Planning on a quick escape to Europe? The Rake recommends Brussels, a city that’s rich in culture and history with many delights to get your teeth stuck in to.

My better half is Belgian, which means we travel to Brussels fairly often to visit friends and family. With the Eurostar from London taking just under two hours, it makes the capital of Belgium — once the home of Hergé,Tintin’s creator, and the master sleuth Hercule Poirot — an easy and unmissable getaway.

My favourite place to stay is theRocco Forte Collection Hotel Amigo, which is a stone’s throw away from the Grand Place, the historic town centre or main square of Brussels, which is surrounded by beautiful architecture and is very charming, even though it is on the tourist trail. The Amigo in many ways is the Grande Dame of the city’s hotels. Its central location as well as unparalleled service andhospitality make it a sophisticated and tranquil haven for the weary traveller. Once inside the Amigo, you can forget the hustle and bustle of the Grand Place and switch yourself into full relaxation mode... and if you really want to be indulgent, splurging on the Tintin- or René Magritte-themed suites is a must.

Across the street from the Amigo is my favourite waffles and tearoom,Maison Dandoy, where I can recommend the freshly baked waffles and biscuits served with fresh cream and a hot beverage of your choice.


    April 2019


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