Brussels

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Brussels

Brussels, you'll love it the longer you stay. Or fall in love at it at first sight with the favorite spots from a local

Shopping

Food, clothes, souvenirs

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Vossenplein
Zinaïda:Most famous flee market in Brussels. Enjoy a coffee or a soup on the square after strolling through all the antique stands
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Brussels Vintage Market
Zinaïda:Every first Sunday of the month: vintage clothing, accessories and vinyl!
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Episode Belgium
Zinaïda:Second hand clothing
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Think Twice T2
Zinaïda:Second hand clothing
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Think Twice
Zinaïda:Second hand clothing
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Bruxelles Midi Market
Zinaïda:The place to buy your greens on a sunday morning
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Passa Porta
Zinaïda:Book store
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Het Ivoren Aapje
Zinaïda:Book store
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Anticyclone des açores
Zinaïda:Travel book store
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Waterstones
Zinaïda:English book store
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De Biertempel
Zinaïda:The place to get all your Belgian beers with matching glasses to take home as souvenirs
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Caroline Music
Zinaïda:Music store
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Crevette Records
Zinaïda:Vinyl store
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Brunch

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Elvis
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Chyl
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Charli Salé
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Chicago Café
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Les Filles
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Yeti
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Lloyd Café Presse
Zinaïda:Ixelles, brunch spot in the student area

Restaurants

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Toukoul
Zinaïda:Best Ethiopian food in town. Beautiful decor.
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La Belle Equipe
Zinaïda:Simple pizza's in a New York-ish building
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Jour de Fête
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Da-Kao II
Zinaïda:Vietnamese food
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Thevy
Zinaïda:Thai
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In de Patattezak - Pee Klak
Zinaïda:Outside of Brussels, the most famous spaghetti.
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Monk
Zinaïda:Simple and fast, but delicious pasta's at the back of the cafe
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La Kasbah
Zinaïda:Moroccan cuisine, delicious lam tajines, beautiful and romantic interior
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Kif Kif Café
Zinaïda:Moroccan cuisine in Ixelles, nice terrace!
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Knees to Chin
Zinaïda:Spring rolls. Do as the 'bruxellois do: order take-away and eat them on the place Sainte Cathérine around the corner.
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Au Vieux Bruxelles
Zinaïda:Eat like a real 'Bruxellois' in the 1920s. Super cute and cosy. Best fries and mussels in town, said by a Belgian!

Coffee and cake

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GRUUN | plants & coffee
Zinaïda:Coffee and plants - the perfect hipster spot
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MOK Specialty Coffee Roastery & Bar
Zinaïda:Best coffee and friendliest staff
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OR Coffee
Zinaïda:Delicious coffee, delicious cakes and pies
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Chicago Café
Zinaïda:Good coffee and brunch spot
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Fika
Zinaïda:Scandinavian coffee break in this tiny coffee bar
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Aksum Galerie du Roi
Zinaïda:Ethiopian coffee
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Kaffabar
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De Markten Cafe
Zinaïda:Perfect for a sunny day on the terrace, whether with a coffee, beer or for a quick lunch
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A.M. Sweet
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Forcado Pastelaria
Zinaïda:Portugese Pasteis!

Bars and beers

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Kumiko
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Bar Des Amis
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Monk
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Zebra
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Le Coq
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Delirium Café
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Bonnefooi
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Damejeanne
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Fontainasplein
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Copain
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Dolle Mol
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Café Belga

Panorama

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UP-site
Zinaïda:Ring the doorbell and take the elevator to the rooftop for a breathtaking view on Brussels and surroundings
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Law Courts of Brussels
Zinaïda:Place Poelaert: enjoy a beer, looking over the city next to the law of courts. Afterwards, take the elevator downstairs and enjoy one of Brussels nicest areas: Marollen
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Mont des Arts
Zinaïda:Act like a local: buy a beer or two and enjoy the sunset on the stairs while looking at the historical part of town.
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Hoogte 100
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Wiels
Zinaïda:Nice view point on the rooftop of the museum WIELS
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Parc Reine-Verte
Zinaïda:A little green hide-away, overlooking the financial district

Green spots

Take a breath, away from the busy city in one of the many green areas, parks, forests, ...

Museums

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MIMA
Zinaïda:Museum for street art
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Wiels
Zinaïda:Modern art museum in a former brewery . Nice view from the roof top. Good lunch in the entrance hall, where you sit in between the old brewing hall.
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Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussel
Zinaïda:BOZAR - museum of fine arts
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Brussels Comic Book Museum
Zinaïda:Beautiful Art Nouveau building, designed by Victor Horta.
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Horta Museum
Zinaïda:Visit the Art Nouveau house
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Kanal centre Pompidou
Zinaïda:Contemporary art museum in an old citroën garage. The building itself is already worth the visit.
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Royal Museum for Central Africa
Zinaïda:Museum on Belgium's colonial history. Just got rebuild, a lot of information so you'll have to come back multiple times or choose what you want to focus on. After of before the museum, enjoy a walk in the beautiful park. The tram ride (tram 44) is one of the prettiest tram rides in Brussels as it goes through the woods

Architecture

Must see buildings. And look up! Brussels has a lot of pretty buildings you don't always see at first sight. Definitely find a walk across town that taks you along a lot of Art nouveau buildings.

Jazz

Concerts & bars

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Sounds
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L'Archiduc
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Roskam
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Jazz Station
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Monk

Party

Where to go dancing on the weekend:

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Fuse
Zinaïda:Electro-techno. Fun fact: this was Belgium's first techno club
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Plein Publiek
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Kumiko
Zinaïda:Bar with nice dj's on the weekend in the basement or on the terrace.
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Bonnefooi
Zinaïda:Bar with nice dj's on the weekend. Very small though.
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C12
Zinaïda:Electro-techno
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RECYCLART