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    atlasmax
    11 Jan 2022
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    I was able to find some really cool spots with the help of some friends who were living in Brussels at the time. An underground dance battle, a random performance by popular Caribbean artist Kranium at a bar, and a massive reggae spot. There are definitely some good spots in Brussels for black people to have great nightlife.

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    Sterling8200
    21 Oct 2021
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    Brussels was like Paris light to me, though they mainly speak Dutch. We stopped here on the train en route to Amsterdam. Only a couple hours, so a very quick walk through from the train station. I’m not a coffee drinker, but it was an early train, and the coffee was very good.

    Looked like most European cities. The people were kind and helpful when we got turned around.

    I want to go back to explore more.

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    itsayana.denia
    09 Apr 2021
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    AMAZING! I loved my trip to BRUSSELS,BELGIUM I spent 32 hours at a luxury hotel eating yummy food and drinking local cheery beer at the Delirium Café which is highly rated for their many delicious local brews and fun pub atmosphere. The site is also near a local historic statue called Manneken Pis
    so if you’re into history its really easy to stumble over to the statue from the bar. The chances are you’ve seen Manneken Pis, the bronze fountain statue of a little boy peeing into a basin. It’s an icon in the Belgian capital and probably the most visited tourist attraction, along with Grand Place, the central square in Brussels which is close as well. Brussels is known for the food so do not miss out on trying the tasty mussels or the bread of any form! 10 out of 10 would go again. I had a good experience of traveling while black and I found it super easy to get around and loved shopping at the local drug store for the euro beauty supplies you can’t get back in America. They defiantly have people of dark complexion living there so chances are you won’t get harassed or treated unkind by the locals at least that wasn’t my experience. Be sure to bring back some of the local beer because you will be craving it when you leave.

  4. Ashwic1
    30 Oct 2020
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    Took a train to Brussels from Amsterdam for a day trip. The first thing I noticed as I stepped off the train was the smell in the air, it literally smelled like old garbage. History wise the city is spectacular; the architecture was amazing. The Grand Place is breath taking and the Atomium is a giant Atom that you can go in and see incredible views. Wasn’t impressed by the “peeing little man”. Waffles were Bomb! Traveling to Brussels while black was fine, didn’t notice anyone staring. Actually saw a bunch of interracial couples. I don’t think I’ll be visiting Brussels again though.

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    Ariana Fiorello-Omotosho
    18 Oct 2020
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    I stopped in Belgium during my second visit to Europe back in 2006. We went to mini-Europe and we weren’t really interested in doing much else. As a historian, I am interested in understanding the darker history of Belgium’s connection to the Congo.

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    Tnorman801
    19 Aug 2020
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    I currently live in Belgium and I wouldn’t and have not suggested that anyone visit here. Yes, it’s a European country and is rich in history, but outside of the U.S, it’s the most racist place I have visited. I’m constantly stared at and talked about while I’m out in public, as if I don’t belong there. I know they talk about me because I’m fluent in French but they don’t know until I confront them in French about talking about me. Its not only me either. There is a large number of African immigrants that live here and I notice they treat people of color very differently. Belgians aren’t friendly at all and are very rude and judgemental. With other great countries surrounding the Belgian border, I suggest anywhere but here, lol.

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    Miss_Prii
    06 Apr 2020
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    I was so thrilled when I got my first Schengen visa – they granted me multiple entry and it was valid for 6 months so I was determined to make the most of it. Hence, my spontaneous weekend trip to Brussels to get one last stamp in before the visa expired.
    We took the Eurostar over from Ashford (UK) to Brussels. It was really easy and the whole customs process is much better than having to mission through an airport.

    We had the worst luck of arriving on a weekend when the temperatures had dropped. It was absolutely freezing and this wasn’t too ideal for people who wanted to walk around and explore the city. Getting around Brussels is quite simple. A metro card can be purchased from most train stations and this can also be used on the trams and buses. As we were there for only a weekend we settled for a 10 trip card.

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    1. The Atomium – as a scientist (chemistry PhD underway) I was very excited to see this structure. It’s a little while out from the city centre, but you can easily access it using the metro. Unfortunately, if you visit on a cloudy day you won’t have a great view. It’s still a pretty cool site.

    2. St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral – the church where the country’s royal weddings are held. A really stunning churh. We visited it in the evening and it was still amazing,especially with all the lights on it.

    3. Grand Place – pretty much the central square of Brussels. Especially beautiful when lit up at night. Buildings in this square date back to the 1400s. All around the square there are restaurants, cafes and bars as well as waffle stands so it is well worth the visit as you get a feel for all that the city has when you’re in this square.

