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Brussels, Belgium: Top Things to See, Eat, and Drink

Updated: Jan 4, 2023



Fun Fact


Most of us know that Belgium is famous for its chocolate … but did you know that the Brussels airport is the largest chocolate selling point in the world?! Not limited to chocolate, Brussels is also famous for its for beer and waffles. Certainly the recipe for a delicious trip!


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What Brussels is best known for



This is a 2.5-hour gratuity-based walking tour of Brussels led by locals and historians. We have found that starting our trip with one of these tours is a great way to learn about the history & culture of a new city. These tours provide a helpful understanding of the city layout by foot while you take note of attractions to visit throughout the remainder of your trip. Some of the highlights from our tour included the Grand Place, Saint Nicholas Church, Manneken Pis, & the Stock Exchange.

Tickets: Free! (with suggested gratuity)


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2. Manneken Pis "Peeing Boy"


You may think we're pulling your leg here, but this is actually one of the most famous attractions in all of Brussels. This is, in fact, a fountain of a little boy peeing. But it is much more than just that. It is a fountain, a mascot, and also the hero of many legends. Manneken Pis is so famous, he has received several gifts from Lords & Kings, and has been abducted (and rescued) several times. There are many stories as to how this statue came to be.


The one we choose to believe is about the boy who saved the city of Brussels. This legend states that the city of Brussels was once surrounded by enemies who pretended to retreat but actually were hiding gunpowder underneath the city. A boy named Julien saw a burning fuse and peed on it, saving the entire city and resulting in a statue to pay him homage.




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3. Grand Place


The heart of Brussels, home of the beautifully ornate City Hall, along with numerous chocolate stores, museums, historic bars, and restaurants. This square shows its wealth in every building and is known to be one of the most beautiful places in the entire world. Many events, concerts, and markets take place throughout the year in this square. Check out a webcam of the Grand Place to see what events may be happening during your travels.


J&L Recommended: Must visit in Brussels!


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Within the Grand Place you will find the Galleries Royales of Saint Hubert, a beautiful high-end shopping district that contains elegant cafes, luxury brands, as well as, meeting places for painters and writers. You will also find shops to buy some of the delicious and famous Belgian chocolate so be sure to walk through during your time in Brussels.


Note: many options for buying Belgian chocolate