I recently shared a post where I mentioned places that I would like to visit in 2018 and one of those places was Belgium. On Monday 22nd January, Daniel and I got the Eurostar to Brussels and we stayed until the 24th. We actually used lastminute.com to book our trip and I will definitely use it again as it books both your hotel and Eurostar tickets at the same time and for such a brilliant price.
We stayed in the easyHotel in Brussels city centre and I can’t fault it. It was fairly cheap so obviously, it wasn’t the most incredible place I have ever stayed in but for only two nights, it was clean, comfortable and safe. We had everything we needed although I think it would be nice if there was a kettle in the room. Nonetheless, if you’re planning a short trip on a budget then I would definitely recommend this hotel. There was a big ol’ mirror with lights all around it in our room, making it perfect for selfies and also great lighting for doing your makeup.
We arrived in Brussels just after 4pm (local time) and as most of the shops close at around 6pm, we decided to walk to our hotel and have a quick explore before finding somewhere to eat. Everyone was super friendly and spoke great English so it didn’t matter too much that I hadn’t learnt any French since I was about 10. On our first evening, we went to the Brussels Grill restaurant and I have to say that I was a bit sceptical about how good the food would be but I was pleasantly surprised. I had a chicken burger and I would go as far as to say that it is the best chicken burger I have ever had. You also get complimentary bread whilst you are ordering which I felt was a nice touch. After a pretty long day of travelling, we decided to get some drinks and snacks and have an early night in the hotel room.
We got up bright and early on our first full day in Brussels and no city break is complete without visiting a museum or two so we headed to the Museum of the City of Brussels, which is located in the beautiful Grand Place. Although there wasn’t too much in this museum, we learnt a lot about the history of Brussels and I felt it was a great way to start our trip. After visiting the museum, we walked around Grand Place and visited the infamous Mannekin Pis which is actually a lot smaller than I expected. It can be quite windy in Belgium so if you are planning to go, I wouldn’t bother putting too much effort into making your hair look amazing unless you have very strong hairspray.
You can’t go to Belgium without trying their waffles so we planned to go to Maison Dandoy where we were able to try their amazing waffles and “spectaculoos speculoos” biscuits. If you find yourself in Brussels, you have to try these waffles because they are so good. It’s also nice that you can sit down and eat rather than getting a waffle from one of the many stalls around Brussels where there is no seating.
After filling up on tasty Belgian treats, we wandered around the centre of Brussels until we found the Museum of Musical Instruments. If you’re in Brussels then I 100% recommend this museum as there is so much to see and learn about. There are some fascinating instruments from all over the world. We were very fortunate with the weather as it didn’t rain and wasn’t too cold. If you’re into architecture then you will love Belgium as the gothic buildings are so beautiful. To be honest, I could have spent all day just looking at the different buildings.
On Wednesday 24th, we woke up early and checked out of our hotel. Fortunately, they could store our luggage so we didn’t have to carry it around with us all day. We decided to go to The Belgian Comic Strip Centre where there is a comic shop, a library and a museum. This was my favourite museum from the whole trip as I love comic books and we learnt so much about the process of making comic strips in addition to Belgium’s most famous comics artists.
Belgium is known for their amazing fries so of course, we had to try some. We went to Fritland for lunch and we were not disappointed. I do feel like I have eaten enough fries to last me a year so I think I need to go on a healthy eating binge for a little while to make up for it. There are so many places where you can get frites around Belgium, but Fritland is one of the best and there is always a huge queue outside (they’re worth the wait).
For the longest time, I have wanted to visit the European Parliament so we had a long walk to find it. When you first go in, you’re given an audio guide in your chosen language which I think is really great as it makes the museum much more interactive and fun for those who aren’t particularly interested in politics. We learnt a lot about the history of the UK parliament in addition to other parliaments across Europe so I was pretty happy about that.
Finally, we got the Eurostar home and crashed out. I loved Belgium and was so happy that I finally got to visit Brussels. Although Brussels is a small city, there is so much to see and I bet it would be even more beautiful in the Spring/Summertime. Belgium can be quite expensive so if you’re planning to go, I would say to bring more euros that you originally think so you’re not caught short. I also need to mention that I tried Lipton’s Ice Green Tea and I am so gutted that they don’t do that here in the UK because I am obsessed and need more in my life. But yeah, this was a really fun trip and I am already thinking of places we can go to next.