Things to do in Brussels
Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts
Experiences you might enjoy
Here are some activities by locals that would help you explore the city.
Best of the best
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The Grand Place is the central square of Brussels.It is surrounded by guildhalls, the city's Town Hall, and the Breadhouse. Most important tourist destination in Brussels. Unesco world heritage site.
The most memorable landmark in Brussels. Square surrounded by opulent guildhalls and two larger edifices, the city's Town Hall, and the Breadhouse building containing the Museum of the City.
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Beautfiful park Museum Autoworld and Military museum Leading to the business center and European quarter, shuman and the rue de la Loi. If you go straight ahead, you'll arrive downtown (grand place)
A lot of nice museums: army museum (free), car museum, museum of art an history. There is also a mold making atelier, worth while to visit but not often open.
Parc du Cinquantenaire (or Park of the 50th Anniversary), is a large urban park (30 hectares) with several museums (Autoworld, Royal Military Museum,...). Ideal for jogging and relaxing.
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No wonder Beer lovers from around the world love this place. You can taste more than 2000 beers from around the globe. Delirium Café holds the Guinness World Record for the most beers offered with 200
Delirium Café is a bar in Brussels, Belgium, known for its long beer list, standing at 2,004 different brands in January 2004 as recorded in the The Guinness Book of Records.
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Great art deco building with original interior. Nice trendy local people. Big terrace. Walk afterwards along the lakes up to the medieval abbey of La Cambre.
Are you going to meet some locals around Flagey? They will probably suggest to meet here. THE place to be, one of the trendiest café-bars in town. On their sunny terrace life tastes slow, sweet an... read more
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We are in love with Art Nouveau, and Victor Horta is one of its founders. John Julius Norwich described him as "undoubtedly the key European Art Nouveau architect." Be sure to visit this museum.
The Horta Museum is located in the private house and studio of Victor Horta (1861-1947). Famous Belgian Architect. Built between 1898 and 1901 at 23-25, rue Américaine in Saint-Gilles, Brussels, th... read more
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The Magritte Museum on the Place Royale in Brussels gathers more than 200 works of the famous Belgian artist René Magritte. L’homme du large, 1927 Magritte is one of the 10 most famous painters in... read more
Opened in 2009, dedicated to the work of the famous Belgian surrealist artist, René Magritte. It is one of the constituent museums of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.
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The Atomium is a building in Brussels originally constructed for Expo 58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak.
The Atomium was a building originally constructed for Expo 58, and is now a museum. It is a building, with 9 stainless steel clad spheres connected forming the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal.
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A really interesting museum on musical instruments in one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings in the city. They also serve an overpriced brunch on its top floor, with a great view.
The Musical Instruments Museum atop the Mont des Arts is one of the greatest examples of modernism in Brussels, yet it wasn’t designed by Horta like many tourists mistakingly assume. This particula... read more
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The best place to learn about Belgian beers! This cozy bar have a quality-focused selection of beers. Avoid the more touristy version in the city centre (or, even worse, Delirium). A must go!
Simply the best craft beer bar in Brussels. Offering a frequently updated list of some two dozen beers on tap, you can try some of the best beers that Belgium and the world have to offer.
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No nonsense food, really good prices, all served in an authentic and typically Belgian setting. Dutch, French, English and Spanish spoken. Open mon-fri 16.30-midnight, wkends 12-15h & 16.30-midnight
The most popular restaurant in Brussels. And for good reasons. Quick service, friendly stuff and good Belgian food, for a reasonable price. Always busy, no reservations: you may need to queue 15 min.
Laidback restaurant with great, simple Belgian food. Try the STOEMP or the delicious salad with grilled chicken. (You can’t pay with a credit card)
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The park It has a pond, a closed street for rollerbladers, and plenty of paths to get lost in. Lots of joggers run along its sidewalks, especially on weekends when it’s closed to vehicles
The famous public park in Brussels. Beautifully designed in early XX th century with its lake, its barks, the little island and the chic restaurant. To get some fresh air and exercise.
