Are you visiting Brussels for the first time? Perhaps my overview of this grand destination will help make your travels easier. There are so many things to see and do in Brussels, Belgium. The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to the Grand Place.
When I crave Brussels cuisine, I turn to ‘t Kelderke. Did you know that Brussels is known for mussels, French fries and fine Belgium chocolate?
If you are looking to escape the crowds, go to the Halles St. Gery.
If you come to Brussels, get your picture taken at the Atomium.
If you have to order one thing off the menu at Restaurant Chez Leon, get the mussels +French fries + a beer. If you don’t like beer, try the kierk, a light and fruity cherry or raspberry flavored beer.
Brussels is my one stop shop for chocolates and beer.
When I’m feeling cash strapped I go to Arcadia.
For a huge splurge I go to Comme Chez Soi.
Photo opportunities in Brussels include the Grand Place, Manneken Pis and Kunstberg/Mont des Arts.
The best vantage points are taken from the top of the Basilica of Koekelberg.
The most random thing about Brussels is the Ommegang.
In Brussels, an active day outdoors involves cycling and walking.
My favorite walking route is the Green Belt, a new route around Brussels. If you have children in tow, follow the comic strip walk and see if you can spot the Tintin mural.
Brussels’ best museum is the Museum of Modern and Ancient Art. Purchase the Brussels card if you plan to visit several museums.
For a night of dancing, go to the Fuse or the Martini Bar.
The Pitta Street is the spot for late night dining.
To find out what’s going on at night or on weekends, read Zone 02.
In the spring you should visit the Royal Greenhouses in Laeken.
In the summer you should visit Brussels Bath.
In the winter you should go to the ice skating rink and the Christmas market.
A hidden gem in Brussels is the quiet Egmontpark in the city center.
Just outside of Brussels you can visit the Forest of Soignes, a huge nature park.
The best way to see Brussels is to walk or take a hop on – hop off bus.
If you have kids, you won’t want to miss the Museum of Natural Science or the Musical Instruments Museum, MIM for short.
For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to the Pain Quotidien.
What are your favorite things to do in Brussels, Belgium?
Thanks to Liliane Opsomer and Visit Flanders for assistance with this post.
Photos and YouTube video by Nancy D. Brown