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The Pentagon (French: Le Pentagone, Dutch: Vijfhoek) is the historical center of Brussels. It derives its name from the pentagonal shape of the inner beltway that surrounds the area. The Pentagon of Brussels encompasses many charming and beautiful attractions, with deeply ornate buildings on the Grand Place/Grote Markt, and a fish-and-crustacean overdose of St. Catherine's Square (Place St-Catherine/Sint-Katelijneplein). Stroll along, (and stop in for a drink) at one of the many bars on Place St-Géry/Sint-Goriksplein, or max out your credit card on the trendy Rue Antoine Dansaert/Antoine Dansaertstraat.

The Marolles/Marollen neighbourhood close to the medieval centre is one of the few places where the Brussels dialect of Dutch (Flemish) can still be heard. The area is best known for the flea market held daily on the Place du Jeu de Balle/Vossenplein as well as a plethora of shops selling everything from old radios and bent wipers to fine china and expensive Art Nouveau trinkets.

Get in[edit]

See[edit]

Map of Brussels/Pentagon

Landmarks[edit]

Grand Place-Grote Markt
  • 1 Grand Place-Grote Markt. Surrounded by the city tower and a range of beautiful 300 year old buildings. In the evening, surrounded by bright lumination, it is simply ravishing. Some evenings a music and light show is provided with the buildings serving as a canvas. Have a "gaufre de Liège-Luikse wafel" here (Belgian waffle with caramelized sugar)—the best ones are available from the little shops off the northeast corner of the Grand Place-Grote Markt. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Manneken Pis
  • 2 Manneken Pis. A short walk from the Grand Place-Grote Markt is the Manneken Pis, a small bronze statue thought to represent the "irreverent spirit" of Brussels. This is a statue of a child urinating into a pool. Belgians have created hundreds of outfits for this statue. There are many stories of the statue's origins. It is believed to have been inspired by a child who, while in a tree, found a special way to drive away invading troops. Another story goes that a father was missing his child and made a declaration to the city that when he found him he would build a statue of him, doing whatever it was that he was doing. It has also been said a witch turned him to stone for peeing on her property. Yet another story goes that Brussels was under siege and enemies had planted explosives in the city; a boy saw the lit fuse and urinated on it, preventing the explosives from blowing up thus saving the city. The most likely scenario is that it was the location of the market for urine, which was used for its ammonia content to tan leathers. None are definitively true. In 1747, Louis XV's soldiers stole the statue, upsetting many of the city's residents. Louis XV made it up to the city by giving the statue a medal of honor (so that he must be saluted when French soldiers pass by) and by giving him an outfit. He now gets dressed up on special occasions.
Palais de Justice/Justitiepaleis grand staircase
  • 3 Palais de Justice/Justitiepaleis (Law Courts of Brussels), Place Poelaert—Poelaertplein, +32 2 508-64-10. M-F 08:00—17:00. Larger than St. Peter's basilica in Rome, it cost 45 million Belgian Francs to construct in 1866. Free.
Bourse-Beurs
  • 5 The Bourse. Former stock market building. Locals like to sit on the steps, sometimes with fries. A local restaurant owner has proposed turning the unused building into a beer hall.

Museums and galleries[edit]

