Brussels Local Customs

  • Frites home made.
    Frites home made.
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  • Moules in my dish.
    Moules in my dish.
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  • Chocolate - Brussels
    Chocolate - Brussels
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  • 1. Eating

    Mussels with frites are a national dish in Belgium. We call them "moules casserole" as they are cooked in a "casserole" which is a large pan of minimum 3 liters content. This volume is needed to...

  • 2. Drinking

    Some day I will write a bit more about them because these beers when brewed in the authentic way (Oude Kriek) are somewhat sour so that people not born in the Senne Valley often don't appreciate them....

  • 3. Languages

    The Flemish University of Brussels VUB has just published a study about the languages spoken in Brussels. There are 104 different languages spoken in Brussels. I don't know if there were as many at...

  • 4. Comic Strip Art

    A common image in most cities, is the presence of someone painted in white, trying to imitate a known statue or figure. It's a job, like many other, with variable quality, inviting people to deposit a...

  • 5. Tipping

    Taxes and tips are always included in the price you need to pay in pubs, restaurants and even taxis. However it is an unwritten rule that if you are satisfied about the service and your bill is not a...

  • 6. Flower Carpet

    After the flower carpet in August it is also a long established tradition to plant a huge Christmas tree in the middle of the Grand Place. In the Belgium Ardennes fir trees are very common and the...

  • 7. Festivals

    Even at late night Grand Place is full of people. The holiday proceeds all through the night! You can watch my 3 min 17 sec Video Brussels in the evening part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on...

  • 8. Markets & Flea Markets

    These street markets are located near Place Agora, very close to the bronze statute of Burgomaster Chaeles Buls and his dog. There are a number of stalls selling everything from lace to imitation...

  • 9. Museums

    Before the prosaic numeration system for addresses was introduced in continental Europe, it was customary to place some distinctive element in the façade that would allow for its identification. Many...

  • 10. No Herve cheese in Brussels!

    Just a remark about that Herve cheese from Roadquill.This is NOT a local cheese of Brussels. Herve is located near Liège at more than 100 Km from Brussels.In...

  • 11. Local Cheese

    After procuring a nice bottle of Bordeaux, I went across the street and asked the woman at the Fromagerie for a flavorful local cheese. She recommended La Herve...

  • 12. Everhard Serklaes Touch

    There is a legend that if to touch a sculpture of Everhard Serclaes, you will return to Bruxelles once again. We tried to touch a sculpture twice - it is come...

  • 13. Brussels lace

    Brussels lace is famous all around the world!Brussels lace is a type of pillow lace that originated in and around Brussels. The term "Brussels lace" has been...

  • 14. Frites - Forum answer.

    FORUM REPLY.Best frites are those made by my wife. Outside on the streets there are "fritteries" or what we call "fritkot" snacks where they serve only frites....

  • 15. Not much respect for laws.

    The present Belgium is independent only since 1830. During almost two thousand years her inhabitants knew invasions and foreign dominations. At first Romans who...


    More than frites, mussels, pralines self-derision seems to be a Belgian specificity at least according to those who observe this country.According to the...

  • 17. PRALINES (NOT "chocolates").

    IT IS NOW 100 YEARS AGO THAT JEAN (II) NEUHAUS INVENTED THE PRALINE IN BRUSSELS.Genuine Belgians use the word PRALINES for what is called "chocolates" by...

  • 18. Poems on the walls

    While cycling around Brussels I came across poems on the walls in several parts of the city.This one is in several languages, and includes the message: "Life is...

  • 19. The Belgian Flag

    When people display the Belgian flag from their balconies it's not just to support their football team. It's a political statement, meaning they want Belgium to...

  • 20. Forget me nots for the Unknown Soldiers

    The Colonne du Congres the Congress Column is a fitting tribute to the nationhood. The colonne commemorates the founding of Belgium in 1830. On the top is a...

  • 21. Local customs I didn't like

    Lots of Cities encounter problems with graffiti but I was surprised to see so much of the p.... artists work with spray paint all around the city. Unlike the...

  • 22. Why the Statue is so polished

    Walking down a narrow street we came upon the recumbent bronze statue of folk hero Everard 't Serclaes. He briefly freed the city from the tyrannical counts of...

  • 23. The Cheek of the Street Artists

    The Street Performers in Brussels can catch you out with a little bit of a scam, they are a lot of fun but be aware there is an extra charge involved. Taking a...

  • 24. A parade we found

    While walking on Rue des Bouchers, we saw this parade coming up and walking towards us. First, it was some people trying to make way. Behind them, there was a...

  • 25. Everard' t Serclaes.

    Everard' t Serclaes was a local hero who freed the city from the Counts of Flanders in 1354.You can find the statue of this hero dying to the left of the town...

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