Brussels should be a city on everyone’s travel list. It has stunning locations with beautiful architecture, some of the friendliest people I have ever met, and has an absolutely delicious cuisine.
I’ve put together an itinerary of things that can allow you to enjoy each one of these aspects. Enjoy the delicious meals, visit those stunning places, and have a relaxing time throughout.
Breakfast at Peck 47
Start your morning off right by getting a fun spin on the waffle at Peck 47. Instead of the typical sweet waffle, they serve their waffles with a savoury twist.
This is a hot spot with tourists and locals alike, so make sure to get there early to avoid the long wait in line.
For more photos of their delicious menu, check out Peck 47’s Instagram!
Find Peck 47 conveniently located in the heart of Brussels’ city center!
Mont des Arts
Visit this urban complex and historic site in the centre of Brussels on your way to Laurent Gerbaud for your chocolate workshop. It includes the Royal Library of Belgium, the National Archives of Belgium, the Square- Brussels meeting centre, and a public garden.
On your way there, take your time to explore your surroundings. There are unique stores, souvenir shops, and sometimes outdoor stalls selling trinkets.
Chocolate workshop at Laurent Gerbaud
Put aside 2 hours of your day and learn about the art of chocolate making from chocolatier Laurent Gerbaud.
In the first half of the workshop you’ll have the chance to make and design your own chocolates. In the second half, you’ll sample a series of Laurent’s chocolates as he explains how they were made and his creative process behind making them.
Don’t forget to grab a few chocolates from his store before heading out, as you’ll get 10% off what you buy since you attended the workshop!
Sign up for his workshop by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Museum of Natural Sciences
As the name would suggest it, the Museum of Natural Sciences is a museum dedicated to natural history.
The permanent exhibitions include the Dinosaur Gallery (which is the world’s largest museum hall dedicated to dinosaurs), the Galleries of Humankind and Evolution (where you can learn about the human body and evolution, respectively), and the Mineral Hall.
Ticket prices (permanent + temporary exhibition)
Students; seniors (>65); disabled visitors: €8.50
Children (< 18): €7
You can’t go to Belgium and not try the fries there. So take a quick detour, only 15 minutes away.
Frit Flagey serves delicious fries that are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. The only hard decision will be when you have to decide which sauce to pair with them.
La Fleur en Papier d’Oré
One of the best things about Brussels is the amount of cozy restaurants that it has, and La Fleur en Papier d’Oré is definitely one of them.
I had my first meal here a few hours after I landed in Brussels in the evening – and it set my whole adventure off on the right foot. The restaurant itself is quite uniquely decorated with its framed pictures and wall lamps all around. But my favourite part? Seeing everyone be so friendly to one another from table to table. People are laughing, businessmen have just gotten off work and are enjoying meals with their friends, others are greeting strangers who are walking through the door. It’s a wonderful place!
Interested in what you can find on their menu? Check it out here.
Grand Place at night
The Grand Place is the central square of Brussels. It’s where the hustle and bustle happens, and it’s where you’re surrounded by historical buildings.
You’ll definitely want to check it out! The Grand Place is considered one of the most beautiful squares in Europe and is one of the most memorable landmarks in Brussels. You’ll want to stop by the Grand Place at night to see its full glory with all of the lights, witness the crowds walking around, and take a peak into the chocolate shops.
Breakfast at Maison Dandoy
You’re in Belgium, so what other way to start your day than with waffles!
Whether you choose a light Brussels waffle with crispy edges or a dense Liège waffle with its caramelized insides, you can’t go wrong with your decision. Throw on a few fruit toppings, drizzle on some chocolate, and add some freshly whipped cream to make it a breakfast for the books.
Maison Dandoy is right in the middle of all the fun! Since it’s a few minutes walk from the Grand Place, it makes it the prime location for breakfast!
Walk around Grand Place
After a filling meal, it’s time to burn off some calories! Step outside of Maison Dandoy to find the magnificence of the Grand Place yet again. You would have seen it the previous night, but it feels almost worlds of difference during the day. Peek into the stores that would have been closed the night before. If anything, it could be another excuse to go into the plethora of chocolate shops.
Be careful of the pickpockets! Watch your bags and be conscious of your surroundings. Even the locals will be quick to warn you about this.
Lunch at Nüetnigenough
Nüetnigenough is a great place for lunch if you’re looking for a restaurant with a cozy atmosphere that serves traditional Belgian cuisine.
I recommend trying their Vol-au-Vent. It is a chicken cream stew with mushrooms and some veal meatballs.
Royal Palace of Brussels
Belgium still has an official Monarchy, and as such the King and Queen have a few palaces around the country. One of these palaces is located in Brussels.
To note: this palace is not used as a royal residence, because the king and his family live in a palace on the outskirts of Brussels.
Visit the Atomium
The Atomium is a landmark building in Brussels which was constructed in 1958 for the Brussels World Expo. Today, it is one of Belgium’s most popular tourist attractions.
Its 9 spheres form the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times.
One of the highlights of the Atomium is that you can visit the top sphere to see a panoramic view of Brussels. You can also visit some of the other spheres to see an exhibition regarding its history.
Senior (>65): €13
Adult (18-65): €15
Person with disability: €8
If you’re up for it, I would recommend walking to the Atomium. It is around an hour and a half of walking from the Royal Palace of Brussels, but you get to see the city on foot and get a snippet of what life is like for the locals. You’ll come across many memorable moments that you’ll keep with you forever. One of mine was seeing an elderly gentleman in the park feeding 20-30 pigeons that had gathered around him.
Although the Atomium is further away from the city center, it’s still a must-see on your visit!
Brussels Design Museum
The Brussels Design Museum has a permanent exhibition that offers insight on plastic designs from the fifties to present day. Its temporary exhibitions show other forms of designs through other periods, expressions, materials, and themes.
Ticket prices (permanent + temporary exhibitions)
Senior (>65): €8
6-17 y/o; students; teachers: €8
Child (<6): €0
Dinner at 9 & Voisins
9 & Voisins serves Belgian cuisine, so what a more fitting way to finish off your trip than to eat something authentic to Brussels.
Take a look at their Facebook page below and get a feel for what their restaurant is like by reading their reviews.
Have you been to Brussels? What places would you recommend for a weekend trip?
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