Brussels is the capital of Belgium, Europe, and the seat of the European Union. Although small this vibrant city is packed with history, culture, and delicious food and beer scene. If you are planning a visit to the European capital check out these recommendations on what to do in Brussels Belgium.
What is the best month to visit Brussels?
The best time to visit Brussels is from June to September when the weather is best and temperatures higher. However, going during the winter months certainly has benefits too. There are fewer crowds and accommodation is cheaper than in peak season.
How long should you spend in Brussels?
I recommend no longer than 2-3 days in Brussels. You can see everything in 24 hours but within three days you can experience all the monuments, landmarks, and museums at a leisurely pace. Winters in Brussels are moderate and rarely go below freezing.
Vist the iconic Grand Place
The bustling and beating heart of the city is Grand Place. Dating back to the 1300s, this square is a Belgian historical landmark and UNESCO world heritage site. Cafes, bars, and ornate buildings with breathtaking architecture line the square. I recommend visiting during the Christmas period when the light show is held. Choreographed illuminations and animations light up the buildings as the music plays. While the Grand Place is busy all year round it is worth stopping by and marveling at one of Europe’s most beautiful medieval squares.
Have the hot chocolate at the best chocolatier – Laurent Gerbaud
Laurent Gerbaud is a chocolate lover’s paradise. They have the most exquisite chocolates made with high-quality ingredients. The assortment ranges from sweet, savory, and spicy and really defines authentic Belgian chocolate. After a long cold day spent exploring the city, it was nice to come here and warm up with a hot cup of cocoa. The Chocolat Chaud is their specialty and the best hot chocolate I’ve had to date. I paired it with their homemade custard pie and my tastebuds were soaring.
Try a traditional Belgian Beer Hall
This is a must-visit when visiting Brussels. I recommend Café Mort Subite for its phenomenal selection of beers and cozy ambiance. Once you step inside it’s as if you’ve been taken back to the 1920s which is when this beer hall first opened. If you’re wondering what to do in Brussels Belgium on a rainy day I suggest spending a few hours at Cafe Mort.
Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
Sitting on top of a hill overlooking the city center is this stunning gothic-style cathedral that dates back to the 11th century. Head inside to admire the stained glass windows, organ pipes, and mesmerizing statues.
European Commission Visitors’ Centre
Interested in learning how the European Commission works? On your visit to Brussels, it’s worth checking out the European Commission Visitors’ Centre. Learn about the Commission’s history, policies, priorities, and 27 member states.
Have Belgian Fries at Café Georgette
This is a popular spot that never disappoints and I can 100% attest to this. These classic Belgian fries are the reason the lines here are so long. I believe they are fried in beef fat and have the perfect amount of crispiness.
Take a selfie with the infamous Manneken Pis
No visit to Brussels is complete without stopping by this tourist attraction. While I personally think it’s overrated, this small statue is a symbolic landmark of Brussels and has been around for 400 years. It’s easy to miss and we actually stumbled upon it accidentally when we noticed a crowd of tourists surrounding the fountain taking photos. If you want to see the original and not the replica, head to the Brussels City Museum. Depending on the time of year you visit the Mannekin Pis will be dressed in attire according to a rotating schedule.