TDF Weekly- Our Belgium Travel Guide!
After an incredible week visiting my parents in Belgium, I am home! It was so incredible spending a few days with my mom. To say I miss her is a huge understatement. This was my first time in Brussels and I wished I had more time to explore! We spent time in Brussels, Bruges, and Antwerp. Since I think you all need to add this trip to your bucket list, we have put together a little travel guide. This is a combination of things we enjoyed while there, and things our followers recommended. Enjoy!
Top 5 Food Stops in the heart of downtown Brussels:
- Le Roy on the Grand Place: This place is iconic for its ambience. The food is also delicious! They have a little bit of everything, including rabbit, belgium stew, mussels, salmon, cod, and steak.
- WOLF Food Market in Brussels: This is an absolute must. It is an upscale food court essentially. Don’t miss the pita bread baked in the authentic wood oven. We also loved their hummus and falafel. You can find a little bit of everything here.
- Cheese Kot: You have to make a stop here for the Raclette sandwich. It is amazing! The restaurant happens to be located right across from the kitchen store Dille & Kamille.
- Friterie du Cafe Georgette: Located near Grand place, the place was a little too convenient! You have to order your frites smothered with the Georgette sauce. I will be dreaming about these for a long time!
- Dandoy Waffles: While here, get the Brussels waffle with your favorite topping. A staple in Belgium!
Favorite Sites in Brussels:
- The Grand Place. If you look at the location of our favorite restaurants, you know we loved this place!
- The Manneken-pis: This silly little statue is a must see. It is a tiny little statue of a boy peeing made in 1619.
- The Kings and Queens and Little Prince covered mall: Better known as Galeries Royales St. Hubert, this is the oldest continuous mall in Europe. It was built in 1847!
- Dille & Kamille: We have already mentioned this place, that’s how much we love it! It is the best known kitchen store in Belgium, and Holland. They have wonderful dishes, baskets, and much more.
This city is in a class of its own with the canals and endless history. A rain storm cut out stay short but I loved this city! Here are some stops to make:
- Flippa K: Such a cool clothing store!
- Croissanterie Hans Egstorf: They have the absolute best waffles in the universe!
- Winkle: Swing by here for their unbelievable Dutch Apple Pie. It was one of the best pies I have ever had!
- Conde Naste Traveler: This is the linen store with the amazing tea towels!
- Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx: If you stop here, you have to try the samurai sauce (its mayo with a little spicy sauce).
- Sostrene & Grene: This is such a fun store! They have different locations all over Europe.
- Brood: You have to stop here for their famous appleflap!
- Make sure to get a fresh stoop waffle on your trip! We recommend going to the Museumplein or Albert Cuyp Market.
- Stop for a Macaroon Ice cream sandwich in Delft at the gelato place in the main square.
- Happy Pig Pancake Shop: Try some Dutch Pancakes! They have both sweet and savory options. Their fresh herb sauce/salsa for the savory option is killer!
This may have been my favorite stop of the trip. The cobblestone streets with the horses and carriages transports you back in time. The square is simple with cozy architecture. It is like a little fairytale village among the hustle and bustle of shoppers and hungry patrons. We sat down and enjoyed a mint tea and hot chocolate at a charming tea house. Talk about delightful!
Don’t forget to check out the Church of our Lady while here! It is a Catholic Church built in the 13th century. It is home to Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child.
Antwerp was also cozy and serene. It is known as the capital of fashion for Belgium. And we learned why because the shopping is outstanding! Here are a few of our favorite stops:
- Flammont: We love this store for their pottery, special gifts, furniture, and more.
- Cafe Royal at the train station: Dining here was so special! The food is great and the atmosphere is even better.
After all my trips, I get asked if I really bring back all the treasures I talk about. The answer is YES! I love bringing home pieces from all over the world. And the way to get them home is to just carry everything on. If you pack them in your suitcase, things will break! Although its a pain carrying heavy items through the airport, its worth it to get them home!
Well that sums up our amazing trip! Sr. Food Nanny is loving her time in Brussels, and it was so fun seeing her in her new element. Saying goodbye was so hard! Looks like I need to head back and experience Brussels in the summer. Thanks for reading!