When you first arrive in Brussels, you may be confused to find that the streets have multiple names: one in Dutch and the other in French.

Even the city itself has two different names to its residents (Brussel and Bruxelles). This lingual and cultural mélange speaks to the city’s character as a true melting pot. Brusseleirs tend to be laid-back and welcoming, especially since Brussels isn’t as much of a tourist madhouse as many other major cities. Outside the city center, it has an authentic feel that finds its roots in cafés where little old ladies sip from giant goblets of beer and in the many parks frequented by couples making out and joggers working off the delicious, so-worth-the-calories fries. Even the parts that feel like tourist traps turn out to be satisfying; popping into a chocolate shop or buying a waffle from a cart is actually something that a lot of locals do. Public murals and the ever-present comic book stores frequented even by adults are reminders of the city’s artistic passions. Brussels is full of wonderful restaurants, old breweries, and lively squares. You’ll find yourself wondering how everyone seems to have so much time for just hanging out and drinking beer. Relax, you’re in Brussels.


SIGHTS

Grand Place

Royal Palace

Belgian Comic Book Museum

Museum of Musical Instruments

Avenue Louise

Parc du Cinquantenaire

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NIGHTLIFE

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Café Belga
 
Delirium Café
 
Place du Luxembourg

A laid-back bar by day and a packed nightclub by night.

 

A multi-bar complex with a Guinness World Record for serving the largest menu of beers (over 2000).

 

An entire square filled with bars and clubs, especially poppin' on Thursday nights. 


FOOD

De Noordzee
 
Fanny Thai
 
Bia Mara
 
Le Corbeau

A delicious lunch spot which doubles as a fresh fish market.

 

We're convinced this is the best Thai food you can get outside of Thailand.

 

Like Subway for fish and chips, but like, classy and good.

 

The kind of place that draws a lot of regulars, with a daily lunch special that's worth your time.

 


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