Early this month my husband Ben and I took a little trip to Brussels. We didn’t have anything really planned, just wanted to wander around a new city and Ben loves beer, particularly Belgium beers, so we wanted to try some different local beers. I also read Brussels had some good vintage and secondhand stores so wanted to check some of those out. I posted on Instagram about being in Brussels and we got some great recommendations (thank you!) of secondhand stores and places to eat, these where the places we really liked:
Vintage & Secondhand Stores
I was generally impressed with the quality and prices of the stores in Brussels. In my experience well organized and curated stores can charge a lot more (especially in large cities) and with “cheaper” stores you run into quality issues, and have to inspect for holes, stains, etc. We looked at a lot of stores and I think only came across one flaw- a sweater with a tiny hole that could definitely be fixed.
Gabriele Vintage was my favourite and had the most beautiful collection of vintage dresses I’ve ever seen. It’s definitely a store for vintage lovers though, most garments are very formal (not capsule wardrobe items…) and although the prices are quite a bit higher than the other stores they seemed fair for the quality of the vintage pieces. They also have an amazing assortment of hats! I would highly recommend checking it out if you’re looking for a unique special occasion outfit or just love vintage clothes.
I had to try this dress on for fun. It’s a terrible photo, but the dress was a beautiful light blue and pink floral pattern with huge pleats of fabric in the skirt. I loved it but have no need or occasion to wear a dress like this.
Foxhole was my favorite “normal” vintage store (Gabriele is a whole different level- like the wardrobe department for a glamorous old movie). We ended up going to both of their locations and they have a great selection of staples like printed shirts, chunky sweaters, floral skirts, and big scarves but also some more unique items like a pair of holographic platforms! Although their prices were more expensive than a lot of the other stores.
I also liked the selection at Think Twice, it was fun to go through and they had some interesting pieces.
Ben’s favourite store was Melting Pot Kilo where you pay for the clothes by weight. I loved their selection of coats but unfortunately the ones I liked were all too big.
Finding vegetarian and vegan food was not as easy as we hoped (even the Belgium frites aren’t veg friendly- they fry them in animal fat) and eating out in Brussels was a lot more expensive than we’re used to, but we still had some great meals.
I think my favourite was Ami, they have an interesting selection of veggies burgers and we both really enjoyed ours. The burgers are small though so definitely order a side too!
La Grainerie was an adorable place for lunch, they have a bulk grocery store in front and a little cafe at the back. It look like their menu changes regularly and the dishes are small but you order 2,3 or 4 of them. Everything was great (loved the potato lentil dish!) except I didn’t enjoy the banana bread which was super dense.
Moonfood is a great vegan cafe where you pay for your food by weight and they have a lot of different dishes to try which I always like.
We also had a nice lunch at Peck 47 which is right near a lot of the sights so a good place if you’re checking out the centre.
And because a main goal of this trip was beer tasting, my favourite beer I tried was the Bink Bloesem from Moeder Lambic.
Overall it was a really nice long weekend away. We enjoyed walking around the city, checking out some stores and trying different foods and beers. :)