Updated: Oct 5, 2018
Brussels was one of those trips where I took a leap of faith. I really didn't know much about Belgium or it's capital city and I'll be honest - I chose the cheapest location to travel to from London! I was kind of playing a travel roulette with myself. I was going to be visiting my relatives in Abruzzo, Italy and then my best friends in London! A former teacher that I worked with was teaching English in Spain at the time and I planned to meet up with her in Brussels!
I booked a train from London to Brussels through Eurostar, and then took a flight back to Italy. While in Brussels we occasionally used the public transportation system which was difficult to figure out at first but we got the hang of it! A one way ticket is €2.10. I recommend city mapper as an app to download to help you navigate major cities.
Fritland Brussels for the best Belgian French Fries (pommes frites!)
Nüetnigeneough was the best restaurant we could have found. It was small and cute and it was packed! We waited for a table for 20-30minutes but it was worth it and we enjoyed a recommended beer at the bar from our bartender. I got the Bravoure, and as a person who loves an amber ale - this was PERFECT. We enjoyed one of their cheese options as a starter and my entree was the Beef Stew or (Carbonnades à la flamande). It was really good and worth the price.
Love ciabatta is a cute little sandwich shop!
Cafe mok was our spot for breakfast and we loved it. The staff was really friendly and the place had a home-y feel.
Cafe capitale was a really nice cafe where we sat to relax and get some work done.
Magritte Museum - I wish I had more time in Brussels to see some other museums but I'm so glad I chose this one. This day I was alone and decided to explore on my own. I would highly recommend seeing a museum alone because you can do everything at your own pace. This museum was truly outstanding if you're an art fan or a Magritte fan. The staff was really nice here as well!
Parlamentarium - Worth the see. I am really interested in international relations and this gave an inside look at European Parliament and a history of the European government.
Grand Place - The main square or market area where you'll find beer tours, alleyways that lead to waffles, and the breathtaking architecture all around you.