Belgium

Things to do in Belgium

There are many things to do in Belgium. Chocolate is one of the Brussel’s main attractions. You can pick up pocket-friendly boxes at Leonidas and Neuhaus, or splurge at boutique chocolatier Pierre Marcolini. And don't forget to get your fill of Belgian brews, with over 1000 beers available at 125 breweries across the country.

La Roche-en-Ardenne is a great thing to do in Belgium to enjoy the outdoors. It is an excellent place to cycle or kayak. Ostend is where the rich and famous go. It offers incredible beaches. Make sure you visit the Mercator Navy ship and dine on fresh shrimp at the daily fish markets.

Bruges has the historic Markt city square, and Ghent is rich with sights, art, and medieval history. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium is another must see attraction. The museum highlights the work of the greatest Flemish painters from the Flemish Primitives through to Rubens and Delvaux. Also don't forget the unique Musée Magritte is located next door. Antwerp, often referred to as the Flanders’ second capital, is known for its diamond processing and fashion. It's also is home to one of the oldest zoos in the world. Below are more great things to do in Belgium.

Take a break from antiques-hunting with a stop by this chococalatier in Place du Grand Sablon.

One of the few active breweries remaining in Brussels is the family-run Cantillon Brewery, built in 1900 in an old warehouse and famous for its acidic lambic brews (in March and November they invite the public to participate in the process, which may include adding hops or cleaning the 19th-centu

Haute Antiques houses 40 dealers whose wares span the full range of styles and periods, from a fanciful iron birdcage and a mod trapezoidal fireplace, to a flat-bottomed skiff suspended from the ceiling in the basement.

The multitalented Muriel Bardinet (dealer, interior designer, painter, photographer) puts the chic back into shabby.

Friday morning see an antiques auction in the Vrijdagmarkt (Friday Market).

An ormolu-mounted fruit-wood desk and a bench of thick rubber molded to resemble giant blocks of chocolate front a huge painting of African dancers.

Here, an exhaustive history of the diamond trade is offered but most come for the dark corridors that hold brightly lit cases filled with 19th-century regal diamond diadems, bravura tiaras, and other staggering works of art.

The sister-owned store stocks their paired-down women's line.

The small museum's collection of vintage cameras and photgraphy equipment offers a comprehensive history of the craft. Don't miss the bookshop which has excellent monographs.

The atelier-laboratory of Antwerp Six fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck.

Find Katz in his Appelmansstraat digs, a chic showroom with a massive marble fireplace and an imposing chandelier. "You must consider your jeweler as you would your doctor," he says, stressing the importance of trust between buyer and seller. "He is the expert!"

Vincent Colet is a shop that appreciates the industrial, as in the Triplex Pendlar lamp, by Swedish inventor-designer Johan Petter provenance.

The Gothic spires are one of the town’s most recognized landmarks, but inside the church is the true treasure—the 15th-century altarpiece Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, a towering, multi-panel painting by Jan van Eyck.