Mussels in Brussels

On a recent 24 hour trip to Brussels & Bruges, I just had to explore all of the Belgium food places possible in the short time frame we had.

BRUSSELS:

So my first stop was ‘Mussels in Brussels’, not solely because it rhymes, but because I LOVE a decent bowl of mussels drenched in a garlic & creamy white wine sauce.

Although it’s advised not to eat around the Grand Palace due to tourism, it was such a beautiful square we ended up going down to one of the cellar restaurants called Cave Du Roy.

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Even though it wasn’t the season for mussels, they still put a smile on our faces…

Belgium is notorious for its waffles, fries, chocolate, beer and beef casserole! They may be famous for their junk food, but there’s far more to its national cuisine than that…

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Officially my favorite place for brunch in Belgium!

With a freshly squeezed watermelon juice on arrival, I had to have the herbed sausage and feta cheese toasted sandwich and boy, did it deliver.

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We also stumbled across Belgium cheese in the most quirky restaurant called Poechenellekelder, located near the famous Manneken Pis statue. I’m a massive cheese lover, but the waitress did warn us this was VERY salty and she was right. It had to be tried but this was the only thing I can safely live without.

CHOCOLATE: 

A few more chocolate stops around Brussels had to be made before heading on to Bruges.

Champagne chocolate truffles were my fave!

Oh, and for all the beer drinkers out there, make sure to go to the most recommended pub in Brussels – Delirium. No matter what time of day it is, there’s apparently ALWAYS a buzz in this old school setting.

BRUGES:

As soon as we got off the train into Bruges and walked through the cobbled streets towards the centre of town, I knew this was where we should be.

Now I’m not a beer drinker, but De Garre‘s local beer changed my mind. The special thing about their local beer was that they brewed it themselves so it was unique to the restaurant/pub. We were lucky to be able to share a table with 4 teachers from Holland, but you really do need to book in advance if you want a seat, especially around Christmas time!

Le Trappiste

I got most excited about this beer hall in Belgium out of all the places we visited – very cosy and very cool. Seeing as I’m a newfound beer drinker, we thought we would get a few lined up…

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Even walking back to the train station we stumbled across SO many restaurants which I can’t wait to try out on my return.

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Seriously a wonderful and magical place to visit around Christmas time and one of the cutest places I’ve ever been to – I can’t wait to go back!

 

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