BERT VERMEIRE //Creative Software Engineer// Brussels 1000
/ Bert's favorite places in Brussels /
The top of the Basilica Of The Sacred Heart in Koekelberg
I think the basilica is one of the most underestimated buildings in Brussels. Much more a futuristic art deco temple than a church, it would perfectly blend into Dune or any other sci-fi classic. The panoramic dome offers a great view on the city.
You know you’re a regular at a restaurant when the staff kisses you hello when you walk in. Ravioli of stockfish, grilled zucchini and antiboise sauce. Best starter on the planet.
The main hall of the Museum of Fine Arts
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts is less popular than the well-known Bozar but they have a huge collection to go explore. The main hall is really impressive. My favourite piece is the triptych on the life of Saint Anthony by Bosch.
The crypt under the Laeken cemetery
Officially closed to the public for renovations… But they ‘re quite chill about their security measures. A very calming place where all the Brussels beau-monde from the past has gathered. You’ll find Joseph Poelaert, Fernand Khnopff and many others who helped build Brussels and its unique style.
Librairie des Galeries
I’ve spent too much money here. Careful kids, art books are addictive.
Thurn & Taxis
Named after a noble family that was the DHL or UPS of its day, this 19th century industrial site and its area are an interesting urban experiment. It’s cool to stroll around the enormous warehouses and venture further into the newly created park.
The staircases at the entry of the Palace of Justice
Every time I’m caught in a surprise rainstorm -Belgium after all- I seem to end up here. It feels a bit like hiding in a Greek temple with the Gods performing a celestial spectacle. Great sculptures, especially the ones of Lycurgus and Demosthenes.
Martino with anchovies or baguette tomate-crevette. Yes please!
The Henri Le Boeuf concert hall at Bozar
Undoubtedly the whole building is one of Horta’s masterpieces… But the concert hall is just out of this world. Also a good hangout to run into the Royal family.
I love sitting in the kitchen at restaurants. But especially here, with the slightly hyperactive but charming owner and all the internal conversations going on in Italian. Great food and great prosecco.
The flower part of the Marché du midi
I try to get here every Sunday for fresh flowers. I admit, sometimes coming straight from clubbing. But a last stiff drink and a pair of sunglasses get you a long way.