The interior of the Café Métropole has been richly decorated in 1890s fin de siècle style. The success of the café allowed the owners to open a hotel next door, the only 19th century hotel in Brussels still open today.
Brussels – Been There

Only here for the beer?

Photo by Ruben Drenth

Brussels – Been There Only here for the beer?

Sergi Reboredo
Sergi Reboredo Travel Photographer

Beer runs a close second to chocolate as the Belgian passion. After testing it in various places, I settle on Halles St-Géry as my own preferred drinking den. Saint-Géry was a Gothic church built in the late Middle Ages but demolished during the French Revolution of 1798 to leave a public square and market. In 1881, a market hall was built that has now been transformed into a center and exhibition hall dedicated to the heritage and environment of the city of Brussels. The bar inside offers shelter from inclement weather, while the terraces are the perfect place to enjoy a sunny day.

I sit outside to sample some of the recommendations the friendly staff are happy to make. Some of the beers are mild, such as Blanche or the famous Kriek, made with sour cherries, and Framboise, made with raspberry. For those with a stronger or more adventurous palate, brands such as Orval, Rochefort or Chimay pack more of a kick. I am very impressed by the Abbey beers, especially the Grimbergen Double. Although no longer made by monks, the beers are based on their original recipe.

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The annual Ommegang Parade, which honors the coming of Charles V to Brussels in 1549 and involves 1,400 actors in medieval costume, can be hot work in the July sunshine. Belgians each drink an average of 74 liters of beer per year, putting them in the top 20 of a league dominated by the Czech Republic at 149 liters. Photo by Sergi Reboredo

Sergi Reboredo

Sergi Reboredo

Nikon D300

Aperture
ƒ/3.5
Exposure
1/8000
ISO
400
Focal
28 mm

The annual Ommegang Parade, which honors the coming of Charles V to Brussels in 1549 and involves 1,400 actors in medieval costume, can be hot work in the July sunshine. Belgians each drink an average of 74 liters of beer per year, putting them in the top 20 of a league dominated by the Czech Republic at 149 liters.

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