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Patatak opens in central Brussels, showing how Belgian fries should be done

Anyone who wants to fully understand why Belgian fries are so celebrated should give Patatak a try - a chip shop with an original year-old location on the Parvis in Saint-Gilles and a brand new location downtown next to Cirio by the Bourse. "I wanted to open a real frietkot, locally sourced, with...
illustration picture shows a bill in front of an electricity meter in a house. (BELGA PHOTO MICHEL KRAKOWSKI)

Belgian government plans to extend social energy tariff

The Belgian federal government aims to help those struggling to pay their energy bills during the coronavirus crisis. The parliament's social affairs committee will review a bill on Wednesday presented by the ministers for energy and economic affairs, and the state secretary for consumer protection...
Illustration picture shows the 'Voices of Brussels' electric bus of urban transport company MIVB/ STIB riding through the city delivering residents' messages at high volume, Friday 17 April 2020. (BELGA PHOTO NICOLAS MAETERLINCK)

Stib bus to deliver messages in song during the holiday season

A bus will travel through the streets of the Brussels-Capital region on 15, 17, 18 and 23 December to deliver 60 messages in song as part of Operation Voices of Christmas, the Stib said on Tuesday. Requests can be made via the Stib website and social networks. The bus will then travel to the home...
Illustration picture shows a van of BPost in Auderghem - Oudergem, Brussels, Tuesday 05 May 2020. (BELGA PHOTO LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ)

Bpost resumes all home deliveries

Bpost has ended its short-lived policy of requiring customers in some neighbourhoods to pick up their own parcels. The Belgian postal service has resumed all home deliveries, public enterprise minister Petra De Sutter told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday. Due to the significant spike in demand...

Retirement in Belgium: Sorting out your pension

To qualify for a Belgian state pension, you must have worked in Belgium for an employer who paid contributions to the Belgian National Office for Social Security. The self-employed can also claim a pension if they have made their due contributions to the system. The current retirement age...

Monolith appears in Belgian potato field

Belgium has its very own monolith, located – appropriately – in a potato field in East Flanders. No one saw who put it there, naturally, but it probably appeared sometime last night. It is the latest in a monolith craze sweeping the world, with the slender, tall, silver structures appearing in...

Pairi Daiza welcomes new orangutan baby Mathaï

Pairi Daiza, the award-winning Belgian animal park, announced a new arrival on Tuesday. Sumatran orangutans Ujian and Sari have welcomed a new baby boy, the latest addition to the park’s growing orangutan family. The birth of Mathaï, a little brother for Ujian and Sari’s first son Berani, is...

Loft to rent in Koekelberg

 I would like to rent my lovely loft in Avenue de la liberté, next to the National Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Elizabeth park in Koekelberg, unfurnished or furnished. 

It is 240 mq, composed of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 living room, an open kitchen with a diner room, a terrace and a laundry room

Rent: euro 1850 + 30 (building common charges)

Few minutes walking distance from place Simonis, Elizabeth park and the Basilica.

Several buses, metro Elizabeth and Simonis

Illustration picture shows car traffic, cyclists and pedestrians in Bois de La Cambre - Ter Kamerenbos, in Brussels, Sunday 22 March 2020. (BELGA PHOTO PAUL-HENRI VERLOOY)

Bois de la Cambre agreement leads to partial reopening of south loop

The City of Brussels, after consultation with the municipalities of Uccle, Ixelles and Watermael-Boitsfort, will allow traffic on part of south loop of the Bois de la Cambre from 14 December, but only between the Drève de Lorraine and the Avenue du Brésil. As a result, most of the forest will...
Illustration picture shows the entrance of the departure hall at Brussels Airport, in Zaventem. (BELGA PHOTO BRUNO FAHY)

Virologist voices concern about expats' Christmas travel during pandemic

Virologist Steven Van Gucht has sounded a warning about the coming Christmas holidays and the amount of expats who will travel home to visit their families before returning to Belgium. Although the rate of coronavirus infections has plateaued for the time being, the Belgian virologist has major...