After visiting Brussels last month, I was excited to finally curate a little guide on some of my favourite spots I discovered in the city. Although chocolate was the primary focus of the visit (never a bad reason, in my opinion), there seemed to be a huge emphasis on independent designers and concept stores in Brussels, which was really exciting to see- so I was lucky enough to experience some exciting new talent too as well as taste some goodies too!

Staying:

Happy Guesthouse::

If you're looking for somewhere cosy, playful and completely worthy of Pinterest kudos- then Happy Guesthouse should be your first port of call. Although it's only a small bed and breakfast (there's only four rooms)- each bedroom is airy, clean and comfortable- with a family style communal breakfast area on the ground floor daily (which is absolutely delicious). The location is perfectly central with easy walking distance to the main squares, so if you can be sure to book it up!

Rue de l'Hopital 27, Brussels, Belgium

Eating:

Elisabeth::

Oh Elisabeth, how I love thee. Out of all the chocolatiers and artisans in the city, this sweet haven should be the one you head to. Whether you're after some delectable traditional treats (from crunchy waffles to gingerbread loaves), handcrafted chocolates, mammoth meringues (as well as pretty much everything in between)- Elisabeth can probably remedy your sweet tooth. There's several of these scattered around the city, all with something slightly different in each- so it's well worth scouting them out. My personal favourite was their take on a certain chocolate spread (only this one comes without any nasties or palm oil- deeeelicious)!

Boterstraat 43 Rue au Beurre, 1000 Brussels

Les Filles::

If you fancy something different for brunch, lunch or dinner - Les Filles is the perfect balance of home cooked, organic, locally sourced dishes with a modern take on communal dining. With one or two dishes served each meal time (sort of like a buffet style family meal- just check ahead if you're a little fussy like me)- you can go and help yourself to your picks, and take a seat at one of their rustic benches to tuck in. It's a great place to spend an afternoon chatting with friends, and super informal if you just want some quiet time too.

Rue du vieux Marché aux Grains 46, 1000 Bruxelles

Ici::

There's a reason this modern dining spot has become a bit of a hit with locals- and it's not just down to their green juices! If you're after something light, nutritious and healthy- Ici is the place for you. More than just avocado and toast (although their offering is delicious), Ici boasts delicious salads, Thai nods, fresh fish and some of the best looking cakes I've seen.

35 Rue Darwin, 1050 Brussels

Clothes::

Hunting and Collecting::

Tucked away on a street filled with independent design shops, Hunting and Collecting was by far one of the coolest shops we stopped by in Brussels. Offering both a vast selection of mens and womens clothing (think Carven, Maison Kitsune and Acne)- it was difficult to not get over excited (and completely empty my bank account) in this shop. With a selection of lifestyle brands on offer too- as well as an in house florist, you could easily while away an hour or so in here (just make sure you budget accordingly...)!

Rue des Chartreux 17, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Gabriele Vintage::

While I didn't get to explore many of Brussels' vintage shops, I did get to pay a visit to Gabriele- one of the most renown in the city. With a selection boasting more than just cutesy dresses, Gabriele has rainbow rails of ballgowns, seasonal coats (which I did very well in resisting), seventies blouses and a huge menswear selection too. There's also an impressive shoe and accessories offering, with racks of shoes and hats lining the floor too- very exciting indeed!

Rue des Chartreux 27, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Bonnie et Jane::

A stone's throw away from Ici lies the treasure trove that is Bonnie et Jane- a womens clothes and accessories store, that boasts as much cosy knitwear as it does Jane Birkin records- making it an absolute must-stop in my books (yup, that does mean Instagram opportunities a plenty). Not only is the interior worthy of many #fromwhereIstand's, but the bohemian inspired pieces and delicate accessories and jewels are a pretty perfect fit for most wardrobes too (and make for great gifts)...

34 Rue Darwin, Brussels

Concept and Design::

Hello James::

Hello James is a concept store based around complete craftsmanship and handmade design- and showcases a huge range of Belgium born designers and ethical creators, which is pretty awesome indeed. With everything adorning the shelves and walls from bicycles, books, magazines, leather goods and grooming products- there's something for everyone, and makes the perfect pit stop for any trendy gentlemen too (I know Joe would be a fan)!

