Chocolate, Beer and Batter in Brussels

Brussels Belgium | www.germanyja.comCONTRIBUTED BY QUENTIN RICHARDSON

It was a cold and rainy weekend for the KMC area. We checked the weather for most of the region and it was the same, even as far south as Italy. We checked north and found out that the only cities that were going to have favorable weather were in Belgium. So we packed up for the 4-1/2 hour trip and headed north for Brussels after researching things to do and see while we were there.

Getting through Germany was rough with the construction and traffic, but as soon as we crossed the border into Belgium, it was totally different. The lanes were wider and the traffic was almost non-existent. We arrived at our BNB right around dinner time. So we rested and planned for an early morning start. Unfortunately, we stayed near the edge of the city, so most of the nicer restaurants closed early (only fast food places were open).

The next morning I drove straight to the center of the city. Along the drive we stopped and took pictures of monuments and important buildings along the route. The center of the city is extremely easy to drive to earlier in the morning, but around 10 a.m. traffic was horrible. We used the parking garage next to the Gare Centrale Station. From this point, we hit a large chunk of the points of interest within a 15 minute walking radius. Around the Gare Centrale area, there is usually a market setup to buy a few local products.

Delirum Cafe and Village Brussels Belgium | www.germanyja.comDelirium Café

Extremely easy to find, just follow the crowds or simply ask someone. This place was packed all day long and even worse at night, but there is a very obvious reason why. It houses the record amount of types of beer and so popular it has its own type of beer and a smaller version of itself on the opposite side of Gare Centrale. Next to the café is another landmark, named Jannekn Pis, she is squatting behind the bar.

Delirium Cafe website

Impasse de la Fidélité 4a
1000 Brussel, Belgium ‎

Manneken Pis  Brussels Belgium | www.germanyja.comManneken Pis

A popular tourist trap. It is a fountain with the statue of a small boy peeing. The intersection is packed with crowds of international tourist taking pictures of the statue. Occasionally, the statue is costumed with a theme or any random set of clothing. Around this little guy are some of the best places to buy waffles! You will see this manneken statue theme all over the place.

Manneken Pis website (Yes, this small statue has it’s own website!)

Rue du Chêne 2
1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

How to find it: At the junction of Rue de l’Étuve/Stoofstraat and Rue du Chêne/Eikstraat. To find it, one takes the left lane next to the Brussels Town Hall from the famous Grand Place and walks a few hundred metres southwest via Rue Charles Buls/Karel Bulsstraat.

Brussels  Belgium waffels | www.germanyja.comThe Waffle Factory

This place has the best waffles I have ever eaten so far. Just up the street from Manneken Pis, this 2-story café serves all the different types of popular waffle types (and has wi-fi). I highly recommend this place.

Waffle Factory website

Rue du Lombard 30
1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

How to find it: From Manneken Pis, walk one block towards the Grand Market on Rue de l’Etuve.

le Grand Bi Brussels Belgium | www.germanyja.comThe Grand Bi

A bit pricey, but worth it. The restaurant has mussels… YOU HAVE TO ORDER MUSSELS IN BRUSSELS. Besides that, they also have an excellent menu.

2, Petite Rue des Bouchers
1000 BrusselsBrusselsBelgium

Brussels Chocolate Neuhaus | www.germanyja.comNeuhaus Chocolate Store

Inside Gallerie du Roi market area is a small shop by the famous chocolate maker packed with thousands of chocolates. You can order bundles of individual flavors or sets. All orders are gift wrapped and amazing to eat. They accept credit cards here.

Neuhaus website

Neuhaus Flagship store address:
Galerie de la Reine 29
1000 BrusselsBrusselsBelgium

Grand Place and Grote Markt Brussels Belgium | www.germanyja.comGrand Place and Grote Markt

The iconic plaza full of beautiful buildings and usually the hub of the city’s major events are located here. This great place to enjoy jazz and dinner as well as a few local goodies.

Grand Place, Rue du Marché aux Herbes 77
1000 BrusselsBrusselsBelgium

How to find it: This is the center of the city and there are many signs pointing you here.

Parc du Cinquantenaire Brussels Belgium | www.germanyja.comParc du Cinquantenaire

We actually drove here, but metro stations are very close by. This park is great for relaxing and enjoying a picnic. We had a few snacks here in between our shutterbug sessions. When we left Parc du Cinquantenaire, it was after 1 p.m. and the traffic was horrible. There was a lot of street festivals at the time (mid-September) and it was almost gridlock. So we headed back to our room to rest a bit. We parked the truck and used the metro to get around town at night. Since both Delirium Cafés were packed, we tried another bar near Grand Place (I’ll have to find the menu somewhere for the name). We tried several types of Belgian beers before heading back.

Even though the tourist sites say to watch for pickpockets, we really felt safe and relaxed in town. The locals speak both French and English and were very polite. There are a lot of places to get chocolate, waffles and beer… but there are a host of other local favorites to try as well. Our return trip will cover the things we set aside to see during our next journey.

Parc du Cinquantenaire website


Tunnel Cinquantenaire
1000 BrusselsBrusselsBelgium

Location where we parked,4.354947&hl=en&ll=50.846442,4.356283&spn=0.002544,0.005445&num=1&t=m&z=18

For a more in depth look at chocolate in Brussels, take a look at the Chocolate Museum:

Musée du Cacao et du Chocolat (Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate)

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