Apéro time: you have to go for an “apéro” and it always happens Chez Franz, an old bistro that has just been done up. We all meet up there at the end of the day and we often leave very late. A great atmosphere, simple and authentic – the perfect spot for a family brunch at the weekend. Three friends opened this local bistro, a homely place in the north part of the city, located in an area filled with Horta-style houses (an Art Nouveau architect). 30 avenue du Haut-Pont
A shopping trip: ICON, in the city centre, is a must-go. Michelle is known for her incredible selection of international designers, as well as for her unfailing support towards Belgian designers. It’s impossible to come out of the boutique without a beautiful piece. Another great store: in the north part of the city, go take a look at Graphie Sud. Laurence and Vanessa transport you into their chic and bohemian world, always with impeccable taste. Nouveau Marché aux Grains / 195 rue Berkendael
Chez Franz / Place du Jeu de Balle
Stop for croquettes: below the city centre, you have to stop for a glass of white wine and taste shrimp croquettes at Le Laboureur, a traditional Brussels bistro. Also convenient: the bar is just opposite the Margiela boutique! 108 rue de France
Sunday stroll: at the weekend, you have to go to the Marolles, the “soul of Brussels”, with its Place du Jeu de Balle where the famous flea market is held every morning. The Rue Blaes and the Rue Haute, the two main streets of the Marolles area, are known for their antiques shops. And to fully understand the Brussels way of life and its delicacies, I recommend having lunch at La Clef d’Or, on the square, and tasting one of their typical Belgian dishes.