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Historical Walking Tour with chocolate and waffle tastings
Do you plan to visit Brussels but don’t know anything about it ? Most of your friends even wonder why you decided to do so ? Why Brussels ? Well I can give you more than 43 reasons why you should visit this city. A city with soul and an age-old history, Brussels has something to offer for everyone ! Since the laying down of its first foundation stone in 580, Europe has witnessed Brussels’ evolution to power at a lightning speed. It has been the capital of numerous territories – Burgundy, Brabant, the Netherlands, Belgium and now Europe. Today with 159 embassies and 2500 diplomats, Brussels is the world’s second seat of diplomatic relations. Its refined heritage has been coveted and prized by many. But how did this young city acquire such a prominent role so rapidly in Europe since the Middle Ages? Join me as I walk you through the history of this city and tell you stories about its past and its present. During our journey we will visit the most important historical sites of the city, many are part of Unesco’s World Heritage. As we walk through the historical center, I will also introduce you to Belgium’s renowned artisanal and trappist beers, its chocolate making culture and its love affair with waffles. All this and much more packed into a neat 2h30 minutes walk. I guarantee to make you fall in love with Brussels!
Waffle Making Workshop in Brussels
Workshop in English only (not in French) During this 90-minute workshop you’ll prepare traditional Belgian waffle dough, cook it and decorate it with cream, chocolate and seasonal fruits! No previous cooking experience is necessary, and kids are welcome too. After a short introduction, we’ll go through the recipe, split into teams and start cooking. We provide everything you need: all ingredients, cooking gear, waffle irons, a demonstration, and assistance. Feel free to make the craziest topping combinations and take pictures! Every participant will receive a complimentary drink to enjoy with his/her waffles. Looking forward to meeting you in Brussels, Agathe, Jose, Chau, Harry, Arthur & Titch The Waffle Workshop Team! Other things to note Vegan - Dairy / Gluten free available on request.
Hungry Mary's Brussels Beer & Choco Tour
We will first stop by in various local artisans chocolate shops, where you will try amazing samples. Crunchy hazelnut, dark ganache, salted butter caramel, as well as ginger, tea, coffee, saffron or chili... Forget what you already know, because you’re going to be surprised! Unique to Brussels, the chocolatiers are always experimenting with new flavors, textures and cocoa bean types. The second part is a Belgian Beer tasting session that will take you to bars and taverns around Grand Place. It's a great way to discover small taverns and mix with locals. The places we go to are hidden small gems and are not easy to find at all. Like one of the oldest taverns in town or a small bar/puppet theatre. You will sample beers that are all completely different and all specific to Belgium. Abbey beers, Trappists, Lambics, Krieks, Belgian IPAs, Triple Blonds, Double Browns... you name it! We focus only on local and craft beers. No Leffe or a Stella Artois here ;) During the tour, you will also learn about the city history, discover hidden corners and wander off the beaten path. We want you to experience the real Brussels, away from the tourists traps and the Delirium bar! Other things to note We are looking forward to welcoming you in Brussels, come rain or shine! Get ready for an unforgettable afternoon! MAX 20 PEOPLE. When a group is above 10 people, there will be two guides (one main guide + one assistant guide).
Investigate in the streets of Brussels
We invite you to follow an itinerary that will allow you to discover a surprising Brussels... You will discover new beautiful places, some of them being unknown from tourists. Let's meet in the centre of Brussels to start the adventure and help us to solve the investigation we propose... After a briefing about the story, we will give you an investigator bag that will help you to solve the mystery. The target is to be the best team! Therefore, you will have to go through some specific places in the center of the city. We will meet you at the end of the investigation in order to debrief about your resolution. Please, note that the experience will end in another place than the starting point. PS: the game is doable if you are alone, but more pleasant if you come as a team! Also, we will welcome you whatever the weather (rain, wind,...-, but it is more funny when the sun shines ;-) Other things to note The investigation you will solve is a mix between real facts and fictitious elements. If you are interested, we will tell you the stories about the real elements... And we hope you're ready to solve the mystery!
Become a Chocolate Sommelier
Are you a chocoholic? Do you also believe that quality local food is the best way to discover a new culture? And that food experiences are best enjoyed in small groups? Our first part will focus on Belgian chocolate culture and on the history and traditions of our beloved hometown. In the sumptuous Royal Galleries, you will discover Belgianness by tasting the best traditional chocolate confectionery of our small kingdom. The second part will be an introduction to fine chocolate sensory analysis in our tasting room. You will learn about the bean-to-bar revolution and the art of tasting craft chocolate like a pro. You will be offered exceptional craft chocolates from very small artisans only known by true connoisseurs :-) Please note that: -This is not a crowded tour but an intimate and exclusive experience (max 6 guests per group) with a local expert. -Due to the limited places, we're often fully booked! Contact us if the dates you wish aren't available/for private experiences. -The experience takes around 2,5hs.

