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Brussels by Designers, your new guide to the Belgian capital

05:17 01/04/2019

Brussels by Designers, which has just published its second edition, is a guidebook unlike any other.

It is not time-sensitive and the content is entirely different every year. For each edition, four designers are asked to give us their favourite places to eat, drink, visit, shop and sleep in Brussels.

Once a place is mentioned it cannot reappear in later editions - so each guide is all new. Each edition complements the previous ones and together they create a whole.

“Once five editions have been published, you will have a solid overview of the most delicious restaurants, welcoming bars, hippest hotels, most interesting sights and worthwhile shops in the city,” says Guy de Bellefroid, the guide’s creator for

“The quality of the places mean that for the most part they won’t be fly-by-night so that the various editions of the guide will be relevant for years.”

Last year was the first edition and it was supposed to be two years until the next but it was so popular that it sold out and the second edition is already out now. coordinator Philippine Nicaise stresses that “just because the people choosing are designers doesn’t mean that all choices are effected primarily based on design”.

She adds: “For instance the restaurants may well have interesting design but the quality of the food and the atmosphere are paramount. Also, all of Brussels is covered, not just the centre.”

The places selected run the gamut in size, neighbourhood, and price - and go from out-of-the-ordinary to avant-garde to classic. Brussels by Designers is vailable at the Brussels tourist offices and in many bookstores.

Photo: Jean-Paul Rémy/

Written by Richard Harris