Hello everyboday. We are more than ready for another great adventure and you, are you ready? Come on, let’s start!
The Belgian city that we will visit today, known under the name of “Cité ardent” (the fervent city), is Liège. Located in the Walloon region, the city is located next to the Meuse river. It’s a very populated and vast city and very prosperous culturally and economically speaking, in fact, is part of the “sillon industriel”, a former industrial center of Wallonia. The city is also home to the “Royal Standard de Liège”, one of the most important football clubs in Belgium.
To know more (to eat, what to eat, where to have fun, acculturate …) continue to read.
There is so much to discover about this city, so make yourself comfortable that we are going to start (starting, as we all know, from the typical dishes).
- Boulets à la liégeoise: meatballs covered with a sauce made from sirop de Liege (after we will see what it is), onion and vinegar. The meatballs are generally served with fries, lettuce and apple compote. This is the dish par excellence of Liège.
- Boudin blanc: a kind of sausage filled with white meat. You can eat it warm or cold, it’s up to you the choice!
- Salade liégeoise: salad made of potatoes, bacon, onions, beans and vinegar (there are, however, some variants of the ingredients). It is served warm or as the main dish or as antipasto
- Sirop de Liège: molasses made of pear or apple. Often the molasses accompanies various food, as the Herve cheese or rabbit à la liégeoise (rabbit) and can be also spread on the waffles or on the pancakes.
- La mitraillette: a traditional dish commonly called “routier”. It is a half a baguette (type of bread) inside which there is cooked and warm meat (sausages or burgers or whatever), chips, different sauces (mayonnaise, ketchup…) and sometimes lettuce, carrots or cheese.
- Lacquemant: it is a kind of waffle, but much more thin and crispy, covered with a special syrup (unfortunately the recipe is kept secret).
- Gaufre de Liège: the famous Liège waffle (don’t confuse them with those of the others Belgian cities, since them have a different dough).
- Bouquettes liégeoises: a kind of pancakes, stuffed with raisins and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
- Café Liégeois: a dessert that differently from the name has a French origin. It’s made of lightly sweetened coffee, ice cream flavored coffee and chantilly cream. This dessert is perfect for you, coffee lovers!
- Peket: alcoholic drink made of juniper berries. You can find it in different flavors and it is drunk also with some dishes as fish or cheese.
- Jupiler, Curtius, Val-Dieu: local beers.
WHERE TO EAT (RESTAURANTS/CAFE’..)
We hope that after all these dishes you are hungry because we are ready to go in search of some places where we can enjoy local food.
- Le Selys: French cuisine.
- La Maison Leblanc: steakhouse, Barbecue, Belgian, European, French cuisine.
- The Huggy’s Bar: American, Belgian cuisine.
- Punto e Pasta: Italian cuisine.
- La Roussette de Savoie: Barbecue, French, Swiss, European cuisine.
- Le Dix-Huitieme: French, Belgian, European cuisine.
- Chez Nathalie: typical French cuisine.
- Terra Terrae: French, Mediterranean cuisine.
- L’Ecuyer: Belgian, European cuisine.
- La Charbonnade: barbecue.
- La Frite: fast food with Belgian and European cuisine.
- Glace & Moi: cafè.
- Les Cuistots: typical Mediterranean cuisine.
- MESSIEURS: typical French cuisine.
- Le Pain Quotidien: perfect for a good breakfast and to eat healthy food.
- Tout Simplement: Belgian, European cuisine.
- Le 12-30 Boulevard: healthy food.
- Brasserie C: restaurant/pub with terrace and French,Spanish cuisine.
- NewS Bar & Restaurant: Wine Bar, French cuisine.
PLACES TO VISIT (MUSEUMS/THEATERS..)
Ready to find out everything, or almost evrything, about the cultural places of the city? Let’s go!
- Les “sept collégiales” de Liège (Saint-Pierre, Saint-Martin, Saint-Paul, Sainte-Croix, Saint-Jean l’Évangéliste, Saint-Denis, Saint-Barthélemy) places of defense, asylum, rest and prayers are the testimony of the birth of the Principality of Liège.
- Palais des Princes-Évêques de Liège: an important building located in the center of the city, which marks the transition from Gothic style to the Renaissance. Today, the structure houses the Palace of Justice and the provincial administration.
- San Paul Cathedral: important place of worship, presents all the phases of Gothic architecture. Near the cathedral we can find a cloister ( in Gothic style).
