On my daily commute to work (and generally when I have some me-time) I love to graze through my Instagram feed. There is so much inspiration to take in and start the day dreaming of food, far away destinations or more … Brussels hidden spots.
This visual social medium has been embraced by Brussels residents as well and whilst my blog focuses more on the restaurant and foodie scene in Brussels, that does not mean I don’t love to discover the architecture, the parks and the hidden spots Brussels has to offer. These 10 Instagrammers from Brussels help me to do just that: (re)discover the European Capital through their eyes.
1. Instaddict Girl
Stephanie is a self confessed Instagram addict, who loves to discover Brussels hidden gems. As a journalist for a Belgian monthly (GAEL) I love that her Instaddict_Girl Instagram feed combines her love for discovering Brussels with the occasional press (yummy!) lunch.
2. Visit Brussels
Run by the Brussels tourist board, the Visit.Brussels Instagram account is the reference on what to visit and see in Brussels. Besides their own photos, the tourist board team also collects photos tagged with #visitbrussels. Gorgeous photos which always make me look twice to bookmark the places I still need to discover in our city.
3. S Marks the Spots
A Greek expat, Sandy’s S Marks the Spots Instagram feed combines her love of eating out in Brussels with her love for the architecture and parks of Brussels (as well as other Belgian cities). Sandy also runs a food blog where she shares in more detail her foodie finds in Brussels and curates #SeeMyBrussels.
4. Little Brussels Sunshines
This Brussels Instagram account accompanies the blog with the same name. The author is photographing the treasures of Brussels, be it arts, music, food, or shops. A Little Brussels Sunshines Instagram moment every day to brighten up even the rainiest day.
5. Brussels Urban Legends
Aurore gives this Brussels Instagram account a little twist. She is capturing the urban legends of Brussels, the hidden treasures. I have only recently discovered her Brussels Urban Legends Instagram account, but love browsing through the photos and identifying new spots to visit.
6. Pixels in the Bag
This Brussels Instagram account is run by couple Maria and Vlad, with a touch of Belgium and a touch of Romania (yes!). I love their travel photos, but most of all I get inspired by their vivid take on Brussels. Needless to say that with a name like this, the Pixels in the Bag Instagram account borders professional photography. A delight.
7. Bruxelles by Lulu
Lulu is French and is sharing her love for Brussels on her blog and Instagram account, both names Bruxelles by Lulu. Her photos and blog posts are the perfect antidote to the daily ‘metro-boulot-dodo’ rut. Her Bruxelles by Lulu Instagram account make me discover Brussels through French eyes and I love following her adventures.
8. Belgium Unite
Another curated Instagram account, this one brings together the most beautiful and timely photos on Belgium and Brussels in particular. The Belgium Unite Instagram account connects the Brussels Instagram users and I can’t wait to take part in the next Brussels Instameet 2016.
9. We Love Brussels
Another collective account, the We Love Brussels Instagram feed is a visual delight for everyone knowing or wanting to explore Brussels. A community account, this feed features Brussels’ busy streets, beautiful architecture, colourful shops, tasty chocolate stands, pop-up waffles & frites, and so much more.
A photographer with a fantastic eye for detail, Cristina Munteanu is active on Instagram in Brussels and Bucharest. Another Romanian (yes!), she makes me rediscover Brussels and marvel at its beauty on a daily basis. She has also been selected by BBC Travel as their Brussels photographer on location showcasing the wonderful photos from the Crisam Instagram account.
… and a bonus number 11 Instagram account, yours truly 🙂
Having kept for 2 years the Brussels Daily Photo blog, I loved the concept of Instagram when it started. So 2011 I joined the Brussels Instagrammes and on and off I post my food, travel and of course Brussels photos on my On Food and Wine Instagram account. Don’t hesitate to follow me and look through my followers list to discover even more foodie and travel inspiration.
Which Brussels or Belgian Instagram accounts do you follow? Would love to discover them.