A little wrap-up of my trip to Brussels last weekend. It's only a 1.5 hour train ride from Paris so I hopped aboard and spent three days in the land of chocolate. I'll start by saying I loved Brussels. Far more than I thought I would. On Sunday I took a long walk followed later by a bus ride in the wrong direction, so I was able to see a lot of the city. Little quiet neighborhoods with cute cafes, the glossy high end shopping district, the super touristy Grand Place, and so many places to sit outside enjoying a beer. Indeed the Belgians love their beer. And chocolate.
I started by hitting some things off of my new Paris friend Marissa's blog and caught the view from the top of the Music Museum while having an amazing hot chocolate. Then I just wandered around, stopping at the Royal Palace then ending up in Grand Place. Which was stunning. The architecture of the whole city is simply elegant.
And of course, the food. I can't even begin to emphasize how overwhelming the chocolate scene is. Chocolate everywhere. A little shop everywhere you turn. And all of it delicious. I had a few commenters on Instagram tell me their favorite is Neuhas and after trying it, I wholeheartedly agree. It is the best and you will be forever ruined for all other chocolate.
I also enjoyed mussels and frites (so many frites!) along with cheap wine and some great coffee. All in all, I was so charmed by this city.
I stayed at the Aloft Schuman, making it my fourth Aloft location and I'm definitely addicted to these hotels (more on them to come.) It was in a good spot in the city, just off the metro station and about a 15 minute ride to the Midi train station leading to + from Paris. I also took a day trip to Brugge, which deserves a post of it's own.
Brussels, thanks for a great time. I will see you again soon. Save me some chocolate.