Brussels Travel Guide

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Brussels Things to Do

  • Manneken Pis

    3 out of 5 stars

    Manneken Pis: our little big celebrity It is the best known of all Belgians (except perhaps Tintin) It shows the spirit of the Belgians, and particularly (true) Brussels people always ready to laugh at themselves. Do not expect a great monument: the statue is no more than 50 cm. It exists in its current form (bronze) since 1619, but its...

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  • Grand Place - Grote Markt

    I would like to talk to you about Brussels city. You have to go there at least once in your life. I will explain to you why. Firstly, it's the capital of Belgium. And you should see the reason why Walloons and Flemish fight. Secondly, it's the capital of Europe. You should see the heart of Europe. Thirdly, we have such beautiful songs about our...

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  • Atomium

    If there's one symbol that stands for Brussels, a structure that can be recognised the world over, it's the Atomium. This is quite an achievement for something that was never built to last. Without the three support columns under the spheres, it would simply blow over in the first storm to pass over Belgium. It's crazy design was the brainchild of...

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Brussels Restaurants

  • Chez Léon

    4 out of 5 stars

    Ok, the first thing is that Chez Leon is on Rue du Bouchors .... where you'll find all the tourist type of restaurants with tourist prices, Since mussels are in seasons we decided to try this place for it's mussels.... we've read mixed reviews about this place on VT. So we decided to give a shot. So we arrived and we were seated promptly on a busy...

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  • Information & Sources

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Beenhouwersstraat/Rue des Bouchers is a small street from the Galery Royale St. Hubert Westwards. It's the most restaurant dense street of Brussels and the terrasses have winter heating. It look slike a Mediterranean setting that might be caused by the fact that most of the restaurants are owned by Greeks. The atmosphere is well highlighted...

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  • In't Spinnekopke

    4 out of 5 stars

    This restaurant has been in several guides and recommended on various internet sites including chowhound. Considering some of the mediocre results at some of the other restaurants I tried in Brussels I was a little skeptical. However, in t' Spinnekopke produced a great dining experience. The staff was attentive and helpful, with good...

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Brussels Nightlife

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  • Other Pubs & Bars

    Great night out in Brussels a few weeks ago when I stepped into The Big Game for the first time! The bar staff and security were great, the beer was cheap, and the atmosphere just perfect. We stayed very late and will most likely come back a lot more often normal pub wear

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  • Dancing

    Chez Johnny I think embodies a bit of the Belgian spirit. It's kitsch, quirky, does not take itself seriously and above all, knows how to have fun. People, if you're looking for cutting edge techno, this is not your place! First of all, Chez Johnny doesn't call itself a "nightclib" but a "party room" and no need to wait after midnight (like in...

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  • Sound & Light Show

    The red night district is not really big actually, but it is worthwhile to take a look another mini Amsterdam. By the way, take great care of your pocket and avoid visit this area alone here at night.

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Brussels Transportation

  • Métros/Trams/Bus

    Like what I've said, you would be spoiled for choirces in going about in and around Brussels as it has many modes of transport available for tourists at all price points. You can take a hop on bus tour, a regular bus tour, make your own walking toue, ride a horse carriage tour or even take the Public Transport of which Brussels have the Brussels...

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  • Trains

    As I mentioned on another transportation tip on this page, I arrived in Brussels / Bruxelles on the Eurostar train from London therefore my first impression of Belgium was the station at Bruxelles-Midi / Brussel-Zuid and a very favourable impression it was. The first thing I need to do is to clear up any possible confusion and I believe there has...

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  • Local taxis

    In the view from inside the taxi, I can see that there were also streetcars in those days and apparently similar cars are still operating. Arrival times, departure times and stops are shown at each tram stop. There are also convenient street maps at each stop. In 1950, we arrived by train (flying was not as common in those days) so we had no need...

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Brussels Shopping

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  • Shopping Malls & Streets

    Saint Boniface is probably one of the most vibrant places in Brussels. It located between the avenue Louise, porte de Namur and place du Luxembourg. It's one unique places in brussels where you can find such a multicultural mix. It's visited by artists, bankers, eurocrats, young, older, you can hear different languages on corner. It's a mini...

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  • Chocolates

    Brussells is an excellent city for buying the famous Brussells lace, tapestries, souvenirs of the famous Mannekin Pis, and my favourite, chocolates (the Bouchees are absolutely addictive!) One of the nicest things we enjoyed during our 2014 visit was that in the Centre of Brussells not far from the Grand Place, there are so many chocolate shops...

