A Luxurious Brussels Weekend – Get the Best From Your Trip

A Luxurious Brussels Weekend – Get the Best From Your Trip


Brussels is one of the best places in European for a city break. The food is rightfully famous, it’s easily reachable by plane or Eurostar and it has a wealth of attractions. Your only dilemma may be deciding which of these to visit. We’ve put together a guide on what to see in a luxurious Brussels weekend, to help you make the most of your time.

Day 1 – Luxurious Brussels Weekend

Start your visit at the iconic Grand Place.

This pedestrianized square is considered by many to be the best preserved in the world. Its 17th century architecture is listed by UNESCO and the gilded facades gleam in the sunlight.

grand-place-brussels-visitFrom here, take a walk through the Galeries-Royales Saint Hubert. This elegant covered arcade is home to several luxury boutiques and fine chocolatiers. If the sight of all these delicacies has made you hungry, check out our suggestions for where to eat and drink.

galeries-royales-brusselsA sizeable area of the centre of Brussels is being pedestrianized and a new Belgian Beer Palace will open in the former Stock Exchange.

beer-palace-brusselsIt may be rather kitsch but a look at the Manneken Pis is a must. Did you know that they dress him up in different costumes at various times of the year? There’s also Jeanneke Pis, the female equivalent and even a canine version, Het Zinneke, dotted around the centre.

manneken-pis-brussels-visitAfter this, head to Place du Grand’Sablon for its top notch chocolatiers and boutiques. Galerie Tintin is a must for any fans – and who isn’t! There’s also another Tintin shop on Rue de la Colline, just behind the Grand Place.

sablon-tintin-shop-brusselsTake a look inside the Catholic church, Eglise Notre-Dame de la Chapelle which dates back to 1134 – the stained glass windows are superb.

catholic-church-brusselsDid you know that you can have glasses tailored specifically to your face measurements? A few streets away from Place du Grand’Sablon at Lunetier Ludovic you can choose your preferred material and Ludovic will design a frame that suits your face shape. For example, I’ve always had trouble keeping glasses on my nose and according to Ludovic I have a very small nose so no wonder!

ludovic-lunetier-bruxellesFrom here it’s a short walk to Avenue Louise and Maison Degand, a concept store unlike any other. Located in a historic townhouse, it has the widest range of gentlemens’ tailoring that we have come across. The selection of own brand and other labels is impressive with smart and casual clothing, hats, scarves and belts. There’s a bespoke service for custom made suits, shirts, raincoats and more. Shoes are housed in their own stylish annexe and there are some famous brands such as John Lobb, Edward Green and Saint Crispin.

maison-degand-brussels-reviewIf you’re looking for presents, their daughter Emily has a lovely boutique, Degand Gifts, on Rue de l’Abbaye. She’s also a talented artist who customizes jackets with her drawings.

degand-gifts-brusselsManalys at Boulevard de Waterloo is a fine jeweller of distinction. Moïse Mann is a rare talent, who selects the finest gemstones and crafts them into truly unique pieces. Visitors to his elegant showroom can see his craftsmen at work in the rear atelier, as all the jewellery is made in Brussels. We loved this elegant sapphire and diamond necklace, and these intricate brooches.

manalys-jewellery-brusselsThe Magritte Museum on Rue de la Régence is superb, and just one of the many interesting Brussels museums that we will be writing about in detail.

magritte-museum-brussels-visitDay 2 – Luxurious Brussels Weekend

Brussels is famous for its Art Nouveau architecture. The newly extended Horta Museum on Rue Américaine is well worth a visit.

horta-museum-brusselsNext, catch a tram or taxi to the Boghossian Foundation. It’s home to the Villa Empain, a magnificent Art Deco mansion that is now a museum.

villa_empain_suzeFrom here it’s a short walk to Chalet Robinson, an idyllic restaurant located in the middle of a lake and reached only by boat.

chalet-robinson-brusselsAfter lunch, head to the trendy Dansaert area for some serious retail therapy. It’s home to the Brussels fashion district and boasts many independent shops. Conni Kaminski is a talented young designer whose clothes are all produced in Belgium. Her garments have a beautiful drape and are highly flattering.

conni-kaminski-brussels-storeBenoît Parotte is the brains behind Parrote. b men’s and women’s clothing. He has a real eye for colour and the little details that make a difference. All his pieces can be altered for a perfect fit and his Mother hand knits the cosy sweaters sold in his store.

parotte-b-brussels-storeNiyona is a real treasure trove, specializing in fine leather items. They have successfully found new ways of working the leather to make some very elaborate items. Their store has a great selection of gifts although you may well want to keep them for yourself! Their leather aprons are popular with craftspeople. We particularly like their metallic iridescent bags which take on different hues depending on the light.

leather-nivona-brusselsFinish your luxurious Brussels weekend at the cool new MIMA street art museum on Quai du Hainaut, followed by a refreshing beer or two at the Brussels Beer Project, just over the river on Rue Antoine Dansaert.