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Brussels bar crawl party experience
COVID - no more restrictions, no proof of vaccination needed! We will all meet on Brussels Grand Place and after a quick intro, we will dive into Brussels nightlife! We start with a chill bar to get to know each other and a free & famous Leffe (6.6%) beer to start the night. Then the night will continue crescendo with free shots & drinks discounts! This is a great activity for people traveling in groups or alone looking for fun & meeting other travelers! We stay in each venue for about 45 to 60 minutes. Other things to note: - Do not come drunk at the start of the tour. - Do not bring what you don't need. There are many pickpockets in Brussels. Do not bring your passport with you, only ID / driving license if you look under 18. - All bars accept both cards & cash. - You can get food close by but its recommend to eat before the start of the pub crawl
Chocolate workshop, making chocolates
Discover the wonders of Belgian chocolate and learn how to make these tasty treats at the biggest chocolate store in Brussels. Enjoy a 1-hour workshop with the guidance of expert chocolatiers and have a go at making amazing handmade chocolates yourself. The experience begins with a warm welcome from your guides and a delicious hot chocolate. While you drink, listen to a short but fascinating introduction into the world of Belgian chocolate and learn an array of chocolate making secrets. After the intro, the real fun begins with a demonstration of chocolate tempering on a marble table. It’s then time to have a go yourself and make your own chocolate treats with the help of expert chocolatiers. Spend the hour making your very own personalized and tasty mendiants, truffles, lollipops and more. You’ll also taste the ruby chocolate, a newly discovered cocoa bean that is 100% natural but which creates incredibly pink chocolate treats! At the end of the experience, package up your chocolates and take them home with you to share with friends, or enjoy alone! Of course you will not become a true chocolate maker in only one hour but I will share with you a little bit of the magic of my job!
Belgian Chocolate Workshop / Hands on Activity
!! Activity in English !! After a short but super useful introduction, we will split into teams of 2 or 3 and start to temper the chocolate - in order to make it shiny and snappy! Each participant will be working with its own mold and will have to make its own chocolate shells (up to 21 per person!) then we will be cooking all together the praline filling ( milk/dark chocolate ganache - vegan & dairy free alternatives are available -) before working on mendiants. You will have the possibility to make from 5 to 15 or even 20 mendiants per person, depending on how motivated you're feeling! Following that step, you will be piping the filling inside your own shells and covering them of nice liquid chocolate, a delish! While we wait for the chocolate to harden, you will be invited to taste some real, good, hot chocolate and ask any question about chocolate making or the city of Brussels. Before each step, there will be a demonstration, so you know exactly what to do and what you have to get to! I usually write down all the recipe on the table, feel free to take a picture of them for your own records. After 2.5h you will have learned some essential chocolate making techniques, master the chocolate crystallizing process and leave the workshop with a nice golden box filled up of 35+ of your very own delicious Belgian chocolates. Whether you decide to share them or no....Enjoy!
Groovy Brussels bicycle sightseeing tour
Our tour starts at Brussels' main square. We then pick up our bikes and take you on a 3.5 hour bike ride, visiting the 10 most important city landmarks, stopping at each one for historical information and fun facts. The visit includes a halfway stop for beer and the best fries in town (other food and drink options available, food and drinks not included in tour price). Total ride is 13 km, about 8 miles. If you had to do this on foot it would take you 2 full days (assuming you know where you're going). Cycling is the most efficient and fun way to get to know a city. Other things to note Check the weather and bring rain gear if necessary. A water bottle is always a good idea. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You need to feel at ease cycling in a safe city environnement. You need to be ate least 150 cm high to join.