Lakensestraat 86, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

Diito Furniture::

Now, if there is one place I'll need to head back to when it comes to finally decorating a house, it'll be diito. A furniture and interior gallery meets showroom, this wonderful spot showcases new designers and exciting new design brands as well as vintage pieces too. With many items inspired by Nordic and contemporary design, it's a Pinterest users dream and somewhere I'll definitely be taking nods from when it comes to decorating.

Rue de l'Aurore 62, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Maison Dandoy::

It's probably not the right reason to ever set foot in a biscuit shop, but Maison Dandoy had me at it's gold tinted logo and polka dot spotted packaging before anything else. Although I've since come to realise they do in fact do more than beautiful graphic design (they're actually known for their delicious handcrafted 100% natural ingredient biscuits) this place was as pretty on the outside as it was the inside, plus they do excellent sweet treats too! ; )

4 Place Stephanie, 1050 Ixelles (but they have eight stores)

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After visiting Brussels last month, I was excited to finally curate a little guide on some of my favourite spots I discovered in the city. Although chocolate was the primary focus of the visit (never a bad reason, in my opinion), there seemed to be a huge emphasis on independent designers and concept stores in Brussels, which was really exciting to see- so I was lucky enough to experience some exciting new talent too as well as taste some goodies too!

Staying:

Happy Guesthouse::

If you're looking for somewhere cosy, playful and completely worthy of Pinterest kudos- then Happy Guesthouse should be your first port of call. Although it's only a small bed and breakfast (there's only four rooms)- each bedroom is airy, clean and comfortable- with a family style communal breakfast area on the ground floor daily (which is absolutely delicious). The location is perfectly central with easy walking distance to the main squares, so if you can be sure to book it up!

Rue de l'Hopital 27, Brussels, Belgium

Eating:

Elisabeth::

Oh Elisabeth, how I love thee. Out of all the chocolatiers and artisans in the city, this sweet haven should be the one you head to. Whether you're after some delectable traditional treats (from crunchy waffles to gingerbread loaves), handcrafted chocolates, mammoth meringues (as well as pretty much everything in between)- Elisabeth can probably remedy your sweet tooth. There's several of these scattered around the city, all with something slightly different in each- so it's well worth scouting them out. My personal favourite was their take on a certain chocolate spread (only this one comes without any nasties or palm oil- deeeelicious)!

Boterstraat 43 Rue au Beurre, 1000 Brussels

Les Filles::

If you fancy something different for brunch, lunch or dinner - Les Filles is the perfect balance of home cooked, organic, locally sourced dishes with a modern take on communal dining. With one or two dishes served each meal time (sort of like a buffet style family meal- just check ahead if you're a little fussy like me)- you can go and help yourself to your picks, and take a seat at one of their rustic benches to tuck in. It's a great place to spend an afternoon chatting with friends, and super informal if you just want some quiet time too.

Rue du vieux Marché aux Grains 46, 1000 Bruxelles

Ici::

There's a reason this modern dining spot has become a bit of a hit with locals- and it's not just down to their green juices! If you're after something light, nutritious and healthy- Ici is the place for you. More than just avocado and toast (although their offering is delicious), Ici boasts delicious salads, Thai nods, fresh fish and some of the best looking cakes I've seen.

35 Rue Darwin, 1050 Brussels

Clothes::

Hunting and Collecting::

Tucked away on a street filled with independent design shops, Hunting and Collecting was by far one of the coolest shops we stopped by in Brussels. Offering both a vast selection of mens and womens clothing (think Carven, Maison Kitsune and Acne)- it was difficult to not get over excited (and completely empty my bank account) in this shop. With a selection of lifestyle brands on offer too- as well as an in house florist, you could easily while away an hour or so in here (just make sure you budget accordingly...)!

Rue des Chartreux 17, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Gabriele Vintage::

While I didn't get to explore many of Brussels' vintage shops, I did get to pay a visit to Gabriele- one of the most renown in the city. With a selection boasting more than just cutesy dresses, Gabriele has rainbow rails of ballgowns, seasonal coats (which I did very well in resisting), seventies blouses and a huge menswear selection too. There's also an impressive shoe and accessories offering, with racks of shoes and hats lining the floor too- very exciting indeed!

