Fritland… A world of fritters!

That basically fritter land for you and me. And a famous one!

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Fritland basically showed up whenever I search for ‘must eat in Brussels’ so I decided to give it a try when Im there. Mind you, Belgium claims that fries originated from here. So, over here they sell lots of fries, sandwich, sausage and more fried stuffs which are at affordable price. You can have it for a quick bite or for a meal.

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Fritland

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Fritland. Its chicken but cant remember what its called.

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Fritland chicken sandwich with half baguette.

It’s pretty much operates like a fast food restaurant concept where you place your orders at the counter and pay for it. You wait and collect your food from the counter.It can get quite crowded at certain times but that is expected as it is well known. How they serve their sandwich is very unique, fries are in your sandwich rather than on the side. But it tasted good! And pretty cheap too.

Where at: 49 Rue Henri Maus, Brussels 1000, Belgium

Visited in June 2015. How would I rate them? The atmosphere 3/5, Service 3/5, F&B 4/5.

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Aris Hotel Brussel… Good location and value but…

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Aris Hotel

Aris Hotel is a small hotel (I can’t find any star rating) which is located in the center of Brussels. It’s not a luxury or boutique hotel however I would say it’s more of a budget conscious hotel. In fact I choose it because of its location, price and TripAdvisor.

We arrived via train at Brussels Central station. We took about 5 minutes’ walk to reach the hotel which was convenient. Don’t let the outlook of the hotel to scare you off as it does look dated.

The check in was smooth and we got our room almost immediately. The staff during the check in was friendly which gives some good impression of the hotel. Anyway we got into our room and settle down before we could think what to do next.

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Hotel Aris, reception area.

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Hotel Aris, breakfast area.

The room (and the furniture) looked dated but clean and no funky odour. The bed was a little bit on the soft side but bearable. So what’s in the room other than the bed? Well you have a closet, writing desk, tv, air-conditioner, chair, safe box, bath towel, toiletries and private bathroom facility. I would say that the bathroom is big and spacious for such hotel. Although the furniture and fixing looks dated but they are functional. You have access to free wifi which was at acceptable speed.

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Hotel Aris, room.

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Hotel Aris, bathroom.

The only problem we had was the air conditioner which was blowing warm air instead of cold air. Initially we thought because of the hot weather and it was mid-day hence it could be it was generally warm. Unfortunately it was the same at night. We reported this to the front desk and 2 of their staff came to the room to have a look. The respond from the hotel staff was ‘the air conditioner is functioning well’.

The location of the hotel is pretty awesome. Right outside of the hotel is rows of shops, convenient stores, restaurants and branded stores. The Galeries Royales Saint Hubert is just next door. The Grand Place is just few minutes away.

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Right outside of the hotel.

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Right outside of the hotel.

So in summary, it’s a good hotel if you are considering the cost, location and easy of accessing the city.  The let-down was the dated look and poor air conditioning. Otherwise I am happy with my stay here. Most of the staff are friendly and helpful.

Visited in June 2015.

Where at? Hotel Aris, Rue Marche aux Herbes 78-80 Grasmarkt, Bruxelles 1000 Brussel

Brussels… often overlooked but you shouldn’t!

Brussels is the capital and largest city of Belgium and the de facto capital of the European Union (EU) and headquarters for NATO. A lot of people tend to skip Brussels when they are in Europe. I have made the same mistake too earlier. This time I was determined to see what Brussels has to offer.

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Map of Belgium.

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Travelling from London via Eurostar.

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The Brussels Central Station

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A short walk to the hotel.. beautiful sunny day!

We arrived at Brussels Midi via Eurostar train from London. From here you will need to take a train to get to Brussels Central which is a metro and railway station in the central of Brussels. The journey from Brussels Midi to Brussels Central only took a while (less than 10minutes) as it was only two stop away. After getting our directions right, we decided to walk to our hotel which is located pretty near from here.

We reached the hotel in about 10 minutes. It seems to be in a good location and I can see lots of eateries and shops nearby. Without wasting time we got ourselves checked in and ready to explore Brussels. The location of this hotel is just perfect, just a few street away from the Grand place. I will be posting about the hotel in another post soon.

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Walking around in Brussels.

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Walking around in Brussels.

So what is considered as a must do when in Brussels? Well, here is my take on that;

Discover the city on foot. There is so much to see when you are exploring the city on foot. The city is not that big and you can see most things in one day.

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The Grand Place, Brussels.

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The Grand Place, Brussels.

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The Grand Place, Brussels.

Grand Place.

This a must see buildings in Brussels. It’s a huge cobblestone square with amazing buildings from the earlier centuries (some reference say from the 12th century). Amazing architecture and if can, check out the view at night. The surrounding area are now occupied by many cafes and restaurants. It is an UNESCO World Heritage site since 1998.

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Enjoying our meal @ Fritland.

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This is one of their signature sandwich, chicken @ Fritland.

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Lots of waffle shops like this one..

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Waffle with dark chocolate dressing and fresh strawberry. This was really really good!

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Churros. What can i say it was good too! Drizzled with nutella & caramel sauce, whipped cream.

Waffles, Chocolate, Beers, Mussels and Fries.

These are some of the food which are very famous in Belgium. There are so many different shops/café who claims to be selling the best version so it all depends on your budget.  You can also check with your hotel on where to go to get these.

Do check out my review on Pierre Marcolini chocolate here: http://www.tripadvisor.com.my/ShowUserReviews-g188644-d2090796-r290614503-Pierre_Marcolini-Brussels.html

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All these people are here to see the little fella..

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Here is the little fella, The Manneken Pis.

Manneken Pis.

Its basically means ‘little man pee’ which is a small bronze sculpture and considered as a landmark. Apparently it has been there since 1619. The statue is located at the junction of Rue de l’Étuve/Stoofstraat and Rue du Chêne/Eikstraat.

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Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula.

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Inside of Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula.

Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula.

This is a Roman Catholic Church. The church was given cathedral status in 1962. The patron saints of the church, St. Michael and St. Gudula, are also the patron saints of the city of Brussels.

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The entrance of Galeries Royales St Hubert.

Galeries Royales St Hubert.

Located near the Grand Place, the Galerie de la Reine is beautiful shopping mall. You will find lots of luxury boutiques, chocolate shops, watchmakers and restaurants in here.

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Hard Rock Cafe Brussels. A must place for me to visit in any country.

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Hard Rock Cafe Brussels. A must place for me to visit in any country.

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Brussels seems to be famous for their street art too..

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This is right in front of the hotel. So many shops, cafe and stores around. Very convenient.

To wrap it up, I loved Brussels. It was pretty easy going and quite laid back city. I do enjoy the food especially the chocolates!