Brussels Guides

Guide to Brussels

Home of the European Parliament, Brussels offers an eclectic mix of architecture, history and culture. Sample world-renowned beer and chocolates as you explore the quaint and quirky heart of Belgium.

Quick Facts about Brussels

Top Attractions

Mannekin Pis

Literally translated as ‘Little Man Pee’, this cheeky statue of a boy peeing into a fountain is undoubtedly one of the most famous landmarks in Belgium. The origins of the little mischief maker are shrouded in mystery, but he is proudly said to be the emblem of the city of Brussels.

Grand Place

The main square in Brussels is a delight to behold. Approach from one of the six narrow cobbled streets that lead to it, each with a different spectacular view as you reach the square. Admire the beautiful Baroque façades of the Guild Houses over a cup of coffee in one of the many cafes that sprawl across the huge square.

Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

Just off the main square, you’ll find this delightful old fashioned covered shopping arcade where you can peruse traditional shopfronts and admire the decadent window displays.

Main Districts

Brussels’ city centre is conveniently compact, so many of the main sights are within walking distance of each other.

Ilot Sacré

The bustling heart of Brussels, home to the magnificent Grand Place, Mannekin Pis and Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

Sablon Zavel

This historic neighbourhood is home to impressive architecture, namely the Justice Palace and the Palace de Bruxelles, as well as the nearby Brussels Park, the largest urban park in the city.

European Quarter

Brussels’ administrative centre houses the buildings of the European Commission and the European Parliament. You can take a free guided tour of the Hemicycle in the summer months of June to September, which is where the most important debates and votes of the EU parliament are held.

Marolles

This up and coming arty quarter is home to flea markets, effortlessly cool nightclubs and modern art galleries.

Going Out:

La Pharmacie Anglaise – Travel back in time as you sip a steampunk cocktail in this quirky bar. Once a working pharmacy, the building has now been converted into one of the hottest hidden gems in the city. Popular with locals and known for their excellent cocktails, this is one not to be missed off your list.

Delirium – current Guinness Book of Records holder of the world’s biggest beer selection. With over 2000 beers to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Fuse – a former cinema, this immense underground nightclub hosts a killer sound system and is the place to quench your thirst for techno. The faint of heart need not apply!

Culture Spots

Magritte Museum

“Ceci n’est pas une pipe”… Immerse yourself in the surrealist world of René Magritte as you peruse the world’s largest collection of his paintings.

Jeu de Balle Flea Market

Brussels’ most famous open-air market is open 365 days a year. Stroll through buzzing stalls crammed with antiques and bric-a-brac, taking time to browse through vintage records and rare finds.

Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate

Watch a chocolate making demo before you explore the history of Belgian chocolate making through two exhibition rooms. Afterwards, treat yourself to some delicious chocolate in the gift shop.

Free walking tour

Covering many of the main Brussels attractions, walking tours last 2.5 hours and depart at 10am, 11am and 2pm from City Hall, Grand Place.

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