- By Kevin
- On Nov 20, 2017
- Travel Tips
What to eat&where to sleep in Brussels?Brussels local guides give you the advice.Brussels is a worthy stand-alone vacation destination,especially if you take some time to explore Belgium’s other towns.Fairytale-pretty Bruges and arty,under-the-radar Ghent are both worthwhile day trips.
Special Local Foods
Taverne du Passage
This characteristic bistro is located in the elegant glass-roofed Galeries Royales St-Hubert,one of the oldest covered arcades in Europe,close to the Grand Place.You can have a good meal at the Taverne du Passage.The menu is extensive and includes authentic Belgian classics like briny mussels,plus there is a well-priced kid’s menu for those under 12.
If all of this eating inspires you to get your hands dirty,how about a family cooking lesson?Mmmmh!Is a cooking school that will tailor a hands-on lesson for your family,in English.The convivial Chef will teach you to cook a Belgian specialty such as waterzooi,a creamy chicken and veggie stew,before you dig in and eat the finish product.
Where to Sleep
A stellar location steps from the Grand Place,excellent service and gorgeous décor make this one of the best hotels in town.They offer Tintin-themed rooms decorated with Tintin memorabilia.The hotel is pricy,but families should check out the Tintin Family Affair package,which includes an adjoining room for two kids free of charge,plus 50%of all meals for kids under twelve.
The Sofitel is another clean,reliable hotel for families.It is located near Avenue Louise,known for its high-end shops.Free WiFi.
The Novotel Brussels Off Grand'Place also enjoys a Grand Place location.Free WiFi,spacious rooms,a special children’s menu and a small indoor play area make it an excellent choice for families.
Don’t be put off by staying in a hostel.If your kids are at least school-aged,it presents an opportunity to meet budget-minded travelers from around the globe.This newly renovated hostel is a 5-minute walk from the Grand Place.It offers 20 clean rooms with four beds that work well for families.You need to know that you will be locked out of the hostel each day for several hours while it is being cleaned maintained,usually at around noon.