My husband and I absolutely loved Brussels! Funnily enough in Amsterdam, we were told “skip Brussels, theres nothing there!”, however I liked it much more then Amsterdam. While I think 24 hours in Brussels wasn’t enough time for us, you can decide that on your own. Here is what we were able to do with our time in Brussels. Stay to end and see what I would recommend to do that I didn’t.
Arrival & Pretty Gardens In Brussels
We arrived in the early afternoon because of a delay in our train which, so we didn’t really have a full 24 hours unfortunately. We Immediately went to our hotel, which ill get into later. It was to early to check in so we wanted to drop our bags off to walk around a bit.
I have no idea where we went but I really recommend just walking and getting lost because it is soooo pretty! I got a French vibe from Brussels with the architecture. After walking around for a bit we went back to the hotel and… we fell asleep (insert face palm).
Where to eat food and WAFFLES In Brussels!
We woke up and left our hotel around 7ish I would say. We were starving so we went to this really nice restaurant called Gaufes de Bruxelles. I ordered a chicken pesto pasta and Brett (my husband) ordered a cheesy ham pasta. His was better but they were both absolutely delicious!
After we both got waffles. I got a Belgian waffle with pistachio ice cream and strawberries. Brett got a classic waffle with vanilla ice cream and strawberries. This time mine was better :).
Besides the Waffles, the highlight of my meal was a raspberry beer. It was SO good. It was not like those watered down versions either, the raspberry flavor was so rich and in your face while still tasting like a beer.
I recommend the raspberry beer for those who don’t really like beer but love fruity things (definition of me). Actually I recommend this to EVERYONE, yes… it was that good. They had a cherry version as well but I didn’t get a chance to try it. So try it for me and let me know how it taste!
Chocolate Shops In Brussels
Belgium is known for having DELICIOUS chocolates. After eating we walking around to all the chocolate shops in the surrounding area of Grand Place. From Places that make chocolate tools, chocolate shells to chocolate fountains. They have it all.
I would recommend taking a chocolate tour if you have time for it. If not just walk in and buy chocolate.
Grand Place & Mannekin Piss
This is exactly what it sounds like, a grand place. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site, the Mid-evil style buildings date back to the 1700s. I really wish I could have seen it during the day as well. However, it’s very beautiful at night because of all the lights on the buildings.
Another really popular site for unknown reasons is Mannekin Piss. This is a statue of a little boy peeing into the fountain. It represents the rebellious nature of Brussels. As you pass it you do laugh a little, and laughing makes you live longer. So see Mannekin Piss to live longer 🙂
Where To Stay In Brussels
We stayed in a BEAUTIFUL bed & breakfast. La Maison Haute is where we stayed and one of the reasons I want to go back to Brussels is to stay in this hotel again. Located in the historical center of Brussels it’s a great place to stay. The bottom has a cute little soap shop all handmade, then the rooms are upstairs.
Each room has a different theme, starting with Jungle
Another theme is Vivienne
There is also Vegetal
and Lastly where we stayed is the duplex
These rooms are so aesthetically pleasing and rates start at $114 you can’t get any better then this! I would recommend this to everyone!
What I would recommend!
- Visit the Atomium! I wish I could have gone, it’s a very interesting structure.
- Do a chocolate tour! As I mentioned earlier Belgium is known for having amazing chocolate, get a guide to find the best shops in the city!
- Do a beer tour as well! Belgium is also a great beer country! Take a tour to find the best drafts!
Have you been to Brussels before? Or Belgium at all? What was your favorite thing to do? You know I love your comments!