    4. Eglise Notre-Dame du Sablon – another beautiful church in the city. The building dates back to 1304. It is east to access as it right next to a tram stop which can take you back to the centre.

    5. Belgian Royal Palace – one of the largest royal residences. The palace is located very near a tram stop as well and you can easily walk from here to other main attractions. Tours of the interior of the palace are only available between July and September and entrance is free. Unfortunately, we were unable to explore the inside of the palace.

    6. Cacao and Chocolate museum – my favourite stop of the whole weekend. The museum gives you a great look at the history of chocolate over time. There are many displays and interactive sessions which also makes it great for kids. There are also tasters available during the tour and you can watch a chocolatier prepare new chocolates.

    7. Musuem of the City of Brussels – the museum is located in the Grand Place. It is 3 stories and will take you about 2h. There is a dedicated exhibit for the Mannekin Pis , explaining it’s significance and the story over time of how it was stolen and recovered.

    8. Mannekin Pis – it’s a major site in Brussels (although I still don’t understand why) , but it is located a short walk from the Grand Place.

    9. Law Courts of Brussels – unfortunately the building was under construction and we were unable to visit. It was however a very beautiful building.

    10. EU Parliament – definitely worth the visit if you are interested in politics. The parliamentarium gives you an introduction into the parliamentary system of Europe and entrance to the visitors centre is free. you can also take 1/2h guided tours through the parliament which allows you to see the plenary chamber and potentially watch a debate.

    11. Cinquantenaire Museum – is a museum of art and history of Belgium. The museum is fairly large and we spent about 3h here . There are exhibits with artifacts from just about every continent. Entrance is discounted for students , but it is still affordable at the regular price.

    12. Arcade du Cinquintenaire – located just behind the museum. There isn’t really anything to do here except take pictures. You can have a picnic or relax on the grass in front of the arcade.

    Brussels was a lovely city to visit as a weekend break.
    Apart from the cold, I really enjoyed my time there. I would say that one has to try some belgium chcolate, the waffles and have some mussels. We also tried out their beer Delirium and it was great, The people are really friendly and we loved the vibe at one of the bars because everyone was so happy and friendly.
    I’d love to visit the city again … but definitely when it’s warmer.

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    Katia_Thermidor
    14 Feb 2020
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    I was in Brussels last September (perfect time because there’s not a lot of tourist) there’s a lot of museums, historic monuments to visit it’s quite interesting if you’re into it. Other than the chocolate museum the another one that really got my attention is the Beer Museum …you get to taste all kinds of beer. A must!

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    03 Jan 2020
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    Brussels was a beautiful city. Some of the places I visited while there were the atomium, which was great to see in person. It is definitely a nice historic place to visit and take great pics. I also went to Grand Place, which was absolutely beautiful. So many buildings and statues around. Many restaurants and stores where there is chocolate, waffles, etc. Overall it was a beautiful city to visit.

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    Cluny01
    19 Nov 2019
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    Brussels is one of those cities where there is something for everyone. The local food is awesome because of the rich diversity. However, there are some local foods you have to try when visiting. Mussels and fries, Belgian waffles, chocolate, a good cold beer, the flemish beef stew are among my favorites.
    For some good mussels/fries, I recommend ‘Le Zinneke because their menu offers 60+ different recipes of mussels.
    When in the city center, not too far from the Grand place, my to go place for a good beer is the delirium cafe. Ask for the menu book which features more than 100 pages of beer that you can try. You definitely wont leave leaving thirsty. There are many delirium cafes and my favorite is the one in the basement across from the statue of Janneke pis (the little girl peeing). I like to grab a beer and sitting on the barrels.
    If you still have some space, there are numerous places to grab a warm Belgian waffle. If you’re looking for a waffle that’s a bit upscale, go to Maison Dandoy and try the Brussels waffle. Its fluffier and less dense than the regular one you find at every corner. However, one without topping goes for about 5 euros versus 1 euro but you won’t regret it.
    And of course don’t forget to take back some chocolate with you. My favorite places to buy chocolates for family and friends are Leonidas, Pierre Marcolini and Neuhaus.
    Brussels is a very diverse city so there is no issues for black travelers.

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    Nandieeheart
    13 Oct 2019
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    I visited Brussels a long time ago, i was a little desapointed at the monument “manneken pis” it wasn’t that impressive…
    Overall we had a good time getting lost around la Grand-Place (historical center) and good food (a lot of excellent chocolate shops).
    I think one day or two is enough to visit the city.
    Brussels is very diverse, travelling while black was fine.

