5 most colorful spots in Brussels
We’ve partnered with the author of best-selling book ‘500 Hidden Secrets of Brussels‘, Derek Blyth to bring you tips for exploring the colorful side of Brussels. Exclusively for Park Inn by Radisson, Blyth shows us some of the city’s best hidden spots. Anyone who says Brussels is boring just doesn’t know where to look! Love these curated tips by Derek Blyth? See more in the series like 8 hidden secrets in Hasselt or 10 hidden secrets of Leuven.
Brussels can sometimes be a grey city, because of the weather and the concrete buildings. But there are colourful places dotted around the city if you know where to look. Here are 5 places to lift your spirits on a rainy day.
Daniel and Nele Ost
Daniel Ost’s floral creations have won him many fans in Japan. His shop in the Rue Royale lies behind a flamboyant 1896 Art Nouveau façade created by the architect Paul Hankar. He has filled it with gorgeous floral arrangements that feature vivid red, purple and pink blooms.
© Daniel Ost
Rue Royale 13
Tel: 02 217 29 17
Rose & Bleu
These two Ixelles shops are filled with colorful notebooks, pens, cards and gadgets. How about a Pantone mug in a vivid tone of green, or a canary yellow laptop case, or maybe you want to go totally wild and buy your partner a pink cuckoo clock?
© ROSE & BLEU
Rue de l’Aqueduc 56
Tel: 02 534 98 08
Cook & Book
This is a gorgeous place with nine gorgeous bookshop-restaurants based on different themes. You can eat Italian food in the cookbook section next to a Fiat 500, drop in for tea in the English bookstore, or grab a hamburger while sitting in an Airstream van parked in the middle of the travel section. It’s quite confusing, but it somehow works, a bit like Belgium.
© COOK & BOOK
Place du Temps Libre 1
Tel: 02 761 26 00
Blue on Yellow
Daniel Buren is a French conceptual artist who often creates works involving flags with colored stripes flying in the wind. In 2009, he brought color to a drab corner of Brussels by creating an urban forest of 89 flagpoles flying distinctive blue and yellow flags.
© Photos-souvenirs : Daniel Buren Bleus sur Jaune, permanent work in situ, Place de la Justice, Brussels, 2004-2009. Details. © DB-ADAGP Paris
Place de la Justice
Here is a fabulous little shop in the heart of the Marolles where you can find some really colorful objects. It’s run by a woman from Nantes called Pauline Rauzy who posted a fun video on Facebook charting her search for the perfect Brussels location. Having found the place of her dreams, she has turned it into a quirky store filled with bright red tin toy cars, cool postcards and limited edition Japanese art books. We dare you to leave here without a smile on your face.
Rue des Renards 8
+32 (0)2 502 88 61