Brussels is a modern capital famous for its divine chocolate, world-famous mouleset frites, and Art Nouveau architecture. Packed with historic sites and classy attractions, Brussels is a weekend trip to savour; read our tips on how to make the most out of your weekend trip.
Daytime walks- Saturday
The best way to kick start your weekend is an amble around the stunning Grand Palace in the centre of the city. If you’re going in August, the awe-inspiring flower carpet covers the middle of the square. Consisting of a million multi-coloured begonias, it is a dazzling tapestry of colour arranged ina perfectlysymmetrical pattern. Often referred to as the most beautiful medieval square in Europe, you can also marvel at classicalarchitecture spanning the Baroque, Gothic, and Louis XIV periods.The square is one of the most popular destinations so get there early to avoid the crowdsand don’t miss the gargoyle-laden, gothic styling of the towering Town Hall. Brussels is an Art-Nouveau lover’s paradise, and the stylishGaleriesRoyales Saint-Hubert at the north of the squarecontains numerous boutiques selling a variety of artisan Belgian goods. Grab yourself a cream loaded waffle from the street vendors and head to the MannekinPis for the quintessential Brussels picture next to the weeing statue, before heading off into the afternoon.
A cultural afternoon
Brussels is home to a collection of fascinating museums and galleries that are all worthy of a visit. Located just around the corner from the Grand palace music lovers can head to the Art Nouveau styled Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and spend a few hours exploring some of its 7000 prize exhibits. The kids will also love the Natural Sciences Museum, and for culture vultures the Modern Art Museum houses great works by artists like Picasso.
A trip to Brussels would not be complete without a supper of the local delicacy,moules frites, a simple dish of mussels and fried potatoes in a variety of rich and creamy sauces and stocks. The best place to get them is in Au VieuxBruxelles, a café dating back to 1882, or the charming Scheltema just off the Grand Palace. Wash it all down with a world renowned Belgian beer at one of the many great bars such as the A La MorteSubite which serves hundreds of different beers, or the Art Nouveau chess bar Taverne Greenwich, a traditional family run business.
Brussels is an ideal place to spend a relaxing Sunday. The largest flea market in Brussels can be found at the Place Du Jeu De Balle, and offers an eclectic mix of trinkets and ornaments at great value. The Bois de la Cambre Park is ideal for an early stroll, before heading to the City streets for a delicious brunch or a cup of silky hot chocolate at Madame Renardy in the Matonge district.
An afternoon of retail therapy
The Boulevard de Waterloo is where the best shopping facilities can be found and you can while away the hours looking for classy garments and bespoke tailoring. Alternatively, head out on a tour of the city and do the Tintin trail, a guided walk around thirty separate murals celebrating one of the most popular Belgian detectives (afterPoirot of course) and his dog, Snowy.
The last evening
Wind down your Belgian weekend with indulgence at one of the City’s most opulent and famous restaurants, the Comme Chez Soi. It’s a little pricy but a guarantee of world class cooking, it will be the perfect finish to a glorious weekend. If you fancy a quick nibble before bed time then head to the Archiduc on Antoine-Dansaert, remembering to ring the bell before entering its swirling doors and savouring the finestBrussels hospitality.
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