  12. Kaleb_Emmanule_Leach
    25 Aug 2019
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    One of the most diverse cities in Europe. I felt very comfortable while traveling. For myself Brussels was the first European city I visited where there was several local languages. French, English, German, Spanish, Creole, were all present in the city. When it comes to being comfortable in my own skin as a black man , i felt very welcomed. I walked through the city streets and people were very kind. I did not recieve any nasty looks or disrespect. Some restaurant owners even offered my friends and I a glass of water to stay cool on the hot day.

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    19 Aug 2019
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    Brussels is an amazing city for its architecture, history and food. In a day you can see most of the city, have a great meal and enjoy a relaxing evening. Crown Plaza, Jardin Du Mont Des Arts, Grnad Palace Square are all stunning architecture. Don’t forget to check out all the “Pis” statues, Manneken, Jeanneke, etc.

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    02 Apr 2019
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    Brussels is absolutely incredible. All of the people are extremely friendly and helpful. They speak a bunch of languages there: French, German, Dutch. I recommend learning a few phrases (hello, thank you, please) in one of the languages; the locals definitely appreciate it. You will find some of the best food: pomme frites (fries), chocolate, Belgian waffles, and beer. The cost of living is pretty comparable to the US, so don’t expect to skimp on spending money. If you have some time I recommend visiting Bruges, it is a city in northern Belgium, about an hour and a half drive and they have a ton of touristy fun things to do (chocolate museum, pomme frite museum, carriage rides, tours, shopping, etc.) and an amazing chocolate market. I never had any problems traveling in Brussels and I consider it a second home as I spent 6 months there (for work). The culture of the city is amazing so if you are in Europe, don’t forget about Brussels!

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    Jstratosphere
    01 Apr 2019
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    I remember going to Brussels for their chocolate I consider till this day the best chocolates I ever tasted in life .hahaa they have chocolate in every shape form and size lol … I definitely ate my way to Brussels it’s such a foodie city .I had choco,waffles and beer my entire 3 days there … but also Brussels has an amazing international food scene don’t think it’s only local delicacies .. Also I recommend getting an hotel in the square (City center) I stayed at the Brussels Marriott Hotel it was walking distant to everything I wanted To see and do in the center from the Grand Palace , Fabcy Chocolate stores and the famous Manneken Pis they usually decorate the state in different attire haha pretty fun..You will enjoy your stay in Brussels

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    24 Feb 2019
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    I went to Belgium with one purpose… to get an authentic Belgium waffle. I must say, I was not disappointed! A friend showed me around and took me to a local waffle place only two stops from the train/bus station. It was a little hole in the wall shop right near the Christmas market. As soon as I took a bite, the flavor or sweet, soft waffle, topped off with some Belgium chocolate melted in my mouth. I was very much full after eating the first one, but I forced myself to finish the second solely because it was too delicious to waste! All in the all, the Belgium waffles do you disappoint.

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    21 Feb 2019
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    I loved Brussels! It’s a small town so a 2 day stay is enough! I visited Manneken Pis, BD Musuem, Grand Palace, Adam Musuem, Atomium, planetarium, Brussels Beer project, ect … The cost of living is less expensive and the city is very animated.

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    07 Jan 2019
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    I stopped by Brussels on my way to another country and was planning on staying a couple of nights and ended up cutting my trip short. To be fair, the weather was awful so maybe that attributed to that.. but the whole city was so dreary and sketchy at night. Although I did feel safe in that no one troubled me but everywhere was dark and there were a lot of really drunken people around.

    The mussels really were awesome but other than that… how many waffles and beers can you consume? It just wasn’t my taste of a city… the landmarks/parks were cool to see but meh

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    13 Dec 2018
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    My trip to Brussels was nothing short of amazing. I flew from Washington, DC to Brussels with friends. We stayed at “The Hotel” in the heart of Brussels. The Hotel was simply beautiful. The hotel and it’s staff was very accommodating. As soon as I walked outside I noticed Waffle food trucks on opposite corners. I had to try. Purchased on waffle from each truck and dressed it up with chocolate and strawberries. The best tasting waffles in life. I ate out at multiple restaurants and don’t remember the names but I know most places seemed to offer French fries as a side no matter the meal.
    The people of Belgium were friendly. I went running in the morning almost every day I was there. Great place to visit. Also, you can catch a train from Brussels to Paris for roughly $150.

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    02 Nov 2018
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    I will share my experience once I get my profile updated.

