For many, Brussels is the capital of Belgium.
For me, Brusells is the capital of gold & crunchy french fries, sweet and crisp waffles, and mouth-melting belgian chocolate.
Only Tip: Do not go on a diet.
I recommend staying somewhere near the Gare Central. This is a very central spot, walking distance from the main attractions & nice restaurants. I stayed at Hôtel Le Dixseptième, a very cozy and elegant hotel by the Rue de La Madeleine, 100% recommended.
GRAND PLACE: Brussel’s central square holds beautiful buildings around, including the King’s House and the city’s Town Hall. It is a beautiful scenery at day and at night (the lighting at night is divine).
GALLERIES ROYALES: Beautiful shopping arcade under a arched glass roof, full of very unique Belgian chocolate stores, antique shops, cafés, high end shops, and many other curiosities. Different scene at day and night, when lighted up beautifly.
ATOMIUM: This astonishing structure now holds a museum, a nice restaurant, and a great view.
MONT DES ARTS: The name is on point: “Mount of the Arts”. The scenery and the view are art themselves, and you can find museums like the MIM and Royal Museum of Fine Arts at a walking distance. (It’s also very close to the Royal Palace).
SERRES ROYALES DE LAEKEN: This royal gardens are open to the public only a few weeks a year, so if you are in Brussels at this time, it might be a sign. This might not be the main Brussels attraction, but if you have are in town for a couple of days it’s a nice plan.
CIRCUIT DE SPA – FRANCOCHAMPS: This circuit is located in the town of SPA, which is an hour and a half road trip far from brussels. It’s the venue for Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix. If you’re lucky, you can catch a cool race going on.
Place Sainte-Catherine: This plaza is surrounded by local and traditional seafood restaurants. I would recommend Mer du Nord to grab a bite, very fresh fish and seafood, and a nice & different atmosphere. You order & grab your meal and then have it in any of the high-top tables surrounding this plaza’s corner.
Belga Queen: This amazing restaurant not only has a great atmosphere and great food (especially great seafood), but it is also home to one of the coolest bars in Brussels (the cigar lounge). Take the stairs downstairs and you’ll find a this bar located in a former bank vault, surrounded by all the antique safes.
Delirium Café: Probably the widest beer menu you’ll ever get the chance to see, or drink. Beer-oriented ambience with great music and an overall good vibe.
Best French Fries:
- Maison Antoine
- Frit Flagey
- Friiterie Tabora
- Aux Gaufres de Bruxelles
- Maison Dandoy