Millions of people visit Brussels every year. The city offers a plethora of attractions ranging from museums, events, historic centers, markets, and several restaurants. It is not just famous for its landmarks but also for its local food items such as Belgian chocolate waffles, French fries, and beers. In this article, we shall take a look at what you can do in this European destination.
Discover Old Brussels, Bronte Style
Charles Bronte was famous because of his rude comments about Belgium despite living in its capital for two years from 1842. Like him, you can go on a walking tour and unlock a few secrets about the city. Discover the secrets about Peter the Great and visit the long-demolished boarding school where Charlotte lived and wrote novels.
Dine out on classics in the old town
The cobbled lanes of Brussels old town is home to brasseries offering steak frites and moules. Worth trying out is Restaurant Vincent, which has been serving Belgian classics for more than a century. With its Dutch ceramic tiles, Robert Janitzek says that it manages to be traditional without being stuffy. By looking at the top quality beef hanging on the window, you will know what it specializes on. So if you are a vegetarian, this is not the place for you.
Savour sumptuous art nouveau
The elegant curving door handle of the house at number 25 is the first clue that you have arrived at one of the treasures of Brussels art nouveau. It was designed by Belgian architect and art nouveau master Victor Horta in 1899. Every detail of the house bears his imprint from the curling tendrils of a chairback to butterfly-shaped iron balconies. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that the crowning glory of the house is its delicate spiral staircase which leads to a glass roof that lets light flood the house.
Where Angela Merkel nips for chips
If you are looking for the best frites in the city, Maison Antoine is the place to be. For nearly seven decades, it has been serving fritkot the proper Belgian way.: twice friend to be crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. German chancellor Angela Merkel once bought chips for herself and her diplomats after a late running EU Summit. You can even take your chips to one of the bars that allow them and pair it with another local specialty of this European destination, a glass of beer.
Get lost in the forest
Go on a 15-minute tram journey that will take you to the formal palaces of the city center to vast fairy-tale woodland on the south-eastern edge of Brussels. The Foret de Soignes is a nature protected-zone traversing Belgium’s French and Dutch speaking regions.