Things to do in Brussels

Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts

Best of the best

368 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Grand Place is the central square of Brussels.It is surrounded by guildhalls, the city's Town Hall, and the Breadhouse. Most important tourist destination in Brussels. Unesco world heritage site.

The most memorable landmark in Brussels. Square surrounded by opulent guildhalls and two larger edifices, the city's Town Hall, and the Breadhouse building containing the Museum of the City.

The Grand Place or Grote Markt is the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by opulent guildhalls and two larger edifices, the city's Town Hall, and the Breadhouse building containing the Mu... read more

160 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautfiful park Museum Autoworld and Military museum Leading to the business center and European quarter, shuman and the rue de la Loi. If you go straight ahead, you'll arrive downtown (grand place)

A lot of nice museums: army museum (free), car museum, museum of art an history. There is also a mold making atelier, worth while to visit but not often open.

Parc du Cinquantenaire (or Park of the 50th Anniversary), is a large urban park (30 hectares) with several museums (Autoworld, Royal Military Museum,...). Ideal for jogging and relaxing.

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No wonder Beer lovers from around the world love this place. You can taste more than 2000 beers from around the globe. Delirium Café holds the Guinness World Record for the most beers offered with 200

Delirium Café is a bar in Brussels, Belgium, known for its long beer list, standing at 2,004 different brands in January 2004 as recorded in the The Guinness Book of Records.

Delirium Cafe in Brussels was inducted to the Guinness Book of World Records in 2004 for having 2004 different beers commercially available on their menu! While there may not be quite as many to c... read more

139 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great art deco building with original interior. Nice trendy local people. Big terrace. Walk afterwards along the lakes up to the medieval abbey of La Cambre.

Are you going to meet some locals around Flagey? They will probably suggest to meet here. THE place to be, one of the trendiest café-bars in town. On their sunny terrace life tastes slow, sweet an... read more

Iconic place in Brussels. You have to see it for yourself. Crowd of all ages, very busy pretty much always. They have lots of tables outside on Place St Croix (overlooking the Ixelles Ponds) whi... read more

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We are in love with Art Nouveau, and Victor Horta is one of its founders. John Julius Norwich described him as "undoubtedly the key European Art Nouveau architect." Be sure to visit this museum.

The Horta Museum is located in the private house and studio of Victor Horta (1861-1947). Famous Belgian Architect. Built between 1898 and 1901 at 23-25, rue Américaine in Saint-Gilles, Brussels, th... read more

Horta Museum is the personal home and atelier of the famous architect Victor Horta (1861-1947). Built btw 1898 and 1901, the two buildings are typical Art Nouveau style. Plan your escape: - Regular... read more

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The Magritte Museum on the Place Royale in Brussels gathers more than 200 works of the famous Belgian artist René Magritte. L’homme du large, 1927 Magritte is one of the 10 most famous painters in... read more

Opened in 2009, dedicated to the work of the famous Belgian surrealist artist, René Magritte. It is one of the constituent museums of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.

Opened in June, 2009, the Magritte Museum displays works of the surrealist artist for which it is named. Located in the heart of Brussels at the Place Royale. Tuesdays - Fridays: 10:00 - 17:00 Week... read more



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Square de l'Atomium·Map·Hours·Website·

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The Atomium is a building in Brussels originally constructed for Expo 58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak.

The Atomium was a building originally constructed for Expo 58, and is now a museum. It is a building, with 9 stainless steel clad spheres connected forming the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal.

The Atomium is a building originally constructed for Expo 58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. It is 102m tall, nine 18m diameter stainless steel spheres are connected so that the whole forms the sh... read more

122 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A really interesting museum on musical instruments in one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings in the city. They also serve an overpriced brunch on its top floor, with a great view.

The Musical Instruments Museum atop the Mont des Arts is one of the greatest examples of modernism in Brussels, yet it wasn’t designed by Horta like many tourists mistakingly assume. This particula... read more

Museum dedicated to music instruments, exhibiting a huge collection of (often original) instruments in a beautiful art deco building. You can have a drink or lunch on the top floor. The food is no... read more

105 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best place to learn about Belgian beers! This cozy bar have a quality-focused selection of beers. Avoid the more touristy version in the city centre (or, even worse, Delirium). A must go!

Simply the best craft beer bar in Brussels. Offering a frequently updated list of some two dozen beers on tap, you can try some of the best beers that Belgium and the world have to offer.

The Original without any doubt! The ideal place for after work or happy hour time with friends chatting about life changes. A choice of Belgian beers with no equivalence. Not surprising that many b... read more

82 local Airbnb hosts recommend

No nonsense food, really good prices, all served in an authentic and typically Belgian setting. Dutch, French, English and Spanish spoken. Open mon-fri 16.30-midnight, wkends 12-15h & 16.30-midnight

The most popular restaurant in Brussels. And for good reasons. Quick service, friendly stuff and good Belgian food, for a reasonable price. Always busy, no reservations: you may need to queue 15 min.

