10 Things to do in Brussels : Dont forget the Belgian chocolate

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Many things to do in Brussels like visiting enormous amount of monuments and other places.

Brussels in few words

At the hub of European politics – Brussels is the cosmopolitan capital of bureaucracy. But when freed from the shackles of red tape, this compact capital of Belgium is a fascinating fusion of profound historical curiosity and contemporary living.

Things to do in Brussels

1. The Grand-Place

Brussels’ central square is the main point of activity for locals and tourists too. The heaving markets are bursting with souvenir-seeking bargain hunters. Look out for the town hall which is a magnificent example of 15th century architecture.

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The grand-place

2. Manneken Pis

This sacred 17th-century bronze statue of the small boy urinating is a Brussels landmark. Several legends exist explaining the origin of this statue. One says it depicts a young boy urinating on a burning charge destined to blow up the city walls when under siege from a foreign army, and so saving the city from invasion. Whatever the real truth is, he is undeniable cute and has over 500 outfits, one for every occasion.

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Manneken pis

3. St Nicholas Church

It was built in the 11th century, this medieval architecture is the oldest church in Brussels.

 

4. Royals Galleries Saint-Hubert

Europe’s oldest glass arcade was designed by JP Cluysenaer and was built in 1847. Many fashionable boutiques and cool cafes. It was renovated and reopened in 2000. The arcade is worth visiting if only to experience the magnificent architecture of its buildings.

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Royals Galleries Saint-Hubert

5. Belgian Chocolate

Brussels visit is incomplete without experiencing the world famous Belgian chocolate, especially if you are a chocolate addict. It has a quality all of its own and is the absolute choice for gifts to take back home.

 

6. Avenue Louise

If you crave a shopping fix then the Avenue Louise is the place to be. Designer shops aplenty provide enough opportunity to flex your spending power. Popular purchases from Louise Avenue include diamonds and antiques.

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Avenue Louise

7. Waterzooi

This traditional meal is a Belgian specialty, it’s a kind of fish stew and very popular with the locals. Other appetizing native dishes include mussels, waffles, and sweetbreads.

8. Flower Carpet

Each year throughout August, the Grand Place is full of a sea of color as thousands of flowers are on the ground in stunning patterns called the flower carpet.

The first carpet of flowers was created in 1971 as a way to promote begonias each square meter of the carpet contains more than 300 flowers.

 

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Flower carpet

9. Pistes de Lancement

If you are travelling with children, so this clown festival during March is one of the things to do in Brussels. The Saint-Gilles region is full of circus acts entertaining for children and adults.

 

10. Christmas Market

The festive period is a burst of activity as traditional Christmas stalls suddenly appear. The effervescent displays keep you entertained between purchases as jugglers and musicians perform among the festive shoppers.