Our trip is still many months away so we obviously haven't decided anything definitively yet except that I want to take the Eurostar from Brussels to London at the end of our Belgium visit. I suspect it will be a fairly boring standard train trip, except I've been in love with the idea of the "chunnel" since I was a kid in the 80s, so darn it all I am travelling through it! :-D
Since we will be needing to get on a morning Eurostar to London I think we should be using Brussels as our home base for our 3 days in Belgium. (willing to let someone talk me out of this if compelling reasons exist). Eurostar leaves from Midi - is staying in a hotel near Midi a good idea? I'm more attracted to staying near the Grand Place but there are lots of hotels I could choose from near Midi. Is Midi in a good neighborhood, safe for walking to and from the hotel at night? Are there good restaurants? Is it a convenient location for getting to Brussels sights, and/or convenience for getting to a train to take a day trip to Ghent or Bruges?
Which brings me to my second question. We'll be taking one day trip from Brussels - to Ghent or Bruges. If you had to choose between the two which would you choose? Our main desires will be: beer, chocolate, cheese, medieval architecture, art. Willing to throw Antwerp into the mix if it excels at any of those over Ghent and Bruges.