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Best brunch spots on Avenue Louise, Brussels

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Best brunch spots on Avenue Louise, Brussels

Many people may not know that the now celebrated ‘brunch’ was a meal concept dreamed up by the English in the late 1800s. Apparently, a solution was needed to combat the Sunday morning hangover which needed to include a) more food than a usual breakfast and b) less food than a usual lunch. Voila’. Over a century later, many more people may be excused for believing the brunch phenomena was born in Brussels. The city has adopted this most divine lazy Sunday tradition with such gusto that exceptional brunches are offered in the trendiest and most exquisite restaurants and cafes’ all over town. Book your holiday rental apartment on Avenue Louise, the most central and fashionable artery of Brussels and you’ll be within drooling distance to the following delectable brunch spots. Café de la Presse, 493 Avenue Louise...for that chaotic buzzy Brussels feel We should start by saying that enjoying a brunch at Cafe de la Presse may not be to everyone’s taste. Pardon the pun. This super-trendy cafe can get enormously packed, incredibly loud and frustratingly chaotic; which are the three things we actually love about it! No matter how ‘orderly’ your Brussels vacation is going...pop in here on a Sunday morning ...

Best restaurants around Place Rogier in Brussels

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Best restaurants around Place Rogier in Brussels

Brussels’ city centre is home to more restaurants and bistros than anyone could visit on one single holiday. Having said that, however, all who spend a few days here agree: most of them are tourist-traps par excellence. The menus are identical, the prices inflated and, most importantly, the meals are barely edible. This is not exactly a unique or new phenomenon; finding a good restaurant owner who’s interested in return business, in a thriving capital like Brussels, is always a challenge. But you need not base yourself miles away from the action just to find a fantastic restaurant. All you need is a little insider help. That’s where we come in! Book your Brussels vacation apartment near Place Rogier and fear not. Follow our guide to the best foodie gems around and you can skip the tourist-touting waiters with ease, knowing that among the most popular streets in town there are gastronomic gems few tourists have yet to discover. Sea Grill, Rue Fosse aux Loups 47 Sea Grill is renowned for offering one of the best fine-dining experiences in the whole country and, while it may not be the cheapest meal in town, we do agree that it is by far one of ...

The Best Attractions in Sainte Catherine, Brussels

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The Best Attractions in Sainte Catherine, Brussels

Part of Brussels’ historic city centre, Sainte Catherine is a maze of cobblestone alleys once home to the city’s poorest residents. Nowadays, it stands resplendent in its stark contrast to the city’s more modern side, and the more aristocratic quarters of the Upper Town, where grand avenues are flanked by even grander palaces. Boasting Brussels’ trendiest boutiques, an eclectic mix of eateries and an enticing and vibrant nightlife, Sainte Catherine is the ideal base from which to explore Brussels, perfect for those wanting to experience an utterly spunky Brussels. Book you holiday rental apartment in Sainte Catherine and discover just how many treasures you’ll have right outside your door. Place St. Catherine The heart and soul of Sainte Catherine is its homonymous plaza, once home to the most thriving port in the entire country. Ask the locals and they’ll tell you they still refer to the plaza by its original name: the fish market. Back in the 1500s this was the effervescent pulse of Brussels, where fishermen would sail right in to sell their fresh catches. Fishing provided an unrivalled livelihood for the city’s residents for hundreds of years, and the plaza is revered for its cultural and historical significance. The port may ...

Beauty Spas near Avenue Louise, Brussels

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Beauty Spas near Avenue Louise, Brussels

If you’re looking for a splendid spa on your next Brussels vacation, look no further than Avenue Louise, the city’s premier shopping and dining strip. The 2.7km artery boasts an interesting history, and has been at the centre of Brussels’ effervescence for over 150 years. Flanked by enormous chestnut trees, and inhabited by some of the richest people in the country, Avenue Louise is the epitome destination for anyone wanting to experience the fashionable essence of the Belgian capital. So if you happen to encounter a rainy day whilst on a Brussels vacation, or you simply want to indulge all your senses for just a few hours, then book an apartment on Avenue Louise and head to one of our favourite beauty and health spas. Serendip Spa, 18 Place Stephanie On popular and trendy Stephanie Square is where you’ll find Serendip Spa, one of the city’s very best beauty retreats. This is the place to come to if being spoiled and serviced from head to toe in deliciously relaxing surroundings is just your thing. From yoga classes, to face and body treatments and a chance to snap up some of the best botanical beauty products in Europe, Serendip Spa offers enough enticements to ...

The Best Moules Frites in Brussels

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The Best Moules Frites in Brussels

Brussels, the Belgian capital, is often overlooked as a European vacation destination, in favour of more fashionable capitals like Paris or Rome. While we agree that Brussels is mostly distinguished as Europe’s business power-house (both NATO and the EU have their headquarters here), this does not mean one should only visit in order to advance one’s political or diplomatic career. We think it’s about time this destination-discrimination come to a halt! Brussels is a great city to visit and is the ideal destination for those who appreciate outstanding architecture, modern art and scrumptious cuisine. Of course, Brussels is also home to some of the most delicious chocolate in the world. Bet you had forgotten about that! Brussels is also where you can savour the most delicious moules frites in the whole country. Belgium’s national dish is a delectable combination of crispy golden French fries, served alongside a steaming bowl of super-fresh mussels cooked in a delicious broth. Book your next vacation rental in Brussels, and come taste for yourself just how appetizing this European Capital can be. For the best moules frites in town, we suggest you visit one, or all, of our favourite eateries. Chez Léon, 18 Rue des Bouchers Do not let ...

