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

  • 30%



    Not very much to see in the city. I suggest drinking tours or individually touring bars on your own.

    Insider Tip:If you don't like beer then you won't like Brussels.

  • 70%


    Not as Much as I Thought

    I enjoyed Brussels a lot, but it was much busier and dirtier than I expected - basically like most large cities. I had been the Bruges for a few days before going to Brussels, and I enjoyed the quaintness there more than the big city feel of Brussels. The Grand Place and Royal Palace were nice, but otherwise, I didn't think there was quite as much to see.

    Insider Tip:You can get away with just a day and night in Brussels. If you're there for the evening and enjoy beer, definitely check out the Delirium Cafe, which has over 2,000 types of beers.

  • 80%


    Good times

    I loved Brussels and would go back in a heartbeat. I found the people very nice and helpful. I speak French which probably helps. It's a very walkable city and the public transportation is reasonably priced. While you are in town check out the Coudenberg museum. It's an archaeological site of the medieval Palais Royale and it's below the Place des Palais. If you can, try to time going to the Grote Markt at sunset as the light reflecting of the buildings is beautiful.

    Insider Tip:If you get a sandwich with fries, the fries will be inside the sandwich, this is normal. There are cheap waffles near the Manneken Pis, and look out for comic book art on random walls.

  • 70%


    Brussels has great waffles, beer, chocolate, beer, architecture, and oh yes did I mention beer?

    Brussels Belgium is a great walk around city. The city center is laid out in an upside down pentagon of gridded out streets. Walking though this city center can be really amazing in terms of the architectural beauty of all the city buildings and the churches. If you wander a little outside of the city center pentagon thingy you can see European Parliament to the west, or if you go far enough south there is a nice forest reserve that we enjoyed. Also, the Belgian's know their beer! cheers!

    Insider Tip:avoid intercity trains in Brussels. Though friendly, the controllers aren't always correct in their advice. Holland is much better with their train system. Also, go to "La Brocante" south of the city center right next to the flea market. Finally try to order "Westvlettren 12" they probably won't have it, but if they do you're in for a treat.

  • 100%


    More than I expected

    When we planned to visit Brussels we didn't expect it was that great, It is a beautiful city with a lot of history, and great beers.

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