From the Grand Place, walking north-west, you will finally arrive to the stock exchange...
Financially Brussels is a quiet place, two major events recently took place: the introduction of Interbrew (our huge brewing company) and of Belgacom (the ex-national phone company).
More practically, this is also an easy meeting point, if you are in beer mood, you can either cross the Anspach Boulevard to go to the famous Irish pub or directly to the Halles St Gery area.
More off the beaten paths, I'd suggest instead to look for la Becasse or the typical estaminate in the "Impasse des Cadeaux"
The neo-classical building of the Stock Exchange is ornamented with sculptures of different trades. They point out the trade of the auctions going on inside the building.
On the Brussels Stock exchange, there are about 150 belgian and 140 foreign companies that are represented.
It is possible to do a guided tour.
During football championships, this is the place where the fans celebrate the victory of the Belgian football team!
In the 19th century Leon Pierre Suys was the architect looking for combining
the Nord and South of Brussels by big boulevards like the “Adolphe Max” and
the “Anspach” Boulevard inspired by the streetplans of Paris (Haussmann)
As result you will find some architecture jewels on the “Boulevard Adolphe Max”
Start visiting this boulevard via “Rogiers Square” – center of luxery hotels like Hilton and Sheraton – at the corner will find a very nice looking old fashioned Hotel – called “The Dome”
Further more some redlighted shops – but nice architectual houses aswell – just feel yourself in the old part of Paris !
All this the way up to the old center of Brussels
La Bourse was Brussels' stock exchange market during centuries. You are not allowed to come in. The building itself worth the detour, as it is an old and very nice one.
It is also a Meeting point for Bruxellois, who enjoy a lot beeing on the stairs of the building chatting and laughing.
The Bourse in french means the stock exchange. The Bourse is just a few streets away the corner from the Grand place. There is nothing much to do or see at the Bourse. It's the home of the Brussels stock exchange and you cannot enter or visit the building. It is however quite a good area because it is surreounded by dozens of streets with restaurants, café's and shops. The Bourse area is just as good during the night than during the day. In front of the bourse is Brussels China Town. This is considerably smaller than New York's China Town for example but it does have several Chinese and Asian restaurants, shops and a Chinese supermarket. There are more and more trendy shops and café's around the Bourse area especially around the Place St. Géry. The Bourse is becoming Brussels young and trendy place to eat, drink and shop.
I walked around the Bourse (the old stock exchange) a couple of times just to soak in the architectural detail... impressive carvings all over, and each one of them different and symbolic of something. I didn't go inside, and am not sure about when one can and can't, but the walk around is a great photo opportunity. On one street that went by it, architectural excavations were exposed through a plexiglass sheet. Interesting stuff!
Beautiful buidling just off the Grand Place. Apparently has some Rodin sculptures in the lobby which I haven't seen yet.
Good to know where it is, as a lot of directions seem to center around this building.
This is where the Belgian financial world meets.
The building was built between 1871 and 1873, following the plans of Suys.
La Bourse is the most beautiful building in Brussels. It was and still is used for the Belgian Stock Exchange.
The building itself was built in the late 19th century in a neo-classical style.
The 'Bourse' : a temple of finance, is decorated with symbols representing work, industry and commerce
Very monumental looking building, reminded me of the one in London, serving for the same purposes (exchange, I mean :))