Brussels is multicultural to its roots.
The cityscape swings from majestic to quirky to rundown and back again. Art deco facades face off against 1960s concrete developments, and regal 19th-century mansions contrast with the shimmering glass of the EU's Gotham City. This whole maelstrom swirls out from Brussels' medieval core, where the Grand Place is surely one of the world's most beautiful squares. But Brussels' greatest architectural expression came at the turn of the 19th century with art nouveau, and its master builder is Horta. While restraint characterises his exteriors, the interiors are sensual symphonies of form and colour.
Nestled on the edge of St. Gilles and bordering Ixelles is the delightful area of Châtelain, a place popular with Bruxellois and expats alike for whiling away weekend and evening leisure hours. Place du Châtelain and the surrounding side streets have a little something for everyone. From excellent restaurant and bars, small boutiques to local markets with food trucks, flower stands and local farmers' produce - the area of Châtelain is always worth a visit. Whether you have an hour or a whole weekend spare, be sure to visit this chic neighborhood in the Belgian capital.
Go off the beaten track by cycling in Brussels and explore the capital's many different sides. Cycling is the ideal means of transportation to free you up to explore Brussels' diverse atmospheres. It lets you take in, admire and experience the capital's ambiance and features while taking advantage of the great outdoors. Not too fast and not too slow, cycling makes for an easy connection between the historical city centre and surrounding communities, while offering green spaces, extraordinary heritage, and a whole host of museums and activities to explore. So, saddle up and enjoy your guided ride through the city!
Beer and Brussels are inextricably linked. It's not for nothing that Belgian Beer culture has been listed as a part of humanity's world heritage, and there are countless bars and restaurants in the capital where beer plays a prominent role.
Brussels Beer Project - Discover this charming brewery located in the heart of Brussels. Insider Tip: Join them for their new tasting route on rue du Bailli close to the hotel
Beer Mania - Explore local craft beers
An accomplished attraction located in the heart of Brussels, the Comics Art Museum has been honouring the creators and heroes of the 9th Art for 30 years. The regularly renewed permanent exhibitions and a diversified programme of temporary exhibitions enable visitors to discover the countless aspects of comics art.
Insider Tip: Hotel guests enjoy 10% discount on tickets for the museum
Graffiti or calligraphy, tags, stensils and stickers… Brussels' street artists represent the voice of a constantly evolving capital city. They exhibit their work in public spaces, in plain view of all those with a keen eye who can spot it. Whether commissioned or spontaneous, monumental or more discreet, the artworks cover building walls, benches, lamp posts, shop fronts and facades, using the city itself as an exhibition space.
The French claim they invented fries; so do the Belgians. But let's focus on something we can (nearly) all agree on. Fries, known as frites to Belgians and chips to the English, are a delicious snack and form the perfect accompaniment to a burger. To make sure you eat the best fries when you're next in Brussels, head to one of these top kiosks.
Situated on the North-South axis that connects the lower, working-class part of the city with the upper, aristocratic part, the Mont des Arts has had quite an eventful history and nowadays offers stunning sunset views.
Perched on top of a Brussels hill, Place Poelaert offers a beautiful panoramic view over the Belgian capital. You can even see the basilica of Koekelberg and the Atomium in the distance. In Summer, the city of Brussels installs a 'Summer Info Point', a temporary Summer bar with deckchairs.
The Sablon and the Marolles seem to be each other's opposites: one neighbourhood chic and distinguished, the other folksy and authentic. In the past, the Sablon was a quarter for the nobility. The Marolles is a district known for its popular authenticity, a place for jokes and 'zwans', which houses a typical Brussels mix of French, Dutch, Spanish, and Arab-speaking residents. It has a fascinating social history. These two districts imperceptibly merge into one another. Their mutual influence is distinctively ‘Brussels'.
Choosing Place de Londres for meeting up with people is always a good idea, no matter the occasion. There's truly something for everyone on this square: good restaurants like Mediterranean food at El Turco or sandwiches at JeanBon, fish and chips at Bia Mara, or drinks at the trendy London Calling. The area in front of the Saint Boniface church is known for its many bars and cafes, yet L'Athénée, which is hidden behind the church, often goes unnoticed.
The Royal Palace was built on the site of the former Palace of the Dukes of Brabant which was destroyed by fire in 1731. Started in 1820 under the reign of King William, it was modified in 1904 under Leopold II, who had it rebuilt in Louis XVI style. The side wings date from the 18th century and at the end of each wing there is a pavilion.
Adjacent to the Royal Palace you will find a park with lots of food and drinks options.
The Musical Instruments Museum is a music museum in central Brussels, Belgium. It is part of the Royal Museums of Art and History and internationally renowned for its collection of over 8,000 instruments.For those looking for more than just musical instruments, the MIM also features beautiful architecture and a stunning view over the city from its rooftop.
The Horta Museum is located in the private house and studio of Victor Horta (1861-1947). Built between 1898 and 1901 at 23-25, rue Américaine in Saint-Gilles, Brussels, the two buildings are typical of Art Nouveau at its height. The interior decoration has largely been retained, the mosaics, stained glass, and wall decorations forming a harmonious and elegant whole, down to the last detail.