THE HEART OF BRUSSELS
Antique galleries, beautiful build ings, and the best chocolate shop in the city make up a quintessen tial Belgian neighborhood.
The splendid Hotel Frison, r. Lebeau 37, designed by Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta in 1894, now houses the Gal lery J. Visser.
Splurge on some of the best chocolate in the city at Wit- tamer, pi. du Grand Sablon 6.
Surrounded by 16th- to 19th- century houses, the Place du Grand Sablon is enlivened every Saturday by an antique market.
View the stained glass windows of the flamboyantly Gothic Cathedral de Notre Dame du Sablon, r. Bodenbroeck 6.
The bronze statues on the bal ustrades around Place du Petit Sablon, r. de la Regence, depict the ancient trades of Brussels, while the fountain memorializes the fight against Spanish tyranny.
Ultieme Hallutinatie, 316 r. Royale. Housed in an Art Nouveau house with stained glass and a garden. Restaurant in the front and a cheaper tavern and outdoor patio in back.
Salads, pastas, and omelettes in the tavern from ‚6.20. Open M-F noon-2:30pm and 7:30-10:30pm, Sa 6pm-llpm.