Solo Female Travel in Brussels

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.

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Is Brussels good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Safe

Brussels is generally safe for solo female travelers. It is known for its high standard of living and wide, well-lit streets, creating a secure environment. Petty crime, like pickpocketing, can occur in crowded areas and the city's public transport, so it is advised to keep a close watch on your belongings. Sexual harassment is not commonly reported but it's always better to avoid walking alone in less crowded areas late at night. As long as you stay aware of your surroundings and practice some safety precautions as you would anywhere else, you should find Brussels a safe and welcoming city to travel alone.
Transport:

Transport:Easy

Exploring Brussels as a solo female traveler is quite manageable. The city is not overly large, which makes it fairly easy to navigate, and its areas of interest are well-connected. Public transport such as trams, buses, and the metro are widely available and often run frequently. Additionally, many locals and public services employees speak both French and English, which can be useful if you need assistance or directions. As with any city, maintain awareness and take normal precautions, especially during night activities.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Brussels, the capital of Belgium, has a rich tapestry of architectural styles, a bustling culinary scene, and a robust variety of cultural attractions. It is home to renowned landmarks such as the Grand-Place, the Atomium, and Manneken Pis. You can also explore a wealth of museums, including the Royal Museums of Fine Arts and the Belgian Comic Strip Center. You would also love the multicultural vibe of the city, with its various neighborhoods offering distinct experiences. However, it may not offer the wide range of outdoor activities that an adventurer might seek.
Food:

Food:Excellent

Brussels offers a wide variety of food options that cater to different tastes and preferences. Known for its delicious waffles and chocolate, the city has more to offer than just its famous sweet treats. From savory dishes like Moules Frites (mussel and fries) to a diverse range of international cuisines thanks to its multicultural population, the food scene is both satisfying and exciting. However, vegetarian or vegan options might be less common compared to other European cities.
Budget:

Budget:Moderate

Brussels is moderately budget-friendly. While you will find affordable public transportation and reasonably priced food markets, the cost of accommodation and dining in restaurants can be quite high. Additionally, entry fees to some popular tourist attractions also add to the cost. However, with careful planning and exploration of local eateries, Brussels can be enjoyed on a moderate budget.

Is Brussels worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 25 experiences

Things to do

4.2/5

Safety

4.3/5

Food

4.2/5

Budget-friendly

3.4/5
Pauline

Pauline (26)

France

Group travel experience

Brussels is a very beautiful and multicultural city. It is easy to communicate with locals weather you're doing it in English or French. The city center is very animated and very great to go and party with your friends!

Posted: July 14, 2024Experienced: April, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Chris

Chris (49)

United States

Solo travel experience

I stayed in the city center but 4 or so blocks away from the main plaza. I liked being away from the noise of evening partiers but close to shops. I always felt safe walking back to the flat by myself after dark. It's a beautiful city, so I mostly walked around and marvelled at the architecture-art nouveau is my favorite design style. Dutch and French are the main languages spoken here. I understand very little of each, but still found it easy to get around. I spent around $550 on Airbnb for 3 nights which felt high, but the flat was beautiful and centrally located.

Posted: July 6, 2024Experienced: June, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Kamva

Kamva (28)

France

Solo travel experience

Brussels is such a pedestrian friendly city and its almost impossible to get lost when moving around. Unlike countries like France, its important to only cross at pedestrians crossings, a faux pas I committed more than once. But generally people are nice and easy going, even in the most touristy parts where people are easily irritated. Most people switch easily between French/Dutch and English as well.

Posted: June 19, 2024Experienced: May, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Eliana

Eliana

Colombia

Solo travel experience

Overall, Brussels was ok. It felt relatively safe for the most part, except at night when there were a lot of drunk men on the streets. I was harassed and groped by two drunk men at the train station one night. The city is pretty, but if you’ve visited Europe it’s nothing out of the ordinary. My experience in Brussels was relatively lackluster.

Posted: June 14, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

I spent 24 h in Brussels alone, and it was so good, food is so delisious (waffles , chocolate and potatoes). I met really nice people, and i really enjoyed my trip. I went to atomium, and mini europe they were really amazing,

Posted: May 20, 2024Experienced: March, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

I did feel safe even though there a lot of influencers (mostly men) that come to you and try to flirt (asking for your number, or very lame pick up lines) so they can record your reaction and post on the internet. It was a bit annoying and I was uncomfortable with that.

Posted: April 30, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 3/5
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Group travel experience

I really liked the Brussels because it’s my first trip in abroad. The atmosphere and the “weather” was perfect. We tried belgium waffles and fries, but unfortunately I didn’t like it that much. Overall there are lots of good places and souvenir shops that you can but good stuffs. So I highly recommend Brussels if you haven’t been there!

Posted: March 12, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Group travel experience

Brussels felt like I’m in a movie. The Grand Palace in the night was enchanting. You could grab you drinks and accompany street singers. I felt safe. People are nice and helpful. It’s a bit expensive. Overall you should visit Brussels.

Posted: March 3, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 2/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Marta

Marta (19)

Belgium

Family travel experience

1) centre is enough safe, But it wasn't very comfortable outside of it. 2) It was a very cheap trip, I spent the night at a friend's house, so I spent about 60 euros on museums and cafes, as well as some transport 3) The city is very beautiful, but there are always a lot of people on the main square and it is difficult to see it, I highly recommend coming before 10 or 11 in the morning

Posted: January 12, 2024Experienced: September, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 3/5
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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
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Is Brussels safe for women?

Safety rating

3.5 /5

Based on 14 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.6 /5

Based on 14 experiences

Most places are safe except the main train stations that cab get a bit dodgy at night and around those neighbourhoods. The centre is quite safe and wherever students and young people hang out is completely safe

Posted: July 9, 2024
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Brussels is a safe city if you know where to go. Normal advices are to be applied. Not walking alone at night in unknown areas is recommended. Sometimes I feel unsafe because of men, mainly not locals who are taking pleasure in frightening ladies.

Posted: July 7, 2024
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Local tips

I find Brussels to be pretty safe for women. The city is not that big, so if you’re up for it, you can walk almost anywhere. Night busses are only in the weekends (fri/sat/sun) until 3 am. Not the most practical, but ubers are available too.

Posted: June 2, 2024
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Manon

Manon

Belgium

Brussels is very safe for women, public transport works until after midnight and I never had issues with its frequentation. The city is not big so you can walk a lot and streets have good lightning. Bars and restaurants are busy until around 23 in general, later in the weekend.

Posted: April 25, 2024
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Brussels

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Brussels

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Alba

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