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Where to eat, drink and shop in Brussels

When The New York Times calls the capital of Belgium 'the new Berlin', you know something's happening. Brussels is slowly transforming from a grey and slightly dodgy city to one of the continent’s most exciting creative hubs. We enjoy spending our weekends exploring the city (as there's always something new to discover!), so we thought you might too! Here's a shortlist of our favourite places to eat, drink and shop in Brussels...

Eat

To be honest: ever since we’re using the website of Brussels’ Kitchen – Chloé and Sarah’s online guide to food with style – we can’t really choose between all the delicious restaurants located in our capital. But we do have a soft spot for Asian food, which is why chances you’ll find us in Makito & Misuko or Bao Bang Bang whenever we’re in Brussels are high! Although our parents taught us that eating with your hands is impolite; the food in these places is too finger lickin’ good not to.

Makito & Misuko
Vlaamsesteenweg 12
1000 Brussels
www.makito.be

Bao Bang Bang
Waterleidingsstraat 155
1050 Ixelles
www.baobangbang.be

Drink

The café in Muntpunt, the library of Brussels, is currently undergoing a major transformation. New owners Pieter Bonte and Sem Vandekerckhove, are going back to the roots and doing everything they can to promote Muntpunt Grand Café as a cultural haven in the heart of the city. “The library offers the habitants of Brussels a treasure chest of music, movies and books, and we want to encourage the library-visitors to directly utilize what they’ve borrowed, while enjoying a strong cup of coffee or a Belgian-brewed beer”, says Bonte. Muntpunt Grand Café provides a wide range of warm and cold drinks, as well as small homemade dishes. The best news? As of recently, you can enjoy your book, drink and dish in one of the Journuit’s one-seats! Because there’s truly no better feeling to get your daily dose of culture in a soft and comfortable sofa, right? 

Muntpunt Grand Café
Léopoldstraat 2
1000 Brussels
www.muntpunt.be/grandcafe

Shop

When in Brussels, we always make some time to visit TASCHEN’s flagship store, located near the Sablon. We doubt you’re not already familiar with Taschen, but if you aren’t: Taschen is an art book publisher that has been a pioneer in making lesser-seen art available to mainstream bookstores. Some of our favourite coffee table books are by Taschen, like ‘1000 Chairs’, ‘Cabins’ or ‘Frank Lloyd Wright’. The shop’s interior was designed by none other than Philippe Starck (who also happened to design for Duravit!) and this makes every trip worthwhile, even if you leave the shop emptyhanded. (Which we, again, doubt!)

TASCHEN Flagship store 
Lebeaustraat 18
1000 Brussels
www.taschen.com