Elsene / Ixelles
1.6 miles from downtown
Ixelles: hub for “bourgeois-boheme” (or bo-bo) types. Artists, intellectuals and students slink through these streets. The culturally inclined love to live here (careful – it comes with a posh price tag). Brunch at Belga in Place Flagey, then shop local from their weekend market. When the sun’s not-so shy, Abbey de la Cambre’ll be calling.
Places to stay from $42 a night
1.9 miles from downtown
Bordered by two Universities (VUB and ULB), impressionable minds and student-style ambition abound in this district. Cinquantenaire Park and Art Nouveau architecture pretty the streets. If you’ve been itching for some Brussels mussels, pair them with frites, local beer, and find it here. Then soothe sweet teeth at a typical Belgian ice cream parlour.
Places to stay from $51 a night
Sint-Gillis / Saint-Gilles
1.1 miles from downtown
Wanna be an artist? You and everyone else in Sint-Gilles. Books and vintage wares can be obtained at the any of the (many) second hand shops. More bo-bo’s abound here. If its’ a summer month–the Midi Fair will find you on these streets (probably eating doughnut balls). Dine on a vegetable pie at La Maison du Peuple and feel like you live here.
Places to stay from $40 a night
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.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.05|
|Average weekend price||$117 per night|
|Average weekday price||$123 per night|
|Average stay||1 night|
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.
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!!
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!
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
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.
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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