Brussels aka: Bruxelles, BrusselGrand-Place, Atomium, and Manneken Pis. Brussels is featured on the lists Capital Cities of the World, Notable Cities of Europe, and 2006 Quality of Living Survey Most Livable Cities. Places in Brussels have been tagged restaurant, architecture, and brussels.
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The Grand Place is a pleasant square to walk across with a few good bars and restaurants to visit, there are a couple of good galleries and the Comics Museum that are worth it if the weather is bad. Dont waste time on the Manneken Pis – it is distinctly underwhelming. The Atomium is worth seeing from the outside but not worth the entry price to go in. The Mini-Europe park might be interesting for some – it did nothing for me. That in a nutshell is Brussels.
If you happen to be in that part of Europe then Bruges (Brugge) or Ghent (Gent) are much more interesting places. They are both historic towns with fantastic architecture, churches and galleries. Bruges has canals and brilliant wood carving, Ghent has students, cheap cafes and good nightlife. The beer, chocolate, waffles etc are even better in either place than in Brussels.over 2 years ago
This city sucks i mean nothing special about it i’ve been living there for a year and half. went to almost all the places but nothing special you cannot find in other big city, anyway it’s full of arabs i mean i’m an arab but did not expect a city like this to have more then 62% foreign people from morroco and turkey and other countries and the rest isn’t even from belgium. my personal opinion on that city. all garbage they should renew the whole place hope sme of you agree.over 3 years ago
I lived in Belgium for a year and I have some Belgian must-have experiences for you. Obviously, you must have mussels and some good Belgian beer. Chocolate is also requisite. I always loved to buy mine at Leonidas and then walk up to the Mont des Arts and look down on the city as I let my praline melt slowly in my mouth. :)
Also, people always have waffles(try a gaufre liegoise instead of the crazy touristy concoctions) in Belgium, but so many miss out on frites (fries). Buy your frites in a nice big paper cone from a friterie and get a delicious and unnutritious sauce slathered all over it. My favorite is sauce americaine, which is a little spicy and very tasty.
Take the time to drink a beer, coffee, or fresh mint tea at a cafe. My favorite cafe was Le Roi des Belges, which is located in Place Saint Gery (not far from Grand Place). There are several other great cafes there to choose from, including the very popular Mappa Mundo. (Place Flagey in Ixelles is also a cool place to go for a drink. Cafe Belga is always happening.)
For good cheap eats in central Brussels, there is a street lined with pita shops just off the Grand Place. It is lively and inexpensive…as well as good eating! My favorite restaurant in Bruxelles was Centre Hemisfere, which serves great international cuisine at a reasonable price. I can’t remember exactly where it is, but it is only a few minutes walk from the center.
Lastly, if you are planning to travel in Europe, don’t underestimate Belgium…or skip over it completely. Ghent, Namur, and Antwerp are super cool places to spend a day or two. Bruges is beautiful.over 4 years ago
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stupidme asks,“So, I am going to stay in Brussels for a couple of days. Would you like to suggest something for me to check out, or avoid? Any tip is welcome! :)” over 2 years ago
SenneChristiaens asks,“What's the best cocktail bar in Brussels? Thx” over 3 years ago
yosita asks,“Hi Everyone. I'll be in Brussels for a day in late December. Any recommendations on must-dos and donts? Thanks in advance!” over 3 years ago
Holger Dieterich asks,“What shall we do if it rains all the time? My girlfriend and I are spending this weekend together in Brussels and I look very much forward to it. But the weather forecast says it's going to rain all the time. What are good things to do then?” over 3 years ago
RoginiYip asks,“are there any belgium tapestry shops near the Manneken Pis statue> how can i contact the store/ thanks” over 4 years ago
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You'll pound the pavement in Brussels on a four hour guided walking tour with a twist as you following the trail of Brussels’ top chocolate shops. A chocoholics dream! Your knowledgeable local guide will point out the major sights and explain the histo... $79.68
Immerse yourself in Brussels, Antwerp and Bruges on this full-day coach tour of Belgium. Make the most of your time and see the best Belgium has to offer including a canal ride, a snack of Belgium Fries, beer and chocolate tastings. $188.44
The miniature model park of Mini Europe allows you to sample the charms specific to each European country. An adventure you'll experience nowhere else! $16.31
Holland is only a stone's throw away from Belgium so don't miss the chance to visit Amsterdam on a comprehensive day trip from Brussels. Cross the Dutch border and enter a land of polders and dikes dotted with countless windmills before reaching the Am... $63.24
Discover two of Flanders' special gems on a full day trip to Ghent and Bruges. No visit to Belgium is complete without a visit to these two beautiful cities, just a short drive from Brussels. $53.12See All Activities »