Some of you might think that Valentine’s Day is just a commercial affair, and I would be the first to agree. But on the other hand, what’s wrong with celebrating the fact that you love each other? I see it as an opportunity to spend a whole day together and really take the time to enjoy each other’s company. I hate to be too sentimental, but Brussels does have some romantic spots 🙂 !
If you want to spend the night in Brussels, hotel Le Berger is a very good option. This hotel was build in the 30’s with one purpose: for men to have a good time with their mistress, in all discretion. It was not a brothel, but more like a luxurious rendez-vous hotel where you could order champagne and oysters. Today, the wallpaper and furniture is still in the style of the 30’s, so you get a different feeling than in any other hotel. The place just breaths history. I only stayed in room 06, called ‘Manon’, and I would go for the same room next time. Wow! The bathroom is amazing! Prices are very reasonable and they have special offers for Valentine’s Day. I heard that the restaurant is also very good.
If the weather allows it, go for a walk or a pick nick in the Sonian Forest (Zoniënwoud) (close to metro station Herrmann-Debroux). The Bois de la Cambre/Terkamerenbos is also a nice park to spend the day, you can even rent little boats to peddle! My third option would be the Dudenpark in Forest/Vorst, where you can also check out the panoramic viewpoint.
I know it’s a cliché, but you can never go wrong with chocolate. These pictures where taken from the window of the Pierre Marcolini shop at Grand Sablon/Grote Zavel, but there are other good quality chocolate stores in this area. Why not go for fair trade chocolate this time? Belvas has organic, fair trade, gluten free and lactose free chocolate!
Art Nouveau is quite romantic, don’t you think? There is so much to see in the streets of Brussels once you start paying attention to the buildings. If you want to explore by yourself in stead of renting a guide, you can print the map I created. Read all about it here.
How will you spend Valentine’s Day in Brussels?