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This is my last post about my recent Euro-trip – how bittersweet! After an adventure in Amsterdam followed by Bruges, our last stop was Brussels. The train from Bruges was easy, one leaves from Bruges to Brussels every hour or so and it’s about 1.5 hours. To be honest, we ended up making Brussels our last stop because I found really cheap flights from Newark Airport in to Amsterdam and out of Brussels. It wasn’t a city that I was really dying to see, but I was of course still excited. Once I started researching the city I got a bit nervous, because a lot of articles said to just “skip it” and that there wasn’t a lot to do! Fortunately, we ended up really enjoying it and found plenty of things (and food) to keep us occupied.
Where We Stayed:
We stayed at a beautiful boutique hotel called Pillows Grand Hotel Place Rouppe. It was so nice to stay at a luxury hotel our last two days. The location was pretty good, though about 10-15 min walk from the touristy city center which I was okay with.
Monday – Day 1
When we arrived, we dropped our stuff off and headed right out to find French fries. I was kind of hungry and had to try some more Belgian frites before our trip was over after my Bruges French fry fail. We ended up At “Manneken Frits” which was ok, I later found out that we should have went to Friterie Tabora – keep in mind if you’re going to Brussels. All of the French fry places have a bunch of sauce flavors, I got spicy ketchup and mayo.
Since we were freezing cold (I know, this is a theme in these posts) our first stop was Delirium Café. Delirium Café is a fairly large bar with over 2,000 beers! It’s located on a street called “Delirium Village” that is filled with a few specialty bars – a vodka bar, a tequila bar, and an absinthe bar. Delirium Café seemed like the most popular, it’s definitely worth stopping by. I got their Delirium Red, it tastes so much better in Belgium!
After hanging out at the bar for a bit, we headed towards an area called Sainte Catherine. It’s known for fish restaurants, and a few people told us it was more affordable than the restaurants closer to the center area. We came across a bustling bistro called Le Pré Salé – it seemed to be filled with locals which is always a good sign! We’re lucky that we got their early because there was a long wait after we were seated. I ordered the mussels in white wine and potato croquettes to split. delicious!
Le Pre Sal
After dinner, we walked around a bit more then called it a night. They were setting up the Christmas markets this week, it would have been nice to see them all built and lit up!
Tuesday – Day 2
Our last full day in Europe! Naturally, it was cold and slightly rainy. We headed out for brunch in the morning to an avocado-themed restaurant called The Avocado Show. It was definitely what you call “Instagram-able,” since it was covered in neon pink signs and palm leaves. The food was good but a little pricey, I got the “Truffle Treasure.” After brunch, we finally walked over to one of the key tourist destinations – The Grand Place, which is a beautiful square filled with gilded medieval buildings, and surrounded by chocolate shops. We went chocolate shop hopping and sampled little pieces of chocolate everywhere, until my boyfriend got tired of it.
The Avocado Show
The Grand Place
After finally purchasing some chocolate souvenirs, we stopped by the infamous Mannekin Pis on our way back to the hotel. It’s a tiny statue of a peeing boy and usually dressed up in some ridiculous costume, but it was still fun to see and we snapped a few pics. We then dropped our stuff off at the hotel and headed out to see the House of European History. The museum is located right next to the European Union, and best of all, it’s free! It’s all about the history of Europe starts from as far back when civilization appeared there. We paid about five Euro for the audio guide which was 100% worth it. It’s four floors and pretty detailed, so we spent a good three hours taking it all in! The “EU today” section was a little underwhelming, but the rest was great.
I called an Uber back to the hotel, where we freshened up to head out for dinner. I wanted to go to a pizza place called NONA, but it was totally packed with no available seats. After walking around the area we found a place called Comptoir Be Burger – so good! We both pigged out on huge burgers and fries. Eric got another Belgian beer and I ordered a tasty cocktail.
Cocktail with my burger plz.
The night was still young, so we made another stop at Delirium Village to try out the absinth bar, Floris Garden. I got it with ice and a sugar cube, but could still barely get it down because I don’t’ like licorice! We were about to call it a night until I remembered a bar that came recommended called Goupil Le Fol. If you have only one night in Brussels, you MUST go to this bar. It’s like you stumbled in to the house of a hoarder who collects whimsical art and knick knacks. Strange, I know, but so worth it to stop in. It’s also known for its fruit wine – if you’re in Brussels order a glass and chill out on one of the (questionable) couches in this three-floor bar house.
Wednesday – Day 3
Off to the airport at 6am. We uber’d it for about $40, because I didn’t want to risk relying on public transit that early. What a trip! I can’t wait to start planning our next one, where to next?