Travel Guide to Brussels

Brussels is one of those quintessential European cities that has a strong influence of two vastly different cultures. Here, the Flemish culture mixes with the French, creating a jovial atmosphere like no other. As the de facto capital of the European Union, Brussels has a reputation for government and business, but that doesn’t mean the city doesn’t have its own cultural charms…

Beer, chocolate, Belgian fries, and waffles are a few Belgian delicacies that Brussels is known for. The fries and waffles you can taste at multiple street vendors throughout the old town center. For chocolate, I recommend luxury sweets house Pierre Marcolini and for beer, there’s no better place than the famous Delirium, which serves patrons over 3000 types of beer!

Brussels has become a powerful art and architecture destination to easily rival New York or London. It’s a happy medium between cities like Berlin, the home of artists, and Paris, the home of art commerce. Experimental outposts like WIELS attract burgeoning artists, while museums like Horta and Magritte keep the city’s historical relevance alive. Numerous galleries and private art collections are at the disposal of visitors, all of which you’ll need much more than a weekend to see!

About Brussels

Brussels is located in central Belgium, accepts the Euro as currency, and its inhabitants speak French and Dutch.
Best Time of Year
The most pleasant time to visit Brussels is from July-August, when temperatures are warmest (though still mild!). The contemporary art fair Art Brussels is held at the end of every April. A Gallery Weekend is held in September.
The nearest airport is Brussels (BRU), and you can reach the city center in about 20 minutes via train.

Where to Stay & Eat in Brussels

The DominicanRue Léopold 9 from the design hotels portfolio
The Pantone HotelPlace Loix 1 an affordable stay with colorful interiors
Rocco Forte Hotel AmigoRue de L’Amigo 1-3 for the traveler looking for luxury
L’Idiot du Village – Rue Notre-Seigneur 19
La Mer du Nord – Rue Sainte-Catherine 45
Comme Chez Soi – Place Rouppe 23
Délirium Café – Impasse de la Fidélité 4
Chyl – Rue de Belle-Vue 62
Café de la Presse – Avenue Louise 493
Café du Sablon – Rue de la Régence 26

What to See & Do in Brussels

Grand Place – Grand-Place
Jardin du Mont des Arts – Mont des Arts
Royal Palace of Brussels – Rue Brederode 16
Atomium – Avenue de l’Atomium
Manneken Pis – Rue de l’Etuve 44
Jeanneke-Pis – Impasse de la Fidélité 10-12
The district Saint Gilles, an artsy neighborhood filled with galleries
Museums & Galleries
Vanhaerents Art CollectionRue Anneessens 29 a cutting-edge private art collection inside a multi-level warehouse
Maison ParticulièreRue du Châtelain 49 an art and culture center inside a private residence
Horta MuseumRue Américaine 25 the former house and studio of art nouveau master, Victor Horta
Magritte MuseumRue de la Régence 3 dedicated to the work of surreal Belgian artist René Magritte
BozarRue Ravenstein 23
Almine Rech Gallery – Rue de l’Abbaye 20
Galerie Albert Baronian – Rue Isidore Verheyden 2
Galerie Meessen De Clercq – Rue de l’Abbaye 2A
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen – Rue de Livourne 35
Day Trips
Because Belgium is itself quite a small country, a number of nearby cities are easily accessible by train like Bruges and Antwerp.

I hope you found my culture guide to Brussels useful. Have you been to Brussels yourself?

October 12, 2016

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

7 Comments Leave Yours

I am genuinely thankful that you shared beautiful culture guide to Brussels. As everyone said lovely collections of pictures. I wish to pack my bags and make a instant plan to visit this beautiful European destination.


Beautiful photos. Makes me want to go NOW


Thanks for reading, Joanna! :)


I love your photos! It’s a very long time ago I visited Brussels! It’s on my list!


Thanks so much, Darina! You have to return! :)


Wow- your photos are absolutely stunning! As if I didn’t want to already visit Brussels, now I definitely want to go!


Thanks Sophie!! It was raining on and off so I shot photos when I could :) Brussels was such a fun time, I highly recommend it!


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