Brussels is the capital of Belgium with art nouveau architecture and monumental edifices outline the city’s casual atmosphere, where cafe culture reigns and locals practice a laissez-faire attitude.Here Flemish meets French, hip meets historic and beautiful meets bizarre.
Best Time to Visit
The peak of the tourist season is July and August, when the weather is at its finest, but you’ll find Belgium every bit as attractive during other months.
Top Places to Visit in Brussels
1. Old England Building
Home of the eclectic Museum of Musical Instruments. Another stunning specimen of Art Nouveau style is the Maison Cauchie, one of the most beautiful homes in Brussels now protected as a national monument.
2. Planete Chocolat
Brussels is also known for elevating sweet treats into an art form. One of the greatest national delights is chocolate, from dark to white, coated or patterned, solid or filled with a dizzying array of decadent treats. You can find delicious goodies nearly anywhere in the city, including at national chains like Neuhaus or Corne Port Royal, but the best delights are crafted individually at boutique chocolatiers like Planete Chocolat.
3. Grand Place
The central square of Brussels. Hidden away in the heart of the old town, the place can only be accessed through narrow side alleys that lead to charming cafes, cellar restaurants, museums and the beautiful town hall building. Visit at different times of the day to watch the Grand Place transform in the different sunlight. No matter when you visit, you will see locals milling about and visitors simply absorbing its beauty.
4.The Musée Magritte
A tribute to Rene Magritte, houses an outstanding collection of the surrealist master’s personal items in a completely unremarkable, yellow-brick house. The outside may be nothing special, but the inside of the museum is a treasure trove of famous paintings and a incredibly interesting peek of the artist’s personal life.
5. Musée d’Art Ancien
A remarkable museum which houses works by Flemish primitives, the Musée d’art Moderne, a subterranean gallery showcasing art from the 19th and 20th centuries and the Musée Royaux des Beaux-Arts, one of the country’s premier collections of modern and ancient art.
Like many European cities, Brussels is best explored on foot. Many of the city’s cobbled streets have been pedestrianized, including the lively Rue des Bouchers. Seafood restaurants and bustling cafes line the famous street, tempting travelers and locals alike with marine delicacies and craft beers.