The centre of Europe, where everything happens. At least it seems that way when I read about Brexit in the news and it depresses me even more. I decided to put all that aside and book flights to visit Brussels. I must admit though, that Brussels was not the reason I wanted to visit Belgium, but instead it was for the picturesque city of Bruges (or Brugge referred to by the Flemish locals). Nevertheless, we couldn’t skip Brussels so off we packed and flew to Brussels first thing in the morning on a rainy Saturday.
This is a guide of a fully packed weekend of what to see, what to miss and most importantly what to eat in Brussels & Bruges.
Brussels: Day 1
First up: FOOD!!!
What to eat: Fries, Waffles, Belgian Chocolate, Moules et Frites
What to drink: Local Beer & Belgian Hot Chocolate
Where to eat: Leon in Brussels (for Moules & Frites)
Where to drink: Delirium (for more than 2000 types of beer)
There are dozens of places within short distance from the station towards the centre of Brussels. So keep an eye and keep all your senses alive.
What to see…
Grand Place de Bruxelles
Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
Brussels Winter Wonders (if you are going during Christmas)
If you have more time in Brussels, then there are many parks to visit and flea markets such as the Place du Jeu de Balle where you can test your bargaining skills.
& What to miss
Chocolate Tours/Beer Tours
1) In my opinion it’s a tourist trap unless you know the history behind it - the original is kept in the Brussels City Museum btw. Not to mention the tourists in front of it trying to take selfies and pose in front of the ‘Little Pisser’. There is also the Jeanneke Pis and the Het Zinneke (peeing girl and peeing dog). If you can spot those randomly then let me know what you think!
2) In almost every shop you can taste chocolates whilst browsing. On the other hand, you can taste local beers at every pub especially at Delirium.
If you are only spending the day in Brussels, you might want to skip a few of the museums & attractions and walk around the city. But if that’s your thing then make sure you visit the famous Magritte Museum.
Bruges: Day 2
Bruges is located within an hour from Brussels city centre. Its distinguished canals and cute cobbled streets are best discovered on aimlessly walks around this small town.
Again, first up FOOD!!
What to eat: Carbonnade Flamande & more Waffles
What to drink: Hot Belgian chocolate & local beer
Where to eat: Cambrinus in Bruges for Carbonnade Flamande & Lizzie’s Waffles (I swear they are the biggest waffles you’ve seen)
Where to drink: Cambrinus for local beer (try the tasting option) & Lizzie’s Waffles for the best hot chocolate I’ve ever tried!
What to see…
The colourful buildings at the Markt
Lake of Love (Minnewater)
Stroll through the endless bridges
& What to miss
Canal boat tours
Going up the Belfry Tower
1) Although you can see Bruges from a different angle, if this is not your thing just skip it and walk instead. You’ll be surprised of what you could discover.
2) Unless the weather is super perfect and you have a bit more time to spare, then I would go up the Tower for a nice view of the town otherwise personally I would skip this and just enjoy a beer outside by the canals.
If I had more time I would have definitely visited Gent as well!
So that’s it folks! Go pack your bag packs and off you go to Belgium.
Until next time Belgium :D
La Vida Local