I thought it would be best to separate the two cities from our trip to Paris/ Brussels earlier this month. When trying to sell the Paris trip to Blake, I kept saying think of Belgium… the land of beer, fries, cheese and chocolate! It worked, and one quick Thalys train ride from Paris Nord, and we were there! I pre-booked our train ride about two weeks before our trip.
On this trip, we became pro metro riders, and our hotel welcomed us as soon as we popped out of our metro stop. We stayed at Hotel Metropole, and it was a great central location for our trip. Brussels was very walkable, but there was a lot of construction happening to create even more pedestrian areas.
We headed towards the famous Le Grand Place, and I was awestruck at the incredible architecture and scale of this square. The buildings are breathtakingly beautiful, and in the spring they even put a giant floral carpet in the middle of the square.
Belgian beer. Where to start; it lived up to its expectations. If we had more time, a Trappist brewery would have been an amazing day trip, but we still got to try a good variety! Our first pit stop included an amazing flight of Belgian beers, and lambics at Au Brasseur.
We visited a number of chocolate shops, Elizabeth’s was my fav! Chocolate in Brussels is an art form.
Post brews included yummy dim sum. I’m a sucker for a good soup dumpling, and Yi Chan had delicious pork and ginger dumplings.
Dinner at our hotel was gorgeous. The belle epoque design in our 1894 hotel has inspired countless artists, writers and cafe goers. (photo: Hotel Metropole)
Day two we ate our little hearts out. Maison Dandoy was quite literally the best waffle I’ve ever had in my life. Blake’s was topped with Belgian chocolate and strawberries, and mine was caramel and homemade whipped cream. Friteland had a huge line of people waiting for a hot cone of fries complete with all kinds of yummy aiolis.
Le Creusil was a death themed bar playing 70s American rock, and whose beer was served in skull cups. Delirium, voted best beer in the world had a huge variety, and is really popular with the locals.
Night two’s dinner of traditional moules frites at Chez Leon and a good bit of shopping rounded out our day. We Longsworths (the Blake and Sara kind) do love a good pub crawl.
Stay tuned…up next, Paris!