Come explore this charming Belgian city rich with history, architecture, local gastronomy, and tons of chocolate! I loved exploring this less popular European city and getting a taste for the local culture.
Language: French, Dutch, English, German
BRU – Brussels Airport
Electrical Outlets: 230V supply voltage and 50Hz, Type C and E plugs
Accommodation – Brussels is a pretty small city so you’ll never be that far from where you need to go. I stayed at the Marriott Brussels Hotel Grand Place. This was a great location and a lovely hotel.
Getting to Brussels:
By Train: If you’re coming from within Europe, a train is a great option to get into Brussels. These trains will likely come into the Brussel-Zuid/Midi station.
By Plane: Since I was coming from the U.S., I flew into Brussels with a one stop in London.
Trains/Buses: The public transportation system in Brussels is fantastic and pretty easy to navigate. You can get on and off the trains and buses by using a contactless credit card. They usually just do the train announcements in French, so it is helpful if you understand French. Otherwise, ask the people around you.
Walking: Brussels is a small city, so you can get pretty far just by walking around.
Uber: There are Ubers available, but there are less of them so you might have to wait a while and pay a little more.
this tour and I’d highly recommend it for getting a feel for the city! Go on a local walking tour: There’s a lot to see in Brussels, but without a tour, you wouldn’t know the context of significance of most of it. I highly recommend going on a “free” walking tour (you must tip your guide at the end). I went on
chocolate making class through Get Your Guide, which had a great combo of education, tasting chocolates, and making chocolate to take home.Chocolate Making Class: Belgium is probably most known for its specialty in chocolate – so you have to indulge in this while you’re here! I did a
Grand Place: The Grand Place is the central square of Brussels, surrounded by ornate buildings including the City Hall, guild houses, and Maison du Roi. Right off the square, you’ll find tons of great bars and restaurants.
VEGANWAF’ which had gluten free vegan waffles. These are takeaway only so I got one with my friend and we ate them in the Grand Place. I also had a GF waffle at Sister Cafe, which is a sit down cafe with tons of great GF options including focaccia. Get a Waffle (or two): I found TWO great spots for gluten free waffles in Brussels. First, I tried
For normal gluten eaters – my friend/tour guide recommend getting a waffle at Maison Dandoy, or one of the little yellow food trucks!
Manneken Pis: I don’t know why this little fountain of a boy peeing is so famous, but everyone comes to see this when in Brussels. Sometimes the boy is dressed up in different outfits by the City Museum that has over 1,000 outfits to choose from.
Place Royale Bruxelles, you’ll have a great view of the city! You’ll also see people hanging out on these steps and there will usually be a street performer attracting tourists. Monte de Las Artes: This plaza is at the base of the Garden of Monte de Las Artes. If you walk up towards the
Atomium: This incredible structure was built in 1958 for the Brussels World’s Fair and is now one of Brussel’s most popular tourist attractions. The structure is built to represent an iron crystal. Visitors can go inside and experience what is now a museum and restaurant, with a spectacular view of Brussels. An adult entry is €16.
Palace of Justice: One of the biggest and most prominent buildings in Brussels, the Palace of Justice stands tall towering over the city. This is also one of the most expensive buildings in the city with its construction totalling over 50 million Belgian francs. The cost of this construction sparked controversy given there is also a housing problem in this area of the city.
The View Grande Roue Bruxelles : Right next to the Palace of Justice, The View is a ferris wheel observatory with spectacular views of the city. The cost is €10 per person and is open 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM most days!
Royal Gallery of Saint Hubert: A popular shopping area lined with luxury chocolate shops, souvenir stores, and many nice restaurants.
This is just what I did during my short time in Brussels. There is so much more to explore! On my list for next time:
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Museum of the Belgian Brewers
Jeu de Balle flea market
Eat at Le Marmiton