Maison du Roi
This fanciful feast of neogothic arches, verdigris statues and mini-spires is bigger, darker and nearly 200 years younger than the...
Brussels City Museum
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...
Grungy, all-black madness with coffins for tables and lit mainly by UV.
Grand Place information
Brussels' incomparable central square tops any itinerary. Its splendidly spired Gothic Hôtel de Ville was the only building to escape bombardment by the French in 1695, quite ironic considering that it was their main target. Today the pedestrianised square's splendour is due largely to its intact guildhalls , rebuilt by merchant guilds after 1695 and fancifully adorned with gilded statues.
Several now host tempting cafes, though similarly historic drinking spots are somewhat less expensive around the nearby Bourse. That's Brussels' 1873 stock exchange with a neoclassical stone facade featuring sculptures by the young Rodin. A block northeast of Grand Place, the 1847 Galeries St-Hubert was Europe's first shopping arcade and remains a must-visit. Enchantingly colourful lanes of close-packed fish restaurants lead south from here down the Rue des Bouchers,but beware that (with some exceptions) many are notorious tourist traps.