Interior of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium
  • 6 Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts de Belgique - Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België (Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium), Rue de la Régence-Regentschapstraat 3, at Place Royale-Koningsplein, +32 2 508-3211. Museum of Historical Art: Tu-Su 10:00—12:00 and 13:00—17:00; Museum of Modern Art (Magritte Museum) Mar: Tu-Su 10:00—13:00 and 14:00—17:00. Features both historical art and modern art in the one building. In a vast museum of several buildings, this complex combines the Musée d'Art Ancien-Museum voor Oude Kunst and the Musée d'Art Moderne-Museum voor Moderne Kunst under one roof (connected by a passage). The collection shows off works, most of them Belgian, from the 14th to the 20th century, starting in the historical section, with Hans Memling's portraits from the late 15th century, which are marked by sharp lifelike details, works by Hiëronymus Bosch, and Lucas Cranach's Adam and Eve. You should particularly seek out the subsequent rooms featuring Pieter Brueghel, including his Adoration of the Magi. Don't miss his unusual Fall of the Rebel Angels, with grotesque faces and beasts. But don't fear, many of Brueghel's paintings, like those depicting Flemish village life, are of a less fiery nature. Later artists represented include Rubens, Van Dyck, Frans Hals, and Rembrandt. Next door, in a circular building connected to the main entrance, the modern art section has an emphasis on underground works - if only because the museum's eight floors are all below ground level. The collection includes works by van Gogh, Matisse, Dalí, Tanguy, Ernst, Chagall, Miró, and local boys Magritte, Delvaux, De Braekeleer and Permeke. Don't miss David's famous "Death of Marat." €8.00 adults per museum or €13 combo ticket, €2.50 students/seniors/disabled visitors, €1.25 children 12-18, under 12 free. Also free on the first Wednesday afternoon of every month.
  • 7 Musée BELvue - BELvue Museum, Place des Palais—Paleizenplein 7, +32 70 22-0492. Jun-Sep: Tu-Su 10:00—18:00; Oct-May: Tu-Su 10:00—17:00 (October to May). Features Belgium's history. Before it became a museum, the former 18th century luxury hotel was a royal residence. BELvue: €3, Coudenberg: €4, BELvue + Coudenberg: €5.
  • 8 Belgian Comic Strip Center (Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée, Belgisch Centrum van het Beeldverhaal), Rue des Sables—Zandstraat 20, +32 2 219-1980, fax: +32 2 219-23-76, e-mail: . Tu-Su 10:00—18:00. Located in Europe's earliest shopping mall (a shiny Jugendstil/Art Nouveau palace). There is a permanent exposition featuring the early beginning of comics as well as it's development. There is enough room for other varying expositions. The bookshop at the ground floor sells many different comics. A readers' library operates on the ground floor, where, for a low entrance fee, you can read many different comic books and buy fries. €10 adults, €6 students/seniors.
  • Musée du Cinéma-Filmmuseum, Palais des Beaux-Arts-Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, 9 rue Baron Horta—Baron Hortastraat 9 (walk from Gare Centrale-Centraalstation), +32 2 507-8370. A history of film-making. Free to look around; classic and cult films are shown at low prices.
  • 9 Musical Instruments Museum (Musée des Instruments de Musique or Muziekinstrumentenmuseum), Montagne de la Cour—Hofberg 2, +32 2 545-01-30. Tu-F 09:30-16:45, Sa Su 10:00-16:45. The museum houses more than 7000 instruments, from all times and all over the world. The museum’s reputation is built on its extraordinary collection. The exhibits are displayed on four different floors featuring a wide range of instruments from all time periods and areas of the world. The MIM is a place to experience music. An infrared headphone system allows each visitor to enjoy the sound and melodies played by the instruments presented. The restaurant on the roof is also famous because of its panoramic view over Brussles. You need around 3 or 4 hours to really enjoy the whole museum, make sure you have enough time! The ornate façade of the building was decorated as such to promote the work of local tradesman and to protest the loss of jobs due to automation. There is no exhibition information in English, only in French and Dutch. Adults: €8; over 65: €6; under 26: €2.
  • 10 Musée Magritte Museum, 1 Place Royale—Koningsplein 1, +32 2 508-32-11, fax: +32 2 508-32-32. Tu-Su 10:00—17:00, W until 20:00. Closed Mondays, January 1st, 2nd Thursday of January, May 1st, November 1st and 11th, December 25th. This museum is dedicated to the life and art of the Belgian artist René Magritte. It holds a multidisciplinary collection containing more than 200 of Magritte's works. Standard rate: €8, Combi with Modern & Ancient Art Museum: €13, Students 18-25 years and school groups min. 12 pers.: €2. Audioguide: €4.

Do[edit]

Cinema[edit]

Brussels has a fair number of cinemas, if limited compared to most European capitals. French films are subtitled in Dutch, and vice versa, all other films are shown in the original version ("VO") subtitled in French and Dutch (VOstBIL, or if just French then VOstFR).