Belgian Beer Tasting in Private Bar
In ENGLISH only (not in French) The whole activity takes place at a private bar in the center of Brussels. The bar was abandoned and after much re-furbishing its now a private venue where I organize this beer experience. After some quick intro and get together, we will learn the proper way to taste a beer then go straight into practice! For each beer, every participant will have the chance to give her / his opinion and we will move on to some more technical details. Every step and technical aspect of the tasting will be illustrated by the tasting of a local Belgian Beer (12cl each, included in the fee). This is not a boring presentation but much more a fun moment to be shared with people you don't know (yet!) and a great way to start the night or end your day. Other things to note This is a beginner level tasting class, suitable for people that "don't like beer", you can combine this experience with the Pub Crawl ( https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/1518361 )

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Historical Walking Tour with chocolate and waffle tastings
Do you plan to visit Brussels but don’t know anything about it ? Most of your friends even wonder why you decided to do so ? Why Brussels ? Well I can give you more than 43 reasons why you should visit this city. A city with soul and an age-old history, Brussels has something to offer for everyone ! Since the laying down of its first foundation stone in 580, Europe has witnessed Brussels’ evolution to power at a lightning speed. It has been the capital of numerous territories – Burgundy, Brabant, the Netherlands, Belgium and now Europe. Today with 159 embassies and 2500 diplomats, Brussels is the world’s second seat of diplomatic relations. Its refined heritage has been coveted and prized by many. But how did this young city acquire such a prominent role so rapidly in Europe since the Middle Ages? Join me as I walk you through the history of this city and tell you stories about its past and its present. During our journey we will visit the most important historical sites of the city, many are part of Unesco’s World Heritage. As we walk through the historical center, I will also introduce you to Belgium’s renowned artisanal and trappist beers, its chocolate making culture and its love affair with waffles. All this and much more packed into a neat 2h30 minutes walk. I guarantee to make you fall in love with Brussels!
Brussels bar crawl party experience
COVID - no more restrictions, no proof of vaccination needed! We will all meet on Brussels Grand Place and after a quick intro, we will dive into Brussels nightlife! We start with a chill bar to get to know each other and a free & famous Leffe (6.6%) beer to start the night. Then the night will continue crescendo with free shots & drinks discounts! This is a great activity for people traveling in groups or alone looking for fun & meeting other travelers! We stay in each venue for about 45 to 60 minutes. Other things to note: - Do not come drunk at the start of the tour. - Do not bring what you don't need. There are many pickpockets in Brussels. Do not bring your passport with you, only ID / driving license if you look under 18. - All bars accept both cards & cash. - You can get food close by but its recommend to eat before the start of the pub crawl
Tell Me Stories About Brussels Walking Tour
No boring old-fashioned history tour with a retired teacher but a walk through Brussels with a passionate storyteller! If you want a local to show you around using a mix of humour, stories of Belgium & its history and genuine tips & tricks to get to know Brussels quickly: look no further. Together we have many years of experience in doing exactly that. Starting on the Grote Markt or Grand Place of Brussels we start with the history of Brussels and Belgium. We then take you through downtown Brussels past the iconic places you can't miss: Manneken Pis, Anspach Boulevard, the Brussels Stock Exchange and the Royal Galeries before heading uphill to Brussels Parc an the Royal and Museum district to finish with a fantastic view over the city.
Chocolate workshop, making chocolates
Discover the wonders of Belgian chocolate and learn how to make these tasty treats at the biggest chocolate store in Brussels. Enjoy a 1-hour workshop with the guidance of expert chocolatiers and have a go at making amazing handmade chocolates yourself. The experience begins with a warm welcome from your guides and a delicious hot chocolate. While you drink, listen to a short but fascinating introduction into the world of Belgian chocolate and learn an array of chocolate making secrets. After the intro, the real fun begins with a demonstration of chocolate tempering on a marble table. It’s then time to have a go yourself and make your own chocolate treats with the help of expert chocolatiers. Spend the hour making your very own personalized and tasty mendiants, truffles, lollipops and more. You’ll also taste the ruby chocolate, a newly discovered cocoa bean that is 100% natural but which creates incredibly pink chocolate treats! At the end of the experience, package up your chocolates and take them home with you to share with friends, or enjoy alone! Of course you will not become a true chocolate maker in only one hour but I will share with you a little bit of the magic of my job!
Waffle Making Workshop in Brussels
Workshop in English only (not in French) During this 90-minute workshop you’ll prepare traditional Belgian waffle dough, cook it and decorate it with cream, chocolate and seasonal fruits! No previous cooking experience is necessary, and kids are welcome too. After a short introduction, we’ll go through the recipe, split into teams and start cooking. We provide everything you need: all ingredients, cooking gear, waffle irons, a demonstration, and assistance. Feel free to make the craziest topping combinations and take pictures! Every participant will receive a complimentary drink to enjoy with his/her waffles. Looking forward to meeting you in Brussels, Agathe, Jose, Chau, Harry, Arthur & Titch The Waffle Workshop Team! Other things to note Vegan - Dairy / Gluten free available on request.
