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First day of the girls' weekend in Brussels


Delphine and her friends take you with them on their girls' weekend to Brussels. On day one, have a tour with a Greeter and visit the Parlementarium.

On the first day, visit Brussels with a Greeter, a genuine local and then learn all there is to know about Europe with a free visit to the Parlamentarium, the European Parliament's new information centre.

 

A chocolate tasting morning

Where should we begin our little trip to Brussels? That's a good question! We'll head to ZAABÄR, the artisan chocolate maker in Ixelles offering a large range of spicy chocolate.

 


It's so original! Pink peppercorns from Bahia, lemongrass from Sri Lanka, salt from Guérande... It's hard to know which way to look, it all sounds so good!


So, we decide to join some others for a little workshop with a friendly atmosphere guaranteed! And here we are making our own mendiants, truffles and other chocolate bars... It's a fact, we're real chocolate makers.


After this little gourmet adventure, we head to the Avenue Louise, where a surprise is in store. Delphine has booked a unique and original meeting for us with a true Brussels resident!

 

The girls have a tour of Brussels with a Greeter. But what's a Greeter?


We're meeting the "Greeter" who will take us on a visit to show us the Brussels the locals know best and to show us some of her favourite spots.


She suggests that we meet her in the nearby Bailli neighbourhood, which is bursting with some of her favourite places for shopping in the city for fashion and vintage items, make-up, decorative objects...


Next, we head to the Place du Châtelain, where there are lots of nice shops selling all sorts, even lingerie and saucy objects!


Girls, did you know that Brussels is a major city for fashion and design? Brussels' fashion districts will satisfy all your fashionista needs.


Lunch with the girls in the Bailly neighbourhood


The neighbourhood's like a village. It's vibrant, has many Europeans and is a great place to take a stroll or have a bite to eat.

 

Our new friend takes us to have lunch at l’Epicerie, on the rue du Page. This little place wins us over with the kindness of its owner, Magalie, and her tasty dishes.

 

A few metres away, on the Rue Américaine, we head towards the pâtisserie Nicolas ArnaudThe pastries and sweets are to die for!


Visit to the Parlementarium , to find out all you need to know about Europe


That's not all girls, now we're heading to the European quarter. We say goodbye to our charming Greeter and thank her again for the lovely time we've spent in her company. She strongly advises us to visit the Parlamentarium, the European Parliament's all-new information centre. And... it's free! So, we head towards the Place du Luxembourg.

 

The centre is at the cutting edge of technology and the staff welcome visitors in the 23 official languages of the European Community free of charge! We learn all about the European Institutions (Parliament, Council & Commission) in a fun and interactive way.

 

As we leave, we take a well-earned rest to eat our treats from the Pâtisserie Arnaud.

 

Girls' night out in Brussels... girls just wanna have fun

 

After this great European discovery, we have a leisurely trip back to the hotel to freshen up and get ready for the evening. Dresscode: girls just want to have fun! Heels or trainers, jeans or a classy dress, and a smile!

 

To experience the atmosphere of Brussels, we decide to try out the terraces of the Saint-Gery quarter.


First of all, we have an aperitif at Mappa Mundo, the meeting place par excellence in the square, where we order an XXL jug of mojitos.

 

For dinner, we choose one of the great  tapas bars in the rue Borgwal.

 

We decide to continue the night, which is already well under way, on the dance floor at one of the many parties organised every weekend in the capital.


We decide on Mr Wong, with its fiery cocktails and Latino beats on the rue Haute, and Madame Moustache, a cabaret/café and its explosive cocktails in a circus décor along the Quai au Bois à Brûler.

 

It's late, we're hungry and we share a few portions of chips in sauce andalouse before jumping into a taxi and safely returning to the hotel for a few hours sleep.