BEST THINGS TO DO IN BRUSSELS
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S Marks The Spots (www.smarksthespots.com) is a food and travel blog by Sandy Tsakiridi, a passionate foodie with an incurable case of wanderlust. Follow the spots in her online treasure map and discover the best foodie and fun spots in Brussels, London, Paris and beyond!
Brussels is one of those cities that need time and patience to discover. Its most beautiful gems are hidden for those who know where to look off the beaten path. Ready to discover some of the best spots in town? Keep reading!
- THE MOST IMPRESSIVE SIGHTS IN BRUSSELS
No trip to Brussels would be complete without a visit of the Grand Place, a masterpiece voted on more than one occasions as one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Lined with impressive buildings, the Grand Place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and hosts every two years the exquisite flower carpet whereby the square gets covered with a sea of colorful flowers that depict a different theme.
Architecture is a very important aspect of Brussels, especially when it comes to Art Nouveau. There are over 200 examples of Art Nouveau buildings, many of which are open to the public at certain times of the year. The brilliant creative works of Victor Horta can be found all around town but if you are curious to see the home and studio of the famous architect, make sure to visit the Museum Horta in Ixelles.
Another significant part of Brussels’ cultural heritage is comics. The “promenade bande dessinnée” feautures over 50 colourful mural paintings of famous comic heroes born in Belgium, such as Lucky Luke and Tin Tin. Following the so-called “comic strip route” takes visitors around Brussels’ iconic neighbourhoods and is one of the most original ways to discover the city.
Brussels is also dotted with small gardens of exceptional beauty, like the Petit Sablon. My absolute favourite garden though is the one in Mont des Arts, one of the best spots to watch the sunset in Brussels (I mean, just look at this!). No wonder it is one of the most photographed sights in the city.
- THE MOST DELICIOUS FOODIE SPOTS IN BRUSSELS
One of the best things about Brussels is the great culinary scene. There are countless great restaurants to choose from and let’s not forget the Belgian specialties, like chocolate, beer, fries and speculoos.
I happen to love brunch, so whenever I want to treat myself I always visit one my favourite brunch spots in Brussels. Being also genuinely interested in specialty coffee, I am happy that Brussels’ coffee scene is booming at the moment with many great coffee shops popping up here and there.
If you are looking to experience Belgian cuisine, Les Brigittines and Bon Bon come highly recommended. For a typical Brussels experience, head to Noordzee in Place Sainte-Catherine and join both visitors and locals alike for fresh seafood and wine in one of the liveliest areas in town.
- THE MOST FUN EXPERIENCES IN BRUSSELS
Brussels is a very lively city. There is always a festival or outdoor event to choose from in different neighbourhoods around town. Being a foodie, I always enjoy Eat! Brussels, the arksthespots.com/brussels-food-truck-festival/">Food Truck Festival (the biggest of its kind in Europe!) as well as the Belgian Beer Weekend. Another yearly event I never miss is the Museums Nocturnes whereby a number of museums in Brussels stay open until later in the evening and host special events for visitors.
If you love antiques and are up for some treasure hunting, do not miss the Place du Jeu de Balle flea market in the Marolles. This open-air market brings together numerous merchants who sell all sorts of things from second-hand clothes and jewellery to props, ornaments and other curiosities. Last but not least, on a sunny day make sure to visit the Bois de la Cambre, one of Brussels’ best parks, where you can enjoy a picnic or take a fun little boat trip.