Huge Parc 20 min walk from the airbnb. Perfect for a jogging, a walk in the forest. It comprises a small lake with an island in the centre, called Robinson's island.
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French fries or chips are a Belgian specialty, and there is no better place to try them than at Antoine's.
Brussels is also about French Fries, well you to say Belgium Fries now. The historical best place in town
If you want to live a belgian experience and taste "french fries" in one of the best fritkot in town.
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Place to be! For a drink, a nice dinner,. I recommend the restaurant "chez Oki" rue Lesbroussart, a delicious Asian-French fusion cuisine. The Belga is the famous bar and the market on Sat.and Sun'
Marché ouvert , avec bars et food trucks tous les week end, mais aussi son 'fritkot' et les balades autours des étangs/Week end market, food truks, bars, the french fries spot and walk around the p... read more
Nice spot to hang out with nice restaurants en a nice typical bar Belga. On saterday and sunday morning markets with pop up food bars … . There is also a cinema and concert hall.
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The best bar with a huge choice of Belgian beers of the neighborhood. Concert and Dj set on the weekend. During the day you can enjoy the breakfast and the lunch with tasty salads or sandwiches. As... read more
With its fantastic full south terrace, this music venue bar is the place to be seen at the St Gilles and Forest border. Sunsets are just breathtaking ! You will love the place with or without your ... read more
Cozy, big cafe bar, top urban place!: lunch, breakfast, coffe, drink with a friend, nice terrace.. Thurdsay's night-life music, (day & night)
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Our most famous inhabitant : "Little man Pee" is a landmark small bronze sculpture in Brussels, depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain's basin.Put in place in 1618 or 1619
The famous Manneken-Pis remains the emblem of the rebellious spirit of the City of Brussels. His wardrobe counts more than 900 suits. The Museum of the City of Brussels presents one hundred of the... read more
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Best bars and terraces inside and around the former market hall of Saint-Géry. Don't forget to go inside the market hall itself: nice bar with comfortable chesterfield seats and city exhibitions.
Mappa Mundo, Le Roi Albert, Le Zebra.... multicultural bars where locals meet expats and tourists... Right next you'll find some delicious Asian restaurants opened until pretty late...
The Halles Saint-Géry gather lots of pubs and bars. Grab a beer and mingle with locals, expats and tourist in our beautiful city center!
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This is said to be one of the three best beer bars in the world ! It is actually just a nice place to relax, a beautifully renovated place on the soon to be pedestrianized central boulevards. Enjoy !
Beer is brewed on the spot and the card includes variety of brands from all over the world. They're hosting new labels every month! Fine brasserie food and live music on Thursday nights.
This is a must visit for beer lovers - more than 250 crafted Belgian beers - close to what is probably the most visited statue in Brussels - the celebrated Manneken Pis :)
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Serious shopping from Louis Vuitton, Max Mara on Avenue Louise and Zara etc when you walk toward Toison d´Or.
Avenue Louise is one of the main shopping area of Brussels. One side of the Avenue Louise is considered as Brussels' Champs-Elysées, where most of the posh boutiques and the great names of internat... read more
A beautiful street that links the place Stephanie, near the Palais de Justice, with the Bois de la Cambre. Good for shopping.
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Cultural center in a former botanical glasshouse, with regular concerts, art exhibitions & theater. Beautiful afternoon walk in the heart of the city in the nature.
The garden is home to 18,000 kinds of plants and various exhibitions. The Plant Palace houses 13 interconnecting glasshouses that can be viewed throughout the year. Cultural and concert venue as well
This is a hidden gem - a beautiful park that you can find only if you know where to look. It is a former botanical garden, now a green space and a restaurant/cafe. Great fun for kids!
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This is going out: sometimes you land in a cosy jazz atmosphere, sometimes you're dancing next to to the grand piano. Original art deco interior, drinks professionally served, a must.
