When it comes to European cities to visit, Brussels isn’t always top of people’s lists but we wanted to show you some of the reasons why it absolutely should be.
A true gem in the centre of Europe that has everything you could ever dream of for your next holiday. (Check out the 7 most Instagrammable spots in Brussels here before your trip).
Here are 21 reasons why you absolutely have to visit Brussels at least once in your lifetime…
Reasons To Visit Brussels
1. The best beer in the world
While most countries have only been obsessing over craft beer in recent years, Belgium has always been this way. With over 400 locally brewed beers to choose from you will be in heaven.
2. The Grand Place
Easily one of the most impressive squares you’ll find in any city throughout the world. It gets bonus points for the floral masterpieces you see every year when you visit Brussels.
3. 144 Michelin starred restaurants in the city
You might think of France or Italy when it comes to fine dining in Europe, but Brussels has some of the highest density of fine dining in Europe… Without as much of the fuss.
4. The many parks in the city
When you visit Brussels, you’ll soon see it is a city of stunning open areas and parks.
Plenty to choose from but Cinquantenaire right in the centre and the fabulous Bois de la Cambre are as good – if not better – as you’ll find anywhere in the world.
6. The city is a Mecca for Art Nouveau
Simply walking around the city is a joy for lovers of Art Nouveau. The likes of Horta, Hankar and Cauchie have used the city as their canvas and there are delights to discover around every corner.
Other countries can argue all they want about having the best fries in the world, but once you taste what is served in Brussels you’ll know the final answer. Served with mayonnaise, they are absolute perfection.
8. Incredible architecture
It doesn’t take long before you realise that Brussels is one of the most beautifully built cities you’ll ever come across. There’s beautiful buildings like the Cathedral of St. Michael & St. Gudula around every corner.
9. Quick fast food chain
While the rest of the world might try and choose between McDonald’s and Burger King you haven’t really lived until you try Quick. Once you’ve tried their secret burger sauce, you’ll never be able to look back.
10. Friendly locals
With a mixture of French and Flemish speakers as well as a huge expat and migrant community, you’ll be blown away by the people and how helpful and friendly everybody is.
11. You can enjoy fine dining on a vintage tram
The trams that run through Brussels give it a magical feel, but for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, jump on a vintage fine dining tram and tour the city for the ultimate treat.
12. A chocolate heaven
As if having great frites and beer wasn’t enough, the Belgians are also serious pros when it comes to chocolate.
When you visit Brussels you’ll find gorgeous chocolatiers on every street. Bliss.
13. It’s a city obsessed with cartoons
Did you know Brussels is the home of Tintin? You’ll arrive in a city that has always been obsessed with comic books and the culture surrounding them.
14. The home of the European Union
Not only is Belgium centrally located in Europe, but they also host the European Union, their employees and many of its institutions. It gives the city a real international and multicultural vibe.
15. Galeries St Hubert
While there is plenty of shopping in Brussels you’ll struggle to find anywhere as nice as this arcade just off the Grand Place. Absolutely Instagram-worthy and a wonderful place for a wander.
16. Incredible range of museums
Brussels is packed full of museums that are great value for money (and often free) and the beauty here is that they come without the queues you have in other big cities.
17. The Manneken Pis
Only in a country like Belgium would you have a small boy pissing as their national symbol. It shows the city’s wonderful humour and is a must-see when you visit Brussels.
18. See all of Europe on one trip
You could spend months traveling Europe or you can come to Brussels and get your picture taken beside all the monuments in Mini Europe in one afternoon. Sorted.
19. Incredibly unique bars
The bars in Brussels are as unique, visually stunning and exciting as any you’ll find in any other city. Packed full of character and wonderful places to spend a couple of hours.
Also, remember those 400+ types of beer we mentioned?
20. The waffles
You haven’t lived until you walk down a street in the depths of winter nursing a delicious Belgian waffle and chowing down on its sweetness. One of life’s great joys.
21. The Flea Markets
You haven’t really experienced flea markets until you visit Brussels. Huge in size and you’ll be amazed at the sheer variety of goods on sale.
You could spend hours rummaging for bargains.
We think you’ll probably agree that it’s about time you made the decision to finally visit Brussels.