Brussels originally wasn't on my list of places to visit, but when my old roommates asked if I wanted to join them on this trip, I couldn't say no. It's a beautiful and walkable city and I'm already planning on going back! Brussels is also a really easy place to do with Amsterdam (only 3 hours away via bus) or Bruges if you don't want to stay in the city the whole time.
We only took public transportation from the airport to our apartment and walked the rest of the trip (although we took ubers at night after long days of walking). It really helps that a lot of the main attractions are all very close to each other. Cost-wise I'd say Brussels comparable to New York, it's not terrible, but compared to Prague or Budapest things can be expensive. Knowing basic French will definitely come in handy (everyone I was with knew French... except for me), but at most places people will understand enough english for you to place an order.
We spent two and a half days in Brussels which is definitely enough to see all the major sites, but I feel like an extra day would have been nice so I could have gone to all the places on my list, which is exactly why I'm going back for a day!
Again, I've attached my google map at the bottom of this posts with all the places I've mentioned and more for your convenience.
TO SEE AND DO
Probably one of the most beautiful squares I've ever seen. The buildings are have so much gold detail, that they seem to glow in the sun. Also very beautiful at night and close to everything!
- Royal Palace
- During the summer there are tours for the public. We weren't able to go inside this time, but it's still a beautiful building.
- St. Michael's Cathedral
- We actually stumbled across the cathedral while walking to somewhere else. I've kinds begun to tire of walking through churches after going to so many, but it's still a beautiful building worth admiring.
- Brussels Comic Book Museum
- Brussels is home to Tin Tin, Smurfs, and various other comics. I loved Tin Tin as a kid and walking around the museum learning more about comics was quite enjoyable.
TO EAT AND DRINK
- You can't go to Brussels without having fries. For under four bucks you can get a huge cone of fries with one of their amazing sauces. I recommend their samurai sauce– but ask for it on the side so you can ensure that every fry gets some love.
- Maison Dandoy
- Again, you didn't go to Brussels if you don't have a waffle. This place is quite well known, but beware that if you have a large group you'll have to wait a bit to get a table.
- Delirium Cafe
- I didn't get a chance to go the first time around, but it's probably the most popular bar in Brussels with an incredible amount of beers on tap and other types of drinks.
- Goupil Le Fol
- Also missed this place the first time, but it was recommended to me by a friend. She says that they do really cool wine infusions which sounds right up my alley.
Blue= Things to see/do