Do you dream of chocolate-paved roads? Do you lust after delicious waffles adorned with Nutella and luscious fruits? Does the mere thought of French fries cause yearning to your taste buds? Then Brussels might just be the perfect escape you need from reality!
All right, so the roads of Brussels are not paved in chocolate. However, the city’s plethora of chocolate shops offers countless options for even the most demanding palates. Upon entering a Belgian chocolaterie, you will find several different types of chocolates and fill your own gift boxes. The most popular chocolates from which you can choose are:
Pralines. These chocolate delicacies are filled with all sorts of ingredients. Fruit creams,almonds, and even butter cream. They come in dark, milk, and white chocolate.
Truffles. Made from ganache, these rich chocolates have both solid and cocoa powder shells.
Gianduja. Perfect for both almond and nut aficionados alike, these chocolates are actually wrapped with gold paper.
The great news for Belgian chocolate lovers is that many souvenir shops near the famous Manneken-Pis sell several boxes of chocolate for €10. Yes, boxes of pralines, truffles, and giandujas can be yours for such an attainable price. It is a wonderful opportunity to either buy presents for friends and family back home or to just indulge in them yourself.
Belgian waffles are yet another indulgence one must enjoy while in Brussels. The locals will tell you they never eat the elaborate waffles for which the Belgians are famous. They simply enjoy plain waffles with a touch of powdered sugar or Nutella. Nonetheless, spoiling yourself on at least one of those rich Belgian waffles is a must while in Brussels. The perfect place for this is Le Funambule. Not only do they serve delicious waffles topped with Nutella, fruit, and powdered sugar, but Le Funambule has amazing prices for these delicious treats. For as low as €2 your taste buds can feast on one of these magnificent waffles. Just imagine the richness of the Nutella combined with various fruits. Remember: feeding your sweet tooth while abroad is perfectly understandable.
For a break from these sweet indulgences, make sure you visit one of the famous Belgian friteries, or French fries shops. Keep in mind, however, that in Brussels they refer to them as frites and not French fries. You can buy orders of frites wrapped in cardboard cones and adorned with any sauce you can possibly imagine. The third-of-an-inch-thick frites are surely to give you the strength you require to continue your extended tour of the Belgian capital.
A trip to Brussels is incomplete without a visit to the Grand-Place. There is no need to worry, for a visit to the Grand-Place will not keep you away from your chocolate shopping. In fact, the Grand-Place is filled with chocolate shops to continue fulfilling your cravings. This medieval square is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe; its reputation is certainly well-deserved. The combination of ornate 17th century buildings and modern day shops bestow the Grand-Place with an ageless aura. There is always something to see or do at the Grand-Place, as it is the epicenter of the city. If you are lucky, you might visit Brussels during the building of the famous flower carpet which covers the Grand-Place for a couple of days every two years.
While at the Grand-Place, ensure you do not miss a visit to Hotel de Ville, or Town Hall. This ornate building is arguably the most beautiful in the entire city. The intricacy of its architecture is a definite asset to the Belgian capital. A night visit to the Hotel de Ville is a must while in Brussels, for it is illuminated with a colorful array of light beams.
If you are looking to escape the bustle of Brussels, then look no further than Forêt des Soignes. This gorgeous forest is located just outside the city and has numerous paths and trails for you to explore. Feel free to visit the forest on foot, riding your bicycle, or even riding a horse. Even after several visits, getting lost in the Forêt des Soignes is not uncommon. However, getting lost is part of the beauty of traveling, is it not? This is especially the case when it is amongst the calmness of nature.
Wondering where you should stay during your Belgian stay? Our recommendation is Residence les Ecrins. This century-old building is located in very close proximity to the city’s major attractions, as well as to some delicious waffle and chocolate shops. The private accommodations at Residence les Ecrins will make you not want to leave. The most surprising part is that one of their suites includes a kitchen and space for up to four people. The hotel’s prices are also quite low, so you will be sure to be comfortable without breaking the bank.
Whichever your reason for visiting Brussels, you are sure to walk away having had a fun-filled trip with tons of delicious memories.