The Five Most Decadent Chocolate Shops in Brussels

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The Five Most Decadent Chocolate Shops in Brussels

Belgium’s obsession with chocolate is not imaginary; the country produces over 170,000 tonnes of the stuff every year. And although other cities such as Barcelona and Zurich can also lay title to ‘chocolate capital of Europe’, chocolate shops form a strong part of the urban scenery in central Brussels. Here are a few of the best places to get your hit: Godiva, place du Grand Sablón, 47 Godiva is not Belgium’s most famous name is chocolate for nothing, and they can be bought considerably cheaper than at home here in its flagships store. Choose from bon-bons in new season’s flavours such as Spring Raspberry Tart or their classic ganaches and truffles. Godiva’s travel-friendly packaging, using petite boxes and bows, is exquisite. Galler, rue au Beurre, 44 Galler is what the Belgium Royal Family nibble on when overtaken with chocolate craving. Jean Galler’s chocolate tablets, which come in stylish, minimalist packaging, make great gifts. As is the trend in the competitive world of’ haute chocolate’, these are divided into ‘collections’; for something classic, try the ‘Heritage’ flavours with a high cocoa count or cocoa beans from different regions of Africa and the Americas in the ‘Blended Range’. Pierre Marcolini, place du Grand Sablón, 39 Considered to be ...

On the trail of Tintin in Brussels

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On the trail of Tintin in Brussels

Arguably, Brussels’ most celebrated virtue (besides moules frites, beer and chocolate) is Tintin, the intrepid cartoon character created by the Georges Prosper Remi, better known as Hergé. Whilst Tintin and his dog Snowy’s appeal is universal and enduring (Spielberg is currently making a trilogy of his adventures in 3D), there are plenty of other Belgium cartoonists whose work will be familiar to you; Jijé, Morris (who invented the lovable cowboy Lucky Luke), Frank Pé of Brousaille fame, the smurfs creator Peyo and many more besides have made Belgium synonymous with the ‘clean line’ style of comic strip art. There are many places in the centre of Brussels that pay homage to these early auteurs of animation, from Museums to bookshops to street art. Here are few suggestions:

The Flower Carpet event in Brussels Grand Place

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The Flower Carpet event in Brussels Grand Place

The Grand Place in Brussels is one of the world’s largest and most spectacular squares and is lined with wonderful period buildings. In 1971, the first Flower Carpet was created within the Grand Place by E. Stautemans, a landscape architect. A graduate of Ghent Horticultural College, Stautemans often experimented with making carpets and rugs out of flowers and he had a particular fondness for begonias. Following years of practice, Stautemans was an expert in the creation of wonderful flower carpets which had sophisticated patterns and amazing floral colours. Size became an issue which is why Stautemans decided to create the most fantastic flower carpet in Brussels, surrounded by much of Brussels’ ancient architecture in Grand Place. Each year, the flower carpet covers over three hundred square metres and involves the use of over eight hundred thousand begonias. Within the carpet design are several fountains that spout water onto the blooms to keep them fresh in the hot August sun for four days. Once the carpet is finished, the result is almost beyond what the eye can take in. The multicoloured flower carpet creates a truly incredible centrepiece in the Grand Place and within the design are often figures recreating scenes from myth and ...

Honeymoon in Brussels by Jenni Pho

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Honeymoon in Brussels by Jenni Pho

Eyes flashed Noses grasped for oxygen Mouths thrashed Ears squashed Mr and Mrs Saxena smashed the vulnerable brochure. "Where now to go for our sweet honeymoon?" She crackled "Coconut Island in India" He tracked Europe section "Hey, Brussels" that's it "Our destination" and no more mutual tirade “my dear!” So here they departed mingling with the tourist influx chattering amid the humongous bunch heading towards Brussels Mrs and Mr Saxena arrived at dawn at Brussels Airport Maritime breeze soothed the frozen faces Mr and Mrs Saxena Took off their huge coats Pulled out their soft socks Hey Brussels is warmer We escaped from the cutting cold in Delhi this January” Corpulent back-packs now was ambulatory no more. He accelerated to the coast She grabbed his hands for,well, a kizzzzzz He felt like Lucky Luke, hailing the Atlantic breeze for some detective clues She felt like Victor Hugo, quietening for the souls to communicate The architect Mr Saxena‘ Got lost’ in Grand Place, Royal Palace The ‘far-sighted’ Mrs Saxena Stunned by the Manneken Pis “Hey sweetie, how about our kids? Will they be in that Vrije Universiteit Brussel?” “Sure, honey” Mr Saxena assured “And let’s bound them for some Dutch courses since their babie-hood Let’s name them Tintin, Cubitus, Gaston Lagaffe and Marsupilami” So what's that? What's honeymoon by the way? Is it necessarily sweet as if we can taste the moon? Or ...

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