Laidback restaurant with great, simple Belgian food. Try the STOEMP or the delicious salad with grilled chicken. (You can’t pay with a credit card)

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The park It has a pond, a closed street for rollerbladers, and plenty of paths to get lost in. Lots of joggers run along its sidewalks, especially on weekends when it’s closed to vehicles

The famous public park in Brussels. Beautifully designed in early XX th century with its lake, its barks, the little island and the chic restaurant. To get some fresh air and exercise.

Huge Parc 20 min walk from the airbnb. Perfect for a jogging, a walk in the forest. It comprises a small lake with an island in the centre, called Robinson's island.

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French fries or chips are a Belgian specialty, and there is no better place to try them than at Antoine's.

Brussels is also about French Fries, well you to say Belgium Fries now. The historical best place in town

If you want to live a belgian experience and taste "french fries" in one of the best fritkot in town.

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Place to be! For a drink, a nice dinner,. I recommend the restaurant "chez Oki" rue Lesbroussart, a delicious Asian-French fusion cuisine. The Belga is the famous bar and the market on Sat.and Sun'

Marché ouvert , avec bars et food trucks tous les week end, mais aussi son 'fritkot' et les balades autours des étangs/Week end market, food truks, bars, the french fries spot and walk around the p... read more

Nice spot to hang out with nice restaurants en a nice typical bar Belga. On saterday and sunday morning markets with pop up food bars … . There is also a cinema and concert hall.

85 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best bar with a huge choice of Belgian beers of the neighborhood. Concert and Dj set on the weekend. During the day you can enjoy the breakfast and the lunch with tasty salads or sandwiches. As... read more

With its fantastic full south terrace, this music venue bar is the place to be seen at the St Gilles and Forest border. Sunsets are just breathtaking ! You will love the place with or without your ... read more

Cozy, big cafe bar, top urban place!: lunch, breakfast, coffe, drink with a friend, nice terrace.. Thurdsay's night-life music, (day & night)

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Our most famous inhabitant : "Little man Pee" is a landmark small bronze sculpture in Brussels, depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain's basin.Put in place in 1618 or 1619

The famous Manneken-Pis remains the emblem of the rebellious spirit of the City of Brussels. His wardrobe counts more than 900 suits. The Museum of the City of Brussels presents one hundred of thes... read more

'Manneken Pis' (meaning "Little man Pee" in Dutch) is a landmark small bronze sculpture (61 cm) in Brussels, depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain's basin. It was designed by Hiëro... read more

61 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Best bars and terraces inside and around the former market hall of Saint-Géry. Don't forget to go inside the market hall itself: nice bar with comfortable chesterfield seats and city exhibitions.

Mappa Mundo, Le Roi Albert, Le Zebra.... multicultural bars where locals meet expats and tourists... Right next you'll find some delicious Asian restaurants opened until pretty late...

The Halles Saint-Géry gather lots of pubs and bars. Grab a beer and mingle with locals, expats and tourist in our beautiful city center!

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This is said to be one of the three best beer bars in the world ! It is actually just a nice place to relax, a beautifully renovated place on the soon to be pedestrianized central boulevards. Enjoy !

Beer is brewed on the spot and the card includes variety of brands from all over the world. They're hosting new labels every month! Fine brasserie food and live music on Thursday nights.

This is a must visit for beer lovers - more than 250 crafted Belgian beers - close to what is probably the most visited statue in Brussels - the celebrated Manneken Pis :)

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Serious shopping from Louis Vuitton, Max Mara on Avenue Louise and Zara etc when you walk toward Toison d´Or.

Avenue Louise is one of the main shopping area of Brussels. One side of the Avenue Louise is considered as Brussels' Champs-Elysées, where most of the posh boutiques and the great names of internat... read more

A beautiful street that links the place Stephanie, near the Palais de Justice, with the Bois de la Cambre. Good for shopping.

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Cultural center in a former botanical glasshouse, with regular concerts, art exhibitions & theater. Beautiful afternoon walk in the heart of the city in the nature.

The garden is home to 18,000 kinds of plants and various exhibitions. The Plant Palace houses 13 interconnecting glasshouses that can be viewed throughout the year. Cultural and concert venue as well

This is a hidden gem - a beautiful park that you can find only if you know where to look. It is a former botanical garden, now a green space and a restaurant/cafe. Great fun for kids!

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This is going out: sometimes you land in a cosy jazz atmosphere, sometimes you're dancing next to to the grand piano. Original art deco interior, drinks professionally served, a must.