  • Actors Studio, Petite Rue des Bouchers - Kleine Beenhouwersstraat, +32 2 5121696. Run by the cooperative nouveau cinema. Screens interesting films in their original version with French and Dutch subtitles.
  • Cinema Nova, 3 rue Arenberg-Arenbergstraat. Is an independent-to-the-bone cinema showcasing the more esoteric side of cinema - films which would not be shown elsewhere are generally shown here. A Korean Ultraman rip-off, a Pakistani documentary or a bleak Chilean cinema vérité flick? Only at Nova.
  • Cinéma Galeries, 26 Galerie de la Reine - Koninginnegalerij. An arthouse cinema and exhibition venue located within the Saint Hubertus Galleries.
  • UGC De Brouckère. This is the most centrally located UGC in Brussels. Another UGC exists in Ixelles. As far as programming goes it's the usual Hollywood and mainstream European fare you'd expect from any other UGC in Europe. UGC De Brouckère, 38 Place De Brouckère - De Brouckèreplein.

Buy[edit]

Shopping centers[edit]

  • 1 Galeries Saint Hubert-Sint Hubertusgalerijen, Rue du Marché aux Herbes—Grasmarkt 90. The world's first shopping mall, opened in 1847, is a light and airy triple-gallery enclosing boutiques, bookshops, cafés, restaurants, and a theater and cinema
  • 2 Galeria Inno, Rue Neuve—Nieuwstraat 111-123. Department store (fashion, cosmetics, etc.)
  • 3 General shopping (along Rue Neuve—Nieuwstraat). With GB supermarket at City 2 accessed from Rue Neuve—Nieuwstraat and Metro Rogier.

Markets[edit]

  • 4 Marché aux Puces — Vlooienmarkt (Flea Market), Place du Jeu de Balle—Vossenplein. Daily 07:00—14:00. This flea market offers everything from the weird to the wonderful at rock-bottom prices.
  • 5 Christmas market, Grand Place—Grote Markt, Boulevard Anspach—Anspachlaan and on Marché aux Poissons—Vissenmarkt. Late Nov-Early Jan. 240 wooden Christmas chalets line the streets looking like gingerbread houses, twinkling with fairy lights and covered with ‘snow-top’ roofs. The chalets sell a variety of Christmas items, decorations, gifts and Christmas season food (including "vin chaud/gluhwein" mulled wine). Activities include a skating rink, a Ferris wheel, and ice dinosaur monster (admission fees). Brass bands, free performances and ice sculptures are also on display.

Books[edit]

  • 6 Brüsel, Boulevard Anspach—Anspachlaan 100. Right in the center and one of the most up to date stores when it comes to contemporary comics.
  • 7 Sterling Books, Rue du Fossé aux Loups—Wolvengracht 23, +32 22 23 62 23. M-Sa 10:00—18:00. One of the most popular English bookshops in downtown Brussels.
  • 8 Pele-Mele, Boulevard Maurice Lemonnier—Maurice Lemonnierlaan 55 & 59 (Metro Anneessens). Maze-like second-hand bookshop with huge selection of used books at bargain prices. A bookworm's haven.

Eat[edit]

Fritkots[edit]

  • La Friterie de la Place de la Chapelle, Rue Haute-Hoogstraat (near Les Marolles/Marollen). Another personal choice for the best frites in Brussels: the big chunks of potato, fried golden, and served with the usual dazzling array of sauces.
  • 1 Friterie Tabora, Rue Taborastraat 2 (near the Bourse). All natural frites with the widest selection of sauces available. It's open almost 24/7 and is a favourite among locals.

Budget[edit]

  • 2 Arcadi, Rue d'Arenberg-Arenberglaan 1B (just at the exit of "Galleries de la Reine", in the direction opposite to the Grand-Place). A quirky combination of old and new, the menu ranges all over the place but the reason people flock here is the selection of over 30 sweet and savoury pies (tartes). A slice big enough for a meal, served with salad, costs €7-7.50. Also current special of cafe & slice of pie for €5.
  • 3 Tapas Locas, Rue Marche au Charbons-Kolenmarkt 74. Crazy tapas, sensible prices. Some tapas include miniaturised Belgian favourites as well as the usual Spanish suspects.

Mid-range[edit]

Rue des Bouchers-Beenhouwerstraat, bustling on a Saturday night

Brussels' tourist restaurant gauntlet can be found in Rue des Bouchers-Beenhouwerstraat, just to the north of Grand Place. The place has a bad reputation for waiters imposing themselves on passers-by, trying to lure customers into their restaurant. The authorities are aware of this, and are trying to take measures. Some restaurants may also tempt you with cheap prices for the menus, but when seated, the item on the menu happens to be unavailable, and you're forced to accept another, noticeably more expensive dish. Often, the exaggerated price of the wines will also compensate for the attractive menu. Knowing this however, you may be able to negotiate a better deal before entering.

