What women are saying...
-- I'm a Belgium local and I have three food tips for Journeywoman readers. (1) Check out A M Sweet Tea Shop for the best best brunch or s stop for chocolate milk or coffee and pie in town. Located at Rue des Chartreux 4, 1000 Brussels. (2) Eat cheap and good Chinese food in Da Kao: Rue Van Artevelde 19, 1000 Bruxelles. It's located in the Chinatown area and actually almost all the Chinese restaurants there are cheap and good. (3) Don't buy chocolate in the speciality shops. They are very expensive and often they are a cacao fantasy, an inferior product that isn't allowed to be called chocolate by law. Go into a supermarket and buy some Cote d'or, Galler or Callebaut. It's very good chocolate that we buy for everyday use and it won't break your bank.
Kristal, Brussels, Belgium
-- My daughter and I visited Belgium together. One of our favorite memories is a visit to Alex & Alex, a chocolate and champagne shop in Brussels that we had read about in the New York Times. We did a tasting of three champagnes paired with three artisanal chocolates. The owner even took time to show us how to open a champagne bottle with a sword. It was a perfect way to celebrate my 70th birthday. The shop is located at Rue de la Paille 32, Brussels. It’s not too far from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts. Since our visit another branch has opened in the Grande Place. They sell a wonderful champagne that has a touch of cognac in it. We brought some home as it's unavailable in US. P.S. I also recommend TapToe Bed & Breakfast. Its location is walkable to many things – Grande Place, museums, train station for day trips, shopping and restaurants. Address: Place de la Vieille Halle aux Blés 25, 1000
Nancy, Springfield, USA
-- Belgian weather being what it is, a great place to escape on a rainy day in Brussels is the wonderous Musical Instrument Museum. Housed in a gorgeous Art Nouveau building in the heart of the city, you can see thousands of beautiful instruments of all kinds! After your visit, don't miss the lovely view of the city from the museum's restaurant - especially if the clouds have cleared!
Caroline, Toronto, Canada
-- I have been to Brussels many times and one of my favorite stops is Place du Grand Sablon. This charming city square is beautiful and houses many cafés, chocolate and pastry shops and antique stores. Café Vieux Saint Martin is a must whenever I go to Brussels. This is where I get my Dover sole fix! This café/ bistro is expensive but worth the treat. There are three wonderful chocolate shops in the square..... Wittamer, is both a outstanding pastry and chocolate shop where you can have a cappuccino and a most delicious sweet, Pierre Marcolini, and of course Godiva. On Saturday and Sunday, there is an antique market and the square is busy with local people who enjoy eating, walking and shopping in Place du Grand Sablon
Marilyn, Montreal, Canada
-- Pralines are a million calories but they are the one thing you just can't miss while in Brussels. In the States, I believe that there's a fast food restaurant on every corner. It is probably safe to say that in Brussels there is a praline shop on every street. When you buy a kilo, be sure to choose your candies yourself. We, Belgians never accept a "pre-packed" package. That way we are sure our pralines are fresh. The prettiest praline shops -- the Neuhaus (this shop is over 100 years old) and the Corne are in the Galerie du Roi. Another praline shop, always beautifully decorated and also one of the best is Wittamer, on the Sablon place. These wonderful chocolate bon bons would make perfect presents for your friends back home.
Katrien, Brussels area, Belgium