Brussels

The capital of Belgium is a cosmopolitan city with ornate guild houses, elegant boulevards and impressive monuments. With its historic centre, talented chocolatiers and cheerful caf├ęs it’s no wonder that Brussels is such a popular short break choice, check out our great Eurostar deals to Brussels.

Insider Tip

Visit Tintin and Snowy at the Belgian Comic Strip centre, where you can enjoy themed exhibitions from the library of more than 25,000 comic books.

In Brussels, one of Europe’s gastronomic capitals you’ll find far more on offer than just chocolates and beer! Brussels boasts over 1800 places to eat, from exclusive gourmet restaurants to small bistros serving delicious local recipes. For traditional Belgian and French cuisine there are some great restaurants in and around the Grand’ Place. You will find the Belgian speciality Mosselenfrites featuring heavily on many menus, but also look out for other superb local specialities such as rabbit cooked in beer, Flemish beef stew, sausage and waffles. For Italian cuisine head to 'Little Italy' along Rue Franklin.

Beer is the drink of choice here and often accompanies a good meal, with a bewildering choice to try. You could even visit the Gueuze Brewery Museum, the only active brewery in Brussels that is open to the public.

Brussels is a superb city for shopping and has one of the oldest shopping centres in the world - 'Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert' on Rue de la Madeleine, which opened its doors for its first sale in 1847. The main pedestrian shopping street, the longest in Brussels, is Rue Neuve with mainly international chain stores. Another area well worth a visit is on and around Rue Antoine Dansaert, where both the well established and up-and coming designers show off their wares.

Traditional souvenirs include chocolate, lace and tapestries. For another shopping experience during your stay in Brussels, a visit to one of the local markets is a must. Try the Sunday morning market near the Gare du Midi for fruit, vegetables or cheese, while the daily flea market on the Place du Jeu de Balle in the Marolles area is perfect for bargain hunting.

Must See

Grand' Place This beautiful square is flanked by the ornate Town Hall and Guild Houses; at night it is illuminated by a spectacular light show.

Mannekin Pis Duquesnoy's celebrated statue has been a tourist attraction for centuries.

Palais Royal This imposing palace is now the office of the King of Belgium and houses an interesting museum about the Belgian Royal.

Atomium Built for the 1958 World Fair, nine shining spheres representing an iron cystal magnified 165 billion times, stand 103m high as a space-age symbol of the city.

Cathedral of St Michel & St Gudule This 13th century Gothic cathedral stands on site of an earlier 11th century church.

Must Do

Discover the Art Nouveau buildings sprinkled around the city, and be sure to visit the Horta Museum, the former home of the architect Victor Horta.

Go browsing for antiques in the area around chich Sablon Square.

Learn about the European Parliament with a free audio-guided tour of the debating chamber.

Enjoy the open air at Jubilee Park, one of the largest parks in Brussels covering 75 acres and laid out in formal symmetrical alleyways.