Belgian Chocolate Workshop / Hands on Activity
!! Activity in English !! After a short but super useful introduction, we will split into teams of 2 or 3 and start to temper the chocolate - in order to make it shiny and snappy! Each participant will be working with its own mold and will have to make its own chocolate shells (up to 21 per person!) then we will be cooking all together the praline filling ( milk/dark chocolate ganache - vegan & dairy free alternatives are available -) before working on mendiants. You will have the possibility to make from 5 to 15 or even 20 mendiants per person, depending on how motivated you're feeling! Following that step, you will be piping the filling inside your own shells and covering them of nice liquid chocolate, a delish! While we wait for the chocolate to harden, you will be invited to taste some real, good, hot chocolate and ask any question about chocolate making or the city of Brussels. Before each step, there will be a demonstration, so you know exactly what to do and what you have to get to! I usually write down all the recipe on the table, feel free to take a picture of them for your own records. After 2.5h you will have learned some essential chocolate making techniques, master the chocolate crystallizing process and leave the workshop with a nice golden box filled up of 35+ of your very own delicious Belgian chocolates. Whether you decide to share them or no....Enjoy!
Brussels Walking and Tasting Tour
We will be taking you to an old local bar and giving you information about the vast beer culture in Belgium. (Believe me, it is like wine tasting in France or Italy) You will get a flight of 4 Belgian beers to taste. Are you a person of sweets? Then we will jump into the land of sugar together, and you will taste fine chocolates and eat Belgian Waffle throughout the tour. Everybody who lives in Belgium (including French) knows very well that fries are from Belgium and not in France. The world knows them as French Fries. This particular tour is focused on changing your idea and never calling the name of French Fries again. Please note tastings are limited to 1 portion/1 glass of each. You may choose not to have them all, but it does not change the price. Please note it takes around 2-2.5 hours, depending on weather conditions. You will see at least 4 famous monuments located within walking distance. We will be giving information about the history of the monuments as well. Other things to note We will try to understand your taste and what you like the most and adjust all the experiences according to yours.
Belgian Beer Tasting in Private Bar
In ENGLISH only (not in French) The whole activity takes place at a private bar in the center of Brussels. The bar was abandoned and after much re-furbishing its now a private venue where I organize this beer experience. After some quick intro and get together, we will learn the proper way to taste a beer then go straight into practice! For each beer, every participant will have the chance to give her / his opinion and we will move on to some more technical details. Every step and technical aspect of the tasting will be illustrated by the tasting of a local Belgian Beer (12cl each, included in the fee). This is not a boring presentation but much more a fun moment to be shared with people you don't know (yet!) and a great way to start the night or end your day. Other things to note This is a beginner level tasting class, suitable for people that "don't like beer", you can combine this experience with the Pub Crawl ( https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/1518361 )
Hungry Mary's Brussels Beer & Choco Tour
We will first stop by in various local artisans chocolate shops, where you will try amazing samples. Crunchy hazelnut, dark ganache, salted butter caramel, as well as ginger, tea, coffee, saffron or chili... Forget what you already know, because you’re going to be surprised! Unique to Brussels, the chocolatiers are always experimenting with new flavors, textures and cocoa bean types. The second part is a Belgian Beer tasting session that will take you to bars and taverns around Grand Place. It's a great way to discover small taverns and mix with locals. The places we go to are hidden small gems and are not easy to find at all. Like one of the oldest taverns in town or a small bar/puppet theatre. You will sample beers that are all completely different and all specific to Belgium. Abbey beers, Trappists, Lambics, Krieks, Belgian IPAs, Triple Blonds, Double Browns... you name it! We focus only on local and craft beers. No Leffe or a Stella Artois here ;) During the tour, you will also learn about the city history, discover hidden corners and wander off the beaten path. We want you to experience the real Brussels, away from the tourists traps and the Delirium bar! Other things to note We are looking forward to welcoming you in Brussels, come rain or shine! Get ready for an unforgettable afternoon! MAX 20 PEOPLE. When a group is above 10 people, there will be two guides (one main guide + one assistant guide).
Groovy Brussels bicycle sightseeing tour
Our tour starts at Brussels' main square. We then pick up our bikes and take you on a 3.5 hour bike ride, visiting the 10 most important city landmarks, stopping at each one for historical information and fun facts. The visit includes a halfway stop for beer and the best fries in town (other food and drink options available, food and drinks not included in tour price). Total ride is 13 km, about 8 miles. If you had to do this on foot it would take you 2 full days (assuming you know where you're going). Cycling is the most efficient and fun way to get to know a city. Other things to note Check the weather and bring rain gear if necessary. A water bottle is always a good idea. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You need to feel at ease cycling in a safe city environnement. You need to be ate least 150 cm high to join.
