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A La Mort Subite
Address: Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères 7, 1000 City of Brussels, Belgium
Tel: 02 513 13 18
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00am-1:00am; Sun 12:00pm-12:00am
Price: [Beer] €3.50 and up
A La Mort Subite, literally “Instant Death”, is a 1920s-style beer hall just a short walk from Brussels Central Station. Long rickety wooden benches, tall ceilings, raucous and cosy atmosphere, and haphazard service. Great place for a glass of beer (or two).
A La Mort Subite
Address: 25, rue Américaine, 1060 Bruxelles (Saint-Gilles)
Tel: + 32 2 543 04 90
Hours: 2:00pm~5:30pm (Closed on Monday)
Price: €7 for adults, €3 for seniors/students
Hortahuis is a splendid Art Nouveau architecture (also a UNESCO World Heritage) dedicated to the life and works of Belgian architect Victor Horta. The museum is a bit removed from the city center and the whole place takes less than 30 minutes to walk through, but is quite worth the trip especially if you have any interest in architecture or Art Nouveau.
Horta Museum entrance
The building itself is Horta’s former house and atelier (1898), and houses a permanent display of furniture, utensils and art objects designed by Horta and his contemporaries as well as documents related to his life and time.
It goes without saying that chocolate shopping in Belgium is a must, but which of the thousands of chocolatiers to visit? No, Godiva is most certainly not it.
Pierre Marcolini is a store that I stumbled upon randomly, but this chocolatier is actually kind of a big deal. Their chocolates are known to be exotically creative – unusual fruits like apple, pear, blackcurrent and melon, as well as ingredients such as pepper, chestnut, tonka beans and even patchouli, sandalwood and oak are used in his chocolates. Fancy!
No pictures are allowed inside the store, so here are some snapshots from the outside…
Macarons as decorations, cute!
La Clef Des Champs
Address: Rue de Rollebeek 23, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: 02 512 11 93
Hours: 12:00pm~2:00pm, 7:30pm~10:00pm (Closed on Monday & Sunday)
Price: [Lunch] €19.50, [Dinner] €35.50~59.50
La Clef Des Champs is a cosy little French restaurant on Rue de Rollebeek, just a short walk from Brussels Central Station. Delicious Lyonnais and Provencal dishes in a setting of purple pink table clothes and chandeliers…a delightful lunch spot!
La Clef Des Champs
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Bread & mustard
La Clef Des Champs’ Menu Campagnard, available for lunch Tuesday to Saturday, is an excellent deal. At €19.50, you have choices from 6 starters, 7 main courses, and 4 desserts. We started our meal with a lovely Chicken Liver Terrine (served with toasted bread) and gelatinous, juicy, intensely flavorful Pigs Trotter Vouvray Mode.
Grand Place, comic walls, Mannequin Pis, Liege-style waffles, Chinese tourists, beer, more beer, and more beer, sausage + cheese, mussels, and fries. Whew!
Comic walls, very characteristic of Brussels.
Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (St. Hubert Galleries) is a glazed 19th century shopping arcade in the heart of Brussels. I didn’t much care about the shops inside the arcade, but the architecture itself was worth a stroll through.
Chocolate shops, but of course.
Notre Dame du Sablon (Church of Our Lady of Sablon)
5 cities in 5 days.
Waffles, pastries, fries, mussels, beer, beer, beer.
Day 1: [Brussels] Museum of Musical Instruments -> Notre Dame du Sablon + St. Michael & St. Gudula Cathedral -> St. Hubert Galleries -> Grand Place + Mannequin Pis
Day 5: [Bruges] Begijnhof -> Belfry Climb + Markt -> Lunch at Belle Epoque -> Strolling the streets of Bruges -> Canal Boat Tour
(Details coming soon)