The must‑see visits

Eating, drinking & going out in Brussels

Main square

Nestled in the centre of Brussels, the Grand Place is considered one of the most beautiful squares in the world. You will find the Maison du Roy (now the Musée de la Ville) as well as the even older Hôtel de Ville, but also the Maison des Brasseurs and other architectural jewels. Every 2 years, in mid-August, the “Flower Carpet” is displayed on the Grand Place.

Manneken-Piss

This little man with a strange posture is one of the most famous symbols of the Brussels people, tall by his fame, he measures only 55.5 cm! His real name is Menneke pis, which means a little boy in Brussels. The legend of Manneken-Pis remains a real enigma…. it would have extinguished the beginning of a fire on Brussels….

Tradition has it that the city’s guests offer him a suit. Most of his outfits are visible at the Manneken-Piss Museum, adjacent to the small statue.

Atomium

The Atomium is one of the symbols of Brussels. This flagship building was built for the 1958 World Expo. It represents the elementary mesh of iron (and not a molecule or atom) magnified 165 billion times. It attracts with its modernist architecture and its panoramic view of the city. It houses a museum and a panoramic restaurant.

Royal Galleries Saint Hubert

They are among the oldest in Europe and particularly bold, they were the first covered galleries. Inaugurated in 1847, they were designed by the architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaar. Tea rooms, breweries, quality bookstores and chic boutiques occupy the ground floor of the buildings. The floors contain private apartments.

Park of the Fiftieth Anniversary

The Parc du Cinquantenaire is a vast green space close to the European quarter. Designed for the fiftieth anniversary of Belgium’s independence in 1880, it covers 30 hectares around a monumental triumphal arch built in the early 20th century in a neoclassical style by the French architect Girault. Surrounded by beautiful bourgeois residences, it also houses the Royal Museums of Art, History and the Army Museum.

The esplanade in front of the Cinquantenaire is regularly used to organise events: departure and arrival of the 20 km of Brussels, environmental festival, bicycle festival, concerts, festivals, events, drive-in movies, etc.

The Comic Book Museum:

Located on rue des Sables, the museum offers visitors permanent exhibitions, regularly renewed, featuring the heroes of the ninth art.


The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace of Brussels is located on Place des Palais. Born from the combination of four private mansions built in the 18th century, it is currently the King’s administrative residence and main place of work. The King receives representatives of political institutions, foreign guests (heads of state, ambassadors) and other guests.

Flagey and the Ixelles ponds

The Flagey Square district is characterized by its multicultural character.  Around the square and in the adjacent streets, popular cafés are located next to trendy pub (e.g. Belga).

Many artists frequent the places. It is not uncommon to meet a celebrity on a terrace or in the market. In 1956, it was the Maison de la Radio – the National Broadcasting Institute (INR) – that emerged at the corner of the ponds. This Art Deco liner now houses theatres, offices and a trendy café on the ground floor. The building still houses the Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts visuels de la Cambre.

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