Brussels is one of the most underrated cities in Europe. It is the centre of the EU and offers incredible gourmet dining. It is also worth visiting for its historic and stunning Grand Place or Grote Markt, which is the beautiful square in the centre of Brussels.
The Grand Place is hidden up a maze of lively cobbled and pedestrianised streets packed with local restaurants largely serving seafood, paella and moule frites. Once you find the square, you will be impressed by the ornate, spired 15th-century city hall, as well as a number of antique guildhalls (mostly 1697–1705) with fine baroque gables, gilded statues and elaborate guild symbols.
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings there’s a flower market in the square and at other times of the year it hosts Christmas fairs and jazz weekends as well as the famous ‘flower carpet’ once a year. Around the corner from the Grand Place is the Manneken Pis (a famous but small statue of a boy peeing) and it is worth taking a trip to the edge of the city to the site of the Battle Of Waterloo.
My favourite thing to do in Brussels is to drink their excellent beers and to seek out one of their fabulous restaurants such as Comme Chez Soi, with 2 Michelin stars and an unusually charismatic city bistro atmosphere.
Where should you stay in Brussels? Here is our pick of the best 3 luxury boutique hotels. Our first choice, The Dominican, is particularly good and just steps from the Grand Place.
Nestled just a few steps from the historic Grand Place in Brussels and less than 10 minutes walk from Brussels Central station The Dominican luxury boutique hotel is ideally located for a weekend exploring this fabulous city, The hotel stands on… Read More.
The Hotel. is located on the fashionable Boulevard de Waterloo in central Brussels, where most world renowned luxury lifestyle brands are located. The Grand Place and Brussels tourist center are within walking distance, the European Commission just a 10-minute drive away.… Read More.
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