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Food and drinks in Brussels
Mary Chocolatier - You'll find the best Belgian Chocolate at Mary Chocolatier in Brussels. This small chocolate shop with elegant rococo interiors supplies the Belgian royal family with its chocolate. When you know you know... Rue Royale 73, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium - mary.be/en
Maison Antoine - Where to find Belgian Frites in Brussels? According to my Belgium friend the best Belgian frites are from Maison Antoine. Its also the oldest (founded in 1948) and you can easily queue for 30 minutes. 1 Place Jourdan, 1040 Bruxelles, Belgium - maisonantoine.be Cafe Jat - A vibrant, bright and busy cafe for a good lunch or a coffee. Jat is cool. Rue de Namur 28, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium - jat.cool Fika - For your daily fix of coffee and a Swedish bun. Fika can help you! Rue de la Paix 17, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium - facebook.com/fikabrussels Au Laboureur - Whilst bar Delirium stocks the most variety of beer (over 3000) I would try and go for a local like Au Laboureur. An old cafe with the relaxed charm of old Brussels. The outside terrace does get busy. Try a local Zinnebir. Rue de Flandre 108, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium - facebook.com/aulaboureurcafe Umamido - A tiny Japanese ramen bar off Place Flagey serving big bowls of noodles and delicious gyoza dumplings. Chaussée de Vleurgat 1, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium - umamido.be
Bookshops in Brussels
Tropismes - A beautiful bookshop in a 19th century arcade with ornated ceilings and high mirrors. Galerie des Princes 11, 1000 Brussel, Belgium - tropismes.com
What To Do in Brussels
Museum Margritte - Inside the impressive neoclassical building on Place Royale you'll find the beautiful museum Margritte. You'll find classic paintings like empire of light (27 different version) showing a house at night lit by a single street lamp. Rue de la Régence 3, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium - musee-magritte-museum.be/en Street Market at Place Flagey - The street market has its usual things of bread, vegetables etc. but also a huge truck selling chickens roasted on the spot. Place Flagey is the place to be on Sunday morning.
Art Nouveau Houses in Brussels
Maison Saint-Cyr - A narrow house with ornate facade of iron and glass build by Gustave Strauven. Square Ambiorix 11, 1000 Brussel, Belgium Around Avenue Louise and its side streets you'll find amazing houses from between 1893 en 1910. Also checkout Avenue Louise and the Ixelles ponds.
UNESCO Buildings in Brussels
Hôtel van Eetvelde - Once a family home now owned by the Belgian gas federation. Avenue Palmerston 4, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium Grand-Place - A visited to Brussels is not completed with a visit to the touristy Grand Place. Most of the buildings are 17th century guild houses, the town hall is an older gothic building. 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
The European Quarter in Brussels
Parc Leopold - A nice park for a stroll or a picnic. Located between the European Parliament and the Berlaymont building. 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium Square Ambiorix - A romantic square on the edge of the European Quarter. Ambiorixsquare, 1000 Brussel, Belgium Europa building - Known as the 'egg in a cage' building. Rue de la Loi 155, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium Berlaymont building - A glass building where the European Commission is housed. Berlin wall - Three parts ended up in Brussels. Lets learn from our history.
Fun facts about Brussels
Jeanneke Pis - A small pig tailed girl to counterpart Manneke Pis. Impasse de la Fidélité 10-12, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium Manneke Pis - Only 61cm tall but probably the 'biggest' guy in Brussels. The replica stands outside whilst the original is kept in the Brussels museum. 1000 Brussels, Belgium Zinneke Pis - A statue of a dog pissing in the street - the perfect symbol for this chaotic but charming city.
Rue des Chartreux 35, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Street art in Brussels
Jef Aerosol - Sprayed stencil graffiti portraits of famous rock singers such as John Lennon and Bob Dylan on the grey facade of a downtown record shop. Rue du Chêne 71000 Bruxelles, Belgium Xiii - Striking New York street scene. A shame its damaged. Rue Philippe de Champagne 29-31, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium Franquin - Gaston Lagaffe leaning out of a window. Rue de l'Ecuyer 11, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium The Broussaille Wall - The first comic strip mural to be painted in July 1991. You see a cheerful couple, Broussaille and his girlfriend, going for a brisk walk around the city. Rue du Marché au Charbon 41, 1000 Brussels, Belgium The Victor Sackville Wall - Not too far from the Broussaille Wall is the Victor Sackville Wall. Here, the main character Victor Sackville – a British spy that lands in Brussels – is introduced. Rue du Marché au Charbon, 1000 Brussels, Belgium Olivier Rameau Wall - Close to Manneke Pis is one of the most festive comic strip murals and it is for a reason that the Olivier Rameau Wall gets lot of attention. Rue du Chêne 9, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
More information about Brussels
The official website of the City of Brussels