Looking For An Excuse To Visit Brussels? Here Are Three

by Amy Thomas
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Amy Thomas

Amy Thomas is a sweets-obssessed writer based between New York and Paris. She penned the Sweet Freak column for Metro newspaper and has written about Paris' best chocolatiers (New York Times), desserts for two (Time Out New York), chocolate for guys (Rachel Ray) and the best hot chocolate in the city (Metro). Check for updates from Amy on her blog, God I Love Paris. View Amy Thomas's Website

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6 comments on “Looking For An Excuse To Visit Brussels? Here Are Three

I just made myself hungry for Brussels… someone in Paris, go for me??

Amy; honestly, you don’t need ANY excuse to visit Brussels… 🙂
I was there on business some time ago and although it was my first time, I won’t be my last. I took the time to visit nearly all the places you mentioned above, except the museum. Had fabulous food, loved the Art Deco (Nouveau) galleries, did some fab shopping (amongst other we bought new stuff for Hero Husband who NEVER has time for shopping, incl shoes!), stuffed ourselves with divine chocs and stayed in a cosy, beautiful B&B.
Feel like getting my weekend suitcase out now and take a train; alas, the SNCF and AF are on strike!!!!

Leah; you’re right too in a way – Bruge is absolutely gorgeous but in mho nearly TOO touristy. What I didn’t like was the fact that nearly everybody flatly refused to speak French and preferred to speak English badly. Found some very friendly eating places in Bruge too and again stayed in a lovely little hotel.

Thank you Amy, for a great post!

On my side I would easily say that the Victor Horta house is a reason alone to go to Bruxelles! 🙂

But I don’t need to be pushed too forcefully to add among my reasons to go, those Manon chocolates of Leonidas which are so good that they should be counted among the seven deadly sins! 🙂

I literally just got back from a business trip to Brussels last night. I was at a conference so I didn’t get to see much, but what I did see made me excited to go back and I ate some absolutely delicious food. I am going to be spending NYE there and now I’m trying to find the right restaurant and party to make the evening as magical as I hope it will be! Any tips are welcome!

While Bruxelles is nice, the city to really visit is Brugge. Its been a few years since I have been there and most likely its turned more touristy since their motto was changed to the “Venice of the North” but it really is a superbly beautiful city. we found the inns to be very clean but quaint, the people approachable, the food great and the architecture and canals were breathtaking. Belgium is a great country and shouldn’t be missed on any tour of Europe. I really like Luxembourg too. I lived in Nancy, FR for a few years and Luxembourg was the closest place to get american food and they have a English bookstore which helped with my homesickness..

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