Originally Posted by Peta Pan
Anything in particular that you would recommend me seeing there?
The historic heart of the city isn't big.
There's the gorgeous grand place
(can't be missed, preferably also watch it at night when it's beautifully lit + the
Tintin shop is very close)
(Each year around in June or July, they put a flower carpet on the grand place but I always forget to go and look at it)
Nearby is the Rue des Bouchers
, known as Brussels' Belly, full of cafés and restaurants (you can eat very well there at a reasonable price but since there are many restaurants within a small area, you will greeted by many men and women on the streets trying to lure you into their restaurant. Don't let them rush you and make your own choice)
Nearby is also the "Saint Hubert Royal Gallery"
, which is just beautiful to walk through.
If you love opera, the Brussels Opera House
(La Monnaie - De Munt) has an excellent reputation. I know that not long ago, it was voted as "best of Europe" by renound opera critics and such. (which greatly annoyed the Germans
The trendy & creative fashion area of Brussels can be found in the area of the Dansaert street
(which starts opposite the Stock Exchange).
Other shopping tips: the Louisa Avenue has the more posh boutiques and the regular shops can be found in the Rue Neuve.
Brussels also has quite an interesting area full of antiques shops & flea markets
. The best known are to be found in the "Sablon" area.
Of course, there's the royal palace
(you can visit it in the summer from the end of July until the beginning of September). Very near to that palace is a number of museums, incl. the Magritte museum. On visitbrussels.be, you can make your own choice of museums to pick. I like the comic book museum as well, if only for the gorgeous building it's in
There's The Atomium
which is also fun to watch (again, beautifully lit at night) which is a bit outside of the main city but can be reached by public transport easily (there's also a cinema complex there for instance & mini-Europe). You can go inside the Atomium to look at the skyline of Brussels + there's a restaurant inside as well.