A Weekend in Brussels
Now that I am back in Europe, after having spent 15 years with Tokyo as my family base, I am embracing being in close travel distance to neighboring countries. Thrilled to have been invited for a weekend in Brussels, Belgium. The only other place I went to years ago was Antwerpen.
With a long list of places from friends and colleagues I spent time finding places I wanted to see myself. As you know I travel for food, so there are more places here to breakfast, lunch and dine than you need for a romantic get away.
Maison Van Gend - my friends house, simplicity & style
Belga - for Cafe and/or Apero
Restaurant de l'Ogenblik - an institution
Bouchéry - excellent Belgian food with Japanese flavours in a charming house in a quiet neighborhood.
La Canne en Ville - in an old butcher, sophisticated dining. Service rather slow though…
Le Selecto - bistronomic dining, family friendly
Gramm - sophisticated dining
Philemma - Greek dining, family friendly
Le Crab Club - need I say more?
Racines - Italian trattoria
Marcolini - in the Galerie de la Reine - need I say, best Belgian chocolates
Maison Dandoy - in the Galerie du Roi - biscuits, waffles and cafe
Librairie van der Elst - used books
Shops in the charming French quarter
The Corner - deco maison, ethniques, sustainable, sur rendez-vous
Moineau - name in souvenir of the birds that once lived in abundance in Brussels but have now disappeared up to 95%…garden and home objects
Plus - gorgeous vases
Matinal - best bread I have ever tasted. Great morning stop since also makes good coffee
Alimentation - more food - the Belgian version of Dean & Deluca