There is a lot of subtlety amd must-do activities in Brussels. The people’s witty quips and kind greetings, the provocative paintings that make you look twice, and the wrought iron accents on otherwise unremarkable homes all contribute to the area’s aesthetic appeal. Here are some of the best things to do in Brussels if you just have a short time to spend in Belgium‘s capital.
1. Must-Do in Brussels: The Grand Place
Must-Do in Brussels: The Grand Place in the heart of Brussels may be the city’s most visited site, yet its grandeur cannot be denied. There is no better place to spend your day in Brussels. Instead of using it as a giant gilded photo op, take some time to sit and appreciate the finer details of each structure, such as the swan rearing above the desk on which Marx drafted the Communist Manifesto, the gable of the boatmen’s guild resembling the stern of a ship, and the bas relief depicting Romulus and Remus with their wolf mother.
2. Identify the urinating trio.
3. Indulge in Belgian waffles.
4. Enjoy a cold one in a brown café
Traditional Belgian “brown cafes” are characterized by crowded tables, smoky decor, and wide (but refined) beer menus. Having a drink at a brown café is one of the nicest things to do in Brussels at night, as seen by the tables full of friends laughing into the wee hours of the morning.
Moeder Lambic in Ixelles, Poechenellekelder by the Manneken Pis, and Nüetnigenough in the Grand Place are some of the best brown cafes in the city, although there are many more. Although the Delirium Café is undeniably touristic and sometimes untidy, it deserves recognition for having the largest beer selection in the world.