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Private Tour: Battle of Waterloo from Brussels
"Your private tour starts with pickup from your Brussels hotel by luxury private minivan. After a 40-minute drive south arrive in the city of Waterloo. It was here where in the year 1815 one of the most significant battles in European history took place — the Battle of Waterloo.Listen as your guide explains the history of the battle during which the French army fell to the Duke of Wellington’s British and Prussian forces leaving 12000 dead and 35
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Brussels Half-Day City Tour
"Your tour begins with a short walk to discover the heart of medieval Brussels in the famous Grand Place with its world-famous Market Square. Here you will hear about the history of the remarkable City Hall and quaint Guild Houses.Next you will tour the city by luxury coach to see the beautiful St. Michael's Cathedral the Congress Column the Heyseldistrict with the world-famous Atomium the Chinese Pavilion and the Japanese Tower. Passing the Royal Residence
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Private Tour: Brussels Sightseeing Tour
"Depart your Brussels hotel by private air-conditioned vehicle for your 3-hour tour. If there’s anything you want to see more of let your guide know: your tour is private so the itinerary can be tailored to your interests.Stop at the Grand Place Brussels' magnificent medieval main square. Stroll by the baroque and Gothic buildings as you hear about their history and walk to the Statue of the Peeing Boy (Manneken Pis) to learn why this quirky monument of a urinating boy was placed here in the mid-1600s.Drive to the Laeken district home to the main residence of Belgium’s royal family. Pass St Michael’s Cathedral
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Food & Beer Stores Tips (20)

Everywhere in Belgium: HUNDREDS of BELGIAN BEERS.

Other VT members from Belgium and abroad wrote here about our beers and I will not repeat their often enthusiast comments.

One point to be noted is that we were anxious in Belgium when started the merger phenomena of many of our breweries ending in a world wide company such as Inbev.
We feared that these mergers would lead to the loss of the variety of our beers.
Fortunately the Belgian owners and the management promoted the special beers so that types which had disappeared from the market were resuscitated and brewed again. In all abbeys there was a search for forgotten receipts of Trappists and others monk's beers so that nowadays there are much more special beers on the market than a half century ago. A lot of small breweries disappeared but their production of special beers was taken over by the big ones.

At the same time there was worldwide promotion of the Belgian beers as well the standard Pills types such as Stella Artois and all the other special blond, amber or dark beers.
One characteristic of Belgian beer: it is not "pipi" like so many beers from elsewhere. Our special beers have alcohol content between 6,5° and 12°. It are GOURMET BEERS, we drink them for the pleasure of the taste not to get drunk.

One more thing, WE DRINK BEERS ALWAYS IN AN APPROPRIATE GLASS, NEVER FROM THE BOTTLE!
As mentioned by Brenda our special beers are served in special glasses.
For us genuine Belgians, who were already brewing beer before we adopted by force the Roman civilization, drinking beer from the bottle is not civilized it is a crime of ... it seems I exaggerated tonight with my favored dark beer "Kasteelbier" at 11°!

FIGURES: In 2011 Belgium produced 19 millions hectoliters of beer of which 60% were exported.
Belgians (11 million) drank an average of 103 liters per inhabitant/year. That’s not so much, only 28 cl/day. But that average includes babies !! The crucial question therefore is: do Belgian babies drink beer?
(That average includes also the 700.000 inhabitants who for cultural reasons are not supposed to drink alcohol).

I found a list of more than 600 Belgian beers on www.belgourmet.be/fr/bieres/index.php - 278k

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breughel
Sep 22, 2012

au nom de la bière: Beer shop in Brussels

Little shop on place du jeu de balle in the real popular neighbourhood of the "marolles", "au nom de la bière" is a new beershop with more than 250 beers, all belgians from small and midsized breweries. Open from thursday til sunday, the two owners have a serious background on the belgian beer world. You can even buy breweries glasses and goods... a delightfull expérience...

What to buy more than 250 belgian beers, glasses, and goodies...

What to pay between 10€ and 50€

paddybxl
Feb 17, 2012

Beer Planet: Great Shop and Great Website

Forget about Copernicus putting the sun in the centre of the the solar system, Beer Planet is the centre of the universe as we beer lovers know it. The walls of beers in this suitably aromatic shop somehow manage to contain in excess of the number of known Belgian brews and as the website boasts - "We'll always have beers you have never tried!" The laws of physics and astronomy no longer apply here and the sum is always greater than its parts.

Friendly knowledgeable staff are on hand to advise even the most novice experimenter and for those who think they know it all there'll be a few pleasant surprises.

Drop in, chill out and leave happy!

What to buy BEER!

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johngayton
Oct 01, 2009

Food & Beer Stores: Different kinds of beer

You don't have many options to buy for souvenir besides the Manneken Pis's plates,cups and magnets.But don't forget to buy different kind of aromatic beers.The ones I tried are peach,cherry and the white beer.Don' forget that most of the shops are closed at 20.00 o'clock.
And also there is a funny beer glass,you'll recognize it as soon as you see.I bought two of that glasses,and all my friends liked it a lot.

What to pay small beers are 2,5 euro
the glass is 12,5 euro
magnets are cheap 1,25

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feza
Jul 29, 2008
 
 
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BIER TEMPEL: THE ULTIMATE BEER STORE

Even if this shop seems to be a "tourist trap" as located near the Grand-Place it isn't.
They have a huge variety of beers, more than 400 including rare trappist ones.
There are also beer glasses for every type sold in the shop as well as T-shirts and other gimmicks.

We have been buying from Francoise last 8 years (the shop opened in 1996) and each and every time -A LOT- to the amazement of tourists coming there just to look around. Once a guy asked Francoise 'who are these people buying so much?' She answered "crazy people from Finland, VERY good clients and friends", lol, since then we have been coming back on regular basis and bringing new "crazy" finnish buyers to her shop!

