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Contemporary yet rich in tradition, Brussels is home to lively bars, cobblestone streets, historical buildings and a large cosmopolitan population.

Walking around the Belgian capital is like exploring a museum – each building, street corner and statue has a story to tell. The Grand Place – a UNESCO-listed plaza surrounded by magnificent architecture, cafés and chocolate shops – is a melting pot of history, culture and modernity. Manneken Pis, a statue of a urinating boy, is a nearby popular attraction that draws tourists regularly.

Belgium is renowned for its chocolates, waffles and beer. In Brussels, a journey to discover these specialities will take you to two elite chocolate stores, Mary Chocolaterie and Neuhaus Chocolates. Later, you can have Belgian waffles at Maison Dandoy. For a truly local experience, try your waffles plain and with powdered sugar. End your day with a glass of beer at the popular Delirium café. If you want to taste something beyond beer and waffles, try the crunchy Belgian fries and a bowl of Waterzooi, a classic chicken or fish stew.

No trip to Brussels is complete without a visit to the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. This architectural masterpiece is a shopping enthusiast’s paradise and houses numerous contemporary shops, cultural areas and delicious cafés. Another way to explore the city’s shopping scene is by visiting the Marolles Flea Market. From furniture and jewelry to old vinyl records and electronics, the market offers an extensive choice of antiques and is always abuzz with merchants and buyers.

Tonight

From $83 per night

This weekend

From $166 per night

Next weekend

From $166 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.05
Language French
Average weekend price $117 per night
Average weekday price $123 per night
Average stay 1 night

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6.0

Brussels has a few interesting sights, but overall it's...

June 29, 2022

Brussels has a few interesting sights, but overall it's just a big, dirty, faceless city. Other places in Belgium were much more interesting. Our side trip to Bruges/Brugge was great. We want to go back to Belgium, but we'll avoid Brussels and visit smaller cities/towns with more character. Brussels has good restaurants, especially if you want great waffles or fries. Just about any place is good then. We walked a lot in Brussels, didn't use public transport, but we felt like it was easy to get around. There are also bikes and scooters for rent. Mannekin Pis was very uninteresting.

MicAntCha
MicAntCha Estonia
4.0

Brussels has become exceedingly seedy and shabby.

June 22, 2022

Brussels has become exceedingly seedy and shabby. Filthy streets - graffiti everywhere. And why is it so expensive?? The hotels are massively over-priced. I come here because performances at La Monnaie are of such a high standard - every else is to be avoided!!

Phill
Phill United Kingdom
8.0

Very few places or people used masks or followed distancing...

June 20, 2022

Very few places or people used masks or followed distancing rules. It was very crowded. The weather was lovely and even a little bit of rain didn't affect the vacation. People need to know that there is construction everywhere. A transit strike caused our flight to be delayed a day. Our hotel was full for the extra night but came through the next day, fortunately. Probably they had a cancellation due to someone not being able to arrive. The food was interesting and looked great but there were not that many options for gluten-free and dairy-free people like me. I really wanted a Belgian waffle with ice cream and whipped cream but had to settle for Belgian Dark chocolate. Poor me!

DodoLM
DodoLM United States of America
10

Lovely city with a jaw dropping Grand Place square, A very...

June 19, 2022

Lovely city with a jaw dropping Grand Place square, A very friendly place with warm and helpful people. Quaint roadside cafes with a fabulous range of Beers. The variety and quality of chocolates are fantastic

Anonymous India
4.0

The center of Brussels needs to be kept much cleaner and...

June 12, 2022

The center of Brussels needs to be kept much cleaner and renovated. It has some nice areas around the Grand Place. It is, however, not a city that I would recommend to visit, if one doesn't have much time in Europe. There are many other more attractive towns and cities.

Joseph
Joseph United States of America
4.0

If you go to the restaurants where the servants are local...

June 9, 2022

If you go to the restaurants where the servants are local people and you are coming from the third countries then get ready to be served very late. This l experienced many times. I didn’t find local people in Brussels tolerant.

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