Brussels is considered to be boring, dull and overrun by Eurocrats, but it is actually a hidden gem which takes time to discover. When people ask me do I like Brussels and living here, I usually answer that the city and I have a very schizophrenic relationship – we love each other, we hate each other. Sometimes its qualities are overlooked, so this post is a reminder to myself and those who have come to appreciate all the little things that make this city a beautiful place to live in.
Voilà, the 10 reasons why I love Brussels! 😀
- The Clemenceau marché
A massive weekend market close to Gare Midi with selling products from fruits and vegetables to stolen ipods.
2. Fresh sea food from the North sea with the glass of white vine
3. Of course, her majesty The Chocolate!
A major industry since the 19th century, today it forms an important part of the nation’s economy and culture.
4. And the other majesty: La bière!
5. Walking through the city and unexpectedly discovering parks with fountains, monuments and flowers like Bois de la Cambre.
6. Stunning Art Nouveau architecture mostly led by famous architect Victor Horta.
Brussels is the capital of Art Nouveau and magnificent structures throughout the capital city are recognized as “world heritage” by UNESCO. The brilliant creative works of Victor Horta, Paul Hankar… bring pleasure to thousands of visitors who enter the private world of these opulent houses every year.
In 19 century Brussels went through a period of unrivaled effervescence. The middle classes, merchants and artists opted to have their houses built in the style in vogue: Art Nouveau, marking the beginning of modern architecture and design.
7. Famous Belgian Flower carpet
A biennial event that takes place every other August. Nearly a million flowers are required to create the ephemeral 1,800 square meter carpet. The tapestry always exhibits begonias, one of Belgium’s major exports since 1860.
8. This romantic existing things whenever I walk in the city:
9. It goes back to ”medieval” twice a year!
For two nights every July and later in September, Brussels goes back in time when 1,500 performers resplendent in 16th Century garb re-enact the entry of Emperor Charles V into the city.
10. The fact I am close to many cities and its airports/stations so I can escape whenever wherever.