Having a sweet tooth, I was super excited to finally try the much known Belgium Waffles in Brussels. There are two types of waffles in Belgium, the Brussel Waffle and the Liegas Waffle. The Brussels version is fluffier and lighter waffle with deeper pockets made from yeast-leavened batter. The Liege waffle has doughier batter and is sweeter in flavor. I couldn’t try all the waffle shops but recommending my favourites ~ Vitalgaufre, Le Roy d’Espagne and Waffle Factory. Fritland fries and Leonidas chocolates were bliss to my stomach and my taste buds were in paradise. Waffles in the streets can be as little as € 3 (₹240) to € 14 (₹1,120) in fine dining restaurants. Finish your day in Brussels with a pint of beer in any of the local bars such as Delirium Café, Roosters, Bonnefoi, Les Gens Que J’aime, Zanzi.bar or Au Brasseur. The Delirium Café offers more than 2,000 choices of beer and holds the Guinness World Record for the longest beer list (try the Duvel Tripel Hop Citra).
When to go
Visiting Brussels in July can be a good option when the temperatures are still warm but the accommodations are cheaper and less crowded. One can also plan this city when it hosts the famous Flower Carpet Event, which happens every two years in August. If you’re a party person then definitely plan your trip around the dates of the Tomorrowland Festival in July end.
Getting into Town
There is no option of a direct flight from India to Brussels, but there are many options with one stop layovers.
By Air: One can take a short layover of 1.5-5 hours in Finland/Amsterdam and reach Brussels. A round trip from Delhi to Brussels starts at ₹40,000/-. (Confusingly, Brussels is served by two airports; Brussels Airport in Zaventem (12 km from the city center) and Brussels South Charleroi Airport (50kms from Brussels). The Brussels Airport in Zaventem is the main international air hub and you can take a 15 minutes’ train ride (costing € 12.70) to Brussels three main stations in the city: Bruxelles-Nord, Bruxelles-Central and Bruxelles Midi. Taxis can also take you from both airports but will cost you a bomb if that’s not an issue – go ahead!
By train: Brussels is well linked by rail to its neighbouring countries such as Paris and Amsterdam.
The best way to travel is to use the underground metro or just walk and explore this artistic city. Brussels has an efficient & effective public transport system; you can get a day pass for € 7.5, which you can use for metro (subway trains), buses and trams for unlimited travels within the city for a whole day. PS: A single metro ticket for an hour costs € 2.5 (₹200)