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A Guide to the Restaurants of Brussels, Belgium

Gastronomic delights await foodies on tour in Brussels, Belgium. The local cuisine has a unique flavour and style, but the city also pays homage to cuisines from around the world. Butcher’s Street, for example, is home to a large number of international restaurants that cater to a range of budgets and tastes.

For something local, simple and relatively cheap, head to Les Brassins with its brasserie set up. Patronised mostly by students and locals, the restaurant offers good quality as well as good quantity from a small menu of items.

On the other side of the spectrum, there’s Aux Armes de Bruxelles, which caters to an upmarket clientele with haute cuisine. Everything from the food to the wine is highly praised by those who have visited the restaurant. As a result, reservations should be made in advance as the high price tag doesn’t appear to dissuade customers from filling up all the tables each night.

If mussels in Brussels sounds good, visit Chez Leon. Popular in France, the restaurant serves up mussels, French fries and beer in a variety of ways along with other traditional Belgian cuisine.

Arcadi is one of Brussel’s most popular vegetarian restaurants. The bistro style restaurant offers a lengthy menu with conservative prices. Dig into everything from quiches and pastas to salads and sandwiches. And don’t forget to ask for brussels sprouts to round off your Brussels experience. Arcadi isn’t strictly vegetarian, though; it does offer bacon with some of the dishes and not everyone considers dishes that include eggs to be vegetarian.

Those who would prefer to sample something beyond Belgium’s local flavours (at least for a break from the norm) may enjoy La Kasbah. Serving up the tastes of Morocco, everything from the food to the conversation of the waiters (in Arabic) to the décor is distinctly Moroccan. Try out the popular favourites of tagine, couscous and mezze. Top it all off with a tasty baklava.

A number of restaurants in Brussels are converted from interesting origins. In’t Spinnekopke was once a stagecoach inn and now serves up hale and hearty country cuisine washed down with over a hundred varieties of artisanal beers. Similarly, La Manufacture, which now serves Mediterranean and Asian cuisines, was once a leather goods factory. Not to be outdone, La Quincaillerie, a former hardware store, is now a popular favourite with local businessmen.

In keeping with the varied nature of the city, the restaurants of Brussels, Belgium are just as varied and provide for hours of entertainment…for a foodie anyway.

Traveling with children stress free

Why did my husband and I take two trips to Europe within three months of each other?

Was it because we’re extravagant? Was it because we’re wealthy? Was it because we had nothing better to do? Well, no. In reality, we felt compelled to go on a vacation that we could enjoy.

Our first vacation was in September. We took three children, ages 4 and under, on a trip to Europe. Our first stop was London for three days. From London, we traveled onto Paris by train for ten days. Brussels, Belgium was our last destination, which we also reached by train.

Magnificent architecture, amazing shopping, and delicious food surrounded us. We were exposed to unlimited cultural experiences. We had our fill of crepes in Paris, Belgian waffles in Brussels, and whining youngsters in all three cities.

It’s not as though we were naive in thinking the trip would be without wrinkles. We could have worked through wrinkles, but this was beyond our ability to iron out. Maybe we were to blame for dragging three small children on such an excursion. I admit, we were ambitious. We did not, however, anticipate the kind of problems we encountered.

Strollers, diapers, bottles, luggage, jet lag, etc. Those we could handle. Even the constant whining wasn’t such a big deal. However, when my son threw up on a Parisian gentleman’s shoes while riding the Metro, I developed symptoms of acute anxiety.

Thank goodness I knew enough French to apologize for my daughter having vomited all over a table at a lovely outdoor cafe. When she threw up again in one of Paris’ most upscale department stores, I admit to being a little embarrassed.

Fortunately, no one called the police and had us banned from the city, as I was fearful they would.

Tension continued to build when my husband and I got separated in the Louvre. He had one child, and I had two. We agreed to meet at the top of a flight of steps. He was taking the steps and I was taking the elevator because I had the double stroller. Simple enough plan. Think again.

When I stepped off the elevator, I was lost. As the perspiration started to bead on my brow, I realized that one of two possible scenarios had occurred. First, the stairs had somehow disappeared, or second, French elevators are like tunnels and I had been transported to the other side of this massive museum. Where was I? Where was my husband?

The good news is, we did eventually reconnect, after searching for several hours. An argument naturally

A Visitors Guide to Brussels Belgium

Brussels is the capital of Belgium, and is located in the center of the country. In many cases Brussels is also referred to as the largest municipality of the Brussels-Capital Region. The entire Brussels-Capital Region has a population of around 1 million people, and the entire metropolitan area has approximately 2 million residents. This makes Brussels-Capital Region one of the largest in the area, and surely the largest in the country. For this reason Brussels is thought to be the financial and political center of the entire country. Brussels also holds the main seat of the European Union; so as you can see this city has a strong influence all over the area.

The country of Belgium is cut in half by a language border. The northern half of the country speaks Dutch, and the southern half French. But there are pockets of people on both sides of the border that speak both languages. This is the category that Brussels falls into. Brussels is a bilingual city which allows people to do business more easily, and allows for a large group to feel comfortable within its limits.

Planning a trip to Brussels can be a lot of fun; just make sure that you remember to leave enough time to visit all of the attractions. There are so many tourist destinations in Brussels that you will need to budget your time so you see it all. The most popular destination is the Grand-Place. This square is thought by many to be the most magnificent in all of Europe. Surrounding the square is some of the best architecture that you will ever see which includes the Hotel de Ville. In addition, you will not want to miss out on the Royal Museum of Fine Arts. This is one of the best museums in the world which is documented by the number of visitors that it gets every year. If you are into the art scene you could spend a life time at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts.

When it comes to the climate, Brussels is rather steady throughout the year. Temperatures reach their high during the month of July when they top out at an average of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. During the winter months the temperatures in Brussels usually dip down into the low 40s. This makes for a very consistent temperature year round. If you live in Brussels you never have to deal with extreme heat, or a lot of cold weather. As far as precipitation is concerned, Brussels usually averages between two and three inches a month; it can snow, but it is not a common occurrence or worry.

Transportation in Brussels includes several major train stations that connect Brussels to other large cities in the UK. In addition the Brussels National Airport makes it easy to fly in and out of the area.

Overall, traveling to Brussels will allow you to see a diverse culture. There are many popular tourist attractions in the area, and a transportation system that is top notch. If you have never visited Brussels you may want to put it on your short list.