Famous for its waffles, fries and chocolate, of course we couldn’t wait to visit the capital of Belgium on our Europe tour. So here are our top 11 things to do in Brussels in a weekend.
Brussels In A Weekend – Our Top 11 Things To Do In Brussels
Eat, Eat, Eat!
Mont Des Arts
Chocolate Workshop At Laurent Gerbaud
Marolles Flea Market
Where To Stay In Brussels
From the Town Hall to Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, the Grand Place is the hub of Brussels and home to some of the most magnificent buildings in the country.
This central square of the city is the natural starting point for most tourists, as it’s an easy place to visit some of the most memorable landmarks in Brussels.
It is also considered as one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, so is a definite must see on your Brussels in a weekend tour.
Just down the lane from Grand Place stands the most famous little dude in Brussels.
Translated from Flemish to ‘peeing boy’, Manneken Pis is a small bronze sculpture of a naked boy urinating into a fountain.
There are many tales to be told about Manneken Pis. Although the majority refer to that fact that he helped save the city of Brussels during war times by peeing on gunpowder fuses or even peeing on the enemies themselves.
Either way, he can now be seen on memorabilia all over the city and is recognised as one of Brussels’ most popular landmarks!
Belgium, and Brussels in particular, is known for its fabulous naughty food. From waffles, to chocolate and fries we tried it all!
A few of our favourite spots we have to mention are Maison Dandoy, for the most incredible waffles we have ever tasted! Pistolet Original, for an easy snack in the form of some traditional Belgian buns. And Frit Flagey, for arguable the best fries in the city!
‘Brussels in a weekend’ could easily be turned into ‘Brussels in a month’ with all it’s delicious food selections. As for the Belgian chocolate – we’ll move onto that soon.
The Mont Des Arts is an easy way to kill some free time or alternatively, an awesome spot for sunset!
We headed down on our final evening, to take a look at the viewpoint from the garden on the hill. A garden that overlooks some of those famous Brussels landmarks.
There were dog walkers, as well as buskers, and it just had a really pleasant vibe to it! Mont Des Arts should definitely be included when planning Brussels in a weekend.
The all important chocolate stop!
We were lucky enough to take part in a chocolate making workshop with the well known chocolatier Laurent Gerbaud.
His sole shop, located next door to Mont Des Arts, is THE place to kick that chocolate craving to the curb and enjoy some of the highest quality chocolate in Belgium.
Not only was he a fantastic host, but he was one hell of a character. Both the experience and the man behind it are something we’ll never forget.
The only market in the world to open 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
If you fancy something a little different, yet still a typical Brussels experience, then why not head to Marolles Flea Market early one morning.
Unfortunately, we visited when it was raining – though there were still plenty of locals lined out showcasing their antiques and selling off old goods at cheap prices.
The market is open daily 6am – 2pm.
Besides the naughty snacks of Brussels, there are also plenty of high quality restaurants to choose from. So we decided to switch it up one evening by taking a fine dining experience on a tram!
One of the most entertaining evenings we had during our Europe trip, was riding through Brussels on the Tram Experience. Enjoying a seasonal menu designed by some of the city’s top chefs along the way.
It was a night to remember as we took a two hour journey through the lit-up capital all whilst tucking into a five course meal accompanied by wine and champagne.
It’s definitely something we’d recommend for a special occasion, or something for food fanatics to add to your Brussels in a weekend itinerary.
The Parc du Cinquantenaire is a huge 19th century city park. Consisting of floral gardens, fountains and a military museum, it’s a must visit when covering Brussels in a weekend.
An easy walk from either Schuman or Merode station, the park is a beautiful place for history lovers or photographers alike.
Built to commemorate fifty years of Belgian independence, the name means ‘Park of the fiftieth anniversary’ and is located close to the European Quarter.
How could we not include the most famous atom in the world!
Possibly the most recognised landmark in Brussels, this silver coloured collection of spheres represents a single unit of iron crystal magnified 165 billion times.
Originally built in 1958 as part of Brussels World’s Fair (Expo 58), we took a tour of the inside as it celebrated its 60th birthday and it’s definitely a bucket list item if heading to the capital.
The perfect place for a spot of lunch!
We grabbed a sandwich and headed over to the Botanical Garden to soak up the last bits of Autumn sunshine, and relax in the urban style flower park.
If you’re looking to escape the city for a little while then this is a beautiful spot. Influenced by many European countries, it makes for a great break within the business district.
When we were told about a former brewery that’s been turned into an exhibition of contemporary art, we had to visit!
The MIMA, or the ‘Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art’, presents the most significant art of its time, and explores a history of culture. Celebrating some of the largest movements of the past 100 years.
Through historic posters and modern artwork, the MIMA is an interesting visit that we’d definitely recommend adding to your Brussels in a weekend itinerary.
Luxury – Hotel Metropole – The grandest and most well-renowned hotel in the city. With it’s central location, royal interior and even a fitness suite, it doesn’t get much better in Brussels.
Mid-Budget – Vintage Hotel – A very cute and hipster hotel located just a street away from Louise station. The perfect place to see all the spots in Brussels in a weekend.
Budget – Train Cabin Hostel – The cheapest accommodation in the capital and raving the best reviews of the budget places to stay.
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