How to Spend Sunday in Brussels

Sunday can be an awkward day when you are travelling.



Depending on the city, many shops and restaurants are closed on Sunday leaving you rambling aimlessly around the streets until your flight home.


Brussels in particular, is known for its mass exodus out of the city every Friday night which does not help its cause. However, after asking an expert (aka Michael from my trip to Budapest) we managed to find plenty to do on a Sunday in Brussels.


First on the list is BRUNCH!

Brunch is one of my all time favourite hobbies so I was delighted that Michael suggested it.


We headed to the Saint Gilles neighbourhood which is off the beaten track for tourists but popular among locals. An added bonus is the food market which is on every Sunday.


For brunch we met at Maison du Peuple, a quirky cafe that also serves as a venue for gigs and other cultural events in the evenings.  The menu is fairly simple, for brunch you have a choice between 'vegetarian' or 'non-vegetarian', or you can go against the grain completely and order a croque monsieur.


Of course my favourite was the hot chocolate which came as a glass of milk with buttons of chocolate separate so that you can mix your own.


On Michael's recommendation we then wandered to Sablon, a historic neighbourhood that is now home to an antique market and an endless selection of chocolate shops.



I think we managed to buy enough chocolate.


Possibly.

From Sablon it is just a short walk to the Grand Place, the famous central square in Brussels.


If you were looking for people on a Sunday in Brussels, well this is where they all are! What had been mostly empty streets suddenly transitions into a hive of activity around this spot.



Right off it is the must-see Galeries Royal Saint-Hubert. How beautiful is this building?? It gets even better - it is a shopping mall!


Buying pretty things in a pretty place, what better use of time could there be!


At this point we were running quite tight on time before our flight back.

We managed to squeeze in a quick visit to the Royal Palace and the Parc de Bruxelles on our way to the station.


Then sadly that was it! Till next time Brussels :)


Happy Travels 


Liakada

15 comments:

  1. I think it's safe to say that you've basically completed brussels.

    Well done!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Haha! I was happy with how much we managed to squeeze in :)

      Ash

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  2. I wish we'd have had time to visit the Royal Palace on our own trip. Your brunch spot looks great, I'll remember this one

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    1. Ah I'm sure there will be a next time Suze :)

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  3. A visit to the Royal Palace sounds like a wonderful idea and enjoying good meals on the day when most other places are closed must have been a lot of fun! :)

    aglassofice.com
    x

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    1. Yes brunch and the castle were definitely highlights :)

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  4. Brunch and outdoor sight-seeing are great options for Sundays in places where most things are closed (Germany is the same!) Mondays can also be hard because most of the museums are closed too!


    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Oh really? Must keep that in mind when I visit Berlin!

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  5. Love the photos!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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  6. Sunday brunch is a favourite, you look like you had a wonderful time chocolate and Palace architecture perfect Lucy x

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    1. Brussels was great! I would happily go back :)

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  7. Beautiful photos! I'd love to visit Brussels one day! :) xx

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    1. I really liked it, would recommend it for a weekend trip!

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  8. The royal palace is beautiful and weekends are made for brunch the perfect way to spend any weekend Lucy x

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