Brussels: Beyond the Grand Place, Delirium, and Manneken Pis

Looking for a fun day in Brussels that doesn’t involve the typical tourist destinations? Below is a walking tour that goes beyond the beaten path.

St. Catherine's Place, Brussels
St. Catherine’s Place

One of my favorite places to start is St. Catherine’s Place, a 10-minute walk from the center; it is a vibrant square full of life on a sunny Belgian day. St. Catherine’s Church, the focal point of the square, is surrounded by restaurants featuring Belgian and international fare. From sushi to crepes, any palate can be satisfied!

Noordzee, Brussels
Noordzee, Brussels

My top choices are Noordzee, a famous seafood counter where you can get fresh oysters, shrimp, mussels and more. With no indoor space, it’s best enjoyed on a sunny day with a crisp bottle of wine.

Fancy a great noodle bar?

Umamido, a ramen restaurant situated on the corner, is perfect for those rainy Belgian days. Do yourself a favor and order the Chef’s special!

Umamido, Brussels
Umamido, Brussels

Once your belly is full, stroll down Rue de Flandre for some boutiquing. You will find stores showcasing Belgian art, design, vintage clothing, Italian specialties and more. Urban Therapy, a boutique specializing in tea and terrariums, is one of my favorites. Sip and savor interesting combinations of tea leaves while browsing unique clothing, jewelry and plant selections.

What more could a girl want?

Urban therapy, Brussels
Urban Therapy, Brussels


After all the perusing, stop and get something to quench your thirst. Head over to Via Via, where their drink selection is almost as impressive as their game collection. Grab a beer, a board game and just hang!

Or, if you’re in the mood for a caffeine boost, Café Velvet or Pipaillon-La Conserverie will do the trick. To note, Pipaillon is also a specialty jam and chutney shop.

Cafe Velvet, Brussels
Cafe Velvet, Brussels

You are now on Quai aux Briques. This street has some of the best fish restaurants in the city.“Quai” meaning wharf, was the location of the ancient port of Brussels. No longer an active port, it still holds the title of having some of the freshest fish in the city. Choose from one of the many restaurants lining the street and if you see mussels in truffle sauce on the menu, don’t hesitate…


Quai aux Briques
Quai aux Briques

To end the night right, I suggest stopping by Madame Mustache to see if there is a reggae band playing, swing dancing, or rock concert happening. This quirky venue is a Brussels staple that always entertains.


Madame Mustache, Brussels
Madame Mustache, Brussels


So put on your walking shoes and start exploring!

Until next time,








    • jshafeei

      Yes!! You should absolutely check out Belgium. We are about 3-4 hours away from Normandy. It’s actually on my list, I hope to go there in the Spring.

  • Desirée travels

    Brussels seems really nice. I loved that Urban Therapy-shop, looks so cool. 🙂
    If I could come with a suggestion for your blog – maybe have your pictures a bit bigger?
    I’d love to see them better, and feel like a grandma leaning closer to my screen to see them. 😀

    • jshafeei

      Urban Therapy is my favorite! Thanks for the suggestion, I keep playing around with the size unsure how big to make it! I appreciate the feedback.

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