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  • Antiques & Flea Markets

    Located West of the fine art museum and palace, just North of Church of Notre Dame au Sablons, this outdoor market featured a good selection of used goods, jewelry, and the prices seemed reasonable, not cheap, but not sky high either. One of items I found interesting were the bread stamps from the 1,800's, where a family would stamp their unbaked...

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Brussels Local Customs

  • Eating

    Mussels with frites are a national dish in Belgium. We call them "moules casserole" as they are cooked in a "casserole" which is a large pan of minimum 3 liters content. This volume is needed to prepare the usual amount of 1 kg mussels per person. This quantity of mussels contains about 250 gr. of flesh. The crux of the matter is the mussels. They...

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  • Drinking

    Anotther Favorite Belgian Commercial Beer of Mine which is not as well known as Stella Artois or Chimay Outside of Belgium but is now aggressively marketed outside is the Duvel. It is a famous Flemish Beer made in Duvel Moortgat Brewery in Breendonk, Belgium of which you would see the large Brewery along the highway going to the Netherlands. Duvel...

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  • Languages

    The Flemish University of Brussels VUB has just published a study about the languages spoken in Brussels. There are 104 different languages spoken in Brussels. I don't know if there were as many at the Tower of Babel? Nr 1 is French 88%, Nr 2 English 30%, Nr 3 Dutch 23%, Nr 4 Arab 18%, and Nr 5 Spanish 9%. (A large number of inhabitants speak...

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Brussels Warnings and Dangers

  • Avoid at Night

    My husband and I stayed in hotel called "resident Thon" which is next door to "hotel Thon. Sadly the gym is located in Thon hotel and not resident Thon. It's a little walk. I was returning from gym around 1015pm and I was harressed by a taxi driver. He was not offering me a ride. He was yelling at me to go with him. I was glad it happened to me and...

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  • Pickpockets

    As the Mannekin Pis Area is rather a small intersection along Rue De Chenne, Stoofstraat and Rue De'l Effuve, the hordes of tourists congregate along the area and it tends to be packed in this small area that you would hardly notice if someone will reach for your wallet in your back pockets, so a better option would be placing your wallets and...

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  • Driving

    This topic was quite helpful in identifying why I am still terrified and am phobic of crazy traffic. I lived between Bruxelles and Waterloo and traveled by car to the surrounding EU countries often for 5 years. Being a passenger, I was astonished to see so many daily accidents- buses/cars/motorcyclists/mopeds and people. There was never a day in...

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Brussels Tourist Traps

  • Restaurants around Grand' Place

    The Rue des Bouchers looks very tempting in summer with all the tables spilling out of it's restaurants onto the narrow cobbled street but try not to be tempted by the pushy restaurant owners trying to drag you in to their establishment for their special "Tourist set menu". Whilst these 3 course meals for €12 seem a great deal they usually leave...

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  • Manneken Pis

    "Is that it?" everyone says, just like they do with the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, and it is perhaps the best comparison as it has the same tourist trap feel to it, but at least Manneken has several advantages that Mermaid has not. One being that it is only a couple of blocks away from the centre and not in a windy harbour, the other that the...

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  • Atomium & Heyzel area

    The Heyzel area with Mini Europe and the EU museum, even atomium itself are a bit of a tourist trap. Note: I have been informed this attraction will be closing in the Fall of 2013. I enjoyed Mini Europe despite and it was cool to see Atomium but inside Atomium was very dissappointing. Save yourself some money and just take snap some shots from...

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Brussels What to Pack

  • Universal Plug Adaptors & Extension Cord...

    First is that even the first class hotels in Europe has no Universal Sockets (the three hole configuration with different shapes of the holes) unlike many of the first class hotels in Asia where they are a standard. different countries have different socket plug ins and there are many power plug configurations like the two pin (which we use in...

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  • Smartphone with Large Memory is a Must!

    In today's wired world, Point and Shoot Cameras and Digital SLR's are slowly but surely becoming obsolete as the Newer Generation of Smartphones churned up by noted Makers such as Samsung, Apple, Sony, Microsoft, LG and others now have better cameras installed in their smartphones with higher megapixel content rivalling the Stand Alone Digital...

