If you go ...

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Eat at . . .

Takumbi for the chic dining room and modern take on Asian cuisine.Makisu for the incredible sushi. Bia Mara for upscale, funky fish and chips. Belga Queen for the architecture, stained glass ceiling, and the unique menu. The Royal Library of Belgium Cafe for the view first, and then the cafeteria. Au Vieux Saint-Martin for the authentic Belgian cuisine.Au Grand Forestier for a quiet dinner in the suburbs when you need a break from the city. Neuhaus , to see (and taste) where Jean Neuhaus invented the praline 100 years ago. Pierre Marcolini 's two-story flagship shop and cafe for the cocoa tea made from cocoa shells.


Drink at . . .

Aa for the eclectic, sophisticated, and funky feel of a Brussels cafe (and the monkey bread). Barberton for the tapas and house infused gin.Le Fontainas for the people watching and Sunday DJ sets in the heart of the city's gayborhood. DameJeanne for the free appetizers, continental vibe, and the beer.Grand Central in the European Quarter for the international crowd, the lunch, brunch, and especially the best summer drink ever made, the Hugo (cava, elderflower liqueur, and mint).Bier Circus for the 200 types of beer and the beer-themed food.

Look at . . .

The newly-opened MIMA for the contemporary exhibitions, street art, and the building it's all housed in. The Hergé Museum to see Tin Tin and the genius of Georges Remi's work. Marolles Flea Market on Place du Jeu de Balle for bargains and bric-a-brac. Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert to see the architecture of the (purported) oldest mall in Europe. Bozar Centre for Fine Arts for the Art Deco splendor and the exhibitions. Musical Instrument Museum for the collection of instruments, and the view of the city at the top of the museum.