Belgium

Belgium Travel Guide

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.

This mini department store stocks a very un-Antwerp lineup of blingy Italian brands in a space that's the apotheosis of the Antwerp aesthetic: neutral and burnished, simultaneously rich and plain. A cocktail at the adjacent Martini Bar is de rigueuer.

This shop has closed.

In Brussels’s main square, 10 master Belgian chocolate makers are showcased at this boutique, where they host daily workshops to teach the secret ingredients of their country’s rich dark and white cocoa.

The association vets dealers and has strict membership criteria—to be eligible, you have to have been in the market for at least 10 years.

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

At the Desmet antiques gallery, nearly everything is of majestic scale and almost nothing is Belgian. Sarcophagus-like stone tubs come from France, boldly framed mirrors from the Netherlands and Italy, a pair of Georgian gateleg tables from Britain.

A clothing boutique with Martin Margiela sweaters and Veronique Branquinho heels.

American decorators haunt this place for Michel Lambrecht's clever furnishings.

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

These dealers in African art and relics as well as the adjacent Congo Basin Art History Research Center can be found on a charming lane off the Place du Grand Sablon.

Diamond House sits the heart of Antwerp's jewelry district.

A fuchsia-and-black jewel box filled with froth dresses and accessories.

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.

If collections in black, off-black, and charcoal-blakc are your thing, Schneider's tiny atelier will please you. Skinny men's trousers, shirts, and pullovers come in unexpected felts, knits, and thick cottons; so do the demure dresses and skirts.