Brussels: Not a Sprout in Sight – What to See, Eat and Do

November 27, 2018

The European centre of institutions and culture, Brussels is a major city, and one that should be near the top of your list if you’re looking for a city break that’s not too far from home. Easily accessible from ports all across the northern coast, you can be in the hustle and bustle of this wonderful city before you know it. With that in mind, we’re going to run through some of the best bits that Brussels has to offer as we welcome the colder months.


What to See & Do

There’s plenty of stunning architecture in Brussels, with the Grand Place perhaps the best place to soak up the atmosphere. This large square is often seen as the heart of the city, and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful squares in all of Europe. Each side of the cobbled square is flanked by striking and opulent buildings, including guildhalls and the town hall. Some bits of architecture date from the Medieval period, making this a true historical attraction as well as an aesthetic one.

If you’re making the trip over with the family, then you might be interested in some of the many museums and activity centres that Brussels boasts. Mini Europe is one of Brussels’ most delightful attractions. At 1:25 scale, it recreates many of Europe’s landmarks and sights, and is perfect for children and adults alike. The Atomium is another stunning sight. This giant sculpture of an atom sits on the Heysel Plateau and is accompanied by a museum and exhibitions.

Ultimately however, Brussels is full of sights, and is one of those cities that you can stroll around and stumble across all manner of attractions without even trying.


What to Eat

Being a hub for all of Europe, there’s no shortage of different things to try in Brussels, and you’re sure to be able to sample delights from all over the continent. There are both pricey restaurant districts and street food to choose from, so it doesn’t matter what you’re into or what your budget stretches to. There are several Michelin star restaurants in the city if you’re looking for something really special.

Traditional Belgian food isn’t all that well known, but there are still a few dishes that you must try if you’re in Brussels. Mussels are probably the best choice, which can be eaten casually while out and about, served with fries, or enjoyed in a top restaurant. Speaking of fries – they’re seen in many ways as the national dish, and you’ll find them everywhere as a great fast food option. Make sure you sample all the toppings!

And finally, of course there’s chocolate. Belgium is famous for its chocolate, and you’ll be pleased to know that Brussels doesn’t disappoint. There are chocolatiers everywhere, in which you can purchase a little something for there and then, or treats to take home as gifts.


Where to Stay

Brussels is a centre of business and institutions as well as being a tourist destination, which means that you’ll find there’s no shortage of places to stay, whether you’re looking for something luxurious, or just a place to sleep. Contrary to many places, you may well find that hotels are cheaper on a weekend than they are during the week, as the city will be packed with businesspeople Monday to Friday. Generally, Brussels is on the pricier side of European cities, but there are always good deals to be found if you shop around.


How to Get There

Brussels is only a couple of hours away from Dover or Calais, which makes it a very straightforward city to reach by car. Take the trip over specially, or make it the first stop on a larger driving holiday.

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