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Brussels: 48 hours in the capital of Europe

Brussels is a perfect city trip destination. But I can recommend to do some research before you go, because the nicest spots aren't always easy to find. So herewith some of my favorite places in the capital city of Belgium.

Palais de Justice

The Palais de Justice or Palace of Justice is the most important court building in Belgium. It was built between 1866 and 1883. Sometimes it is possible to enter the immense hallways and stairs, but I wasn't always that lucky. And if you find a closed door, don't be sad, because from the front of the palace you have a great view over a huge part of the city.

Lonnies Planet at Palais de Justice Brussels

Palais de Justice Brussels

This is one of my favorite coffee bars in Brussels. Here I always have the feeling that I am in Paris :) The cozy café is situated on a corner close to above mentioned Palais de Justice. From the window seats you have a nice view at the crossroads and the surrounding buildings. You can choose from freshly baked cakes; like lime cake, brownies, croissants and a couple more.

Café Capitale in Brussels

Café Capitale in Brussels

Coffee at Café Capitale in Brussels

Street with little arch close to the Magritte Museum. The museum is dedicated to the work of the Belgian surrealist artist, René Magritte and has the world's largest collection (230 of his works and archives are displayed).

Streets of Brussels

I normally do not like cafés with more than 10 tables, but this place is great for a quick bite. It is located in a quiet street close to the Royal Palace. Their lunch is fresh and tasty, the staff very friendly and the coffee strong... Exactly as their slogan says: Coffee and love are best when strong :)

Lunch at Jat' Café in Brussels

Coffee at Jat' Café in Brussels

When the Royal family goes on holidays, they leave the doors of their splendid palace open to the public. Often this is between the end of July and the end of August. Check out the website of Visit Brussels to see when you are welcome.

Royal Palace of Brussels

Royal Palace of Brussels

Royal Palace of Brussels

Jardin du Petit Sablon (Kleine Zavel)

This little park with fountain in the historic upper town is just stunning!

Jardin du Petit Sablon in Brussels

Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

Right next to the Grand Place, these galleries from 1847 - de la reine (queen) / du roi (king) /des princes (prince) - are home to lots of luxury boutiques, clockmakers and chocolate shops. It's a nice place to stroll around and buy some famous Belgian chocolates.

Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels

This Japanese restaurant has a bright interior (and stunning old floor) and overlooks the lively Place Saint-Boniface in the Elsene (Ixelles in French) district. This district is a wonderful residential area with many Art Nouveau buildings. Here you can find local shops, café's and restaurants far away from the big chain stores.

Restaurant Little Tokyo in Brussels

Restaurant Little Tokyo in Brussels

Food at Restaurant Little Tokyo in Brussels

Beli is a family run Lebanese restaurant with a bright interior and small terrace in the front. We tried the Sunday Brunch and it was simply heavenly! I could eat their cauliflower with tahini every day...

Lunch at Beli in Brussels

Restaurant Beli in Brussels

Restaurant Beli in Brussels

Mont des Arts | Kunstberg

The name means "hill/mount of the arts". It has a beautiful public garden and from the upper stairs you have a nice view over the historic center of Brussels.

Mont des Arts in Brussels

Lonnies Planet at Mont des Arts in Brussels

At this modern trattoria close to Avenue Louise you can choose from a wide variety of good wines and eat the delicious pasta of the day. The pasta was simple but very tasty. The cheese platter alone is worth to go back another time :)

Restaurant Gazzetta in Brussels

This boutique hotel is situated in a quiet street close to Avenue Louise (and at walking distance from above mentioned Gazzetta). There are 37 rooms in a “cozy industrial” style all decorated around the photography concept. Each room has a unique photo of Brussels created by an artist.

Zoom Hotel in Brussels

Zoom Hotel in Brussels

Zoom Hotel in Brussels

Fika is a concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning "to have coffee", often accompanied with pastries, cookies or pie. But for the Swedish people 'fika' isn't just a coffee break; it's a moment to slow down and appreciate the good things in life. And that is exactly what you can do here! They make their own pastries, including the famous cinnamon buns. Good to know: you can't see it from the front, but in summertime you can enjoy their garden at de back of the café. Fika Coffee is nearby above mentioned Little Tokyo.

Fika Coffee in Brussels

Fika Coffee in Brussels

Street art

There is a lot of street art in Brussels. Here you see me in front of a mural close to Place Rouppe.

Lonnies Planet in Brussels Street Art

At Place Rouppe (or Rouppeplein) they serve espresso and slow coffee with very tasty sticky banana bread. It is a good place for breakfast or lunch as well.

Coffee at Kaffabar in Brussels

Villa Empain is certainly one of the most beautiful architectural masterpieces of Art Deco in Brussels. It was build between 1930 and 1934 and after huge renovations which ended in 2010 it is now home to art exhibitions, concerts and conferences.

Villa Empain in Brussels


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