- Saint-Jacques Church: a beautiful church in medieval style, containing 29 spectacular misericords.
- St. Bartholomew Church: a historic building of the city, one of the original “sept collégiales” of Liège. It contains different collections.
- Château de Jehay: a fabulous castle located in Amay in the province of Liège.
- Coteaux de la Citadelle: space located in the historic center of Liège, almost half of this vast space is classified as a natural heritage of the Wallonia region.
- Perron: statue located near the Place du Marché, is the symbol of the city and represents freedom and autonomy.
- MAMAC: modern and contemporary art museum, located next to Place Garibaldi.
- Museum of Walloon Life: located in a former Franciscan monastery, the museum will let you discover the life in Wallonia from the old times to the most recent times.
- Museum of Walloon Art & Religious Art: here you will find everything you need to know about the art of the Meuse region (a type of Belgian art that developed in the Middle Ages).
- Grand Curtius Museum: museum located along the Meuse River, houses the Egyptology collection, weapons, archaeology and so on. It will take you to the knowledge of the most significant events of the history of the city. Right next to the museum there is the Guillemins station, which is worth visiting (it has a beautiful roof!).
- Archéoforum: archaeological site located at the Saint-Lambert square. The museum houses the collection of prehistoric objects and will guide you to the knowledge of the history of the city, from its origins.
- Musee des Transports en Commun du Pays de Liège: the museum that will show you the oldest means of transportation. A must for anyone who loves this kind of things!
- Musée des Beaux-Arts de Liège
- Musée Tchantchès d’Outremeuse: Puppet Museum.
- Musée de Zoologie de Liège: the collection of the many remains of prehistoric animals.
Now we are going to see the most important theaters of the city.
Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Théâtre de Liège (Contemporary), Festival de Liège,
Forum, Théâtre à Denis (puppet theater), Théâtre Arlequin (comedy) Théâtre Proscenium (classic).
Here there is so much fun, it’s up to you to decide where.
- Montagne de Bueren: is a staircase of 374 steps (think that they are considered the most extreme steps of the world!). This staircase connects the Féronstrée area and Hors-Château au Péri to the citadel of Liège. So it’s better to have with you some water bottles and energy bars haha!
- The port of Liège: situated on the banks of the Meuse, is the third largest port in Europe.
- A beautiful and healthy walk through the historic center (Carré), or the streets of the Hors-Château district of Les Terrasses or even the Outremeuse area and Place du Marche. There is also a large shopping mall ‘Médiacité’ and don’t forget the Marché de la Batte a large market that takes place on the banks of the river Meuse.
- Botanical Garden: here you can find about 5000 plants (tropical, Mediterranean ..) and more than 170 tree species from various continents.
- Aquarium-Muséum de Liège: you can visit the “Barrier Reef and Sharks”room and the new aquarium “Tropical Lagoon”.
- Le parc d’Avroy: park located in the center of the city, between the boulevard Avroy and Rogier.
- Le parc de la Boverie: a natural park, located near the Meuse River.
- Quai des Ardennes: park located on the banks of the Ourthe.
- Parc Astrid: a park located in the district of Coronmeuse.
- Municipal park in Cointe district.
- Pont de Fragnee: the beautiful bridge where there are two great column on either side of the bridge.
- Evasion Room: escape game.
- Goolfy: mini golf in a totally fluorescent environment.
- Patinoire liege: ice rink
- Carré d’As Bowling
- CHÂTEAU DES THERMES: a beautiful spa for hours of total relax.
Many and various are also the festivals held in Liège, including Festival Européen du cirque (circus) or the jazz festival or photography and design festival and many, many others.
Now, if you agree ( but who is not agree with this kind of things?!), we’ll see where the nightlife takes place in Liège.
- BeerLovers’ Café & Shop
- Saga Café: cafè.
- Le Cuba’r: cafè.
- Tamtam Bambou: cafè.
- Sweet-bar: dance cafè.
- Notger: cafè-resto-club.
Are you tired? Don’t worry, because we’re done for today so we can rest, but not too much because soon we will leave for our next destination. Stay tuned to find out where because as they say in Liège “C’est comme a Lîdje, après oûy, c’est dmin” (for everyone who knows French: c’est comme à Liège, après aujourd’hui, c’est demain) its means tomorrow is another day!
Let us know your opinions about this place. If you liked it or not, if you have been or are you going to go? What did you like least and what more? We are curious to read your opinions.
A big kiss to everyone.