A few restaurants stand out from the crowd though:

  • 4 Aux Armes de Bruxelles, Rue des Bouchers-Beenhouwerstraat 13, +32 2 511-5550. Closed Mondays. Basic honest food, including some very decent moules. Crowded, although worth the wait.
  • 5 Chez Léon, Rue des Bouchers-Beenhouwerstraat 18, +32 2 511-1415. Now franchised into France as well, this is the original and while it's huge and looks like a tourist trap, the moules are excellent and it's packed every day. Moules, beer and a starter will set you back €25, and kids eat for free.
  • 6 Scheltema, Rue des Dominicains-Predikherenstraat 7, +32 2 512-2084. Specializes in fresh and tasty seafood.
  • 7 Le Pré Salé, 20, Rue de Flandre-Vlaamsesteenweg (near St Catherine square), +32 2 513-6545. A former butcher shop, locals flock here for some of the best moules in town, sold by the kilo (figure on €24) and served up in half a dozen ways. Also serves the full range of other Brussels favorites.
  • Le Beau Soleil, Rue Joseph Lebeaustraat 7 (Sablon area). M Tu Th F 09:00-17:00, Sa Su 09:00-18:00. This tiny restaurant (approx. 14 seats) looks like a violin workshop, so you sit next to all the tools and half finished violins. Unlike other Belgian restaurants. The menu is small but really delicious. The atmosphere is informal and friendly.
  • 8 'T Kelderke, Grand Place, 15 Grote Markt, +32 2 513-7344. Well-made typical Belgian fare. Try the carbonnades à la flamande (Flemish beef stew) & mussels. Note that this place can feel cramped when full of diners. €9-19 main courses, €8.50 Plat du jour.
  • 9 Les Chapeliers, Rue des Chapeliers 1-3 Hoedenmakersstraat, +32 2 513-6479. Just off the Grote Markt with reasonable prices and excellent food. Seems to be popular among the locals without full of tourists.
  • 10 Madou's Provence, Rue de la Presse-Drukpersstraat 23, +32 2 217-3831. Closed Saturday noon and Sundays. Innovative southern French cuisine at affordable prices.

Close to the Bourse Jules Van Praetstraat (rue Jules Van Praet) is another popular street of Asian cuisine restaurants and bars. Those of note include:

  • 11 Lune de Miel, +32 2 513-9181. Some very tasty Thai and Vietnamese dishes served in a fine decor.
  • 12 Thanh-Binh, +32 2 513-8118. The restaurant is very popular among the Euroworkers and business types common in Brussels and serves good Thai food. It can get crowded and is often noisy but is well worth a try.

Place Saint Catherine-Catherinplaats is also a popular area, and once the fishmongering centre of Brussels. While many of the fish shops have moved elsewhere, it is still home to many good seafood restaurants featuring lobster as a specialty.

  • 13 Restaurant Vismet, Place Sainte-Catherinplaats 23, +32 2 218-85-45. A small bistro that really gets busy after 19:00. Very good seafood. The handwritten menu can throw foreigners off, but everything on the menus is top notch. Appetizers: around €15; Main dishes: €18-30.
  • 14 Chez Jacques, Quai aux Briques-Baksteenkaai 44, +32 2 513-2762. An authentic old bistro, with a charming kitsch decor. Very good fish.
  • 15 Viva M'Boma, Vlaanderenstraat-Rue de Flandre 17, +32 2 512-1593. For real Belgian home cooking. Terrace in the summer.
  • Brussels Resto, Place Sainte Catherine-Catherinplaats 3, +32 2 502-35-73. Offers quality food, especially its steak at acceptable prices. The menu is in Dutch and French which can cause difficulty in deciphering the specialties.

