Brussels Travel Guide - Belgium's Capital City 

Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, is probably one of the most cultural cities in Europe. With 40 museums all within the city, Brussels offers a diverse range of culture from Fine Arts to comic genius.

Brussels is not just famous for its arts and culture, but for its food and drink as well. Particularly well known for chocolate and beer, Brussels is one of the last remaining cities where chocolate is still made in the traditional way.

With so much to do and see in Brussels, your biggest problem is deciding what to do first!

With famous attractions including the Manneken Pis (a bronze statue of a young boy urinating) and the Brussels City Museum, you can learn about the city's long and eventful history as you roam around Brussels at your leisure.

With a striking contrast between the medieval architecture of constructions like the Grand Place to modern EU buildings, Brussels provides a beautiful balance between old and new.



Visit Brussels

If you are interested in traveling to Brussels then there is no better way than with DFDS Seaways.

Take our Cross-Channel ferry to France from Dover and then make the short journey to Brussels.  Alternatively, if travelling from the North of England you can avoid the long drive south and travel onboard our cruise ferries from Newcastle to Holland , and make the journey from Amsterdam.


Things to see and do in Brussels

st Michael and St Gudula Cathedral With loads to do and see in Brussels, you're going to want to come back and visit again. From fashion to chocolate this wonderful city has it all.

St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral
Take a tour in the historical cathedral containing gothic architecture and spectacular stained glass windows

Muees Royaux Beaux-Arts
With works by Ruben and Van Dijk on display the Royal Arts Museum is the place to visit to gain a real insight into Belgian culture.

Place du Grand Sablon
This beautiful square surrounded with many shops, restaurants and cafes is the perfect place to relax, and with many of the antiques stores holding a market at the weekends you're sure to find yourself a bargain.


Shopping in Brussels

Brussels is the place to go if you like clothes shopping. With a number of shopping streets dedicated to fashion, from big designer stores to the smaller up and coming brands, Brussels is the place to shop.

Rue Antoine Dansaert Straat
The Antoine Dansaert Straat is the heart and soul of the Brussels fashion world. With a mix ranging from big brands to small retail outlets, this is the place to go if you're into clothes!

Galleries St. Hubert
Beautifully designed with a glass roof, the Galleries St. Hubert was the first shopping centre in the world. From restaurants and theatres to department stores, you can grab yourself a bargain in here with ease.

Avenue Louise One long street of fashion containing leading brands including Chanel, Christian Dior and many more, this is the most attractive shopping district in Brussels.


Eating out in Brussels

If you're after a quick bite to eat when looking around Brussels, then head off to the Grand Place which has a large number of restaurants for you to choose from. Famous for its mussels, Brussels provides a delicate balance between modern cuisine and more rustic offerings, allowing you to sample the same well-known dishes cooked in very different ways.

Belga Queen
Built into what used to be a bank, the large windows allow you to watch the world go by as you sit in comfort in this very trendy restaurant complete with its very own oyster and cigar bar.

Aux Armes des Bruxelles
Serving traditional Belgian cuisine, this family run business often attracts both locals and tourists, and is frequently full to the rafters. Located on the Grand Place, the Aux Armes des Bruxelles can be found in what was once the local Post Office.

Comme Chez Soi
Getting a table in this fantastic restaurant always poses a challenge. With only 45 seats. you're always guaranteed an intimate atmosphere and are often required to book in advance.