Hôtel de Ville
Musée du Cacao et du Chocolat
Exhibits at Brussels’ museum of cocoa and chocolate give you a quick rundown of chocolate’s history in Europe, along with chocolate’s...
Brussels' incomparable central square tops any itinerary. Its splendidly spired Gothic Hôtel de Ville was the only building to escape...
Musée de la Brasserie
Brussels’ brewery museum is authentic in the sense that it occupies the basement of the brewers’ guildhall and has some 18th-century...
Le Roy d'Espagne
Sit and sip (pricey beers) the splendour of the Grand Place in this former guildhouse. And, yes, those are inflated dried pigs' bladders...
La Maison du Cygne
Gastronomic Belgo-French seasonal cuisine is served in this sophisticated restaurant on the 2nd floor of a classic 17th-century...
Hôtel de Ville information
Laboriously built between 1444 and 1480, the splendid, slightly asymmetric Hôtel de Ville was almost the only building on the Grand Place to escape the 1695 French bombardment – ironic considering it was their primary target. The creamy stone facade is lavished with Gothic gargoyles and reliefs of nobility. Its intricate tower soars 96m, topped by a gilded statue of St-Michel, Brussels’ patron saint. For 45-minute guided tours, turn up at the tourist office 40 minutes before the scheduled departure times to buy tickets.