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.

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

The exhibition space and salesroom lets the public observe cutters and setters through windowed booths.

The houses in Zurenborg - along Cogels-Osylei, Transvaalstraat, and Waterloostraat - are unique in Europe; more than 150 are designated landmarks. They range from weird (Tyrolean half-timbering in Flanders?) to the glorious (hand-painted Art Deco tile façades).

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.

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.

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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.

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

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

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