This is a collection of random things that I observed when I was in Brussels. Similar style as my 10 impressions of Paris series.


Kiss 1 time only

In Paris, the norm is to air kiss twice. In Belgium, the norm is ONCE. Use your imagination on what possible awkwardness I could have caused.


Waffles specifications

Asking for a Belgian waffle in Brussels is useless, for obvious reasons. There are 2 main types:

  • Brussels waffle – crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, usually angular in shape, deep grid pattern

    Brussels waffle
    Brussels waffle
  • Liege waffle – soft all the way through, the dough is more dense (tends to be sweeter too), these are usually not in a rectangular shape

Well, if you can eat more than 2 in one go, chances are you’re having the Brussels waffle. The Liege requires significantly more capacity. Another sign? Liege waffles normally don’t come with elaborate toppings.First-impressions-of-Brussels-172123.JPG

Chocolate is EVERYWHERE

I kid you not, within 100m, there were at least 10 different chocolatiers at the town center. Chocolate in the air is an understatement.


Manneken Pis aka Brussels’ mascot

Totally not worth seeing in my opinion. This is basically a tiny statue of a little boy peeing. WHY?!?!?!? This joke isn’t funny. Can’t they find something a bit more refined to represent their town?


Bring food into a restaurant is allowed

I don’t know if this is unique to this place, but clearly the 2 restaurants opposite Maison Antoine friterie (fries specialist) food stand welcome people eating Maison Antoine’s food at their premises. I understand that it is a mutually beneficial relationship. The one sells fries and the other sells beer. But still, it is rather odd?

Food: Maison Antoine. Drinks: restaurant’s


Loads of cleaning services being advertised

From the highway to the subway, there’re advertising for cleaning services. How much cleaning services can this town use?


Sauce junkies

There are a TON of fries sauces. As in, most places offer more than 10 different variety. I must look like a weirdo because I usually enjoy fries without sauce.

For example, Maison Antoine offers 32 different sauces. Plus, they’re categorised (yup, serious stuff) –


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Salut, I am Joyce. 40 something living in Paris. Appreciate little things and share giggles. Prudent, no nonsense reviews. #ExploreLaughRepeat


  1. Now I want waffles!!! 😀
    I always thought it was odd when I visited my childhood bestie in Australia and we went out to dinner to places that had BYOB = bring your own bottle!! Like whaaat, it’s a restaurant, and I’ll just bring my own drinks?!!

    • Wahaha waffles are “contagious”. BYOB mystifies me too~~ how do these establishments make money 😂

  2. I feel the same about fries, I just do not like mayonnaise or ketchup

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