The best tips for Brussels – according to me.

Since last year, I have been spending at least one night a week in Brussels; before that I already spent quite some time in Brussels. So here are the best tips for Brussels – according to me.

Why you’ll love Brussels

I love Brussels – it is probably the only true ‘city’ in the BeNeLux. Yes, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Luxemburg and Utrecht are amazing, but none of these ‘villages’ compare to the size and roughness of Brussels. And that often puts people off from visiting Brussels – they don’t ‘feel’ the city or think it’s difficult to navigate.

Brussels is incredibly versatile, it just takes so time to get to know the city.

My best omakase experience in Brussels

The Japanese habit of omakase (お任せ) when you’re ordering at a restaurant pretty much means, “I’ll leave it up to you”, inviting the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection of dishes. I try to do it in every city I visit, and apply the idea behind to everything between how I pick my runshow I pick my foodhow I plan activities with my kidshow I explore cities and how I travel in general. So, I tried this in Amsterdam as well.

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The best hotels in Brussels – according to me.

  • I love The Hotel in Brussels. It (especially the rooms with the best views) is a bit more expensive than the hotels I would normally visit, but the views are just stunning (see the header image).
  • When flying early the next morning I usually stay at the hotels at Place Charles Rogier (either the Crown Place Brussels – La Palace or the Hilton Brussels City, the hotels I used for my little hotel birthday experiment), near Brussels North Station. Although the neighborhood near the Brussels North Station probably isn’t the nicest neighborhood around, I have never encountered any issues. Brussels North Station is a 10-minute train connection away from Brussels Airport and saves you the bus transfers from the airport and/or overpriced hotels near the airport.
  • The Pantone Hotel is full of references to the Pantone color palets. From the colors in the rooms
  • The Vintage Hotel is a hotel … well … with vintage gear. They even have an airstream caravan room.

The best restaurants in Brussels – according to me.

People in Brussels love to go out for dinner, so make sure to reserve in advance.

The best bars in Brussels – according to me.

The best things to do in Brussels – according to me.

View over Brussels from Place Poelaert
View over Brussels from Place Poelaert
  • View from Place Poelaert. Place Poelaert has a great view over the city. In the summertime, there is even a small bar where you can get some drinks.
  • Belgian Comic Strip Center has original sketches from world-famous cartoon artists and shows the developments of the comics profession/art.
  • Flea markets. There are plenty of amazing flea markets in Bruxelles, but make sure to visit the Place du Jeu de Balle flea market, which is known throughout the world. Not only is it the place where the famous Tintin bought a model of the tall ship “La Lincorne” in Hergé’s The Secret of the Unicorn (1943), but also a true paradise for antiques and vintage hunters.

The best places to work in Brussels – according to me.

  • I often get some work done at Thalys Lounge near Brussels Midi train station. If you’re a Thalys Gold or Platinum member, there is free access and free access to coffee, water and usually some bites. There is really nothing too special to it, but I have noticed I usually get a lot of stuff done while working from here. It is also quite a nice base as the many train-, bus-, and tram connections make that you can reach any part of the city fast.

The places to go out for a run in Brussels – according to me.

  • When I’m staying in the city center, I try combining Parc de Bruxelles and Parc du Cinquantenaire to create a large loop in the city (maybe even doing an extra round in the parks).

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