Friday, November 20, 2009

Brussels - the warm heart of Europe

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Brussels, the capital of a deeply divided country, and the beating heart of Europe has so much to offer a tourist. I have lived there, and worked in the European Union a short period, and found a wide range of reasonably priced restaurants. During weekends you can wander through the antiques market at Sablon or Jeu de Bal, and end up at the large market at Gar du Midi.

I am happy to say that I will soon walk over Grand Place and write more stories from the Belgian capital. So stay tuned for sights, restaurants, food and travel stories from the warm heart of Europe.

A weekend is not much to experience the European counterpart to Washington DC. We have booked room at the luxurious Hotel Conrad Brussels*****, one of Brussel's most exclusive hotels, located by the fashionable Avenue Louise.

I have started to do some research to find out where to eat. This as a few of my favourite restaurants and bars are out of business.

The rustic bar La Terrasse, then located close to the flat I rented at Mérode, and The Old Inn located in a side street of Avénue Louise have sadly both closed down. I will certainly take a beer at another favourite I always return to, Le Cirio, an old tavern located by Le Bourse.

My research for new restaurants have certainly found a few new restaurants to discover. One is In 't Spinnekopke, at Place du Jardin aux Fleurs 1. Here you may order from a menu based on an authentic Belgian beer cuisine. In 't Spinnekopke is a classic local cafe, which was originally a inn built in the mid-1700s.

Another alternative is De l'Ogenblik, a traditional French bistro located in beautiful Galeries Royales St-Hubert.

Another popular choice is Au Vieux Saint Martin at Grand Sablon 38. The short menu consists of Brussels specialties, and you get much for a reasonable price. The owner serves equally good wine at a low price, by the glass or bottle.

More Brussels stories on Enjoy Food & Travel

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Stately living in Brussels: Hotel Metropole

Staying at the Royal Windsor Grand Place Hotel

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