Even though the city isn't huge, it's easy to quickly feel lost when you arrive in Brussels. And based on what many expats and new residents say, the city doesn't always leave the best first impression. That is yet another reason to persevere and discover the capital at its best, whether you have just arrived or settled down there a long time ago. Here are 5 of our favourite blogs about Brussels, which should help you.
1. S Marks the Spots (in English)
This is probably the most well-known blog among expats, as well as the one that they visit the most! Created by Sandy, a citizen of the world based in Brussels (for now), this very diverse and user-friendly blog shows off everything that she loves about the city: gastronomic delights (food and drink!), art, trips and photography. After reading about all these different things, you'll have a really great idea about what you absolutely must see and taste in Brussels (and other towns and cities that Sandy has visited). A quick tip: for a more complete overview, start with the "Best of Brussels" section.
2. Brussels’ Kitchen (in French and English)
If you want to eat in style in Brussels, this is the blog for you! Brussels' Kitchen has been run since 2012 by Chloé and Sarah, two foodies who know what they like on their plates, and lists the best places to have a drink, grab a quick bite to eat and enjoy brunch with your friends. It also sets out to discover trendy neo-cantines or the latest gourmet restaurants. This is a must for anyone who loves food and wants to discover new things!
3. Brusselblogt.be (in Dutch)
This blog was created by a group of Dutch-speaking Brussels residents (and regular visitors to the city) and shows you everything you need to know about Brussels in texts, photos and videos. Using it is simple: just scroll through the page and choose articles based on your main interests or what you want to do, learn about, experience, discover and more. In short, this blog is just as dynamic as the city itself and is aimed at anyone who loves Brussels; lives, works or shops there; appreciates its culture; enjoys its alternative scene; and much more. Of course, it is also great for anyone who wants to see Brussels through someone else's eyes.
4. visit.brussels (multilingual)
visit.brussels is an organism of public interest subsidised by the Brussels-Capital Region to promote and communicate about Brussels. Through its various sections (What to do, Where to eat, Agenda, Where to stay, etc.), this platform contributes to the tourist, cultural and events reputation of the Brussels-Capital Region, as well as providing a high-quality welcome for all its visitors, whether tourists or business travellers. Probably the most comprehensive source of information on living in Brussels.
5. Inside Brussels (multilingual)
A multi-entrepreneur with a love of Brussels and travel, Pierre Halleux shares his discoveries and favourites in a wide-ranging blog that covers the whole of Brussels. You'll find recommendations for eating a particular type of cuisine, as well as good tips and ideas for sightseeing and leisure activities. In addition to the usual languages such as French, Dutch and English, the blog is also available in Japanese, Spanish, Ukrainian... enough to please many expats and tourists.