The best part of living in a place is finding the particular quirks and locales that bring you the most joy. For me, these are the places that remind me the most of home: a quaint coffee shop, an obscure bookstore, somewhere cheap to update my wardrobe and a place to unwind at the end of the day.

Brussels has these features in spades, so finding a combination of them and taking a day to enjoy them all is perhaps the ideal way to introduce someone to a city. For 24 hours, I photographed the places I enjoyed the most in Brussels in order to capture the city for those who might visit.

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The Brussels Town Hall, the towering structure houses the national arch ives and royal library.

 

 

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The Number 6 Metro, a quick way to get around in Brussels.
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Un Gran Frite, the Belgian take on french fries
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To end the day, there is nothing better than live rock music and a glass of ale. La Porte Noire has both of these, with local bands playing every Thursday night at 10 p.m.
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A Cortado, an espresso drink composed of equal parts espresso and steamed milk, is a great way to try Belga &Co.’s flavor of coffee roasting. The coffee roaster originates in Antwerp, and has two locations in Brussels.

 

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