to take back a souvenir as special species, cushions, bird seeds, soap or doormat
• To pull a  log (take a stool) and choose among the Quebec breakfast formulas and, whatever the choice is, have maple syrup in abundance;
• For the bride of having booked a table (+32 (0) in this place very popular for Liege’s Bohos without children (the welcome is less warm when you go there with your offspring).

2.       In Pain Quotidien, Mouton blanc Street, 19, 4000 Liège

• To feel « at home » thanks to soft music, subdued ambiance and large shared table where, if you don’t want to eat alone, you can take your breakfast with others