Avenue Louise is littered with upmarket shops and restaurants, and encompasses famous landmarks such as Louise Square, the Louise Tower and the King’s Garden. This luxury four star Secret Hotel, ‘Excellence ideal – next to the Avenue Louise – 4 star – Brussels’, is located next to this iconic street, allowing you to explore its amenities with ease. The hotel itself is finished to a high standard, with luxury guest rooms furnished with cable television, coffee and tea making facilities and a private bathroom with bathtub and complimentary toiletries.
With it’s elegant buildings, historic charm, charming restaurants and quaint bars, Brussels has to be one of the best romantic destinations in Europe, and with a bit of careful planning you can make sure your trip is truly unforgettable for all the right reasons. For the wow factor, look into a hot air balloon ride for two. There are a few of companies operating in the area, and normally you can organise for a couple of champagne flutes to toast your happiness as the balloon flies you up above the city and beyond. During the day, stroll around one of city’s beautiful parks, such as Parc de Bruxelles and maybe even indulge in a picnic. A great place to pick up gourmet food is at the Gare du Midi market, Europe’s biggest market and home to an unrivalled selection of interesting nibbles. In the evenings, the intimacy of the winding alleyways and striking plazas are sure to add to the romantic ambiance, so finish off with a few glasses at one of the wine bars and dinner at Le Petit boxeur, a typical Belgian restaurant with bags of character.
Brussels has an interesting mix of old and modern architecture, but the jewel really has to be the Grand Place in the Old Town. This UNESCO world heritage site is where the Town Hall can be found, and once every two years it also plays host to the famous flower carpet. Covering a total area of 1800 square metres, the square is covered with hundreds of thousands of begonias to create a stunning floor display reminiscent of a carpet! Round the corner from the plaza is also the famous statue of the little bronze boy peeing, also known as the manneken pis. This funny statue can often be seen dressed in various outfits, from a Santa costume to an Elvis Presley inspired number! To see the full collection of the little guys wardrobe head to the Museum of the City of Brussels.