Is Brussels Worth Visiting?

Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, nestles in the heart of Europe and is famous for its impressive blend of fascinating historical architecture and modern dynamism. Known as the de facto capital of the European Union, this cosmopolitan city is renowned for its assortment of delicious cuisines, particularly chocolate and waffles, as well as internationally acclaimed beers brewed in age-old Trappist monasteries. Tourists are captivated by its iconic landmarks such as the Atomium and the Manneken Pis. But towering above all else in grandeur is the magnificent Grand Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its stunning Gothic and Baroque grandeur, making Brussels an enchanting destination for travelers seeking to immerse themselves in Europe's historical and gastronomical heritage.

Travel index

Meet new people

Get the Travel Ladies app to meet new people, find travel buddies, share experiences and stay with locals for free through hospitality exchange.
Download from App StoreDownload from Google Play
Get the Travel Ladies App

Travel experiences

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 16 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.5/5

Safety

4.6/5

Food

4.5/5

Budget-friendly

3.2/5

Solo travel experience

I loved Brussels. A short train ride was enough to get to Ghent, Bruges and Ostend. I felt very safe there. I chose this place for Christmas and I was not disappointed. Many places were open on Christmas. Fantastic art museum. A little cheese shop that was to die for. My hotel was near the main station.

Posted: September 18, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
favorite_border 0
mode_comment 0

Solo travel experience

Brussels surprised me. I was there and enjoyed sightseeing. There are many beautiful places, nice little shops, colorful markets, and in the evenings I remember the vibrant atmosphere and music. I had accommodation very close to the Grand Place, I also took day trips by bus to Ghent, Antwerp and Bruges. I loved the whole experience in the city.

Posted: July 28, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
favorite_border 0
mode_comment 0
sara

sara (28)

Austria

Solo travel experience

I went on a short trip to Brussel to visit my friend I spent there 4 nights. I had the best time, friendliest people and it was so easy to get around and I practiced my French although they speak another dialect but they were really nice and patient with me . Food was cheap and best thrifting experience 😍 They have shops where you by clothes and accessories by the kilo, so you basically weigh the stuff you want and you pay the bare minimum I got soooo many stuff for under 30€ I haven't tried many Belgian meals but the brunch meals are a must as well as the sweets ofc we had Belgian waffles which were funnily shaped as vaginas and penises 😂😂 It's really safe we were two girls roaming around brussels late at night and gladly we didn't encounter any problems with anyone. So an overall perfect experience 👌

Posted: June 19, 2023Experienced: December, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
favorite_border 0
mode_comment 0

Solo travel experience

I was only there for 2 days, but I went around everywhere and felt quite safe. The only place that seemed a bit suspicious to me was the bus station late at night, because unfortunately there were a lot of homeless people there.

Posted: April 23, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
favorite_border 0
mode_comment 0

Solo travel experience

I recently traveled alone to Brussels and it was fantastic! I felt really safe, the hostel was great, and there were many things to do! What's more, I love Belgian waffles and Belgian chocolate. I participated in a walking tour that was brilliant, it showed me all the most important landmarks and gave great recommendations on where to eat etc.

Posted: December 14, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
favorite_border 72
mode_comment 0

Solo travel experience

Things to do: - Visit Grand Place - Lunch (bao buns) - Galerie du Roi - St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral - Mont des Arts (view!) - Park of Brussels - Royal Palace of Brussels - Shopping (Rue Neuve) - Brunch at Maison Dandoy (Royal Gallery of Saint Hubert) - Try special fries (chips with ketchup, mayonnaise, and onions) - Notre Dame Sablon - Viewpoint from Palais du Justice (see Atomium at a distance) - Manneken Pis - Souvenir shopping - Ice cream at Haagen Daaz café

Posted: November 5, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
favorite_border 46
mode_comment 0

Solo travel experience

Mini Europe is cool, the atomium building is really cool, have a meal in the upper sphere. The center is great, lots of places where you can get good food, lots of chocolate, be sure to buy fries with dipping sauces.

Posted: October 1, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
favorite_border 0
mode_comment 0

Solo travel experience

To do: - Visit the Grand Place - Explore Atomium - Take advantage of a free guided walk - Take a picture with Manneken Pis - Visit Galeries Royales - Admire the view from Mont Des Arts Food: Try Belgian waffles, fries and chocolate. Safety: The city is completely safe. Recommendations: Brussels is beautiful, with excellent food and drinks, but a bit boring.

Posted: September 16, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
favorite_border 78
mode_comment 0

Solo travel experience

To do: - Book a chocolate making lesson - Go to Atomium - Visit the Royal Palace in Brussels - Explore Grand Place - Visit the EU headquarters - Visit the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula - See Manneken Pis - Explore Parc du Cinquantenaire Safety: I was there in August and I felt completely safe Recommendations: Brussels is beautiful, but it's a huge city with a lot of walking.