Rue des Chartreux 27, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Bonnie et Jane::

A stone's throw away from Ici lies the treasure trove that is Bonnie et Jane- a womens clothes and accessories store, that boasts as much cosy knitwear as it does Jane Birkin records- making it an absolute must-stop in my books (yup, that does mean Instagram opportunities a plenty). Not only is the interior worthy of many #fromwhereIstand's, but the bohemian inspired pieces and delicate accessories and jewels are a pretty perfect fit for most wardrobes too (and make for great gifts)...

34 Rue Darwin, Brussels

Concept and Design::

Hello James::

Hello James is a concept store based around complete craftsmanship and handmade design- and showcases a huge range of Belgium born designers and ethical creators, which is pretty awesome indeed. With everything adorning the shelves and walls from bicycles, books, magazines, leather goods and grooming products- there's something for everyone, and makes the perfect pit stop for any trendy gentlemen too (I know Joe would be a fan)!

Lakensestraat 86, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

Diito Furniture::

Now, if there is one place I'll need to head back to when it comes to finally decorating a house, it'll be diito. A furniture and interior gallery meets showroom, this wonderful spot showcases new designers and exciting new design brands as well as vintage pieces too. With many items inspired by Nordic and contemporary design, it's a Pinterest users dream and somewhere I'll definitely be taking nods from when it comes to decorating.

Rue de l'Aurore 62, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Maison Dandoy::

It's probably not the right reason to ever set foot in a biscuit shop, but Maison Dandoy had me at it's gold tinted logo and polka dot spotted packaging before anything else. Although I've since come to realise they do in fact do more than beautiful graphic design (they're actually known for their delicious handcrafted 100% natural ingredient biscuits) this place was as pretty on the outside as it was the inside, plus they do excellent sweet treats too! ; )

4 Place Stephanie, 1050 Ixelles (but they have eight stores)

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24 comments:

  1. I'm going to Brussels next year so thank you very much for this, great guide!

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  2. Ah this all looks so beautiful, totally want to go to Brussels <3

    The Quirky Queer

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  3. Looks like a gorgeous place, would love to visit one day! :) x

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  4. You have such pretty photography, and I'm kind of feeling a little bit like the heart eyed emoji because of it!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

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  5. Nice finds. Great pictures.

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  6. Ouuu seems like you had lots of fun!! :) you took some beautiful shots
    The guesthouse you stayed in, although small, looked great! :o

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    Xoxo Jessy

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  7. Belgian over here! :D I loved this post! Your pictures are amazing :) Brussels is beautiful but if you ever get the chance you should definitely visit Ghent (and not only because it's my hometown haha). I think you would love it as well!

    Valérie • Moonlit Stories

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  8. Looks like a lovely place to take a visit too, must add it to my places to go list hahaha nice guide

    Jess
    justthatgirlonline.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Wow such gorgeous pictures! Brussels look lovely. xx

    Sarah Nunn | UK Style Blog

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  10. If I go to Brussels again I will keep all these places in mind. Especially Elisabeth!

    Belle in Black and White

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  11. I think that my main reason for visiting Brussels now is to see the little house stuffed with biscuits! x

    Violence & Fashion

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  12. It looks like an amazing city!
    Amber
    http://www.sweetwordsprettypictures.com

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  13. Oh my gosh! I desperately need to visit Belgium! One day maybe :) such a lovely post you did! I loved it so much

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  14. What a fantastic guide!! All these places look so gorgeous - you have me yearning to hop on the train to Brussels instantly! xxx

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  15. All of these places look so lovely! I've never been to Brussels but am definitely saving this post for future reference!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  16. This has jumped right to the top of my places to visit!

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  17. Biscuits in a house box, that has to be the cutest presentation ever. Brussels has never really been on my radar but it certainly is now!

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  18. This is a beautiful guide! I'd love to head back to Brussels sometime - I loved it when I visited a few years ago!

    Elizabeth from insearchofs.com

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  19. It's a wonderful review! Thank's for sharing, really admiring photos!
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  20. My city <3 :) You did a lovely guide ! "Les filles" is my fave spot for sunday brunches :D Too bad you didn't have enough time for shopping, because we have sooo many cute vintage shops !
    And lucky you went at that time, because now one month later, the city is filled with policemen and most of the shops, bars and restaurants are closed :(
    I'm glad you got to discover my lovely Brussels, and enjoyed it :)
    xx

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  21. OMG your pictures make me wanna eat some chocolate but i am on a diet ... Love your post, i plan to visite Brussels this year, so this is a really good guide.
    Thank you :)
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