Brussels Pocket Guide

Images Of Brussels

Think of a city and you normally associate it with something. Think of Venice and images of canals flow into your head; imagine Paris and visions of the Eiffel Tower will come streaming into your mind. But Brussels is different. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what Brussels is famous for. The problem is, there are simply too many things to relate it to. This is where you will find Art Nouveau on every second street corner. It's also home to the European Union. Then you've got beer, chocolate, cartoon murals...the list goes on. Just ensure you have enough time to take it all in.

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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Brussels.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Brussels... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Brussels.

Brussels City Reviews

  • 80%


    Awesome, but don't stay too long!!

    Brussels is a beautiful city, but doesn't really offer more than 3 days of activities, especially if you take the Sandeman's free tour (which is awesome, as usual). It's an extremely walkable city, despite the hills.

    Insider Tip:Walking down from the Albert plaza, you can find great food at better prices! Ah, frites...

  • 80%


    Cute city, I had the feeling I was inside a snowglobe, eveything is just so cute! Woudn't stay more than 3 days though, It's a small city, you can easily see everything in that time.

    Insider Tip:Take a walk to the centre, enjoy every small chocolate store. Eat belgian waffles (on the actual stores, the street ones are bad), visit the Magritte Museum (A MUST! Amazing), taste every beer you can at Delirium Café.

  • 20%


    Don't Waste Your Time

    We only spent one night here, thank goodness! There is barely anything worth seeing in this city, and the people are HORRIBLE. Waiters, bartenders, strangers even are RUDE. One young man STOLE MY PHONE RIGHT OUT OF MY HAND. DO NOT waste your time in this ghetto, worthless city.

    Insider Tip:If you do go there, approach the famous absinthe bar with caution, and whatever you do, DO NOT ORDER DAS BOOT AT DELIRIUM BAR. There's a reason the local will stare and laugh at you.

  • 80%


    Nice and safe, enjoyable city.

    Would recommend: Bruparck (Mini Europe & Atomium), Cantillon Brewery (tour & tastings), Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (with demonstration and tastings), Grand Place and the many quaint little streets off of it, and the Manneken Pis (located near to a couple of great waffle shops!)

    Insider Tip:Be in the Grand Place to see the lights come on at night!

  • 90%


    A weekend in Brussels

    We really enjoyed Brussels - a weekend was just enough to feel fulfilled and see what we wanted to see without feeling like we needed more time/getting bored. The Grand Place is where I recommend starting off your sightseeing, and definitely get a walking tour. You will get a great view of the city, some info on the history and sights, and you can get your bearings and return to the places you want to spend more time at after getting your bearings and and understanding of the city layout.

    Insider Tip:-The Grand Place has a tourist info center with maps, definitely grab one -Also definitely do a walking tour -Avoid the restaurants on "meat street" and the ones too close to the center. They are generally way too expensive and the food is average to below average. Look at menus/prices before sitting down anywhere. -Celtica bar has great deals on Trappist beers before midnight (you can get the 3 beers for 6Euro) -Do grab some belgian waffles and try the mayo fries - it's touristy but delicious

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