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7 Tips for Living in Liege

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Liege or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Liege or thinking about moving there.

Living in Liege as an expat or digital nomad can be an exciting and enriching experience. This vibrant city offers a unique blend of history, culture, and modern amenities. However, to make the most of your time in Liege, it's important to be prepared and know what to expect. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate life in Liege.

1. Learn the Language

While English is widely spoken in Belgium, learning the local language can greatly enhance your experience. In Liege, the primary language is French. Even a basic understanding of French can help you navigate daily life, from shopping at local markets to interacting with neighbors. There are numerous language schools and online resources available to help you learn French.

2. Explore the Neighborhoods

Liege is made up of diverse neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm. The Outremeuse neighborhood, for example, is known for its lively atmosphere and cultural events. Meanwhile, the Saint-Léonard neighborhood is popular among young professionals and students due to its proximity to the University of Liege. Take the time to explore different neighborhoods and find one that suits your lifestyle and preferences.

3. Enjoy Local Cuisine

Belgium is known for its delicious food, and Liege is no exception. Be sure to try local specialties like Liège waffles and boulets à la liégeoise (meatballs in a sweet-sour sauce). There are many excellent restaurants in Liege where you can sample these dishes. Some popular options include Le Sélys, La Cuisine de Yann, and Telle Mère Telle Fille.

4. Embrace the Local Culture

Belgians are known for their love of festivals and social events. In Liege, there are numerous cultural events throughout the year, such as the Liege Carnival and the Nocturne des Coteaux de la Citadelle. Participating in these events can be a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and meet new people.

5. Take Advantage of Public Transportation

Liege has an extensive public transportation system, including buses, trams, and trains. This makes it easy to get around the city and explore nearby areas. Plus, using public transportation can be a great way to save money and reduce your environmental impact.

6. Visit Local Attractions

Liege is home to numerous attractions that are worth visiting. The Montagne de Bueren, for example, is a famous staircase with 374 steps that offers stunning views of the city. The Royal Opera of Wallonia and the Museum of Walloon Life are also must-see attractions. Additionally, Liege is known for its beautiful parks, such as the Parc de la Boverie and the Botanical Garden of Liege.

7. Stay Connected

As a digital nomad, staying connected is crucial. Fortunately, Liege has a strong internet infrastructure, with numerous cafes and coworking spaces offering reliable Wi-Fi. Additionally, Belgium has several mobile operators that offer affordable data plans, making it easy to stay connected wherever you go.

Living in Liege as an expat or digital nomad can be a rewarding experience. By learning the language, exploring the neighborhoods, enjoying local cuisine, embracing the local culture, using public transportation, visiting local attractions, and staying connected, you can make the most of your time in this vibrant city.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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