Monday, January 4, 2016

48 Hours in Brussels

I'll be honest, Brussels is one of those places that kind of went under my radar until recently. It's not one of those places that's a huge destination, especially if you've already got a long flight just to get to  the continent of Europe. When I went just before Christmas, I was pleasantly surprised- it's a gorgeous city with incredible food and lots to keep you occupied. 

10:00 am // Stop in Maison Dandoy for breakfast. Opt for something savory to prepare for the mass chocolate consumption, but don't miss the traditional Liege waffle, sans toppings. Pick up a few tins of their famous chocolate dipped speculoos cookies- your friends will thank you. 

11:30 am // Head out along the chocolate trail- be sure to visit Elizabeth, Frederic Blondeel, Mary and Alex & Alex (my personal favorites). 
#protip: Try to avoid the giant chocolate shops like Neuhaus that produce in mass quantities- go for the artisan shops. 

1:30 pm // Visit the quirky comic strip museum- Brussels has the highest number of comic strip artists per capita and is the birthplace of Tintin. 

3:30 pm // Grab a late (and healthy) lunch at the original Le Pain Quotidien.

5:00 pm // Visit the Grand-Place as the sun sets. The view is spectacular at any time of day, but you'll be glad you saw it during the day and at night.

7:00 pm // Book a table at Michelin-starred Alexandre or La Truffle Noire for a splurge-worthy meal.  

10:00 am // Head to Les Filles for a leisurely brunch to fuel up for the day.

12:30 pm // Walk through Heysel Park and visit Mini-Europe and the Atomium, built for the 1958 Worlds' Fair. 

3:00 pm // Tour Parlamentarium, the tourist center and museum for the EU. 

5:00 pm // Do some more sightseeing in the city center and stop for a waffle break at Le Funamble Waffles, located right next to Mannekin Pis.

6:00 pm // Enjoy some authentic Belgian frites- Maison Antoine is a favorite- and be to try the samourai sauce.

7:30 pm // Take in the sights on the way to Delirium, which holds the world record for having the largest number of beers on tap. Don't worry if you're a newbie- the bartenders can help you out.

Happy traveling!
Yasi "Currently drooling over that waffle pic"