As you guys might know from this blog post, I went to Brussels last year. I had been wanting to have a solo weekend getaway for such a long time and in November I made it happen. It was great to get to know Brussels. It is such a beautiful city with so much to see and experience! If you guys have some travel plans in Europe for 2018, then please make yourselves a favour and add this city to your list!
Brussels is a multi-lingual and cosmopolitan city that is home to a rather diverse population. It is quite impressive to see that there is an architectural and lavish building in almost every corner of the city. Plus, the central square – Grand Place – is so aesthetically beautiful; especially when seen at night as it is all light up. It is possibly the most spectacular square I have ever seen!
Besides the amazing architecture spanning from Art Nouveau to more contemporary Modernism, Brussels is also know by iconic comics like Tintin. You can find various comic strip murals decking the walls of buildings spread around the entire city and I would suggest you to make your way around the “comic book route” in order to see them all! It is a rather unusual way of exploring a new city but fun is guaranteed!
Belgium is also known for its waffles and one of the first things that I have noticed was their distinctive smell curling along the narrow streets of the city. However, to my great disappointment, I could not find any place that served vegan waffles. I am sure that it is possible to get them somewhere in Belgium but, apparently, not in Brussels.
As a foodie who loves to explore new places and indulge herself in nourishing plant-based food as well as in great chocolate (the purest and the darkest, the better I like it), going to Brussels was definitely a wonderful idea. You are just about to see why! 🙂
Before heading to Brussels, I checked on the internet some nice cafes and restaurants that serve vegan food. I always like to do that to have at least an idea about how much offer there is. I was very happy to see that there are plenty of places with vegan options.
After spending a fair amount of hours exploring and walking around the city, I was feeling very “PECKish” and decided to have dinner at Peck 47 (yes, the pun was totally intended haha).
It is quite a small cafe but is very welcoming and cozy. I was lucky enough to get a table because the place got completely crowded in a matter of just a few minutes after I sat down. Thus, I would advise you to make a reservation if you would like to have dinner there during the weekend.
I do not eat burgers often (for no special reason really) but when I saw this one on the menu, I just thought to myself: ok this is what I want! I ordered the “Beauty and The Beet” vegan burger which is basically a beetroot based patty topped with a few oven baked sweet potatoes, some mashed avocado and vegan mayo. As I am not big on dressings and sauces, I always order them separately. The burger was super good and it came with a salad. The only thing that I did not quite liked was the staff. The girl who served me was just not the friendliest but hey, the cuteness of the place and the food itself totally made up for it.
When you happen to be in the chocolate capital of the world, you just have to indulge in some, right? So, with this mind, after my lovely early morning walk on Sunday, I decided to treat myself to a cup of hot chocolate at Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier. If you are looking for some great Belgian chocolate indulgence, then this is the right place.
I ordered a much needed cup of hot chocolate with soya milk but, as they were out of almond milk, I ended up by having a hot chocolate with coconut milk as a suggestion from one of the lovely ladies who works there. When she came with the generous cup, she said that if I did not like it, she would make me another one using soya or oat milk. How lovely? I told her that it was not necessary as it the hot chocolate she served me was simply delicious and flavourful. Besides that, when you order a hot chocolate, you are allowed to choose a small chocolate treat for free. They have about 4 or 5 different ones that are vegan. I can’t remember which one I chose but I do remember how much I liked it! Another thing that it is really worth mentioning is the super friendly and accommodating staff, which just adds up as a bonus.
Before going there, I messaged them on Facebook to make sure they served vegan hot chocolate. They messaged me back in no time with the confirmation. They also said that the only two ingredients they use in their hot chocolates are: 75% dark chocolate and (plant-based) milk. As they use a ratio of 1kg of dark chocolate to 4 litres of milk, you can imagine how dense and rich it is. YUMS.
I am a tea lover and Kusmi tea is my favourite brand when it comes to teas and infusions. So, as a (Kusmi) tea lover, you guys can imagine my enthusiasm when I am just casually roaming the streets and I see the store. I actually had to breathe in and breathe out a few time before getting in. Otherwise, my overexcitement would come across as lunacy and we do not want that lol.
The store is right in the city centre and is a must-go to all tea drinkers out there!! It really is a tea lover’s paradise; so easy to get in and so hard to leave empty-handed. I was completely amazed to see the wide range of tea assortments. So much variety and so many colours.
I ended up by buying my favourite tea, which is the one in the picture below. The BB detox tea with green tea, maté, rooibos, guarana, and dandelion and flavoured with grapefruit. It is seriously so good!
I hope you have enjoyed this post about my trip to Brussels and, particularly, about the places I recommend to visit. Let me know in the comments if you have been to Brussels already or if you would like to/are planning to go! 🙂