Brussels best known cocktail/jazz bar. You have to ring the door bell to be able to enter, but don't worry: anybody is welcome to come in and try one of the great cocktails or enjoy the great Art D... read more
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If you like to dance on rock music of the 60s, even of the 20s, this is a place for you. It's opened every day (except monday and sunday). The entrance is free for girls every tuesday before 23h.
Nightclub. Swing, Lindy hop on Tuesday Atmosphere of the 40s, 50s or 60s depending on the themes of the evening
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For antique lovers this is a must. Every weekend this square gets overtaken by scores of antiques traders, turning it into the busies flea market in Belgium. Antique shops all around.
One of the most frequented spots by both locals and visitors in Brussels is the famous open-air antique market in Place du Jeu de Balle / Vossenplein. Located in the heart of the Marolles area, rig... read more
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Visitors will enjoy walking or jogging around the ponds and admiring the unusual nearby Sainte Croix church, with its Art Deco façade and neo-gothic interior
In the 19th century there were four ponds between Flagey and Abbaye de la Cambre. These two are the remaining ones. One of the most charming spots in Brussels to stroll (or jog) around.
Wealthy quiet area very popular for a walk, a run, or to have a seat on the grass. You can easily walk from there to the heart of Sonian Forest through Bois de la Cambre by staying in a green zone.
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A variety of art programs (exhibition, cinema, theatre...) I go here mainly for some world music established artists, or during the cultural seasons or parties.
Founded two centuries ago, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium hold some twenty thousand paintings, sculptures and drawings. Located in Brussels, they consist of several museums
For people who like art, you will find a lot of nice art painting and statue. The biggest Bruegel collection is in this museum. My favorite part of the museum is the Modern Art part
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Atmospheric brown bar with amazing beer selection and other Brussels delicacies and excellent spaghetti in a magnificent setting. Regular live music performances and every 2 weeks, on an sundayafte... read more
Belgian beers.In the back of the café you’ll find a separate dining area, where four different spaghettis are served. On Saturdays, there are often jazz bands playing!
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Rue Neuve (French) or Nieuwstraat (Dutch) is "the" pedestrian street in Brussels' city center! It is the most popular shopping area in town by number of shoppers.
The main shopping streets in Brussels are the Rue Neuve and Avenue Louise. Rue Neuve runs from Place de la Monnaie, about 300m north of the Grand Place, to Place Rogier, near Brussels-North Station... read more
The best know shopping street in Brussels, with all major brands. At the end of the street, you can find Galeria Inno, a huge department store.
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My favourite bar with a nice sunny terrace and wi fi. Good and experimental kitchen, lunch for 10 euros and artisanal new belgian tapas in the evening.
It is a place where your can go any time of the day, to have a brunch, lunch or spend the entire night. We love its big terrace which gives a new life to that little square, the super creative and ... read more
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Very intimate and dark. All dishes based on mushrooms. Reservation needed. Opposite the street same owners tapas and drinks
Great food, every dish contains some kind of mushroom. Not the cheapest place but the quality of the food is way higher than the price you pay! Also the wine is of high quality.
Gastronomic restaurant. All the dishes are made with mushrooms. So if you are a mushroom lover, this is a must stop. (! This is not low budget !) Make sure to book a table before.
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Bar, concert, happy hour 19h/20h, antipasti
One of the nice bars in Parvis de St.Gilles
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Concerts every night. Check out the programme before coming to Bxl and get your tickets on line. If you love music, this is the place to listen to it. From classic, to rock, electro, punk, jazz ...
Ancienne Belgique is a concert hall for contemporary music, it is one of the leading concert venues in Belgium, hosting a wide variety of international and local acts.
The place to be for big live concerts in Brussels. AB is a venue with around 2.000 people capacity. They host the best bands and musicians from around the world. Check their website: www.abconcerts.be