Brussels Journals

Weekend in Brussels

An August 2009 trip to Brussels by artslover

Grand Place (Grote Markt) Photo, Brussels, Belgium More Photos
Quote: A quick weekend in Brussels with friends where we also get our first taste of this city.

Toscana 21

Restaurant | "A Bit of Tuscany"

Toscana 21 Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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By the greatest of coincidences, we managed to book reservations at two restaurants next door to each other in the Sablon area of Brussels. We booked one and our friends booked Toscana 21.Both are small family run restaurants which have great authenticity. Toscana 21 is run by a family originally from Florence. The 21 refers to the street address.The colours of the restaurant are warm terra cotta and evoke an Italian ambiance. The not quite fluent English of the servers and chef at the back add to the feeling that we were in Tuscany. The menu was listed on bits of paper stuck to a painters palette and we needed the server to explain how to sort the starters from the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

Toscana 21
Rue de Rollebeek 21
Brussels, Belgium
+32 (2) 502-3621

La Clef des Champs

Restaurant | "Authentic French Belgian bistro"

La Clef des Champs Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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This is a small family run Belgian French bistro in the Sablon area of Brussels where a number of small restaurants are located. On the edge of the main tourist area, the restaurants along the street seem to be savvy about having a tourist clientele yet feel very much like small local gems.We were able to make reservations online and this tiny place has its own website: www.clefdeschamps.be.The restaurant has an authentic bistro feel and the menu also reflects this. Our group of five all had excellent meals and enjoyed some good yet reasonably priced French wine from a particularly good wine list for a restaurant this small. The menu includes classics like escargot, beef steak,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

La Clef des Champs
23 Rue de Rollebeek
Brussels, Belgium
32 2 512 11 93

Grand Place (Grote Markt)

Attraction | "Not to Be Missed"

Grand Place (Grote Markt) Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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Some consider this the most beautiful square in the world. The wide open square which sometimes houses a flower market as well as small street vendors is surrounded by Flemish Renaissance-baroque guild houses from the 17th century, the neo-Gothic King’s House, and the 15th-century Gothic Town Hall. On the spire of the tower of the Town Hall perches the Archangel Michael, patron saint of the city.A UNESCO world heritage site, the architecture of the square is described as providing a vivid illustration of the level of social and cultural life of the period in this important political and commercial centre.Writer Victor Hugo once made his home in a building on this square. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

Grand Place (Grote Markt)
Central Square
Brussels, Belgium 1000

Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique

Attraction | "Musée d'Art Ancien visit"

Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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The Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts de Belgique is a collection of four museums with the two most important being the Musée d’Art Ancien and the Musée d’Art Moderne in the museum filled area near the Palais Royal and the Parc de Bruxelles. You can buy tickets to both or one. Too much museum going at one time makes my head hurt so we opted for the Ancien. Admission is €8 for adults, €2 for students – the best deal for students I have ever seen.Ancien or Ancient is misleading. The museum contains 15th to 18th century art, mostly paintings, from the region. The building was built as an art museum in the early 1800s by Napoleon to house the many works (which had been confiscated during the French...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique
3 Rue de la Regence
Brussels, Belgium

Dominican Hotel Brussels

Hotel | "Lovely to Look at and Luxurious"

Dominican Hotel Brussels Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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This was a great stay in a luxury boutique hotel. The building design borrows from the fifteenth-century abbey that originally occupied the site. The location was perfect on a quiet street near the Grand Place, Brussels central city square. The design uses jewel-tone colors to evoke medieval stained glass, a motif repeated in the carpeting of the guest rooms. The hotel is relatively new but retains the nineteenth-century stone facade of a building which was once the home of the French neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David. His painting features in some of the hotel advertising. Soaring ceilings echoing gothic arches divide the handsome bar, restaurant, and lobby that surround the central atrium. Th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

Dominican Hotel Brussels
Rue Leopold 9
Brussels, Belgium
+32 (2) 203-0808