Savour Belgium’s famous french fries and mussels in a traditional restaurant on a quite side street in the heart of Brussels, wash down the meal with a famed Belgian beer, and save room for waffles drizzled with chocolate for dessert. A lunch blending French cuisine with Flemish fare that typifies the atmosphere of cultural fusion in the city which, since it began hosting the European Parliament, has only grown more multiculturaly diverse. The city teems with variety: in the cuisine, the background of the citizens, and most dramatically, the architecture – which spans from the medieval Grand Place to a funky space age structure called the Atomium built in the 1950’s.
A walk amongst the city streets reveals modernist or surrealist art painted onto walls and metro stations, free for the viewing, along with the Flemish architecture of the houses and Art Nouveau buildings of the city centre. Slip inside the Royal Museums of Fine Arts or the Museum of Modern Art to see an even wider range of Belgian art and spend an evening at the La Monnaie Theatre and opera house to get a taste of Belgian theatre.
The EU Parliament lends a reputation for bureaucracy, but Brussels has a mix of multicultural awareness and demands which gives this city of order and organisation a far wider range of flavours.