Ahh Brussels, the land of chocolate, waffles, and fries. What’s there not to love? I visited Brussels for a short day and a half on my way to Amsterdam from Paris. Although Paris is my favourite city in the world, it unfortunately rained the whole time I was there. In fact, it rained so much that I started developing Carpel Tunnel Syndrome from holding my umbrella for 14 hours a day. Brussels on the other hand, was absolutely beautiful. It was such a nice change to be able to wear my culottes, sit in a patio and enjoy a latte. I’ve discussed this in a previous post, but my first night in Brussels was a rough. Determined to turn things around and make the most of my experience, I woke up bright and early the next day, and with the weather on my side, I fell in love with the city. I’m also certain I put myself on the fast track to diabetes, but at least I did it while eating Belgian chocolates.
Although Brussels may not be on the top of your list of places to travel, I would highly recommend a visit. It’s truly worth it, especially for foodies! I was also absolutely shocked at their rich history, never in a million years did I think there was so much depth to the city. In retrospect, I wish I’d had another day in Belgium so I could have made a trip down to Bruges, but alas, I find myself wishing for extra days in Europe no matter which city I write about. So without further ado, here is my list of recommendations:
What to do: Admire the cityscape while taking a stroll down Mont des Arts. Visit Notre Dame du Sablon for beautiful stained glass windows. Shopping on Avenue Louise. Take the Sandeman’s walking tour for the most detailed history of the city, this is what truly turned my trip around. Stroll around Grand Place to surround yourself with UNESCO World Heritage sites (watch your bags and pockets, and don’t make the mistake of eating at any of the god awful restaurants). Dilerium for the largest selection of beer in the world (again, watch your stuff).
What to eat: Georgette for fries that will blow your mind. Seafood anywhere on Place Saint Catherine, Noordzee is the most famous. For waffles, there is a shop right next to Mannekinpis – you should be paying no more than €2-3 otherwise you’re being ripped off. Chocolates from Mary or Elisabeth. Burgers from Manhattn’s Burgers. Scott’s for lattes that will put everything else to shame.