Last Christmas she even surprised us by sending the french version of a "beer game" - I've been asking her for ages - as a gift, how cool is that? I wanted it in french as I don't speak flemish and the only one available was in flemish.

As I said earlier she has many trappist beers and the ones we are particularly interested in are those from Westvleteren.

==> ...And if you go there, say Hello to Francoise from Atte & Tiina from Finland :-)

What to buy There are a million of different one but my number one is the: Westvleteren trappist beer

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LysDor
Apr 12, 2008

Food & Beer Stores: Paul

Your eyes are the first one to draw your attention to it...once you open the door your nose will let you know that you came to the right place when talking about bread

What to buy ...many types of bread...including one with olives...the other one with cheese...maybe the one with pumpkin seeds...and not to forget...also the sweet specialities..
...fougasse...pistolet flamand....mini pain chocolat...

What to pay some of the smaller pieces have price per piece and it's about 0,60 euro...otherwise there are 200g particular bread with olives for example which will cost you some 2,45euro

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blusky
Jan 03, 2008

Meditarenian and North African food: Tropical and exotic

If you walk the off the beaten path tour and you dare to leave the city centre behind you, you might find more exotic places in Brussels then you expected to.
When during Summertime Norali took me to Bruxelles-les-bains festival, we had to walk from the Fishmarket, over the Place Saint Catherine to the Quais of the canal.
Here we spotted many foreign storage houses and shops.
We stopped to buy some fruit for lunch.
The koreander and minth smell were so seducive and the big baskets with olives just were begging "take us with you" but we could not carry such big amount.

On this picture you can see a man watering his koreander so it would keep fresh despite the warm Summer temperature.

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irisbe
Dec 23, 2004

Food & Beer Stores: de Bier Temple

This is one of the greatest beer shops ever. The selection is unbelievable for anyone who has any interest in Belgian beers. They have just about everything that you would want. They were very helpful in helping pack my beer up so I could carry it easier. Me and a friend of mine bought about 20 beers from this store. Beers that probably will never be found in stores home in Sweden. It is located not far from the Grand Place. So if you are in Brussels and are down wandering by the Grand Place, chances are you will probably run into it.

What to buy Beers, beers & more beers...

Why not buy some Faro, Saison or a Lambic/Gueuze?

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Nobbe
May 23, 2004

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LE COMPTOIR FLORIAN: COFFEE OR TEA??? TEA, PLEASE.....

This is a small ART NOUVEAU shop where you will get a warm WELCOME.

Beside drinking excellent tea there in that atmospheric, sweet smelling shop, there is a wide range of precious sorts of tea, that come from all over the world!

Nice to buy as gifts because the wrappings, boxes and other means of wrap your gifts, are endless.......

What to buy TEA......

OPEN: TUESDAY - SATURDAY from
11AM - 8PM

What to pay depends.....

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eden_teuling
Mar 26, 2004

LA CRèMERIE CACHéE. (THE HIDDEN CHEESE SHOP): ALL SORTS OF CHEESE.....

A traditional CHEESE SHOP with a wide range of Belgian, French and Spanish cheese, often produced on small farms.

After the production the cheeses are taken to the cellars of the shop to ripen there........

They also sell fine GOOSE LIVER PASTE, PICKLES, SAUCES AND WINES.

What to buy whatever you like to have or to give......

What to pay depends.....

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eden_teuling
Mar 26, 2004

SUNWA: EXOTIC....

THIS IS AN ENORMOUS chinese supermarket WHERE lots of people come to buy whatever they need.

There is a large group of people FROM ASIA living in BRUSSELS.

What to buy Food and chinese products........

What to pay depends....

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eden_teuling
Mar 26, 2004

THE BEER TEMPEL....: BEER.....BEERS AND CHOCOLATES.....

Welcome in the PARADISE of BEERS !!

An absolute MUST for those who LOVE BEER, who will find here, an impressive selection of BELGIAN BEERS together with the matching GLASSES:

the GLASS for a CHOUFFE-BEER in TULIP FORM

the GLASS for a KONINCK BEER is WINEGLASS SHAPED

and a REAL KWAK-GLASS in the shape of an HOURGLASS/SANDGLASS

What to buy SPECIAL BELGIAN BEERS.....

Open: between 10 AM and 7 PM 7 days...

What to pay depends....

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eden_teuling
Mar 26, 2004

Things to Do Near Brussels

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Hallepoort - Porte de Hal

The last remaining of the cities medieval towers. This one built in 1381 served as a prison until 1847 when it was converted to the Royal Museum for art and history, today its a museum featuring the...
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Place de Jue de Balle

I go here whenever I am in the city, and ususally come back with at least one thing that I really don't want. It's a great place to be nosey and rummage around. Its open daily, although I've learnt...
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Musée Bruxellois de la Gueuze & Cantillon Brewery

This is much better than the beer museum at the grand place! This is actually a still functioning gueuze beer brewery, and the only place where 'real gueuze' is still being made. You get a tour...
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Palais de Justice Bruxelles

This huge building is set upon a hill overlooking the city and houses the Belgium supreme court. It was built by the architect Poelart in 1883 and is larger that St. Peters in Rome. Great city views...
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Eglise Notre-Dame de la Chapelle

The oldest church in Brussels, its construction began in 1210 and was completed by the end of the 13Th century. It reflects the transition between Romanesque and Gothic styles. A Baroque bell tower...
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La Fleur en Papier Doré / Het Goudblommeke in Papier

Not to miss is the historical pub La Fleur en Papier Doré/Het Goudblommeke van Papier at the Cellebroersstraat 55. It was once the artistic café and meeting place of Brussels’s surrealists. Magritte,...
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