Belgian capital is the best place to discover amazing jazz clubs, peeing statues, dramatic art work, comic book heroes and many more. This is the home of Art Nouveau, royal greenhouses and music.
Why should anyone visit the city?
People visit Brussels for centuries old history. There are many architectural master pieces which are very well preserved like the Grand Place (Medieval architecture masterpiece) and Coudenberg Palace along with its excavations.
How does one get to the destination (airport, ferry or others)?
Brussels South Charleroi Airport welcomes flights from many destinations of the world. It receives almost every domestic flight and popular international flights.
Main stations of the city are Brussels-Nord, Brussels-central and Brussels Midi). They are located under the airport terminal.
You can travel by bus or van whereas you need to check the rules if you are allowed to drive a car in Brussels.
Different international bus services operate take passengers from Brussels to different parts of Europe.
Is the city safe? What areas are not safe?
Brussels is a safe city whereas some neighborhoods have a high crime rate. The neighborhoods with high risk of robbery and snatching are Quartier Nord, Mantonge, Porte de Hal, Grand Place, Brabant and North Station district in Schaerbeek. Avoid roaming around very late at night especially in the tourist places. Solo female travelers are safe around the city and there is no specific dress code for them whereas they should beware of pickpockets.
What’s the weather like?
- March to May is the best time for sight-seeing because there is very less crowd. Different flights and hotels offer wonderful deals. Temperature drops in the night so do not forget thick woolen clothes.
- June to August is the summer season and it starts with the beginning of June. Days are sunny and nights are cool but very pleasant.
- September to October is the start of winter season and the best time to enjoy the city. Tourism is also slow so the flights and accommodation is also available on low prices.
- November to February is the wet and cold winter time. City welcomes huge tourist crowds due to festive season. Many people visit Brussels for the celebrations of Christmas and New year.
What languages are spoken in the area? Is English spoken?
There are three official languages of Brussels which are Dutch, German and French. Different dialects are spoken in different areas of the city. English is also widely spoken especially in the areas associated with tourism.
What’s the local currency?
Is US Dollar widely accepted?
Official currency of Brussels is Euro. You need to exchange the money to Belgian Euro. Try to avoid exchanging the money in Europe because the charges are very high. Most places do not accept US Dollars directly whereas you can keep USD as a backup in case of emergency.
What are the best areas or districts to stay in the city?
- City center is the main food and heritage site. It is the main town square that is well connected to all major attractions.
- Avenue Louise and Louizalaan is the most luxurious and expensive area of the city. There are designer shops, luxury eateries and boutiques.
- Sablon is an upscale lively neighborhood with stylish bars, chic restaurants and a plenty of chocolate shops.
- European Quarter is a lively square with stunning green spaces. There are many museums, art galleries and popular restaurants.
- Ixelles is the best neighborhood to stay for the international tourists. This is a very friendly and interactive district due to people from various nationalities.
What’re your top 3 hotels (budget, moderate, luxury) and why?
- Max Hotel Brussels is a modern hotel that offers budget accommodation. Hotel offers complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, rainfall showers and flat screen TV.
- Meininger Hotel Bruxelles City Center is the former brewery that is overlooking Burxelles-Charleroi Canal. There are dorms, private rooms and suites.
- Hotel Amigo is the 5-star luxury place constructed in a prison. Many tourist attractions are very close to it like the Grand Place square is next to the building. There are lounges, gym, restaurant, bars, minibars, free internet, complimentary breakfast and many other facilities in the hotel.
How does one get around the city? Taxi, Uber, similar apps, ATVs?
- Trains are a very common and convenient way to get around the city and its suburbs.
- Metro works through 6 underground lines. There is a very prominent M at the back of the metro and the metro station.
- Tram and Bus are the high priority on every road. They only stop on request. Passengers need to raise their hand to indicate that they want to hop on the bus.
- Bikes can be hired any time for a day or for an entire week from the bike hire terminals.
- Car Rentals and Taxis are available. You can book taxi in advance or hire one at the road side. However, renting a car in Brussels is a better option. Uber is also available in Brussels.
Can you highlight the Top 5 MUST see sightseeing?
- Grand Place is a huge memorial with many cobbled alleys, historical charms and world famous square. It is listed in the UNESCO world heritage site.
- Victor Horta’s Major Town Houses is the architectural landmark. These are four houses which are listen in the UNESCO world heritage site because of their amazing art nouveau style. They are converted into hotels.
- Mont Des Arts is a huge urban complex filled with the gems of art and history. There is a square with the Royal library of Belgium, Brussels meeting center, National archives of Belgium, a public garden and a museum.
- Atomium is a very unique historical monument that is composed of nine balls of steel with a bunch of steel sticks. It is a 165 time magnified iron crystal. This monument represents the firm belief in the scientific process.
- Musical Instruments Museum is a concert hall, music store and museum. There is a very beautiful rooftop patio and the museum holds a collection of around 7000 musical instruments.
What’s the best place to take a photo?
Brussels is an amazing destination with many art nouveau places gems to capture in the travel photo album. Van Buuren Museum and gardens are amazing places which should be clicked. It has original Van Gogh paintings and heart garden among many other charms.
What about the top 3 restaurants?
- Comme Chez Soi – Art nouveau design and cozy ambiance
- Bon Bon – Romantic ambiance
- Bia Mara – Sea Food and beers
What about the top 3 breakfast places?
- Boulangerie Charli – stylish pastry shop and café
- Maison Dandoy Tea Room – European café and waffles
- Or Coffee – European Café and Bar
What’s the one thing you MUST eat in the city?
There are many European things which you must try in Brussels. Belgian waffles are available almost at every café and you must try their authentic taste. Second thing is chocolate. Never miss these two things while trying the foods. There is a huge variety of both things.
What about food markets?
- Parvis De Saint Gilles – One of the Oldest markets in Brussels
- Place Flagey – Sitting areas
- Place du Chatelain – gourmet food shopping, beer and wine
- Place Sainte Catherine – food and flowers, four days a week
- Place Van Meenan – Mondays, local and international cuisines
- Mabru – Whole sale market
Where should one go at night? Any bar/nightlife areas or districts you recommend?
- European Quarter – bars and nightclubs
- Rue Du Marche au Charbon – gay clubs , LGBTQ+
- Brussels Red Light District
Any rooftop bars or restaurants that you recommend?
- Secret Rooftop by Warwick
- Perche Rooftop Bar
Can you recommend the best shopping areas? Best shopping mall?
- Rue Neuve – International brands, busiest shopping street
- Avenue Louise & Toison d’Or – luxurious fashion stores, boutiques and
- Rue du Bailli – independent clothe stores, souvenir
- Chaussee d’Ixelles – second busiest shopping street, decoration stores, boutiques, eateries, beauty salons and cafes. This area has a little piece of Africa.
Do you recommend any tours outside the city? Islands? Boat Tours?
You can plan following one day trips from Brussels.
- Luxembourg city
- Waterloo Battlefield
Are Casinos allowed? Blackjack tables? If so, what’s the best Casino in town?
There is one casino in Belgium that is located in Brussels. It is known as Grand Casino Brussels Viage. Visitors must be older than 21 years and have a valid identity card to enter the casino.
Any last advice for people visiting the city?
- There are many weird and fascinating buildings, sculptures and art throughout the city.
- You will find a plenty of comic stores and street art inspired by comics.
- Do not forget visiting a local Brussels bar to get the typical vibe of the city.
- Try different types of local beer, handmade chocolates and a huge variety of waffles.