Brussels is a small city with a lot to offer. Here are a few pointers as to where to go when you visit the Belgian Capital on your next skate trip.
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Where to stay:
The Youth Hostel Bruegel is situated right between Alfonce Skateshop and the Ursulines skatepark on the corner of Place de la Chapelle and Boulevard de L’Empereur. It is your cheapest alternative and they have a sick bank in the inside courtyard if you manage to skate it!
Where to eat:
Belgian cuisine is not for those on a diet because Frites, Waffles and Chocolate are the local delicacies. that said, you can easily satisfy your hunger with a tight budget and save your change for a few beers.
A small lunch stop run by mother and daughter and situated a a few doors from Ride All Day in the Rue St. Jean. Nothing but fresh local produce and the best quality hams and cheeses served with healthy salads and fresh bread to eat in or take away. La Cigale‘s homemade meatloaf sandwich is a personal favourite!
The most famous Fritkot (Chippy) in town where you can munch a fat cornet of fries and enjoy a beer in one of the surrounding bars. Personally, I think that this place is a bit overrated and the REAL OG chippy was an old man in his caravan on the Place St. Josse but he retired a while ago so hit up Chez Antoine (Place Jourdan) because anyone who’s been to Brussels and tried the andalouse sauce will expect you to have done the same on your travels through Brussels.
Where to drink:
Belgium is the land of beer so as long as you don’t drink Stella or Heineken (This beer in particular will have you expelled from King Albert II’s fair land) then you’re going to enjoy it. Whether it’s street beers from the nightshop (Belgian equivalent of an off-licence) or one of the thousand brewed beverages on offer at the Delirium Café (Impasse de la Fidelité), you’re definitely taste something good. Here are a few places the skaters like to relax and down a few.
Don’t let the grizzly old punkers and stench put you off. The DNA (Plattesteen 18) is one of the only bars in the centre of town that won’t kick the skaters out. Definitely more of a rockers vibe going off, the small bar also accepts alternative genres too, but the male:female ration is definitely at a loss. Always good for a beer with the boys, there’s live music every week and game of table footy upstairs where you WILL lose to the locals.
Situated in the mecca of night haunts, Saint Géry, the Café Centrale (Rue Borgval) is a relaxed place that can get very busy on the weekend as it doesn’t employ the popular smoking ban and has DJ’s spinning records till late into the night.
One of the rare all-nighter bars in the centre of town, L’Archiduc (Rue Antoine Dansaert) also has an ex-MMA fighter as a doorman so don’t think he’ll just let anyone in at 4AM. Famous for it’s cocktails, chill viobe and live jazz.
Situated in the Euro-zone better known as Ixelles, the Café Belga (Place Flagey) sits at the base of the old Television and Radio studios on Brussels. A good spot to mingle with trendy young men and women from all over Europe and also catch a good sunday brunch afterwards.