AM Sweet

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Hello everyone! As the city center of Brussels is becoming more and more a place for tourists, I am glad that there are still a few spots I really enjoy visiting. Don’t get me wrong, tourists are more than welcome. It’s just that there are so many chain restaurants now that the real Brussels character is getting lost.

AM Sweet

Anyway, AM Sweet is one of those places where I can still feel inspired! It’s located in the Rue des Chartreux and it looks like a little shop where you can buy tea and some sweets. That’s exactly what it is, but it’s also a cosy place to have a drink. Choose a table upstairs where it’s nice and calm. The place reminds me of an appartement I once rented in Paris with Airbnb: very tiny but full of inspiration. It’s probably the presence of art books and the small impressionist painting that make it even more appealing to me.

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7 great places in Brussels for gift shopping

Are you the kind of person that avoids the shopping district during the holiday season? Check! Ok, I admit that the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve can be a cozy time, but it’s so commercialized that it becomes exhausting. Especially if they put up the Christmas decoration more than a month before Christmas, pff. I know that Brussels is very proud of the Christmas market at Place Sainte-Cathérine (Winterpret/Plaisir d’Hiver), but I absolutely hate it. Too much people and not a lot of things to do. 

As much as I hate gift shopping during that period, I do like to open presents myself 🙂 . And isn’t it nice to see someone’s face when they open the present you gave them? I selected 7 of my favorite shops in Brussels where I like to buy gifts for friends, family or myself. A lot of the shops have things for both men and women.

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Wiels Art Book Fair

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Art lovers, beware! This weekend you can buy art books and other artistic publications @ WIELS, the Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels. The books will be sold by collectors, publishers and artists themselves. Personally, I could spend half of my salary on art books but that isn’t really an option. I have to admit that some of the books they usually sell in the Wiels bookshop seem a little bit too complicated for me. They are mainly essays and philosophical art books, that require a lot of foreknowledge. I think (and hope) that the art book fair will be a little bit more accessible to a larger public. From what I’ve seen on the website, there will be books in English, Dutch and French. Anyway, I give myself permission to buy one book 😆 , so I will go take a look.

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Foodmet Anderlecht

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This morning I went to the Foodmet in Anderlecht, also known as the Abattoir. I went there before, more than 10 years ago, when it wasn’t called Foodmet yet. Back than, I remember being amazed by the big amount of foreign products and the multicultural crowd. Living in Brussels for several years now, I’m used to this multicultural side of the city, and yet this morning I was still amazed!

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Palais des Thés

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Who’s in for a cup of teaPalais des Thés is a shopping walhalla for tea lovers. They have all sorts of tea: black tea, green tea, white tea, smokey black tea, Rooibos, organic tea, Pu Erh tea and Oolong tea. There is so much choice that it becomes exciting :).

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Passa Porta Bookshop

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Next week I’m going on vacation and that’s an ideal occasion for me to buy some new books. The plan is to spend lots of time at the beach, so a good book will be very welcome. Brussels has a lot of bookshops , but I only have one favorite: Passa Porta! 

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Organic food market

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This week is all about organic food, since the bio week just started (until 14/06). Brussels has a lot of shops where you can buy organic food, but I have one absolute favorite: les Ateliers des Tanneurs!

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