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The local’s top picks of Brussels

They’ve lived in Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris and Brussels for many years. Here, prominent Norwegians give us their tips on great bars, fabulous galleries and exciting things to do in their adopted hometowns.

Runa Monstad Runa Monstad has been living and working in Brussels for 14 years. These days she works at the EFTA Secretariat and is also a Board member of The Norwegian Association of Belgium, which aims to bring together Norwegians living in Belgium, as well as Belgians and others with a particular interest in Norway. “There are lots of wonderful places in Brussels,” she tells Scandinavian Traveler.

“A great place to fill up on history during your lunch break is the Musical Instruments Museum,” Monstad says. “It’s a fun interactive museum and what a lot of people don’t know is that you can take the elevator right to the top of the building, where you’ll find the very best view of the city. The museum is located in a former department store by the name of Old England, which was built in the Art Nouveau style in 1899. ”

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“If you’re out shopping around Avenue Louise and Chaussée d’Ixelles and need to give your feet a rest, I recommend the L’Orangerie restaurant, which is hidden away in Parc d’Egmont. It serves delicious breakfasts and lunches and on weekends there’s even a champagne brunch. In the summer it’s nice to sit in the shade of the park’s large trees and watch the world go by."

44/Z, Boulevard de Waterloo
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"A slightly less expensive option is the Le Pain Quotidien bakery, which has stores both in Sablon and on Avenue Louise.”

Le Pain Quotidien
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Bois de la Cambre Photo: Shutterstock

Monstad says that Brussels has lots of great parks and green spaces. One of them, Bois de la Cambre, was established in 1861 and covers an area of 1.2m2.
“On weekends, this area is popular with locals and tourists alike. You can enjoy a good lunch at the Chalet Robinson restaurant, which is located on an island in the park’s lake.”

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" A top tip for music lovers is to pay a visit to L’Archiduc.This is a jazz club dating back to 1937 and is located in one of the many Art Nouveau buildings in Brussels. They have live jazz music and serve cocktails on Saturday afternoons."

Rue Antoine Dansaert 6
archiduc.net

MIni Europe, viewed from the Atomium Photo: Shutterstock

"An interesting place to visit for young and old alike is the Atomium, a monument that was built for the World’s Fair in 1958 and represents a unit cell of an iron crystal. It also houses a museum. Nearby is Mini-Europe, which showcases the European capitals in miniature. Lots of fun for all ages. You can do both in a day.”

Avenue de l'Atomium
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1020 Brussel
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Text: Inga Ragnhild Holst

Last edited: June 5, 2017

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