Splurge[edit]

  • 16 Belga Queen, Rue du Fossé aux Loups-Wolvengracht 32. Rue du Fossé aux Loups-Wolvengracht 32. A restaurant within an old, restored bank building. Has an oyster bar, gorgeous bathrooms (with strange stall doors), and a cigar bar housed in the old bank vaults. A good looking younger crowd seem to enjoy this place, and don't miss the offbeat restrooms.
  • 17 La Belle Maraichere, Place Sainte-Catherineplein 11, +32 2 512-9759. closed We-Th. A classic fish restaurant. Very fresh fish and good old traditional cooking.
  • 18 Comme Chez Soi, Place Rouppe/Rouppeplaats 23, +32 2 512-29-21. Classic Michelin-starred restaurant.
  • 19 Les Larmes du Tigres (Tears of the Tiger), Rue de Wynantsstraat 21 (On the backside of the Palais du Justice / Justitiepaleis), +32 2 512-1877. Closed on Tuesdays. Upmarket and stylish Thai restaurant found just behind the Palais de Justice and better than most food found in Thailand.
  • 20 De Gulden Boot (la Chaloupe d'Or), 24 Grote Markt (Grand Place). One of the most famous restaurants in Brussels, situated on Grand Place. Beautiful old building, but too much of a tourist trap. And even after a €200 dinner, you will get charged €0.50 to visit the toilet.

Vegetarian[edit]

  • 21 Moonfood, 58 Rue des Colonies, Koloniënstraat, +32 2 303 43 32, e-mail: . M-F 13:00-20:00. 100% vegan, organic, and gluten-free restaurant in central Brussels

Not especially vegetarian, but vegetarian-friendly:

  • Exki, Place de la Bourse-Beursplein 2. Chain of self-service “bio” restaurants with vegetarian and vegan items labelled. About 20 locations within Brussels.

Drink[edit]

Pubs[edit]

  • 1 À La Bécasse, Rue de Taborastraat 11, +32 2 511-0006. Serves a typical Brussels product this slightly sweetened Lambic beer, white beer based on Lambic, Kriek Lambic and so on. The entrance is not that easy to find.
  • 2 À La Mort Subite, Rue Montagne-aux-Herbes Potagères-Bergstraat 7. This is the Brussels cafe par excellence. Since its opening in 1927, the decor remains unchanged but still retains its charm. A warm welcome greets the eclectic clientile of which La Mort remains a firm favorite.
  • 3 Bier Circus, 57, Rue de l'Enseignement-Onderrichtsstraat, +32 2 218-0034. Tu-F 12:00-14:30 & 18:00-23:00; Sa 18:00-23:00. Has an impressive selection of beers, including some extremely hard to find beers. Examples of rare beers they have in stock, are Lam Gods (a delicious beer brewed from figs) and the rarest of the Trappist beers, winner of the Beer of the Year 2005, Westvleteren. Also offers meals with beer as an ingredient.
  • BXL Cafe/Bar, Place de la Vieille Halle aux Blés-Oud Korenhuis 46, +32 2 502-9980. Su-Th 12:00-00:00,, F Sa 12:00-01:00. A stylish, friendly internet cafe in the center of Brussels. Offering high speed internet access, occasional live music/DJ, latest movies shown on video screens around the bar, regular art exhibitions. Gay friendly space with women's night every Wednesday from 8PM.
  • 4 Floris Bar, Impasse de la Fidélité—Getrouwheidsgang 12. Right across from Delirium Cafe, famous for its absinthe.
  • 5 Bizon Cafe, Rue Pont de la Carpe—Karperbrug 7. A relaxed blues/rock bar in St Gery/Sint-Goriks area. Excellent place for a beer or five.
  • 6 Monk, St Katelijnestraat-Rue St. Catherine 42. A large proper brown bar with walls covered in dark wood and mirrors. Lots of young people from the neighborhood, cool music and a decent Malt whiskey selection.
  • 7 Delirium Cafe, Impasse de la Fidelité-Getrouwheidsgang 4A (on a pedestrian only sidestreet), +32 2 514-4434. Right in the centre of Brussels within a five-minute walk of the Grand Place. This bar is all about the beer, even holding the 2004 Guinness world record for most beers available with 2,004 beers in 2004 (now 3,162 beers, according to their website)! Popular among foreigners. There are some smoke-free areas. Also next door are three different bars specialising in rum, tequila, and absinthe.
  • 8 Le Greenwich, Rue des Chartreux-Kartuizerstraat 7, +32 2 511-4167. Another wood-panelled brown cafe where the only sound is the sound of the chess pieces on the chess board. Shh!
  • 9 Le Cirio, Rue de la Bourse-Beursstraat 18 (near the Bourse). A traditional café where time has come to a stop. Also offers some simple meals. Don't forget to visit the bathroom, with the original tiles and porcelain.
  • 10 Le Corbeau, Sint-Michielsstraat 18 (North of Debrouckere, near City2 and Inno), +32 2 219-5246. A bar with a strong selection of beer, Edgar Allen Poe themed, hence the name (The Raven). Known for the clientele who dance on the tables all around the bar. Reasonably priced, well trafficked.

