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  • be Manos
  • Sofi have a nice hotel (and restaurant spudz) in the EU district. Wi-fi, massage, turkish bath. Underground Line 1A/1B, Station SCHUMAN
  • The Dominican - Rue Léopold/ Leopoldstraat 9

Chocolates

Info from tripadvisor:

If you are looking for chocolates (“pralines”, in Brussels) rather than chocolate bars, shops at the airport and Gare du Midi stock all the brands, but otherwise these largely have their own individual shops, some with many branches - Neuhaus has 22 in Brussels. You can also find all the top names at ROB, an upmarket grocers that you can reach by 42 bus from Roodebeek metro station (direction Transvaal, to the stop Fabry; there's a map on http://www.robfinefood.be/presentation.cfm).

  • CHOCOPOLIS, below the Hotel Best Western Premier Carrefour de l'Europe (official address something like 100 rue du Marché aux Herbes) stocks a brand called Devina but also Côte d’Or, Galler and Neuhaus, and they are negotiating with Godiva, so this could also be a useful one-stop shop near the Grand' Place.

You will find branches of all the leading chocolate makers around the GP - NEUHAUS in the nearby Galeries St. Lambert is the very first chocolate shop in Brussels - and/or in the Sablon, home to the legendary PIERRE MARCOLINI (although the branch below the Conrad Hotel is less frantic in high season) and WITTAMER.

LEONIDAS is not considered among the “hauts chocolatiers”, as their products are machine-made rather than “artisanal”, but they are a local favourite. If you want to try before you buy they have a “Chocolates Café” in rue des Tongres (Mérode metro) where you can have a coffee with several pralines, or just one selected from 3 choices. However my personal favourite is CORNE PORT ROYAL, “my” branch is at 16 rue de l'Escadron near Boileau pre-metro station (23/90 tram) but they also have a branch at 9 rue de la Madeleine near the GP.

Just this weekend I came across a GODIVA outlet shop near their factory next to Simonis metro station. I don't know how prices there compare with their normal shops, but if you are interested, from Simonis, exit into Bd. Léopold II and turn right, cross the road (rue de l'Armistice) and follow Avenue de Jette to the right, you will find it almost immediately (I think it is no. 231).

Currently fashionable names are FREDERIC BLONDEEL ( flicker set)(winner of a recent Bulletin taste test) at Ste. Catherine and LAURENT GERBAUD, whose products you can find at A.M. Sweet in rue des Chartreux, off rue A. Orts near the Bourse (be warned, fashionable tends to mean with strange flavours like green tea or pink peppercorns). Among the classics, MARY, at 73 rue Royale near the Congress column, is still “by appointment to the Belgian royal family” (although so is Godiva) and it's a cute shop - especially if you need to buy a present for someone called Mary.

Finally, I heard about ]%20Listing.htm PASSION CHOCOLAT] from friends and was astonished that this little out-of-the-way shop behind the Collège St. Michel in Woluwe St. Pierre almost always has a queue outside for its fresh home-made pralines. If you are a chocolate connoisseur, therefore, it might be worth trekking out there, the easiest way is to take the 39/44 tram from Montgomery to Sq. Léopold II, then turn right compared with the direction the tram was going, cross the square to rue Vandendriessche (next to Médicis medical centre), walk 3 blocks to rue Père Eud. Devroye, turn right and it's at no. 197. [[http://www.wittamer.com/wittamer_patissier_glacier_en.aspx | Wittamer - chocolates and cakes, also cafe. (comments from Chowhound) The Grand Cru Pure Origine Venezuela bar is outstanding. Incredibly smooth, flavor deep with a slight earthy/tobacco finish.

]# Planète Chocolat], rue du Lombard 24. bills itself as "an avantgarde chocolate maker working in the traditions of yesteryear". Handmade delicacies include Earl Grey, pepper chocolate and a bouquet of floral flavours such as rose, violet, jasmine and lily-of-the-valley. * [[http://www.zaabar.be/Public/ | Zaab]är] - found on [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/lieludalis/2082919605/in/set-72157603363638495/ | flickr Rue de Stassart 87 (factory shop) 10am - 6pm

* Carrement Bon Chaussée de Louvain 97, 1210 Sint-Joost-ten-Node, Belgium

Anyone with a sweet tooth should head to Les Caprices du Bailli (rue du Bailli 75), an art nouveau bakery filled with tantalising patisseries, or Irsi Pralines (rue du Bailli 15), which started making its famous sugared almonds and cream-filled chocolate manons back in 1929.

Coffee

There are more than 120 coffee roasters in Belgium, compared to about 15 large ones in Holland. Only Italy has more of them. We have several coffee roasters who roast for brands all over Europe.

Most of our roasters are small though and very specialised. They provide coffee that is typical for that region.The Flemish people drink different coffee than the Walloons? We - the Flemish - like mild and light roasted coffees, like coffee in Scandinavia. The Walloons prefer stronger and bitter coffee, more like the French.

And now that we're talking about the taste: Belgian coffee roasters use far better quality than the typical coffee country Italy where robusta is still mainly used.

