Brussels is at the heart of Europe and fast becoming the destination in Europe for anyone seeking fun and adventure. This cosmopolitan city has so much to offer it will delight every one of you be it a foodie, a party animal, a shopaholic or just a curious tourist!
FOOD: Let’s face it: a big part of visiting any city is trying out the local food. Bring it on you little foodies because Brussels has it all! Here’s a list of what you CANNOT miss (yes you will be a little heavier on your way home, but who cares?)
- Belgian waffles: there are actually two types of waffles in Belgium namely the Brussels Waffle and the Liege waffle. We are sure you will be able to tell the difference after a few weeks!
- Chocolate: Belgium produces the best chocolate in the world. No wonder Brussel’s Airport is the world’s biggest chocolate selling point. There are many brands available, the most luxurious including Marcolini, Godiva and Neuhaus. However, belgian chocolate bars available in supermarkets is delicious too (Côte d’Or, Galler) and at a far more reasonable price so keep the posh chocolates to bring home and enjoy some unlimited chocolate from the supermarket for yourself!
- Mussels: usually served with french fries and refered to as “moules-frites” in French, it is a typical Belgian dish. To eat mussels like a true Belgian you must use an empty mussel shell to eat them!
- French Fries: when in Brussels, eat French Fries! Although paradoxical, it is claimed that fries originated in Belgium. It’s a classic dish and you will be able to buy a “cornet de frites” pretty much anywhere around the Grande Place.
- Beer: even though you can enjoy Belgian beer anywhere, the most popular stop for enjoying a local beer is the Delirium Café, situated in the center of Brussels. The café is recognised by Guinness World Records as having the largest selection of beers in the world!
- Le Pain Quotidien: this restaurant was created in Brussels back in 1990, by a young chef Alain Coumont, and is present in more than 200 locations on five continents. Enjoy healthy organic dishes such as the traditional open sandwiches or “tartines” served in one of the many Pain Quotidien restaurants in Belgium.
SHOPPING SPOTS: Whether you’re into buying chocolate, renewing your wardrobe or just want to do some window-shopping of luxurious boutiques, you’ll be surprised at what Brussels has to offer. Here are a few shopping spots you should definitely check out:
- Avenue Louise – high end fashion
- Rue Neuve – affordable
- Sablon – chocolates and antiques
- The Royal Saint Hubert Galleries – a beautiful old gallery
- Rue Dansaert – for hip design
PARTY : The nightlife in Brussels is incredible: you can either go bar hopping in the centre of the city or choose one or other nightclub to spend your night at depending on the type of music and setting you like! Popular nightclubs include: Spirito, Jeux d’Hiver, Fuse, Mirano, Bloody Louis, You.
TOP 10 : Here is a list of the cultural places you must tick off your list before going home.
- Grande Place
- The Royal Palace
- Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)*
- Magritte Museum (Royal Museums of Fine Arts)
- Manneken Pis
- Natural Sciences Museum
- Comics Art Museum in Art Deco buildings
*Friendly tip: go up to the last floor of the MIM Museum to enjoy a drink with a beautiful city skyscape view.