Bars and clubs[edit]

  • 11 De Walvis, Rue Dansaert 209. One of the very few hip and non-smoking bars in Brussels.
  • 12 Mappa Mundo, Place Saint Géry - Sint Goriksplein 2, +32 2 514-3555. One of the many trendy bar/cafés located on the popular Place Saint Géry-Sint Goriksplein. You are assured good drinking in at least one of these establishments, which are very popular with younger Eurocrats, foreigners and interns, giving them a rather friendly cosmopolitan character.
  • 13 Le Tavernier, Chaussée de Boondael-Boondaalsesteenweg 445. While all the above locations are situated downtown in central Brussels, this location is the most popular bar on a strip of bars right by the Cimétière d'Ixelles-Begraafplaats van Elsene. It's location right off the student campus make it extremely popular with students who just want to kick back and have a few relaxed drinks. Note on certain nights there is also live music (making the establishment a lot more hectic). Worth a look especially towards the beginning and end of the academic year and in the summer (especially for their Jazzbreaks nights).
  • Bulex nights. A monthly night out for many locals since more than 10 years, blending all kind of music in unexpected venues. Come as you are.
  • 14 The Fuse, Rue Blaesstraat 208. A nightclub where it all started and is a Brussels institution. Be sure to check it out. Popular among the young people for its Electronic scene, often having Dubstep and Drum & Bass nights, such as Rockme On Electro, Cartel, F*ckin Beat or other parties. (Watch out for these other parties in nights spread out in other smaller clubs in Brussels).
  • The Botanique's Flemish counterpart, the Ancienne Belgique features the same mix of rock and pop with the occasional excursion into more unchartered, experimental territory.
  • Recyclart, Ursulinenstraat 25. For electronica, noise-rock, electroclash, minimal techno as well as art exhibitions, social projects and installations.
  • 15 Le You, Rue Duquesnoy, Duquesnoystraat 18. For young clubbers who just want to party, 2 minutes walking southeast from the Grand Place.
  • Gays and Lesbians. The two biggest monthly gay clubs remain at La Demence at the Fuse. 100% House & Trance. Don't miss the crowded (but super small) Le Belgica bar, which plays house music. There are quite a lot of gay bars easily recognisable by their flag around the Grand Place area, especially on the street Marché Au Charbon/ Kolenmarkt.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • 1 2Go4 Hostel, Rue Emilie Jacquinstraat 99 (Metro De Brouckere), +32 2 219-30-19, fax: +32 2 219-30-09, e-mail: . Very clean and very modern and chic. Free Wi-Fi (ask at reception for a code). €20+.
  • 2 Hostel Jacques Brel, Rue de la Sablonnière-Zavelputstraat 30 (Metro Botanique), +32 2 218-01-87, fax: +32 2 217-20-05. Has a reputation for being unclean and chaotic which may not be deserved. Reception closes early and there's a curfew between 1 and 6AM.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 3 Citadines Sainte-Catherine Brussels, 51, quai au Bois à Brûler, +32 2 221-14-11, fax: +32 2 221-15-99, e-mail: . The residence is complete with an indoor garden and fountain. All 169 studios and apartments have a bathroom with separate toilet, a fully-equipped kitchen area with stove and Wi-Fi. 5 apartments are equipped for people with reduced mobility.
  • 6 Sweet Brussels, 78, Avenue de Stalingradlaan, +32 486 259-137. Boxspring bed and breakfast. €85+.

Splurge[edit]

  • 7 Hotel Metropole Brussels. As the city's only 19th-century hotel still in operation, this 5-star landmark is in the historic centre. 313 rooms and suites, fitness center, 12 meeting rooms, award-winning gourmet restaurant l'Alban Chambon.
  • 8 Radisson Blu Royal, Rue du Fosse-aux-Loups-Wolvengracht 47, +32-2-2192828. Three minutes' walk from the Grand Place and the Central Station. Free Wi-Fi, fitness center with sauna and solarium, restaurant "Sea Grill" has two Michelin stars.

Connect[edit]

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