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  • Bring A Powerful Optical Zoom Camera

    If you are the intrepid shooter of lots of films and videos on your travels, then you must have a powerful optical zoom camera like a canon sx60 (which has a 50x optical zoom) or a nikon coolpix 610 (52x optical zoom). They are less bulky than the DSLR cameras and the zoom capacity lets you view and shoot objects and pretty girls from far away....

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Brussels Off The Beaten Path

  • Tours & Walks

    Directly next door, at Avenue Palmerston, 2, an extension to Hôtel van Eetvelde (at Avenue Palmerston, 4) was designed by Victor Horta in 1898. Known as Hôtel Delhaye, this building has a beautifully detailed sandstone façade. It was designed to house a garage, an office and a billiard room for van Eetvelde, as well as apartments, therefore it...

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  • Jeanneken Pis

    This statue of a little girl urinating is in a little-used street a few blocks from Brussels's Manneken Pis. Little boys peeing has been a staple of fountains for a thousand years, but I don't know of a female version from before 1985, when sculptor Denis-Adrien Debouvrie made this one and struck a blow for the sisters. It's protected by an iron...

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  • Parcs & Gardens

    These conservatories were built in the 19th century by king Leopold II to house his collection of plants from the Congo. They consist of 16 connected greenhouses. This complex can be visited only for two weeks every year; usually between april and may. I was very lucky to be in Brussels at the beginning of may, so that I could enjoy those rich...

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Brussels Sports & Outdoors

  • Scuba diving in Nemo33

    Nemo33 is a purpose built scuba diving pool with platforms at 1.4, 2.5, 6 and 10 metres and a 34 metres pit.There are swim throughs and you can even have a chat with your buddy at 10 metres down in one of three air 'caves'.The water is now slightly chlorinated water warmed at 30 celsius.WARNING: the 'champagne effect where the deep pit is full of...

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  • King Baudouin stadium

    We took the metro to Stade Roi Baudouin to see a concert of Madonna ( !) but the history of the stadium takes me back to the 80s and the disaster of Heysel stadium (that was the name of the stadium at that time). I still remember the final match for european cup between Juventus and Liverpool when 39 italian fans die and more than 500 injured....

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  • Constant Vanden Stock Stadium

    We drove from Antwerp on the day of the match to watch RSC Anderlecht play Manchester United in the UEFA Champions league.Getting lost on the ring road made us about 10 mins late and so we decided to park the mini bus near the ground in what we thought was a quiet spot. This quiet spot ended up with the bus being surrounded by the local fans after...

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  • Tours & Walks

    Downtown Brussels is a fairly small area and if you are staying in the Middle of the City Center like us, you can opt just to Walk Around the Area as The Grand Place Area and the City Center is quite easy to walk as you can get free pullout maps from the various Hotel Front Desks which have these free maps and tour brochures as well and the maps...

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  • Grand' Place & guild houses

    I use to say that this square is the most beautiful that I know. Great proportions well balanced and harmonized buildings, precious details. The only sad thing was its dark look. You may imagine my pleasure when I saw that the buildings are being cleaned, and the white stone is now shining almost as much as the shining gold in some facades. Well...

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  • Chocolate, Waffles & Fries

    Belgium is not Only Known as the Inventer of the Pomme Frites (mistakenly named French Fries) and the Popular Belgian Waffle (Liege Variety) buy when you ask a non Belgian what Belgium is famous for then he would say CHOCOLATES! as since 1635, when Belgium was part of the Spanish Netherlands, it gotten tons of cocoa beans from the Spanish Colonies...

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Top 10 Street Food Cities: Brussels

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

While we promised an article free of French crepes, we certainly can't compile an article on street food sans frites! Two stands vying for top spot in French-influenced Brussels are Frit' Flagey in Place Flagey and Maison Friterie Antoine in Place Jourdan, which is also famous for its variety of sauces, from the traditional Flemish topping of mayonnaise to a Brazilian take on ketchup and quatre poivres. Multiple VT members noted that waffles in Belgium, apparently vastly different from the American version of Belgian waffles, are alone worth the trip on the Eurostar. While the Brussels-style somewhat resembles the wide-spread notion of a Belgian waffle, the Liege waffle is denser and coated in a caramelized sugar. Either variety can be topped with powdered sugar, fresh whipped cream, strawberries and/or chocolate. One final treat not to miss are Brussels' shellfish specialties of moules frites (mussels served with fries) and caricolles (small snails boiled in broth).

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