Brussels rank most expensive city

Brussels still ranked as one of the most expensive cities for expats

Mercer’s ranking compares prices of more than 200 items in 209 cities to determine the most expensive cities to live in for expats. Brussels in this case recorded a decline from 67th to 77th place. Experts state that “the sharp drop in Brussels is mainly due to the evolution of other cities in the ranking”.

Belgian monks launch website sell beer

Belgian monks finally launch website to sell ‘world’s best beer’

 Just over 5,000 barrels are brewed annually by the 19 Trappist monks of St Sixtus abbey in Westvleteren, Flanders, and drinkers tempted by the regular appearance of its darkest brew at the top of the world rankings must travel in person and on appointment to pick up their allotted two crates. 

Rising sea levels Knokke-Heist Belgium

Rising sea levels leave Belgium’s St Tropez ‘fighting for its life’

It is known affectionately as Belgium’s answer to St Tropez – a town once frequented by Frank Sinatra and Marlene Dietrich and which has inspired the pop art of Keith Haring and surrealism of René Magritte, who painted the walls of the town’s casino. But now the chic, seaside resort of Knokke-Heist is in a “fight for its life”.

Belgian bars fight with tourists who steal beer glasses

Belgian bars put the boot into tourists who steal beer glasses

Pubs are finding novel ways to combat illicit glass collectors, with one demanding a shoe as a deposit. Bars and cafes complain that tens of thousands of their stylish glasses are being lost to souvenir hunters every year. But the purveyors of Belgium’s most famous cultural artefact are fighting back, in some unorthodox ways.