#TravelTips: 24-hours in Brussels

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WHERE TO PARTY

This place called Le Mirano used to be a cinema before it was became a club. Fuse is known to be the biggest nightclub in Brussesls with DJs from all over the world spinning there. Divided into three floors, while the top two floors play hip-hop, house and jungle, the lowest floor is dedicated to techno.

Falstaff in lower town has been in business since 1904. Also in lower town is A La Most Subite has a rustic look to its interiors and is always full to its capacity. La Fleur En Papier Dare has been a popular spot since 1846 specially with popular artists.

Brussels has a very active night life and if you are game, the city promises you a night you will remember for a lifetime, and maybe even beyond!

WHAT TO EAT

When in Romans, do what the Romans do. But you are in Brussels and this place has quite a few food items which are famous the world over. Chances are that most of us have tasted these foods in our own countries or elsewhere but there is no bigger joy than travelling to the place which is famous for a particular dish and tasting the dish there!

So, Mussels, you must taste, provided you eat them of course. a staple that is available in just about any cafe across the city, the most common way of eating mussels is having it steamed in white wine.
What the world knows as french fries, is frites in Belgium. Forget about where these fries originated from, focus on who perfected it with the two-fold fry recipe. Again, available just about anywhere, from trucks to shops, I suggest you pick them up and much on the go.

What we call meat stew is Stoofvlees in Belgium. Made by slow cooking beef in beer, this dish is served with the beef is redy to melt in your mouth.
Did you know the the Belgians love meatballs? Served with Belgian cherry sauce or with tomato sauce, made of beef or pork – take your pick and dig in!
You can also try the grey shrimp croquettes when in Brussels. Of course, there will be belgian waffles to try as well!

WHERE TO SHOP

If you want to shop for brands, you can very well head of to the malls. However, the real shopping done at any new city is when one goes into the street markets and buys local ware. Brussels has numerous streets markets and I’d advice you step over to them for two very important reasons – 1) you can shop local, and 2) you can actually mingle with the local scene, people, and culture!

Rue Antonie Dansaert, Rue Bailli, Chaussée d’Ixelles, Rue Neuve and Avenue Louise are some of the most frequented and largest shopping streets in Brussels. Don’t forget to add them to your itinerary if you are heading over to the wonderful city of Brussels!

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