Vibrant Brussels is known for being many things at once, and that versatility extends to its attractions. Peeing statues, parks and hills with specific cultural missions, resplendent Art Nouveau and Art Deco villas, and even Europe in miniature – Brussels has it all. Here, you’ll find essentials to visit when in the heart of Europe.
Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert – The 19th-century flâneur is deeply indebted to Brussels for constructing one of Europe’s first covered shopping arcades. The Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert is split up into three magnificent halls – the King’s Gallery, the Queen’s Gallery, and the Prince’s Gallery – and provides a lush setting for a good window shop.
Mont des Arts – Translated to “Mountain of Arts,” the hillside close to Brussels Central Station is a prominent Leopold II legacy. The Belgian “Builder King” dreamed of seeing a sophisticated cultural nucleus outside of his Royal Palace‘s windows, a wish that has led to a beautiful slope-garden, followed up by a generous smattering of prestigious museums.
L’Archiduc – If there’s one legendary bar you frequent while in Brussels, let it be L’Archiduc. Sitting in the authentic wooden booths with a strong cocktail in hand, listening to the mellow tunes escaping the jazz piano on its prominent spot in the room, it’s easy to see why Miles Davis would pop in for a jam session at this soulful Art Deco establishment.
Brussels Winter Wonders – Each holiday period the Brussels city core transforms itself into a warm and wonderful land where the glühwein flows and the Christmas spirit is done proud. For more than a month at the year’s end, Winter Wonders takes over the capital’s biggest squares and attracts close to 2.5 million gleeful visitors. 2017’s edition (November 24th–December 31st) will even expand to two more avenues, creating a real entrance to the sparkling town within the city.