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    HibaAnderson
    31 Aug 2018
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    Walking the cobblestone streets of Brussels, Belgium you will LITERALLY feel like a kid in a candy store. The delicious aromas of all the freshly baked Waffles, French Fries and Chocolate will memorize you and have you ready to sample EVERYTHING.

    The locals dip their French Fries in Mayonaise, but you can get ketchup.

    I highly recommend the Belgian Waffles as they are quite a treat. You can get them with fresh fruit, whipped cream and Chocolate drizzled on top, so this is NOT for anyone who is counting calories.

    ONE local treat which I was NOT brave enough to try was Escargot (snails), but there was no shortage of escargot options from street vendors to being on the menu at local restaurants.

    Belgian Chocolate is a good souvenir to bring back home to loved ones as it is affordable and already boxed up.

    Brussels is also a good city for anyone who loves BEER.

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    08 Jul 2018
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    Belgium has become the land of french fries and waffles for me! I loved pretty much everything I ate in Belgium; waffles with chocolate, speculoos, chocolate and french fries. Your taste buds will not be disappointed if you come to Brussels.

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    13 Apr 2018
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    Lot of things to do, Have a walk in the Botanique Garden, Go see European Comission building, Have a drink in the most famous bar Delirium, or in the latino Bar El Mezzo, or in the bar named Madame Moustache which is very fun and organize couple dance … Brussels it’s a festive city.

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    11 Apr 2018
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    So much to do in this amazing city. Went there a few years ago and i had so much fun. from the architecture to the amazing loving people.

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    26 Mar 2018
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    I found Brussels to be a quaint city to just relax in before continuing on to Germany. The people are reasonably laid back and most have a great spirit. Since Belgium borders France, The Netherlands, and Germany, you’ll find that the people speak a mix of all the languages as well as English. So if you speak one of the languages of the surrounding countries, you’ll most likely not have any trouble here.

    As far as things to do:
    1. You can visit the Grand Place aka Grand Square aka Grote Markt which is a central square in the heart of Brussels that is adorned with gilded gold facades and other ornate carvings along the edges of the rooftops. It’s also where every two years in August they set up a giant flower carpet of about a million flowers that draws onlookers for all around

    2. Close to the Grand Place is the Mannekin Pis which is a statute of a little boy urinating. It’s a copy of the original which is now kept in a museum, but it sort of captures the sense of whimsy and humor of the Belgian people. There are also a lot of touristy shops along the main road that leads to the Mannekin and Grand Place so if you’re looking for cheap trinkets or Belgian crafted gifts like chocolate & pastries, head over here.

    3. There are several cathedrals but St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral is one of the better ones

    4. Take a train out a little bit further to see the Atomium. It’s a large structure that is somewhat iconically recognizable as a symbol of science. It’s in the shape of an atom and you can purchase tickets to walk around inside. It’s a great way to get a view of the surrounding area from up high as the structure towers above the ground about 340 ft.

    5. Have a waffle and also sample the chocolate or take a food tour. Belgians make some of the finest chocolate, waffles, beer, and wine in the world, so why not sample some while you’re there?

    6. If you’re out by Atomium, you can purchase a dual ticket to see Mini-Europe which is a theme park of miniature models of all the major landmarks and tourist attractions around Europe. It’s kind of a touristy thing to do but it’s still pretty cool to see all the landmarks in miniature size in the shadows of the Atomium towering nearby.

    7. The Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium have works from the 15th century to present. If you haven’t already seen enough artwork in your travels through Europe, this place might be worth a stop.

    8. There is a lot of wall/street art around the streets of Brussels and a lot of it is of the comic Tin Tin and I think some by Hans Christian Andersen or something but if you like comics, you can head over to the Belgian Comic Strip Center which has a lot more than just what you see up on the walls around the city.

    There are so many other arts and archaeology museums and food specialty museums and cathedrals around town, but a lot of it starts to look the same after a while, so pace yourself.

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    Katrice
    21 Nov 2017
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    Belgium is one of my favorite European cities. I went there in September 2017. I was expecting it to be mediocre at best but it was actually awesome. The weekend I was there was the same weekend of the city’s famous beer festival, which made it all the more great. The city’s architecture was absolutely great, so historic and majestic. The people there were friendly and the Belgium waffles were very good. I would definitely go back again to visit.

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    15 Nov 2017
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    Food in Belgium taste better. I would definitely try Belgian waffles and Belgian chocolate. Definitely visit a Belgian bakery they have the best pastries too, I would actually go to one after dinner everyday to try different things.

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