You’ve seen the Atomium and had your picture taken next to the Manneken Pis sculpture, and you’ve eaten all the Belgian waffles and chocolate within a 12 mile radius. So what else is there in the capital? Here’s a look at some of unsung hotspots and alternative activities that you just can’t miss the next time you visit Brussels.
Take a Comic Book Tour
Comic book geeks will be in their element in the city of Brussels. Belgium has a long history with comics and there’s even a museum dedicated to comic books and comic book characters. Head to the Belgian Comic Strip Centre (open daily from 10am to 6pm) and be sure to check out the section on Herge’s Tintin.
Antique Shopping in Le Sablon
Visit the cool, chic and hilly neighbourhood of Le Sablon and get a taste of local life in Brussels. Mingle with the residents of this area in the countless coffee shops dotted around, and enjoy browsing the endless antique shops within this historic upper town area.
Dive in the World’s Deepest Pool
Want to learn to dive? Why not do it at the world’s deepest indoor pool, the Nemo 33? There’s also a fantastic restaurant with 7 large windows offering views into the pool so you can watch divers in action as you dine.
Drink Cocktails in ‘The Coffin’
Le Cercueil is a horror themed bar located on Rue des Harengs, featuring gruesome décor inspired by iconic horror films such as The Exorcist. Expect grim reapers and skeletons, plus quirky cocktails with creepy names such as ‘Corpse Juice’ or ‘Devil’s Sperm’. Served in a skull cup of course.
Learn to Make Chocolate
You’ve eaten all the chocolate you can stomach. Now it’s time to make your own at Zaabär on Chaussée de Charleroi. They host regular chocolate workshops so you can get the full chocolate factory experience. Suitable for all ages, including children.
Visit the Musical Instruments Museum
This is one of the most spectacular places to visit in Brussels and if you love Art Nouveau, this building is not to be missed. The Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) features collections of instruments from around the world and there’s also a fantastic rooftop terrace where you can get amazing views of the city.
Beer Tasting in Ixelles
Explore the vibrant neighbourhood of Ixelles, an area famous with the city’s students and hippest beer drinkers. Choose from 2,000 different beers at Delirium Café or the hundreds of beers available at L’Amère à Boire.
See the Temple of Human Passions
This Greek style temple located at Cinquantenaire Park is only open for a couple of hours, a few days week (2pm-4pm every Wednesday and 2pm-4:45pm every Saturday and Sunday). So don’t miss your slot! Commissioned by Victor Horta in 1889, this building houses a stunning Carrara marble relief created by sculptor Jef Lambeaux and is definitely worth exploring.
Eat ‘Slow Food’
The Slow Food movement started in the 1980s in a protest to the fast food industry. Slow Food is about being kind to the environment and promoting fair conditions. There are currently 12 famous Belgian foods that make the Slow Food approved list, including Herve cheese and horseback-fished brown shrimps.
Organise your taxi transfer from Brussels Airport today to ensure you make the most of your time in the fascinating capital.