Liège: Like a local
This month we bring you the best insider tips from… Liè! Sometimes called the “burning city" for its abundant culture and warm and festive atmosphere, Liè is the cultural and top of Wallonia (French-speaking Belgium). The city is well known for its folk festivals, architectural heritage and think concert halls, theatres, operas, museums) as well as and gastronomy. Don’t forget to try a Liè waffle - it is a totally different experience to those from other cities.
1. The right spot for people .
One very famous place in Liège is “le ”. The lively Carré is one of the oldest districts of Liège and is located right in the city . It is a pedestrian zone composed of about ten streets including rue de la Casquette, rue des , rue Saint-Jean--Isle, rue Saint-Adalbert, rue du Pot d'Or, rue Tête-de-, rue , rue du Mouton Blanc, rue Pont , all bordered by the boulevard de la . Le Carré is home to many cafés, restaurants, shops, cinemas and the famous performance hall Le Forum. There is something here for everyone (and plenty of people to watch) all year round!
2. Where to go to get away from the crowds.
Pc la is the perfect place for this. An open park next to the canal, it is perfect for walks or simply sitting on the grass by the duck pond.
3. Unmissable galleries or museums for any self-respecting art buff.
After a wander around de la can of course head the museum located in the park, La , a fine arts museum and international exhibition . Or if contemporary art is more your thing, Espace 251 Nord is a Belgian center housed within the former administrative site of a coal mine. Espace 251 Nord promotes contemporary art from both established and up-and-coming artists with a focus on local Belgian artists.
4. The best local market and what to buy there,
Every Sunday we have “La Batte” which is the largest and oldest market in Belgium and a real institution in Liè. You will find , vegetables, cheese, clothes, books, plants... and a picturesque, friendly atmosphere. It is located at : Van , Roosevelt, , de la , de la , de la Batte, de Saint-LÉ as well as Rue de la Cit. A fantastic way to enjoy the docks along the .
5. Tips for a rainy day.
Get Out Liege has multiple escape rooms and an “investigation” room for teams of 3-6 (the ideal group size is 4-5). It’s a fun way to kill an hour or two on a rainy day.
6. What’s unique to your city?
The Montagne de Bueren is a 374-step staircase built in the 19th century. If you’re feeling fit, head on up for a view over the city. And if not, the stairs themselves are still an impressive feat of engineering worth a look and a photo.
7. Best local tip.
For the coolest collection of local products check out Wattitude. Right in the heart of the city, Wattitude brings together more than 250 local creators, artists and producers and offers all products designed, created and/or manufactured in Wallonia. You can find fashion, accessories, design items, music, books, toys and of course gourmet specialties.