Brussels, Belgium…it’s a place that many people can’t point out on a map and is actually completely underrated. It’s small and very easy to see in a short amount of time, but the culture and food this city has to offer is unbelievable! To begin, Brussels has beautiful architecture all throughout the city, especially in its central square Grand Place. It is beautiful to visit during they day, but really special to see at night with all of the buildings lit up.
The Manneken Pis is one of the largest attractions to see in Brussels…but honestly one of the most anticlimactic sights ever! There is a lot of history to this little guy around the city, but really it has just turned into a tourist attraction and something for shops to sell souvenirs for.
The food in Brussels is hands down some of the best food you will find around. To start, a common meal to have in Brussels is mussels and fries, which are fantastic paired together!
FRY CONES-you must, must, must eat these while in Brussels. It is also 100% okay to have them for a few different meals because I definitely did in the two days I was there. Make sure to try curry ketchup, or any of the interesting sauces you’ve never heard of-the options are endless!
And of course, did you even visit Belgium if you didn’t have a Belgian waffle WITH Belgian chocolate and other goodness added on? These are sold all over the city and I honestly don’t think you could find a bad one. These waffles are unbelievable, but make sure you don’t eat them after a meal or there’s no chance you will even be able to finish half of one! These are waffles you really want to enjoy.
A restaurant in Brussels that I had heard of before is called Speck and serves brunch food all day long, along with other foods. They are known for their Eggs Benedict and fresh smoothies, and it is definitely worth any wait you have! I’d highly suggest having brunch here a time or two while staying in Brussels.
Lastly, beer is a big thing in Belgium and it is fantastic. There is a bar in Brussels that is extremely popular among locals and tourists that we were suggested to visit by friends, and we loved it! We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at Delirium Cafe, where they have over 2000 beers on tap and have won awards for it. Delirium beer is a local beer with different brews, and I would highly suggest a visit to the bar and to try each of the Delirium brews!
My time in Brussels was short, but I really hope someday I can return to eat my way through this amazing city again, one fry cone and waffle at a time!