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In business since 1912, the family-owned Maison Renardy offers the very best in exceptional teas, coffees, and handmade chocolates, candies, pastries, and breads. Snuggled conveniently on the corner of Rue Anoul and Chaussée de Wavre, the shop's large glass windows are perfect for people watching or letting in light to read by. The perfect place to spend an afternoon chatting or relaxing, the Maison Renardy is classy yet undeniably comfortable and charming. If you don't have time to sit down and stay, Maison Renardy also sells loose leaf tea, snacks, and baked goodies to-go.
The Ars Vinorum is an epicurean delight, geared towards true-blue gourmets. Their selection of Italian wines, cheese, conserves, flavored olive oil and specialty foods are great for a special occasion or authentic Italian dinner. Discover a range of hard-to-find items like white truffles, olive oil from Naples and more. The restaurant features a charmingly rustic, cozy ambiance, ideal for a quiet meal with a date. The menu changes weekly, depending on what's in season. You'll find dishes like swordfish carpaccio with zuchini and capers; ravioli with braised meat sauce; swordfish steak with beans and fennel drizzled in olive oil. Their wine list features a fine selection from Italy, from fruity whites to robust reds.
This large store, attached to the Conrad International Brussels, is a historic toy store beloved by Belgians since 1959. Serneels offers a plethora of toys, games and educational activities for children of all ages. Find collectors items, games, baby items, and more.
La Boîte à Musique is situated near the Palace of Fine Arts, with good reason. The presence of culture cannot be denied here, but the definition of culture is rather restrictive: you will only find classical music. This shop is run by the de Wouters d'Oplinter family, son Bertrand is in charge of the small record label Pavane, specializing in classical music. The shop's collection is very large and prices are very reasonable.
A traditional Belgian favorite, this fry stand is the oldest in Belgium. Large potatoes are cut into thick strips and fried to golden perfection, then served in a paper cone or even on a baguette with a hot dog. A dozen or so different sauces are the perfect accompaniment. The line is usually quite long for this popular frite stand, but the delicious and simple comfort food is more than worth it. Grab your order from Maison Antoine and head to one of the nearest bistros to enjoy with a nice cold brew and watch as the world passes you by.
This macaroon and chocolate shop is one of the top confectioneries in town. Opened in 1910, Wittamer Pâtissier is a legend of its own. The beautifully-packaged treats on the window display will beckon you to come inside for a taste of the heavenly desserts. It is no wonder that the Belgium Royal House gets their sweet delights from them. You can sample these and other savory items at their chic pink tearoom overlooking the historic Sablon.
Winning the World Chocolate Championship in 1995, Pierre Marcolini set out to revolutionize the chocolate industry. Using only the finest cocoa beans from around the world, Marcolini now owns and operates luxury chocolate boutiques in five different countries. His sweet treats include delicacies such as truffles, macaroons, biscuits, liqueur chocolates, brittles and much more. Each purchase is presented in a handsomely designed gift box that perfectly compliments the luxury treat found within.
Known as the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels is filled with sweet confection shops. Mary's Chocolatier lives up to its city's standards and has some of the best chocolate creations around. Established in 1919 by Mary Delluc along the Rue Royal on the route to the palace, this legendary shop was beloved by the king himself as well as nobels and other royals. Today people travel far and wide for Mary's famous confections. Delicious hand-painted chocolates, caramels, truffles, bars, and more can be found. Grab yourself one of their beloved boxes in order to sample Mary's sweet treats.
Tintin is a comic written by Hergé, a.k.a. George Rémi, born in Brussels on May 22, 1907. The comics have been translated into more than 50 languages, which makes Tintin famous all over the world. In 1989, the first shop with Tintin designer objects was opened in Brussels. Find comics in various languages, figures, rugs and other designer objects of this beloved Belgian fictional character.
Maison J. Dandoy has one of the most famous display windows in Brussels, and they always tempt you with something sweet. Dandoy has been around since 1829 and sells local specialties, chocolate and more, serving as an authentic shop in a touristic environment. Looking at the window or eating their wares will make much more of an impression than describing them: spiced biscuits, pain à la grecque, currant bread, cinnamon bread, marzipan, ice-cream and sorbets, among other things.
If you love nothing more than some expertly prepared fish and chips, then Bia Mara is the place for you. The menu here features over fifty styles of fish and chips using different varieties like haddock and seabass. The fish can be spiced with different flavors including lemon and fennel, Cajun spices, and Jamaican Jerk spices. All dishes come with seaweed salted chips. The fish here is always super fresh, and the restaurant is committed to sustainability, with them using recycled oil and reusable and biodegradable products to serve their food.