  • Cafés Van Dael, Vedecof sprl, 134 rue Marie-Christine, 1020 Bruxelles

Wine Bars

(http://www.worldsbestbars.com/city/brussels/archiduc-brussels.htm)

Nice looking winebar

1050 Ixelles) the laid back atmosphere, the choice of wines by the glass or by the bottle, the sun outside.

  • Hotel Conrad on Avenue Louise. There is always a piano man playing a tune at night. The selection of drinks, though, especially cocktails, is way better at the Astoria though.
  • Archiduc - 6 rue Antoine-Dansaert Brussels - The coolest bar in all of Belgium, this classic near the Bourse has to be seen to be believed. Ring a bell on the street and you enter a steel bubble swing door like entering a bank. This spins you out into an art deco room with high ceilings, half-moon balcony, pillars to the roof, a piano in the middle and tiny corner bar. Your fellow drinkers are architects, intellectuals and artistic beauties and the bar-staff know their music as well as their martinis. Anything from trip-hop to country plays until late and you only get your bill when you leave. Famous for jazz sessions too, the owner might tell you about the times Miles Davis used to come in and jam.
  • Belga Queen (Rue Fosse aux Loups 32) - Stylish modern bar. Skip the food - go straight to the bar. Excellent! Then, check out the loo! As you enter, both male and female “stalls” are totally visible. Enter and close the door, and you are not visible.
  • De Ultime Hallucinatie : Konigstraat 316, Brussels, 1210 Pricy food but interior is a Surreal classic in an historic art nouveau building that used to be a horse's stable. Enter a huge doorway past a white Liberace-type piano and it is like the ultimate hallucination.
  • Java 14 Rue St Géry, Brussels - cocktails and party. The best bar in town, our “local”. Nice and cosy on weekdays, popular and packed on weekends. Great Caipirinha, good-looking bartenders and a fantastic DJ
  • Kolya - Chaussée de Charleroi 102 1060 St Gillis. Restaurant and lounge of the swanky Hotel Manos Premier - and premier is what you get. The stylish interior has the feel of a private club: a warm, orange-lit interior with a crackling fireplace, comfy armchairs and banquettes perfect for sipping brandies on and smoking cigars. Uniformed staff bring out ornate Humidors and the animal skins on the walls have you thinking of the colonies. Food is modern European and the cocktails are perfectly poured classics at prices that match your private surrounds.
  • PP Café 28 Rue Jules Van Praet, Brussels, 1000 Ultra-trendy café bar combined with the jazz venue Smog, this latest offering from the brains behind Bonsoir Clara and Kasbah can be a little pretentious. Service in the restaurant is not always great and the see-and-be-seen crowd tend to distract the bar staff. The café dishes are spot on but we suggest to you eat fast and get a seat in front of the music action. The bar here offers up to 80 excellent cocktails, from dark-goods classics to flighty, flavoured vodka martinis, though we prefer to stick to whiskey and bourbon when watching trumpeters and trombonists. An eclectic line-up features many big names which accounts for the more mature regulars in this section.
  • Tierra del Fuego 4 Rue Berckmans Brussels - This is the place to go during the summer! Tucked-away Latin American bar with one of the coolest beer gardens in all of Belge. Nestled on a small street close to the fabulous Avenue Louise and just off Chaussée de Charleroi, this is where Cuba meets Brazilian via Mojitos and Caiparinhas and a lively mix of salsa, samba and so on.
  • Beli Bar place du Châtelain 33, During the week, this is a cool bar to hang out for cocktails and lounge music, but on Friday and Saturday nights, it's a dance club with in-house DJ until the early hours.
  • Piola Libri is an Italian bookstore/wine bar located just a few blocks from Schuman on 66-68 rue Franklin (tel: +32 2 736 93 91). This is a bit of a hidden treasure in an otherwise not-so-interesting part of town and most of the clientele is still Italian, which speaks for the authenticity of the place. (near to the Sofitel Hotel, I think)

Markets

Place Chatelaine an afternoon/ evening market, the whole buzzing working world can get together, and buy cheese, fruit and vegetables, wine, or home made bread. More of a ‘socialite’ place to be, than actually heavy shopping, the Place Chatelaine market has its own unique charm. (one Wed and ???)

The neighbourhood around Place du Châtelain is like a hidden, but fashionable village right in the heart of Brussels. Locals and EU expats flock here for the cool cafes, designer boutiques, funky restaurants and late-night bars, while most tourists don't even know it exists. Belgian friends tell me not to miss Le Châtelain's Wednesday night street market, and walking into the Place, the atmosphere is electric, teeming with colourful stalls and shoppers, while the pavements are turned into impromtu bars.

During the day, Le Châtelain is all about chic shopping, not the famous-name international designers whose boutiques line nearby Avenue Louise, but creative Belgian stylists that are far more original. On the Place itself, the shop everyone is looking at is Mais il est où le Soleil?, the sole Brussels store of designer Valerie Polet, whose combination of delicate pastel colours, soft flowing lines and affordable prices are difficult to resist.

