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Brussels: chocolate, art and art nouveau.

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Brussels upholds the Belgium reputation for decadent chocolate, robust beer, sinuous Art Nouveau architecture and of course, Magritte.

Avoid touristy restaurants and enjoy eating and strolling around the city.
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STAY:

Hotel des Galeries 

Beenhouwersstraat 38,
+32 2 213 74 70

http://hoteldesgaleries.be

A charming little hotel in the Galerie du Roi. Nicely decorated with a nordic design based on wooden floors, colourful chairs and Delaunay prints.
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Hotel Amigo

Rue de l’Amigo 1,
+32 2 547 47 47

https://www.roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/hotel-amigo/

The nicest five star hotel in Brussels is set among the cobbled streets of Brussels, just around the corner from the picturesque Grand Place. This Rocco Forte Collection hotel, a former prison, is a few steps away from the famous Mannekenpissen.
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The Hotel

Boulevard de Waterloo 38,
T: +32 2 504 11 11

http://www.thehotel-brussels.be/default-en.html
One of the coolest hotels in town. This four star hotel is located nearby Avenue Louise, Brussel’s high street it is a good option for an afterwork drink too.

EAT

Dinne:

Le Saint Martin

Grand Sablon, 38

+32 (0)2 512 64 76

http://www.auvieuxsaintmartin.be

Traditional restaurant since 1968 in the Sablon Square. Nice posh crowd. Do not miss their Filet Americain a sort of steak tartar, very recommendable. The walls are adorned with works of contemporary Belgian artists (Alechinsky, Bervoets, Swennen and Reynhoud…)
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Lola

Place du Grand Sablon 33,
+32 2 514 24 60

http://www.restolola.be
This chic and contemporary brasserie is also located in the Sablon Square.

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La Quincaillerie

Rue du Page 45,
+32 2 533 98 33

http://www.quincaillerie.be/nl/

Originally decorated brasserie, nice food and cool crowd.
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Lunch:

Exki

Grasmarkt 93
+32 2 502 82 48

http://www.exki.be
An organic healthy food delina, affordable and nice. There are several spread through the city, check their web page.
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Le Perroquet

Rue Watteeu 31,
+32 2 512 99 22

Gorgeous art nouveau style and famous for its pitas.
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Pistolet Original

Rue Joseph Stevens 24-26

+32 (0)2 880 80 98

http://www.pistolet-original.be

A high-end delicatessen concept based on the filled ‘Pistolet’ (a Belgian-style bread roll) that offers delicacies featuring local fare, quality Belgian products and the artisans who make them.
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DRINK: 

Cafe Belga

Place Eugène Flagey 18,
+32 2 640 35 08

Art Deco decoration, coffee and drinks its terrace is packed during the sunny days.
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Hortense

Rue des Sablons 7,
+32 2 514 43 47

The coolest bar in Brussels, a sub-terrain hard to find and dark space to enjoy a chat over a drink.
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The Dominican 

Rue Léopold / Leopoldstraat 9,
+32 (0)2 203 08 08

http://www.thedominican.be

Its lounge is perfect to delect a nice cocktail.

Lounge Bar Corner
L’Archiduc

Antoine Dansaertstraat 6,
+32 2 512 06 52

http://www.archiduc.net

Life jazz music and drinks in this bar open since 1937.
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Bar des Amies

Rue Sainte-Catherine

Low-key bar popular between the locals.
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DO NOT MISS:

Buy eat and enjoy chocolate:

Pierre Marcolini

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Neuhaus

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Leonidas and Mary Stores are everywhere, you can buy one sweet to go and continue touring.
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Belgian Frites in the Place de la Madeleine, it is said they invented the french fries.
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Gaufres: i would suggest to buy one in any of the gaufres food trucks you’ll find around!
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Librarie Van der Elst

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And of course the famous Atonium

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ART

Magritte Museum

An extensive collection of the surrealist painter that will give you a thorough idea of his art life. Admire one of his most important pieces, “el triunfo de la luz” every second you will realize of more details of this outstanding work.
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Nathalie Obadia Gallery

http://www.galerie-obadia.com
La Loge (only temporary exhibitions, check when is the next one)

http://www.la-loge.be

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Abilene Gallery

http://www.abilenegallery.com
Midpoint Gallery

http://www.midpointgallery.com

D+T Project
http://www.dt-project.com

BRAFA Art Fair

http://www.brafa.be

Held every February. It is the most important art fair in Belgium. It combines antiques with modern and contemporary art in a beautiful setting at the Tour&Taxis exhibition center.
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Horta Museum

http://www.hortamuseum.be

Victor Horta, father of the Art Nouveau was born in Belgium, this house-museum shows some of his pictures and drawings.

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