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BRUSSELS LIFESTYLE CITY GUIDE - PINKTROTTERS

Belgium's capital is a modern city with a beautiful historical center. It is very popular for its famous beer, breweries and beer festivals is also loved for its delicious handmade chocolates. Enjoy our Pinktrotters City Guide!


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Brussels City Guide


Brussels is a historical & enchanting place that unearths ancient stories, but it has grown also into a modern metropolis with a very contemporary mood. It is definitely a city that everyone should visit at least once. Thanks to the contribution of our local Ambassador Mariana Sungani, enjoy our Pinktrotters City Guide for a wonderful stay on your next visit!




Hotels


Thon Hotel EU : Located in the European Quarter of Brussels, Thon Hotel EU is a 4 stars freshly decorated hotel, ideal starting point for both business and leisure travelers: most of the European Institutions are within easy walking distance and the historical city center is also about a stone's throw away.


The Hotel - Brussels: Regularly praised for its impeccable service, elegantly appointed rooms and vibrant atmosphere, guests are invited to enjoy the spectacular views from the iconic building while meeting for business, or indulging in a well-earned treatment in the spa. The Hotel is superbly located a few minutes away from the main attractions.



Crowne Plaza Brussels: Historic Landmark Hotel in Brussels City Centre, situated in the Northern Quarter, this 4 stars hotel adds elegance to business trips. Built in 1908, it is ideal for corporate travel and events and offers the most contemporary, business-ready amenities.




Le Chatelain Hotel: The excellent location of this 5 stars hotel, the varied range of choices in sophisticated dining and leisure, an enchanting garden and a superbly equipped top floor Fitness Centre further will make your stay remarkable for long time!



NH Grand Place Arenberg: From the central location, the hotel offers easy access to the area of the Brussels's sightseeing and entertainment. It is less than a ten minute walk from the Manneken Pis, from Brussels City Hall and the Grand Place. Although the hotel is in the city center, most of the rooms are towards the back of the hotel and offer a peaceful stay.




Restaurants


Comme Chez Soi: For generations Comme Chez Soi has been Brussels's top gastronomic institution, a reputation that is now cemented in the form of two Michelin stars and membership of Les Grandes Tables du Monde.



Le Roi d'Espagne: An authentic Brussels brasserie situated in the historic heart of the city! Discover or rediscover this emblematic and full of history place, its medieval setting and its warm ambience typical from Brussels! Great beers.



Volle Gas: A typical French rural specialities and "a la carte" options. In the splendidly preserved setting of an old, authentic Brussels brewery in the Art Deco style, the chef uses his talent to prepare always delicious dishes.



L'Entree Des Artistes: It is a modern brasserie-style restaurant housed in an old townhouse on the Place de Grand Sablon. Indoors the restaurant attempts to follow the "Artistes" theme with its walls adorned with pics of movie and theatre stars, as if these were their regular customers.



Le Rabassier: In a simple, minimalistic interior there is a great restaurant. Perfectly located in the center of Brussels next to Sablon Square. The food is great, sophisticated and extremely tasty.



Cafès


Monk: Monk is one of the most interesting places to enjoy in Brussels. Very flemish, great beers, chilled atmosphere and vintage decò, it is a big busy place with lots of drink options listed above the bar.




Peck 47: If you find yourselves around the Grand Place, make a detour and stop here. Peck 47 is a cafe that also serves food throughout the day. The space is small yet very welcoming and well decored.



My Little Cup: A small corner shop, the coffee and pastry are divine! Strongly recommended this place for those who need a quick bite and some caffeine in the morning. Coffee is really good.



Maison Dandoy: It's the preferred place in Brussels to have a waffle, made with skill and care in a truly artisanal way. Other specialities are also biscuits, pancakes and the gingerbread.



Friédéric Blondeel: Frederic Blondeel is not only one of Belgium's finest chocolatiers, in heart and soul he is a roaster. A burner of cocoa beans, until they have taken on the desired taste and texture.



Cocktail Bars


Belga Queen: Located near the Bourse and Grand Place where the oysters, Champagne and Chardonnay seem to come with the furniture. The setting is a stylish, cavernous room of much wood, glass and light, specialising in seafood, Belgian beers and wines.




Wine bar Sablon des Marolles: Lovely place where to stop to have a good glass of wine.
Super friendly staff, the ambiance is definitely intimate but there are areas where you can have a nice fun aperitif with friends.



Hortense Spirits & Cocktails: This is such a lovely little spot. Hortense rises to the challenge of the best drinks you can have in Brussels, delivering handcrafted high-quality cocktails in a gorgeous setting.



Le Loft: This steakhouse is open every day of the week, in an industrial yet chic setting between the Place Royale and the Porte de Namur. Brilliant ambiance, pretty good cocktails. They host a very cool Wednesday evening event called "Apéro Afterwork".



Spirito Brussels: The temple of the night, located in an old anglican church. With an innovative decor made of crystal and gold, Spirito Brussels offers a huge dance floor in an incredible ambience. Three different bars are at your disposal in the club!



Shops


Pierre Marcolini: Rare chocolate beans, experimental flavours (e.g. tea) and designer black-box packaging make Marcolini's pralines Belgium's trendiest and most expensive! Delicious.



Gabriele: There's a gorgeous jumble of cocktail dresses, hats, Chinese shawls and accessories; only original clothes from the '20s to the '80s are stocked.



Art Thema Gallery: This art gallery is splendid: the artworks are very nicely displayed, the place is very enjoyable with its large rooms. There is great a variety of artworks exhibited, from a very modern to more classical paintings and sculptures.




Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert: it is a glazed shopping arcade, a beautiful building with lots of great shops, delicious food places, amazing architecture and most importantly, some of the best chocolate and desserts shops in the world. Worth visiting!


Thanks to Ambassador Mariana Sungani for her contribution.




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