Going to Belgium for a week in April and would love recommendations for restaurants, bars and must see attractions.
Spending 5 nights at the Ghent Marriott and two nights at the Brussels Marriott, with day trips to Brugges and Antwerp.
We like restaurants where the locals eat, with good local, traditional fare - i.e., your favorite steak frite, moules frite, waterzooi, carbonnades flamandes, waffles, chocolate.
Also, I love Belgian beer and have been sampling numerous ones for years and more lately. Where would you suggest I go? Who might have Westvlederen 12?
Obviously, we'll be hitting the big churches, castles, main squares/markets, the Sunday flower market in Kouter/Ghent. What should we not miss?
Thanks, in advance, for your responses. Belgium is a new destination for both my wife and me, so we are very excited for the adventure.
There are some very interesting information and recommendations in the following Brussels links:
Marriott Executive Apartments Brussels, European Quarter http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/hotels/bruer
If you have any questions, I am sure we are all willing to answer them.
I have also spent a considerable amount of time in Belgium, living in Brussels and Antwerpen in pre-Marriott days, but both ProfC and NHM probably have more recent information, especially on specific Marriott properties.
In Brussels, on the weekends, I use to like to go to the Grand Plac and find a comfortable place to sit. I have a wonderful guide book that is only on Belgium that I got for free by answering an ad in the NYT. Most of the commercial books combine Belgium with other countries in tour books, but this one had just Belgium. For the Grand Plac they had a map and a write up on every building, who commissioned it, who built it, how it was built, if it changed hands, etc. I would buy a good fruit beer like Kriek or Pesch, and some chocolates from Gallier the chocolatier to the royal family, and sit in the square and read my book where I could look at each detail described. When it was lunch time, I would just walk up and down the little streets around the Grand Plac and read the menu signs outside all the restaurants till I found the one that I wanted to try. I use to always trythe local specialties like mussels. All the mussels actually are shipped in from Holland, but the Belgians have the most inventive receipes and sauces. Every restaurant over several, many offered long lists. The other Belgian specialty I like is fondue. It is not a cheese fondue like switzerland, but hot oil, which you did the meats and vegetables in to cook them to your liking, and then dip them in the home made sauces usually mayonnaise based. The other specialty is Belgian french fries, which are twice cooked french fries serveed in a paper cone. They are harder and harder to find as most Belgians are going to MacDonalds instead, but if you ask a local they will point you to the few remaining places.
Another favorite was to taste as many beers as possible. When I ate at my hotel after work, I made it a point to taste every Belgian Beer they had on the menu. Once people saw I was interested, they would start telling me all sorts of stories about the various beers.
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