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Things To Do In Brussels, Belgium

I anticipated this probably wouldn't be the healthiest trip I ever went on and I was right. Chocolate, waffles, biscuits.. more chocolates. If you have a sweet tooth, Brussels is definitely the place for you. Along with indulging in foods (that I am still yet to jog off), below are some of my favourite things I did in Brussels.

Learn How To Make Chocolate

One of the best reasons to go to Belgium is that you can use it as an excuse to eat loads of chocolate and justify it as just 'getting to know the local culture'. I highly recommend the chocolate making workshop at Laurent Gerbaud's shop, not only do you get to make your own chocolate and do a tasting session, the guy is an absolute legend too.

Grab A Delicious Waffle

In the same category as 'food that will no doubt send you back home a little heavier than when you arrived in Belgium', we have waffles. There are shops like Maison Dandoy where you can pick these up from, but if you're there at the right time of year I recommend getting one from the Christmas Market. Which brings me onto my next thing to do.

Visit The Christmas Markets


I had the best waffle of my life here. I'm not really a big fan of crowds so coming here in the day helped avoid some of the crowds, but there's definitely something nice about the atmosphere and enjoying warm food out in the cold with a bunch of friends. The markets are spread throughout the city centre but I'd say to go check out the markets in x. The ferris wheel here was kinda cool too!

Marvel At The Huge Palais De Justice

Damn this place is big. In 1883 when it was finished it was actually the largest building in the world. The scale of it is crazy and it makes for some really cool photos too.

Explore The Quirky Neighbourhood Of Marollen


Full of thrift stores, coffee shops, vinyl shops and a flea market (Apparently Brussels one of the flea market capitals of Europe) this neighbourhood is worth a stroll around and a chance to find some bargains. Check out L'Atelier en Ville whilst you're here, it's this cool shop that combines a cafe, clothing store and furniture store.

Get Lost In The City

I feel like I put this one in most my 'things to do' lists but I believe it's one of the most important ones. Part of the joys of traveling is veering away from the most popular spots and the places with the best Google Reviews and just creating your own journey round the city. You'll also find you may spend more time looking up and appreciate all that's around you rather than trying to work out if you're going the right way on your phone GPS.

Drink At Goupil Le Fol

I can only describe the inside of Goupil Le Fol as a place that looks like a teenager has inherited his grand parent's place in the city and invited his mates round to design it. It's got old furniture, loads of random sh*t, it's graffitied and it's just one of the whackiest places in Brussels.

Wander Round The Gardens At Mont Des Arts

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Here are some of the best things I'd recommend in Brussels. Chocolate Making One of the best reasons to go to Belgium is you can use it as an excuse to eat loads of chocolate and justify it as just getting to know the local culture. I highly recommend the chocolate making workshop at Laurent Gerbaud's shop, not only do you get to make your own chocolate and do a tasting session, the guy is an absolute legend too. Waffles In the same category as 'food that will no doubt send you back home a little heavier than when you arrived in Belgium', we have waffles. There are shops like Maison Dandoy where you can pick these up from, but if you're there at the right time of year I recommend getting one from (see below) The Christmas Markets I had the best waffle of my life here. I'm not really a big fan of crowds so coming here in the day helped avoid some of the crowds, but there's definitely something nice about the atmosphere and enjoying warm food out in the cold with a bunch of friends. The ferris wheel here was kinda cool too! Palais De Justice Damn this place is big. In 1883 when it was finished it was actually the largest building in the world. The scale of it is crazy and it makes for some really cool photos too. Marollen This quirky neighbourhood is full of thrift stores, coffee shops, vinyl shops and a flea market. (Apparently Brussels one of the flea market capitals of Europe.) Check out L'Atelier en Ville whilst you're here!

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This translates to 'mountain of the arts' and there's something for most art lovers here. There's a cinema, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts,  an archeological site and the BELvue museum which focuses on the history of Belgium. There's also a nice garden outside which can be enjoyed at any time of year, any time of day. For example, at night there's a light exhibition here. We went one evening when it was raining so the pavement became really reflective which made the whole experience really spacey.

See What A Massive Atoms Looks Like At The Atomium

The Atomium is apparently the most popular tourist attraction in Brussels. We didn't have time to go inside but apparently you get to walk through the tubes and spheres and you end up with a beautiful 360° panorama over Brussels at the top. It's also just kinda fun to be stood next to a massive atom.

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