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Where to Stay

Hotel Amigo is a five star hotel, located a stone’s throw from the Grand’Place. Part of the Rocco Forte group, the decor is a pleasing blend of traditional and contemporary style. Smartly dressed doormen welcome you into the lobby and Bocconi Restaurant. The bedrooms are a good size for such a central location and many have fantastic views. Just look at the Grand’Place spire that you can see from ours!

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I do have a soft spot for the Tintin Suite too. The Amigo is the only hotel in the world that is allowed by the Herge estate to use Tintin’s image.
tintin_suite_amigoAs for the Armond Blaton Suite, it’s popular with politicians and has a huge 60 square metre terrace with panoramic views over the centre of Brussels. All in all, it’s a great place from which to explore the many attractions that you’ll see on your luxurious Brussels weekend. Visit Brussels has a range of free minimaps available online and from the tourist information office – my favourite is the Tintin one.

Have you ever visited Brussels? If so, what was your favourite sight and why?

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  • Last time I went to Belgium I was 14 for the school battlefields trip! I think a revisit is in order after reading your posts.

  • Seriously when I plan trips to Europe, your blog will be one of the sources I will be checking 🙂 I used to watch Tintin a lot, it was one of my favourite! Also your chocolates look delicious, well decorated 🙂

    Ela BellaWorld

  • Paola

    I would like to visit this city!!!
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  • melbtravel

    I have not been to Brussels in years but have been keen to go back, even more so now after I have seen your post. Thanks for the great tips too, definitely given me something to think about when I am there.

  • Such an amazing city- gorgeous photos, lady!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Brussels is only a two and a half hour drive away from where I live. I should really visit again soon as I haven’t been for ages.

  • When it comes to charm, nothing compares to the old European cities. I have a very good friend in Brussels but didn’t make it there yet. I’d love to walk through the Galeries-Royales Saint Hubert and try one of those fancy hats. By the way, it looks great on you.

  • Hayley Rubery

    LOVED this post Suze – packed full of fab tips! I’ve never visited Brussels but it’s definitely somewhere that I’d love to visit! I definitely think the Dansaert area looks like a bit of me!

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

    • I’m very glad that you found it interesting, Hayley. I’m sure you’d like the Dansaert area, there seemed to be lots of cool little restaurants as well as fashion stores there

  • Ah it’s definitely time for a return trip to Brussels, it’s such a gorgeous city and this is a brilliant list! The beer palace in the old stock exchange looks like it’s going to be amazing!! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • Great post!! I’ve only visited Brussels once when I was 17..barely have any recollection from the city. Would love to visit again!

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  • Galeries-Royales Saint Hubert would be right at the top of my list, such beautiful design. And what a great opportunity to immerse yourself in all things Tintin in the suite at The Amigo!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • The design of the Galeries is really striking, the light streams through the roof on a sunny day. As for the Tintin suite, it was adorable!

  • I recently went to Brussels as well! Loved Galeries Royales, so beautiful!

    Ash | Liakada

    • Those Galeries are stunning aren’t they, and some nice chocolate shops there too!

  • I must say I do love the Tin Tin Suite! I think I need to re-visit Brussels and fully appreciate all that there is to see and do again 😉

    • Isn’t the Tintin Suite fantastic! There were all sorts of details from the books there

  • Ellie Adams

    I always love your guides Suze (your Jersey one came in very handy recently) and this no different. Brussels is another place high up on my bucket list and when I go I’ll definitely be coming back to this post. The grand palace is stunning!

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

    • Ooh so pleased to hear that you’ve been to Jersey, Elle – hope you enjoyed it as much as we did As for Brussels, it’s definitely underrated and I’m sure you’d enjoy visiting

  • Lucy

    Great guide Suze, this has me wanting to go back for another visit. The hotel looks wonderful and who wouldn’t want to wander around looking at their beautiful architecture and Art Deco delights. The glasses shop sounds like a useful visit Lucy x

  • Paul has done a great job filming – really enjoyed watching the video! Looks like a fantastic weekend!

    Miriam
    http://www.londonkitchendiaries.com

  • What a fabulous guide Suze, I love how you’ve covered so many hidden gems from the Tintin shop to finding bespoke sunglasses! Definitely bookmarking this post as hoping to revisit Brussels soon 🙂 xx