The capital of Belgium, Brussels, is a wonderful historic centre which stays chic at its core. Fascinating Gothic and medieval architecture surround this city, which is also home to one of the most beautiful squares in the world, Grand Place. Brussels has so much on offer, not just in terms of its beauty, but its variety of heartfelt foods and guilty pleasures. Beer lovers and chocoholics will have a great time here as Brussels hosts many wonderful chocolatier shops complete with a variety of different chocolates. Whatever it is you enjoy, you’ll fall in love with this quaint city.
Top attractions in Brussels
Brussels is well known for its markets, in particular its Christmas markets. But if you don’t happen to visit the city during the festive season, The Grand Place, the central square in Brussels often holds a market where you can have a nice walk around and buy trinkets. This square is stunning, especially during the night time when the buildings that surround it are lit up. Around the Grand Place the city hall can be found as well as the King’s House, which also houses the Museum of the City of Brussels inside. The Royal Palace of Brussels is worth a visit as it is the official palace for the King and Queen of the Belgians which is open for tours every summer.
Many of the buildings in Brussels are designed in a Gothic style, which are simply enchanting to look at. The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is a Gothic piece of architecture and is Belgium’s national church, making this a true iconic landmark to visit in the city. There are loads of museums in Brussels like the Magritte Museum and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. In both of these museums you can admire various pieces of art work, from paintings and drawings to intricate sculptures.
Eating out in Brussels
It’s always nice to try the local cuisine in order to taste the culture (literally!) Luckily in this city, there are some glorious dishes to be tried. A highlight of Brussels is mussels which usually cooked in garlic and herb and white wine. This can be found on loads of menus in different restaurants around the city. This is due to the strong French and Italian influence on the Belgian cuisine.
Try stoemp which is a typical Flemish dish, it consists of stewed vegetables mixed with mashed potato, this is usually served alongside a tasty traditional sausage. Cuisse de Canard is great if you enjoy eating duck. It’s a preserved duck’s thigh and can be served with sides. You may not believe it but fries are very popular in Brussels and they’ll be served with many dishes. Of course, all of these dishes go down nicely with a glass of Belgian beer!
Culture and history
Brussels has been the stomping ground for revolutions and renaissances in the past. Highlighting it as a truly historical city. This in turn puts its culture at the forefront. The culture in Brussels can be seen throughout the city, not only through its large buildings and architecture, but the tons of museums that can be found in the city will give major insight. From art to nature, there is a lot to be learnt here. The city is also home to many theatres and concert halls where you can witness for yourself the cultural art that is on display. Moreover, there are many cultural events which take place throughout the year, including Folklorissimo which celebrate Brussels traditions in Grand Place.
Nightlife in Brussels
Brussels offers a laid back and relaxed nightlife compared to some other European cities. So, it is perfect if you’re looking for a more quieter vibe during your evenings. There are still clubs around of course, but Brussels is also a great city to sit back with a few drinks in a bar or lounge with some company.
Brussels doesn’t have one main strip where there’s loads of bars and clubs located in one spot. Instead, these establishments are dotted around the city. There is a wide range of music played at these clubs, from hip-hop and pop to house and dance.
When it comes to enjoying the night, the Belgian way of gratification is relaxing at a bar or lounge with a couple beers in hand or even cocktails. If you’d prefer a more chilled out evening, definitely visit one of the many bars and lounge spaces in Brussels where you can enjoy the company of friends and a few beverages.
Chocolate lovers, we know why you’re visiting Brussels! And we’re not judging. Belgian chocolate is simply delicious and is near the top of the list when it comes to the best chocolate in the world. Chocolate making is very serious in Belgium and there are many varieties to try in Brussels. The city hosts chocolate tours, showing the quality of Belgian chocolate, along with visits to various chocolate shops across Brussels. There is even a chocolate workshop included! Chocolate can be found all over Brussels, but Grand Place also known as Grote Markt is a great place to start. Outlets are also available where you can taste the chocolates before you commit and buy a box.
Brussels city breaks
A city break to Brussels is a great experience, with plenty to do, you’ll never be bored. Enjoy a romantic getaway on a couples holiday where you can balance culture and history with tons of chocolate. Or even as a weekend break with a group of friends, where you can sightsee until your heart is content and enjoy a few traditional Belgian beers in the evenings. No matter who you plan on travelling with, Brussels will win you over with its beauty and homely vibe. Check out our last minute deals if you’re looking for a late break or even our cheap holidays to see if you can bag a bargain.