An Afternoon in Brussels

We didn’t get along with Brussels too well. Maybe it was the fact that we were cold and tired, maybe it was that we only had 4 hours to spend to wander around, maybe we didn’t pick the right things to see, maybe it was that we really would have rather been heading back to our apartment in Paris, or maybe it was that we had just left two cities we loved: Bruges and Ghent, but whatever the reason, we felt Brussels was just so-so. I know, I know, you can’t judge a place by spending only a few hours there, but lets just say it wasn’t love at first sight. I would, however, like to go back again one day to give it a second chance. I would like to see the Atomium, look at some of the street art, see the United Nations headquarters and check out a few of the museums, but as unwarranted as it might be, a second visit to Brussels is not at the top of our list.

Even though we didn’t fall in love with the city and it sounds like we had a horrible time, we did, however, have some fun on our short stint there. Other than searching for pissing statues, we took time to visit the Grand Place, Delirium Cafe and a waffle shop.

Grand Place

The Grand Place is the center square of Brussels, and it is surrounded by many beautiful buildings, such as museums, restaurants, and the town hall. Also, every other August, the Grand Place is home to the ‘flower carpet’ made up of millions of begonias displayed in a pattern that looks like a carpet or rug.

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Delirium Cafe

Even though we really aren’t beer drinkers, what visit to Belgium would be complete without beer? The Delirium Cafe is known for its extensive beer list–they carry over 2,000 varieties, many of which are Belgian. One entrance to the cafe is down a narrow, dead-end alley, so I was surprised to see it is actually quite large inside. We enjoyed the atmosphere–it is dimly lit with many tables and alcoves throughout. In the afternoon, it was a perfect relaxing spot for a break; however, I’m sure it takes on quite a different feel in the evening.

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Like I said before, we were wandering around Brussels very tired, so it only made sense to take a break and stop for waffles, warmth and wifi. We found a nice little waffle shop near the most famous of the pissing statues. I don’t remember the name of the cafe, but I ordered a plain waffle with powdered sugar and Micah picked one with Nutella. They were good, but it was the break from the cold that was more important. I enjoyed the waffles in Ghent much more, probably because the liege waffles are to die for and I ordered just a traditional Belgian waffle at this shop. Oh well, now I know for next time…if there ever is a next time.

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Have you ever visited Brussels? Β What were your thoughts?

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  • Tracy
    Posted at 18:29h, 09 May Reply

    We enjoyed our time in Brussels (3 days) but did find that was maybe too long. The atomium was interesting & would recommend it when you return to Brussels. Our favourite part of Brussels = Belgium fruit beers πŸ™‚
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:49h, 09 May Reply

      We will have to make it to the Atomium next time–it does look interesting! And we enjoyed the fruit beers too! So much better than regular beer, in my opinion! πŸ™‚ It’s crazy how many different kinds there are!

  • Charli
    Posted at 22:43h, 15 May Reply

    I have to say the Waffles are by far my favourite thing about Brussels! Love the pic of you two! Smiley faces!!

  • Megan
    Posted at 01:01h, 16 May Reply

    Sounds like a great afternoon! I have a serious love affair with waffles so I may have to get myself to Brussels just for this πŸ˜€ Actually going to go and get some right now because you’ve made my mouth water lol

  • Agness
    Posted at 21:22h, 20 May Reply

    I see you just couldn’t leave the city without some beer and famous waffles. I explored Brussels last summer and this post brings back great memories!
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  • Madi
    Posted at 06:56h, 31 August Reply

    The more I read about Brussels the more underwhelming it sounds! I’ll be making a trip to Belgium for the first time this December and have looked into spending more time in Bruges and Ghent based on other travellers feedback including this post! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:59h, 13 September Reply

      Thanks! Yeah, we absolutely loved Bruges and Ghent and after seeing them, Brussels wasn’t quite as great. I’d love to give it another shot sometime, but in our opinion the other two are worth more time! Hope you have a great trip! πŸ™‚
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  • Stefan Alexander
    Posted at 10:12h, 09 December Reply

    I only had a few hours in Brussels thanks to a long transfer time on my way to Ghent. I definitely found that such a short period of time was more than enough to explore the best of what Brussels had to offer. Sure the beer and waffles are great but it’s pretty underwhelming compared to other similar Western European cities. In Belgium I really think it’s the small towns that are the best to see so I’m glad I got to spend time in a few of them instead of focusing just on Brussels!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 22:41h, 13 December Reply

      Yeah you can see some great things in an afternoon in Brussels! We really enjoyed spending more time in the smaller cities too. Glad you were able to spend a bit of time exploring Brussels, as well!
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  • Explorer Whiz
    Posted at 06:22h, 21 June Reply

    This is quite an amazing blog post. Keep up the great work guys.

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