Brussels best known cocktail/jazz bar. You have to ring the door bell to be able to enter, but don't worry: anybody is welcome to come in and try one of the great cocktails or enjoy the great Art D... read more

In 1937, the architect F Van Ruyskensvelde converted the ground floor into an Art Deco-style cocktail bar with an ocean-liner-style mezzanine and chrome panelling. In 1953, the bar was taken over b... read more

57 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you like to dance on rock music of the 60s, even of the 20s, this is a place for you. It's opened every day (except monday and sunday). The entrance is free for girls every tuesday before 23h.

Nightclub. Swing, Lindy hop on Tuesday Atmosphere of the 40s, 50s or 60s depending on the themes of the evening

A must in the Brussels nightlife, Madame Moustache is a bar that looks like a cabaret where rock concerts and DJ nights taking place from Tuesday to Saturday . Un incontournable de la vie nocturne ... read more

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For antique lovers this is a must. Every weekend this square gets overtaken by scores of antiques traders, turning it into the busies flea market in Belgium. Antique shops all around.

One of the most frequented spots by both locals and visitors in Brussels is the famous open-air antique market in Place du Jeu de Balle / Vossenplein. Located in the heart of the Marolles area, rig... read more

Everyday flea market on the main square but also the neighborhood where you'll find all the design and antique furniture stores. Open on sunday as well, great atmosphere and perfect to take a strol... read more

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Visitors will enjoy walking or jogging around the ponds and admiring the unusual nearby Sainte Croix church, with its Art Deco façade and neo-gothic interior

In the 19th century there were four ponds between Flagey and Abbaye de la Cambre. These two are the remaining ones. One of the most charming spots in Brussels to stroll (or jog) around.

Wealthy quiet area very popular for a walk, a run, or to have a seat on the grass. You can easily walk from there to the heart of Sonian Forest through Bois de la Cambre by staying in a green zone.

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A variety of art programs (exhibition, cinema, theatre...) I go here mainly for some world music established artists, or during the cultural seasons or parties.

Founded two centuries ago, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium hold some twenty thousand paintings, sculptures and drawings. Located in Brussels, they consist of several museums

For people who like art, you will find a lot of nice art painting and statue. The biggest Bruegel collection is in this museum. My favorite part of the museum is the Modern Art part



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42 Rue Sainte-Catherine·Map·Hours·Website·

50 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Belgian beers.In the back of the café you’ll find a separate dining area, where four different spaghettis are served. On Saturdays, there are often jazz bands playing!

This nice café was recently renovated and is a huge succes. They have lots of good beers (ask for a local Brussels beer) and snacks. In the back, you can enjoy a simple daily special or a very dece... read more

Atmospheric brown bar with amazing beer selection and other Brussels delicacies and excellent spaghetti in a magnificent setting. Regular live music performances and every 2 weeks, on an sundayafte... read more

84 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Rue Neuve (French) or Nieuwstraat (Dutch) is "the" pedestrian street in Brussels' city center! It is the most popular shopping area in town by number of shoppers.

The main shopping streets in Brussels are the Rue Neuve and Avenue Louise. Rue Neuve runs from Place de la Monnaie, about 300m north of the Grand Place, to Place Rogier, near Brussels-North Station... read more

The best know shopping street in Brussels, with all major brands. At the end of the street, you can find Galeria Inno, a huge department store.

48 local Airbnb hosts recommend

My favourite bar with a nice sunny terrace and wi fi. Good and experimental kitchen, lunch for 10 euros and artisanal new belgian tapas in the evening.

It is a place where your can go any time of the day, to have a brunch, lunch or spend the entire night. We love its big terrace which gives a new life to that little square, the super creative and ... read more

Le Dillens has a great selection of artisan Belgian beer, great cocktails as well as food and coffee. The atmospheric outdoor terrace is a highlight in spring and summer! Fantastic hangout with fri... read more


Café des Spores

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$$$· 103 Chaussée d'Alsemberg·Map·Hours·Website·

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very intimate and dark. All dishes based on mushrooms. Reservation needed. Opposite the street same owners tapas and drinks

Great food, every dish contains some kind of mushroom. Not the cheapest place but the quality of the food is way higher than the price you pay! Also the wine is of high quality.

Gastronomic restaurant. All the dishes are made with mushrooms. So if you are a mushroom lover, this is a must stop. (! This is not low budget !) Make sure to book a table before.

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Bar, concert, happy hour 19h/20h, antipasti

One of the nice bars in Parvis de St.Gilles

This trendy bar is a little bit overrated. But make sure you try the "Peche Mel Bush" wich is a beer cocktail mixing two beers The Bush (13° - pretty strong) and Pecheresse (+-5° light peach flavo... read more

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Concerts every night. Check out the programme before coming to Bxl and get your tickets on line. If you love music, this is the place to listen to it. From classic, to rock, electro, punk, jazz ...

Ancienne Belgique is a concert hall for contemporary music, it is one of the leading concert venues in Belgium, hosting a wide variety of international and local acts.

The place to be for big live concerts in Brussels. AB is a venue with around 2.000 people capacity. They host the best bands and musicians from around the world. Check their website: