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9 things I will never forget about Brussels

ABOUT LITTLE BRUSSELS SUNSHINES

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Elena, 29 years old, italian expat living in Brussels since 2012. « Little Brussels Sunshines is my english translation to the french ‘petit bonheurs bruxellois’. As we all know, it is hard to face grey days in Brussels during most of the year. My blog pretends to offer some « sunny » moments and inspiration, to find happiness and enjoy little plans around the city. I try to look through things and details, to capture the emotion behind them. I don’t want to share pictures that are tecnically perfect, I want to share everyday life in Brussels, with a poetical touch. »

  • Maison de la Bellonne

Behind the number 46 on rue des Flandres, there is an hidden gem, that even many Brusseleirs don’t know. It might seem only a restaurant, and it also is the House of the Performing Arts, but apart from this, if you walk until the end of the corridor, you will find a beautiful baroque style facade, protected by a glass roof : Maison de la Bellonne. In this same place, long time ago, lived Olympe Mancini, countess of Soisson. On the lovely courtyard of la Bellonne you can also go for a concert, to attend a conference or organize your private special event.

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Maison de la Bellonne, rue de Flandre 46, 1000 Bruxelles

  • Frederic Blondeel

After your visit to la Bellonne walk down rue des Flandres and discover the private art galleries, the restaurants and the nice culinary shops. Then explore one of the tiny alleys that will take you straight to Quai aux Briques and stop at Frederic Blondeel, for the best hot chocolate in town, delicious pralines and creative choco stories.

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Frederic Blondeel, quai aux Briques 24, 1000 Bruxelles

  • the rooftop of the Parking 58

My favourite panoramic spot in Brussels is the rooftop of the Parking 58. Here you will have a 360 degrees panoramic view over the city and a special atmosphere. Take the lift and push on the 11th floor. If you go on normal days, you will probably be alone (among some parked cars), walking around the huge topfloor and enjoying Brussels roofs. In summer time, the roof becomes a bar, with music and drinks, and beautiful sunsets.

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Parking 58, rue de l’Eveque 1, 1000 Bruxelles

  •  Kitchen 151

Do you have a restaurant in mind where you could go several times a week without getting tired of its food ? I think I’m very lucky because I have one, and it is just down my place: Kitchen 151. This is my favourite food spot in Brussels, a culinary heaven to enjoy mediterranean and oriental recipes, made with love. Here you will taste the best hummus in town !

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Kitchen 151, Chaussée de Wavre 145, 1050 Ixelles

  •  the metro line 6

Brussels has very few metro lines compared to other capital cities. But one of these is quite special. If you take the metro line 6, you will discover every stop (from OSSEGHEM until HEYZEL) is a little museum and there is a new decoration and theme to discover. This is also the way to reach the Atomium by common transports.

  • Am Sweet

Have a tea time at Am Sweet, the cutiest and most poetical tearoom I have ever known. This place makes me dream so much that I just can’t tell it by words. Coming here is like accessing another dimension and having a break from reality.

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Am Sweet, rue des Chartreux 4, 1000 Bruxelles

  •  the Train Hostel

Sleeping on a train cabin, placed over a roof. This happens in Brussels, at the Train Hostel! Useless to tell you how unique and original your night will be… all the design of the building is dedicated to train world and it is absolutely amazing to discover the details hidden behind every corner.

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Train Hostel, Avenue Georges Rodenbach 6, 1030 Schaerbeek

  •  Or Espresso bar

As an italian, I am addicted to good coffee ! There are quite a few good coffee shops in Brussels, but my favourite one is Or Espresso bar. Tip : soy cappuccino with banana bread, just perfect !

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Or Espresso bar, rue Orts 9, 1000 Bruxelles

  •  À l'Ombre de la Ville

Imagine a dinner off the beaten track, far from the noise of the city, among flowers, candles and poetry. Imagine a dinner À l'Ombre de la Ville, the most romantic restaurant in Brussels  .  The menu changes regularly and offers a few tasty alternatives. It is a mix of mediterranean and european recipes, with Sami’s creative touch in addition.

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A l’Ombre de la Ville, rue de la Reinette 7, 1000 Bruxelles.

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