1. Discover the Old Town
The crown jewel of Brussels’ Old Town is the Grand Place, built as a merchants’ market in the 13th century. The striking Gothic town hall is just impressive. The Grand place is ranked as one of the most beautiful grand places in Europa. Just being wandering in the surrounding cobblestone streets is just a pleasure.
Stroll through the galleries St. Hubert, a glass roofed arcade lined with cafes, theaters, and luxury shops. Also be sure to see the Manneken Pis as I talked about before, the famous bronze sculpture of a boy peeing in a fountain.
2. Sample world-famous chocolate.
Interested in Belgian chocolate? Discover the Chocolate Museum where you can get a lot of history about the chocolate. After you can visit some of the Brussels’ most celebrated chocolate shops.
* The Wittamer, it lies in the heart of the city. This is a family -chocolatier that’s been in business since 1910.
Another small fact is that It’s the official chocolate supplier to the Belgian Court.
* Pierre Marcolini, not a very old chocolatier(Marcolini opened his first store in 1995), but welcome addition to the Belgian chocolate scene. Their shop is located near the Grand Place.
The same year that mr Marcolini opened his shop he was named the World Champion of Pastry.
3. Revisit the comic strips of your youth.
Many don’t know that Tintin was created by a Belgian artist. You would had known if you had visited Brussels’ Comic Strip Museum. There you can see original pages of comic artwork, sketches and memorabilia.
Learn how the Smurfs, also of Belgian origin, got their start. (Hint: They’re a spin-off!)
It was built-in 1958 when Brussels was the host for World’s Fair.
The Atomium is a interesting cross between architecture and sculpture.
Designed by André Waterkeyn he created it with nine steel spheres connected so that the Atonium forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times..
You might not get the full impression of its real size only by seeing the pictures, but this thing is huge!
Escalators take the visitors to expositions in the various spheres, when you enter the top sphere you get a nice panoramic view of Brussels. The upper sphere is also restaurant but also a We didn’t eat there tough, it was a bit on the expensive side.
Each sphere is 18 metres in diameter.
It was really cool to see it in real.
5. See a puppet performance.
At the end of a cobblestone alley in Old Town is Café Toone, whose cozy building dates from 1696.
Enjoy a drink with locals downstairs, then head up to the attic for a show like no other: marionettes perform Shakespeare and other classics. It’s mostly in French so if you can’t understand, you will just enjoy the puppets.
I really liked this place, I loved the idea and the history behind it. The owner collects puppets and he have some from Christopher Columbus time! That is amazing.
Go there, share laughs with your love in a very cozy place.
6. Savor moules frites.
This is Brussels unofficial national dish, they eat the first mussel with their fingers and then scoop up the rest using the empty shell as a utensil.
And what about the fries? They dip those in mayonnaise. Lovely
Moules frites can be found at most restaurants, but if you’re near the Grand Place, try the mid-range and delicious L’Estaminet du Kelderke.