A weekend in Hasselt • Part two
If you wish to stay in Hasselt, I highly recommend Villa Saporis. This beautiful hotel is a listed monument in Hasselt and is just a 10 minutes' walk away from the city center. They have 9 rooms, each with a different atmosphere (and a different price). You can go for comfort in the Saffraan room or you can go for luxurious indulgence in the Engelkruid Suite.
The breakfast on Sunday is delicious. Make sure to try some of the pastries, they're prepared by the mother of the owner, Frank. He will be greeting you during breakfast and serving you some bubbles. That's just another asset of the place: the staff is really kind and warm. I'm sure you'll feel at home.
After breakfast, I suggest you immerse yourself in some sartorial flamboyance at the Modemuseum Hasselt. Just like the fashion museum of Antwerp, this one is dedicated to temporary exhibitions of high quality. Exhibitions last for about 6 months and explore specific themes, each time in a new scenography. The previous exhibition was called "Jazz Age, The Roaring 20s" and was all about the Great Gatsby époque of fashion. Until September 11th 2016 you can visit "Haute-à-Porter", a highly acclaimed exhibition that demonstrates the fine line between prêt-à-porter and haute-couture in contemporary fashion.
You should know that almost everything is closed on Sunday in Hasselt, so don't be surprised to find empty streets. The rare places to be open for lunch are Le Pain Quotidien and the very special Smaaksalon. This restaurant is located in an insanely beautiful mansion with a lot of history and golden details. They make use of local products for their dishes and prices are rather affordable given the setting.
In the afternoon you can discover another special thing about Hasselt: the Japanese Garden, the largest one in Europe! It is located in the northeast of the city and opens at 14:00 during the weekend. It is the most perfect place to get peace of mind and surround you with natural beauty. Walking around the garden you'll discover a tea house, a waterfall and a koi "beach", among other things. After that, I'm sure you'll go home perfectly balanced and happy!