Ah, the city of Brussels. If you scour the internet enough, ask people who’ve just been, (or maybe you yourself have been there )– the general feeling about this city is either love or blah.
I fall in between. I find it to be a pleasant city, but perhaps due to me being there for only 2 days, it didn’t really give a lasting impression.
What stood out for me though, was the perfect balance of walking and pleasure in this city. I always love a good contrast, and in Brussels, by walking I mean that the city is made for walking. And by pleasure, I mean chocolates (and pastries).
The streets are very leveled and even. And even if there were many people walking, the streets didn’t feel crowded, rushed or hurried.
And even if there are steep flights of stairs to be taken, fear not because there is always ‘salvation’ ahead:
You are never too far away from a cafe or chocolatier in Brussels. Think of them as 7-11’s. One or two in every corner.
And there’s nothing quite like Belgian chocolate, with its trademark velvety smooth texture. Imagine that incorporated in every cake.
It’s heaven! Definitely makes all the walking worth it, and incentive enough for you to walk further more to try other shops.
I joined a walking tour while I was there. There are tons of walking tours in Brussels, the most famous of which are themed around Chocolates and Beer, two necessary products that the Belgians have touched on and left a lasting legacy.
Most of the tours come with a tasting platter from select shops, so if you are not really keen on getting a whole cake or slice for yourself, the platters are good to keep you going.
But of course, there’s no stopping you from getting a whole box for yourself. Which is really, the point of being in Brussels 🙂
It was inevitable to shop for chocolates and with every new shop that we stopped at, my bags were getting heavier and heavier.
The afternoon tour ended up in a pub, and even though I don’t drink (At all), the free jugs of beer came handy to wash down all the sweetness of the afternoon. (Well, I tried..)