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.


Odette en Ville

Vintage Hotel

Hotel des Galleries

Jam Hotel

Maison Van Gend - my friends house, simplicity & style

Belgian Experience

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