Brussels, a multicultural, multi-faceted capital
Brussels, the capital of Belgium and Europe, is extremely walkable, so take a leisurely stroll to discover its magnificent historical centre, Belgian chocolate shops and down-to-earth cafés and bars. Explore on foot and soak up the unique laid-back atmosphere of a multicultural and multi-lingual city where visitors really can lose themselves in charming, cobbled streets.
The Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sits at the heart of Brussels, and just a couple of streets away is the famous Mannequin Pis. The popular Saint Géry area and adjacent Antoine Dansaert street with coffee bars, ethnic restaurants, boutiques and busy food shops are nearby. Slightly out of the centre, the Marolles area hosts a daily flea market on the Place du Jeu de Balle.
Brussels certainly isn’t flat, but walk up to the Place du Grand Sablon and you’ll find an array of eight shops (at the last count) selling the world’s best chocolate plus organic breads, cakes and traditional biscuits, such as speculoos.
Brussels is also home to over 80 diverse museums covering the art of surrealist painter Magritte to beer brewing, comic strips (Tintin and the Smurfs) to musical instruments and lace making to trams. However you spend your time in Brussels, you’ll leave knowing there’s plenty more to see when you return.