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Best things to do in Brussels
As the seat of the EU, Brussels is a hub of political decision-making. Nevertheless, there’s so much more to see and explore in this wonderful European city. Scratch the surface and you’ll find a small city with a big attitude. It’s full of history that’s sure to capture the imagination of every curious explorer. When you’re tired of medieval squares, beautiful parks, and cutting-edge art and music venues, there’s always the world-class beer, fries, and chocolate.
1 – Bozar
The city’s flagship cultural centre with exhibitions, concerts and theatre from around the world. The beautiful Victor Horta-designed building is worth visiting even if you’re not interested in any of its hugely varied events. But with recent highlights including a season dedicated to hip-hop, a retrospective of Charlemagne Palestine’s offbeat art, an international film festival and a series of talks with African artists and curators, there’s certain to be something that tickles your fancy. Get in free with a Brussels Card, which includes public transport around the city.
2 – Beer Tasting Tour
A chance to discover some of the thousands of beers Belgium is renowned for. Don’t know your lambic from your dubbel, your tripel from your trappist, your gueuze from your elbow? You will by the end of this tour, which takes in some lesser-known spots in the city with the aim of educating you about one of Belgium’s finest contributions to the world. Led by a knowledgeable and professional guide, you’ll enjoy several kinds of beer, cheese and some real local colour as you learn.
3 – Atomium
A bizarre silver structure built for the World’s Fair of 1958, designed in the form of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Five of its nine spherical rooms host exhibitions on subjects ranging from the history of air travel to the surrealist art of René Magritte, joined by escalators in the narrow connecting tubes (not for the claustrophobic). The surrounding parkland is ideal for picnicking, and the next-door Adamuseum has some interesting shows on the evolution of design.
4 – Grand Place
A gorgeous, UNESCO-listed cobblestoned square surrounded by gilded guildhalls that were once the headquarters of the city’s merchants. In a city that’s short on must-see landmarks, this is one you really must see. It’s been burned, bombed and rebuilt over the centuries, but has emerged as magnificent as it ever was. Once you’ve taken in the opulence (and checked out the tiny Manneken Pis just off the square), learn a little about its history in the Brussels City Museum.
5 – Jeu de Balle Fleamarket
A huge open-air flea market in the Marolles, once the working-class heart of Brussels. This place sells (almost) literally everything, from vintage sewing machines and rusty old cutlery to random artwork and antique furniture. The streets nearby are filled with antique and vintage emporia too. Drop into Atelier en Ville for coffee and bagels, or Le Marseillais for pastis if you fancy something stronger.
6 – Comic Strip Murals
Belgians are crazy about graphic art, and there are murals based on comic book favourites like Tintin, Spirou and Lucky Luke everywhere you look. To spot them all, pick up a map from the tourist office and take yourself off down unlikely side streets on this quintessentially Belgian outdoor art trail.
7 – Monk
A local favourite hangout in the tourist heartland. They’ve got a very healthy beer list and there’s often live music in the bustling, crowded bar at the front, while the elegant Art Nouveau dining room at the back serves spaghetti three ways and nothing else. It’s a mixed crowd of students, tourists, serious beer aficionados and old locals.
8 – Art Nouveau Architecture
Brussels’ streets are filled with the most beautiful Art Nouveau houses. Belgium was home to some of the biggest names in Art Nouveau – the likes of Henry Van de Velde and Victor Horta – and their legacy is everywhere you look. Keep an eye out for the trademark curves and flourishes in wood, metal and stained glass, with ornate mosaics above every other doorway. Notable spots include Horta’s own house, now a museum, and the Belgian Comic Strip Centre.
9 – Chasseurs Ardenais Market
This is where the locals gather to welcome in the weekend with a drink and a chat. You’ll find the usual fruit, veg, cheese and deli stalls you’d expect at any market, plus food trucks and mobile wine bars, with cafe patrons spilling out on to the neighbouring terraces on sunny evenings. This is the sort of thing Brussels excels at; it’s cool, but the vibe is still the very neighborhood, and you’ll find similar events around the city on other nights.
10 – Dieweg Cemetery
The cemetery closed to new burials in the 1940s but made an exception for Hergé, the creator of local comic hero Tintin, who was interred here in 1983. For a long time, it was left to grow wild and is now home to hundreds of plant and tree varieties, as well as a fabulous collection of headstones of all kinds. To get there, take the wobbly old 97 tram through the southern suburbs to the end of the line; the journey’s an interesting way to pass the time in its own right.
So, feel free to visit Brussels but don’t forget to book a luggage storage to enjoy!