Sunday Markets - Brussels

Quai des Usines 22-23: Weekly market for second hand cars, mopeds, caravans and boats, 07:30-13:00

Gare du Midi, St-Gilles: Exotic products market, 06:00-13:00

Rond Point Agora, rue du Marché aux Herbes: Art and craft market, 10:00-18:00

Halles St-Géry: Art and craft market, 10:00-21:00

Place du Jeu de Balle: Second hand and flea market, 07:00-14:00

Grand'Place: Flower and plant market, 08:00-14:00

Rue du Beurre: Art, artist and portrait market, 11:00-18:00

Place Reine Astrid, Jette: Consumer goods and food market, 08:30-13:00

Place Ste-Catherine: Flower and food market, 07:00-17:00

Le Miroir, Jette: Regional farm produce

Clothes

15 years ago Rue Antoine Dansaert was in a state of decay and neglect, then designers moved in (haven’t we heard stories like this before!) and today the street is buzzing and stylish and the cornerstone in Brussels’ fashion district. Most famous shop on Rue Antoine Dansaert is Stijl, which opened back in 1984. Here you can purchase men’s and women’s clothing by Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Xavier Delcour and other notables.

On Rue Antoine Dansaert you will also find the legendary art deco bar and jazzclub Archiduc.

Geox shop Brussels AV. DE LA TOISON D'OR 31/32, 1050, BRUXELLES.

Massimo Dutti - AV. DE LA TOISON D'OR 22

Second Hand Shops

Vintage Today (Designer labels) 500 Chauseé de Waterloo

Brussels Oxfam Shop Rue de Flandre/Vlaamsesteenweg

Look 50 10, 2ur de la Paix - 1050 Bruxelles, t. +32 2 512 24 18

Episode (Amsterdam, Antwerpen, Brussels, London, New York City, Rotterdam)- Rue de la Violette 28, 1000 Brussels +32 (0) 2 513 36 53

Sussies (Brussels and Utrecht) - Vintage fashion and gifts @ 74, rue du Lombard - 1000 Brussels Route: Near Manneken pis

Retro paradise - This is a fun shop if you are looking for quirky and fun second hand clothes. Think Halloween or a fun Hawaiian-theme BBQ party. Amerikaansestraat 105 / rue Américaine - 1000 Brussels

Syriana - Chaussee du Charleroi 178

Tresor Shadi - Rue Africian 106 (near Rue Bailli next to the church)

There are three different Dod outlet stores Rue du Bailli - a great favourite with locals for its bargain prices on designer labels like Donna Karan, Olivier Strelli and Lacoste - and a delightfully risque lingerie boutique, Eva Luna. Mon-Sat 10am-6.15pm, 64 rue du Bailli. Directions: Tram 92 or 94 to Bailli

Article on secondhand shops here

Design Shops

New Stuff (place du Châtelain 18). At the end is a tall, eye-catching brick and glass building which has just opened to the public. At the entrance is the exotic Aladdin's cave boutique of Marrakesh-based designer Mia Zia, whose psychedelic, hippy colours are to die for. Inside is New Stuff itself, a brilliant home interiors space showcasing an eclectic, funky selection of European design.

Best ice-cream

  • Le Framboisier Doré, rue du Bailli 35, Over 200 flavours of irresistible handmade gelati and sorbets in this

Restaurants

  • Belga Queen -Rue du Fossé aux Loups 32, De Broukere
  • Senzanome Michelin Star Italian Restaurant (bad website)
  • Le Fourneau - purple cloud on flickr (looks quite good). @ Le Fourneau, Place St-Catherine. Sit at the bar and eat tapes.
  • Tart Art- @ Le Tarterie de Pierre, 39 Place du Grand Sablon. (cafes tart place also on purple cloud). Also near this, is a Pierre Marcolini at Rue des Minimes 1. Appears to have closed 2009.
  • Les fous du terroir - Rue d'Arlon 37 1000-Bruxelles - In the heart of the capital city of the European Union, cordial place where we cultivate the love and the passion of cuisine and artisanal products from the European soil. The owner and the chef propose you season's menus, lunches, suggestions,…

Things to Do and See

  • Described as a hodge podge of statues, The Ixelles Cemetery (French: Cimetière d'Ixelles, Dutch: begraafplaats van Elsene), located in Ixelles/Elsene in the southern part of Brussels, is one of the major cemeteries in Belgium.

The Ixelles Cemetery also refers to a neighbourhood with a lot of bars and restaurants for students, north of the actual cemetery. It is in fact located between the two main campuses of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (

Wine Retailers and Champagne

  • Wine Searcher for Beligum, (including Brussels and world wide delivery)
  • Francis Bernard Passage Linthout 39, 1200 Brussels (also delivers)
  • Ad Bibendum Paul Michielsstraat 71, 1090 Brussels (also nice website in English)
  • Colin Cuvée Alliance - alternative artisan champagne might want to look out for.

Events December

Brussels Christmas market

220 stalls, run by local and international small traders, will be dotted around the Bourse, the Marché aux Poissons and the Place Sainte-Catherine from 28th November. The area of the Grand-Place will be beautifully lit up for those winter evening strolls.

 
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