Brunch & Culture • Villa Empain
Brussels is famous for being the capital of Art Nouveau, the art movement that's all about organic motifs. But there's more to Brussels. Just think of the Flagey "liner" building, the Palais des Beaux-Arts or the Basilique de Koekelberg. Characterized by symmetry and rectilinear shapes, these are all Art Deco monuments, the art movement that flourished in the roaring twenties. The Villa Empain is another Art Deco jewel of Brussels that will surely take your breath away.
I suggest visiting the Villa Empain on a Sunday. And before you do so, head for brunch at Les Fils à Maman! Their concept is simple: good food prepared with real ingredients and love, just like your mother did when you were a child. The interior and the menu are a perfect illustration of their back-to-childhood state of mind. And don't we all share a little of that nostalgia for simpler days, when all we dreamed of was catching Pikachu for example?
The brunch formula is very complete and includes a fresh juice and a hot drink, mini pastries and Nutella, and finally a dish and a dessert of your choice. It will remind you that sometimes the simplest things in life are the best!
After brunch, head over to the Villa Empain located near the Bois de la Cambre. Walking towards its magnificent entrance, you will without a doubt be reminded of the Great Gatsby aesthetic, which I love! The mansion was built in the 30's and has an immensely luxurious character thanks to its use of noble materials and general coherence of design.
Some of its defining features are the golden details, the marble, the decorated swimming pool and the beautiful mosaic in the bathroom. Even the toilets are a masterpiece! Nowadays the villa serves as background for art exhibitions, but these are of lesser interest. I suggest you concentrate on taking in the architectural splendor of the building and making sure you explore all its rooms.