Most people know Belgium for their chocolates. There is no shortage for chocolate shops. Here is Godiva’s original storefront on Grand Place since 1926.
We walked around looking for a good place for lunch. We ended up on Rue des Bouchers, “Restaurant Row.”
We went to Aux Armes de Bruxelles, a venerable restaurant serving reliably good food in a dressy setting (which made us a little uncomfortable). Joe had shrimp crockets and we shared my mussels in red sauce. Belgians will not serve you tap water so you might as well order beer. My mussels were amazing. The sauce was really good. Joe will be attempting to recreate it back home with mussels from Taylor’s Shellfish on Chuckanut.
Galeries Royales St. Hubert is Europe’s oldest still-operating shopping mall, built in 1847. This glass-covered model inspired many other malls.