Posted: September 9, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
favorite_border 65
mode_comment 0

Solo travel experience

To do: - Grand Place - Atomium - Manneken Pis - Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium - Royal Palace of Brussels - Park du Cinquantenaire - Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula - Mini-Europe - Musical Instruments Museum Safety: I felt completely safe. Recommendations: Brussels is beautiful and full of fun. The architecture is fantastic, and the chocolate and waffles are delicious.

Posted: September 2, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
favorite_border 73
mode_comment 0

Local tips

Noémie

Noémie

Belgium

Brussels is a safe city and the people are kind and friendly. For the food I recommend my tanour, it's an excellent Lebanese restaurant, but not too expensive. My I love walk in a city and look the beautiful Art Nouveau's house !

Posted: December 8, 2023
Instagram
favorite_border 0
mode_comment 0

Brussels is amazing little city. You can visit a lot of museums and coffeeshops. It’s mine of safe and really easy to travel around. Because it’s the capital of Europe we have also a lot of diversity here and the food is so diverse and you can find everything. We have also a lot of good local food of course.

Posted: November 5, 2023
favorite_border 0
mode_comment 0

Brussels is a great place to live in as a student,there's loads of transport and people to meet . It's small, cozy and some neighborhoods are really alive. But if you're traveling here I would recommend not staying too too long since after a while there's nothing to visit or to do for free anymore here. But it's still enjoyable if you like to chill.

Posted: July 19, 2023
favorite_border 1
mode_comment 0

I would recommend visiting the Royal Galleries, Sablon, the Royal Palace, and Mont des Arts (where there are interesting museums which I recommend to look at least from the outside such as the Museum of Instruments and the Bozar Museum, which are housed in beautiful buildings). When it comes to drinking and breweries, Delirium is a good and popular choice, it's really in the center, on the old narrow streets, the Brussels beer project is also interesting. If you're looking for cocktails, Vertigo is a nice bar down from Sablon (a place where you can get a lot of chocolate), it's in an old and quite unique building. Around Halles St Gery there are nice bars and the atmosphere is usually festive. Around "parvis de Saint Gilles" there are many cool bars and restaurants. Personally, I like "ce piace", and nearby there is a nice place for brunch - "le petit mercado". "Place de jeu de balles" is also cool, it has a flea market, full of antiques, bars, and restaurants, it's nice to wander around the area, you can walk around the neighborhood a bit, stand in front of Pieter Bruegel's house (the old, famous painter), and then see the Palace of Justice, riding the elevator and admiring the city view. Another nice and quite lively area is Place Flagey, you can go there for fries, and then have a drink in Belgium for example, and if you walk a bit, you can follow along the Ixelles ponds and go to the de la Cambre monastery and walk around the park.

Posted: November 20, 2022
favorite_border 64
mode_comment 0

Meet locals in Brussels

Noémie

Noémie

About Me

Hi, my name is Noémie I like talking and meeting new people, but most of all I like dancing, saying anything, giving pleasure to the people I love, drawing ugly pictures in the corner of the page... And you ?

Speaking

mode_comment 1
Aurore/Aurora

Aurore/Aurora

About Me

Hey everyone!! My name is Aurore, but you can say Aurora if it feels more natural to you (I love how "Aurora" sounds). I'm a 23 years-old student in Brussels (I study law, in the hope of maybe working for a charity that gives legal advice to migrants). I love to travel and discover new cultures and new people! I love chill travels where I take my time for exemple to sunbathe, swim, or hike to a nice spot to picnick there. I love sports and nature! I also love to discover history and culture, even though I don't like spending all day in museums. I also like walking around in cities. I'm going to Greece (Thessaloniki) this August with my sister. But when she goes back home on the 26th, I'd like to stay a bit longer in Greece, or I'd also love to visit the neighbouring countries. I've been to a trip around Greece a long time ago, and I have an awesome memory of this trip but I want to see more of Greece! I'll be happy to try and give you tips about Belgium or countries I've been to (I say "try" because even in my own city I feel like such a tourist, I never know what bars to recommend and I get lost quickly 😂). And I'd be happy to help you practice French if you want! I'm only fluent in French and English but if you're patient with me and speak slowly we can also communicate in German or Dutch. And I intend on learning the basics of Greece before my trip. I'm vegan and would be happy if you don't mind me using your kitchen to cook a vegan meal for you, or with you :) Oh and I'm queer (not saying that to look for a date, just in case you feel more comfortable around other queer people) ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

Speaking

mode_comment 0

Stay with locals in Brussels

Noémie

Noémie

Brussels

Can host for:

1 day

About me

Hi, my name is Noémie I like talking and meeting new people, but most of all I like dancing, saying anything, giving pleasure to the people I love, drawing ugly pictures in the corner of the page... And you ?

Speaking

mode_comment 1
Marcelina

Marcelina

Brussels

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hi! I'm 18 yo student in Brussels. I love traveling and learning new languages. I study violin in the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels. I love art, I am very open-minded and love to meet new people!

Speaking

mode_comment 0

Explore Belgium