Shopping in Brussels needn’t be dedicated solely to fashion, alongside the large Woluwe shopping centre you’ll find colourful markets and divine chocolate shops. Pick up Ghent’s traditional mustard at heritage listed Tierenteyn-Verlent or satisfy every sense with a trip to Gare du Midi Market – try Moroccan crȇpes with cheese, honey and vegetables, washed down with a mint tea.
Sightseeing – culture and history
Situated in the heart of the city, Grand-Place is considered one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Europe with its ornate buildings that date back to the 17th century. Learn about the Art Nouveau movement at the Horta Museum or be captivated by the hidden treasures of the Museum of Natural Sciences.
Head to Bar Choc, a chocoholics heaven that serves over 44 different kinds of hot and cold chocolate drinks. Enjoy authentic bistro cuisine at Au Stekerlapatte. Or embrace the unique gastronomic experience at Gin Fish. In the absence of printed menus, diners congregate around the open kitchen to watch the chef prepare dishes from the days freshest market ingredients.
Start your Belgium beer experience near the Gran-Palace at La Mort Subite – dare you try their homemade concoction ‘Sudden Death’? Hotsy Totsy is a great place for live music – where the rear room doubles as a gallery space for local artists. While Café Belga is ideal for variety, with a DJ on Friday nights and jazz on a Sunday.