Photogenic Brussels with a professional photographer
I'd like to call this experience "photogenic Brussels". I've lived in this city for 2.5 years. I've explored more hidden gems here than a lot of locals. And as a photographer, I'd love to make great pictures for you to keep this memory forever. The shooting lasts 1 hour. You can expect to receive all the original pictures and 10 edited photos within 3 days after the shoot. Feel free to request a longer shooting if you’d like more photos and you can always request a different time slot if it’s not already provided here. *I will send you a message a few days before the shooting in order to learn about the style of photos you like, so I can suggest a suitable place to shoot. And we’ll meet there directly. If you’d like to check more photos that I made before, IG: Shoot_with_Emily.
Investigate in the streets of Brussels
We invite you to follow an itinerary that will allow you to discover a surprising Brussels... You will discover new beautiful places, some of them being unknown from tourists. Let's meet in the centre of Brussels to start the adventure and help us to solve the investigation we propose... After a briefing about the story, we will give you an investigator bag that will help you to solve the mystery. The target is to be the best team! Therefore, you will have to go through some specific places in the center of the city. We will meet you at the end of the investigation in order to debrief about your resolution. Please, note that the experience will end in another place than the starting point. PS: the game is doable if you are alone, but more pleasant if you come as a team! Also, we will welcome you whatever the weather (rain, wind,...-, but it is more funny when the sun shines ;-) Other things to note The investigation you will solve is a mix between real facts and fictitious elements. If you are interested, we will tell you the stories about the real elements... And we hope you're ready to solve the mystery!
Brussels through its comics murals - Tintin, Asterix, Smurfs
As you might not know Belgium is not only famous for its waffles, beers and chocolate but also for being the cradle of the 9th Art : comics (known as "bande dessinée -BD" in French). Never heard of Tintin, The Smurfs, Lucky Luke, Astérix, ... ? To commemorate the link between Belgium and comics, 50ish murals have been painted throughout Brussels' center since the 90's (and a few more a bit outside of it). So together we will discover Brussels’ center throughout the visit of some of those comics murals/paintings. I will give you some short explanations on each of them and will answer your questions if you are curious on the subject. Of course there will be many other points of attention along the way like buildings, squares, and street art. If interested I can also give you my inner opinion and some tips for your next visits (bars, restaurants, museums...) . As the tour is not a 5 hours tour, please don't expect to see all the comics murals that are quite widespread in the city and to receive long historical explanations on each buildings that we will encounter. It's not a historical tour, others do that better than I could :-) The point of this experience is to discover a part of Belgian comics culture/history and to show you -through a selection of comics murals- some streets and neighborhoods you probably would not have visited on your own...
No Diet Club - Brussels for locals
▶ All food is included :) After the successful launch of our food tours in France (Paris, Nice, Bordeaux, Marseille), London, and Amsterdam we’re taking over Brussels which had been on our “make fat” list for a while. It’s now a done deal. As per usual, we’ve surrounded ourselves with city-loving locals to find the best (far from tourist traps) addresses in town. Get ready for the least touristic tour of Brussels :) What’s on the menu? Crispy fries fried in beef grease, creamy pasteis de nata in the portuguese neighborhood, super big and incredible spring rolls, the best belgian croquettes, the REAL DEAL spéculoos, without forgetting the favorite local burger and many other surprises… Vegetarians are welcome :) ⇨ Instagram : @no_diet_club What we offer ✔ - Many -to share- tastings - Greasy stuff - A concentration of what Belgians really eat - A walk outside of touristic neighborhoods - Lame jokes - A list of recommendations in Brussels - New friends from all over the world
Become a Chocolate Sommelier
Are you a chocoholic? Do you also believe that quality local food is the best way to discover a new culture? And that food experiences are best enjoyed in small groups? Our first part will focus on Belgian chocolate culture and on the history and traditions of our beloved hometown. In the sumptuous Royal Galleries, you will discover Belgianness by tasting the best traditional chocolate confectionery of our small kingdom. The second part will be an introduction to fine chocolate sensory analysis in our tasting room. You will learn about the bean-to-bar revolution and the art of tasting craft chocolate like a pro. You will be offered exceptional craft chocolates from very small artisans only known by true connoisseurs :-) Please note that: -This is not a crowded tour but an intimate and exclusive experience (max 6 guests per group) with a local expert. -Due to the limited places, we're often fully booked! Contact us if the dates you wish aren't available/for private experiences. -The experience takes around 2,5hs.
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