Best tips for a city trip in Belgium post-Covid-19 crisis
Covid-19 pandemic have finally been taken!
We have therefore prepared a (non-exhaustive) list of hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs and gîtes ideal for a 100% Belgian city trip.
Let's fill these hotels, museums and terraces out of appetite, generosity and solidarity!
Brussels reinvents itself and is reborn with time. It deserves to be rediscovered. Take the time to lose yourself in the Marolles district, visit the antique shops on Rue Blaes and the flea market on Place du Jeu de Balles, discover the Grand Place and the pretty windows of the Galeries Royales. Have a brunch at the Fabrique in Egmont Park, take a walk in the Cambre woods and have a coffee in one of the guinguettes or simply stroll through the pretty green streets of Ixelles and visit the Tenbosch Park. Go out in the evening and enjoy the long summer evenings at the châtelain and Saint-Gilles, which are full of restaurants with terraces. Where to stay?
Here are our favourite addresses:
Located 45 minutes drive from Brussels, Namur is a pretty town full of charm and authenticity with red bricks, offering various cultural activities and visits to museums, sports activities of all kinds, tourist discoveries such as the citadel or its underground passages, independent shops, walks on the banks of the Meuse, one or another gastronomic restaurant,...
Ghent, this mythical medieval city that attracts more and more people for its beauty and dynamism, is a must-see. Within its thousand-year-old walls, there is a wide range of cultural and tourist activities. After the Covid-19 hibernation period, you will enjoy rediscovering the narrow historic streets, visiting the castle of the Counts of Flanders, browsing through the many museums and discovering the magnificent mystic lamb triptych by the Van Eyck brothers. Or enjoy a walk along the canals and sit on a terrace and taste the latest culinary concepts.
Antwerp is probably the most dynamic and forward-looking city in Belgium. Known for its art and contemporary museums, for its fashion and numerous boutiques and for its many trendy addresses. If you want to go out with your friends or your lover and have a good time, Antwerp is your destination.
Hasselt is a city that deserves our full attention. It offers real diversity and has something for everyone: a museum of contemporary art, a cultural tour of the city, local and artisanal fashion and decoration shops. As an added bonus, as soon as the sun comes out, Hasselt turns into a large terrace. For the more sporty and nature lovers, cycling is king in this part of Belgium, the knooppuntenroute and the "hoge Kempen" National Park will have everything to seduce you.
Liège, sometimes too little known, is a city steeped in history with a real cultural heritage and is renowned for its many local and trendy craft shops. En Neuvice is a real jewel of creativity. The hotel we recommend is also located here.
The Venice of Belgium, its urban heritage is splendid and surprises us with each visit. The city is full of narrow streets and beautiful places to visit. Our favourite activities include a visit to the beguinage, lunch on the terrace, a walk through the maze of streets, just follow your instinct.
A small town in the southwest of the country, Tournai is often overlooked but deserves some attention. If you go to discover Tournai, it is essential to visit the famous cathedral and the large triangular square lined with beautiful historical buildings and numerous terraces.