Things to do in Brussels

The two best-known attractions in Brussels are Grand Place and the Manneken-Pis. But that’s not where the attractions start and end. Brussels is brimming with beautiful parks, walks, galleries, museums, awesome shopping and plenty of evening entertainment with cool bars, clubs and theatre. Some other famous attractions include the Atomium, Palais de Justice and the Royal Palace.

Because Brussels is a relatively small city, it’s quite nice to just walk around and discover things. It’s the best way to appreciate the historic architecture, colourful comic wall murals and manicured parklands. And of course, you won’t walk far without stumbling upon a lovely little café where you can sit with a Belgium beer or a latte.

The museums in Brussels are noteworthy. There are so many in fact that Brussels should really be known as the city of museums. At last count there were around 90, most of which are pretty close to each other in the city. There are fine art museums, scientific museums, modern art museums and really different museums like toy museums, comic strip museums and musical instrument museums. You can even buy a pass that’ll allow you to access a bunch of museums without paying separate entry fees. You can buy passes that are valid from 24 hours to 72 hours.

Here's our pick of what to do in Brussels.

Grand Place

The Grand Place is Europe at its finest. It’s a magnificent central square with the Hôtel de Ville, Baroque-style guildhalls, museums, street-side cafes, delicious chocolate shops (mmmm, Belgium chocolate) and quaint cellar restaurants.

Musee Magritte

If you’re a fan of Belgium’s most famous surrealist artist Rene Magritte, you’re going to love this museum. If you’re not a fan, you soon will be.

Rue Des Bouchers

Pack your eating pants. At Rue des Bouchers you’ll taste the best of Brussels – the best frites, chocolate, beer, waffles and seafood delicacies this little city has to offer.

Manneken-Pis

Sure, you guessed it; it’s a little peeing statue. But it’s not just any old statue. This famous sculpture is a symbol of the rebellious spirit of Brussels and its people.

The Belgian Centre for Comic Strip Art

Holy comic book awesomeness Batman! Not only is Brussels home to a real-life Gotham City, it also has a sweet comic book museum. Nerd out in this amazing museum, an Art Nouveau building designed by Belgian architect Victor Horta.