My favorite place in Brussels is organic, gluten-free cafe and sustainable bulk shop Chyl- one stop shopping for vegan zero-wasters. Everything from food to beauty products and home goods are high quality and unpackaged. In the restaurant, I love their vegan chocolate cake with avocado icing. Färm is another great sustainable co-op with a nice bulk section. Make sure to visit Knees to Chin, which serves vegan, gluten-free dishes like Vietnamese rice paper rolls and steamed coco mochies, and La Caravane, which has a great selection of secondhand furniture and deadstock design. After Place Jourdan, we stopped by Atelier Relief, an artist's residence and gallery, and Maison Particuliere, a private art center. My mom wanted beer glasses, so on a recommendation, we visited La Vaisselle au Kilo, with racks of unpackaged housewares and every kind of beer glass known to man. We were eating lunch across from the Jewish Arts Museum, just sitting in the window, when a shooter pulled up and killed four people. Three died at the scene, the fourth victim died later.
I don't know how to transition from that so I'll just say we skipped vegan, gluten-free Moonfood and went back to the house to watch the news. Before driving back the next morning, we ate at mim. They have a gluten-free buffet with smoked salmon, rose petal creme brûlée, and rich chocolate mousse. Maybe I've lived in Paris too long, but I thought 28 euro for champagne brunch was a great value. My mom got a grocery pad that says, "Chopin Lizt."
We walked to the former palace and visited the flower market at Grand Square before heading back to the house to clean up. Very close to Grand Place is a nice spot for tea, Maison Dandoy. Composting and recycling are compulsory in Brussels, so all trash goes into yellow, blue, white, or green bags. Our grand total was two McDonald's cups with straws (blue bag, for recycling), one straw wrapper (yellow bag, paper and cardboard recyclables), and an apple stem (my contribution- green bag for composting).
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