A melting pot of cultures, the ‘City of Brussels’ is a major economic and historic hub of the country with many famous landmarks such as the Royal Palace, Saint-Michel Cathedral (Sint-Michiels Kathedraal), etc. You can visit the Grand Place, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city’s main attraction. Get amazed by the unique architecture of its elegant Gildehuizen (guild houses) with magnificent gables, balustrades, pilasters, ornately carved stonework, and rich gold decoration. In addition to the historic attractions, the city has myriad restaurants, cafes, and bars, where you can hang out and interact with the locals. Explore the cultural side of Brussel as you enjoy the festivals and events like Couleur Café Festival, Saint-Verhaegen, Brussels Summer Festival (BSF), and International Fantastic Film Festival of Brussels (BIFFF). Beautiful and historic, Brussels is sure to steal your heart with its unique charm.
Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Brussels
Famous shopping destinations
Get ready for a shopping spree!! There are lots of local shopping options along with food offerings should you need a drink or a bite. Popular shopping malls, streets, and markets of Brussels include Place du Jeu de Balle, Chaussée d’Ixelles, Le Dressing, Rue Bailli, Zuidmarkt, Brussels Vintage Market, etc. Explore the most populated Belgian shopping street, Rue Neuve, a pedestrian-only shopping avenue in Brussels, with a large selection of shops and a large shopping mall called City2. It houses many international brands, making it a wonderful place to shop. A focal point for fashion and design, the Dansaert neighborhood is also a top destination for shoppers. If you are a chocolate lover, visit the Pierre Marcolini and Wittamer to buy quality chocolate and cheese at affordable prices.
What to eat
Brussels is an ideal place to indulge yourself in some of the most delicious cuisines. Treat your taste buds to Frites (French Fries) at Maison Antonie or Friterie Tabora and Gaufreries (Belgian waffles) at Los Churros. Taste a variety of street foods at Noordzee/Mer Du Nord. You will be amazed to know that UNESCO is adding Belgian beer to the list of "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity". So, head to Café Maison du Peuple or 13 Degrees to drink the renowned Belgian Beer. Other dishes to savor are Speculoos biscuits, Fish and Chips at Bia Mara, etc. Try the famous Mitraillette ( a sandwich made with meat and fresh salad), shrimp croquettes (shrimp starter), local chocolates, and Dame Blanche (Belgian dessert).
A Few Dutch Words
Learn a few Dutch words to interact with the native people when you visit Belgium.
• Hello: Hallo
• Thank You: Dank u
• Where is the toilet? Waar is het toilet?
• Where can I find a taxi? Waar vind ik een taxi?
• How much does it cost? Hoeveel gaat het kosten?
Dos and Don’ts
• The legal drinking age for beer and wine is 16. It is 18 for spirits, cocktails, and liquors.
• Be careful with your language and be polite in approach.
Emergency contact numbers
• Emergency services: 112
• Fire: 100
• Police: 101
• Ambulance: 100