Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Building in Royal Quarter

Old England Building

This 1899 former department store is an art-nouveau showpiece with a black facade aswirl with wrought iron and arched windows. The building contains the groundbreaking music museum, a celebration of music in all its…
Top Choice Museum in EU Quarter & Etterbeek

Musée du Cinquantenaire

This astonishingly rich collection ranges from ancient Egyptian sarcophagi to Meso-American masks to icons to wooden bicycles. Decide what you want to see before coming or the sheer scope can prove overwhelming. Vis…
Top Choice Church in Royal Quarter

Église Notre-Dame du Sablon

The Sablon’s large, flamboyantly Gothic church started life as the 1304 archers’ guild chapel. A century later it had to be massively enlarged to cope with droves of pilgrims attracted by the supposed healing powers…
Top Choice Museum in Grand Palace & Îlot Sacré

Musée du Costume et de la Dentelle

Lace making has been one of Flanders’ finest crafts since the 16th century. While kloskant (bobbin lace) originated in Bruges, naaldkant (needlepoint lace) was developed in Italy but was predominantly made in Brusse…
Top Choice Museum in EU Quarter & Etterbeek

Musée des Sciences Naturelles

Thought-provoking and highly interactive, this museum has far more than the usual selection of stuffed animals. But the undoubted highlight is a unique ‘family’ of iguanodons – 10m-high dinosaurs found in a Hainaut …
Top Choice Health Food in Royal Quarter

Soul Food

With an intimate informal atmosphere, tiled floors and homey decor, Soul Food is a distinctly different dinner stop on the edge of the Marolles, ideal if Belgian food is beginning to weigh you down. The fusion food …
Top Choice French in Grand Palace & Îlot Sacré

L'Ogenblik

It may be only a stone’s throw from Rue des Bouchers, but this timeless bistro with its lace curtains, resident cat, marble-topped tables and magnificent wrought-iron lamp feels a world away. They’ve been producing …
Top Choice Brasserie in Grand Palace & Îlot Sacré

Arcadi

The jars of preserves, beautiful cakes and fruit tarts of this classic and charming bistro entice plenty of Brussels residents, as do well-priced meals such as lasagne and steak, all served nonstop by courteous staf…
Top Choice French in Saint-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle

Saint-Boniface

Enchanting old-world restaurant near the eponymous church, featuring gingham tablecloths, walls jammed with framed pictures and authentic dishes from France’s southwestern and Basque regions, notably cassoulet, Péri…
Top Choice Market in Saint-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle

Place du Châtelain Market

Fabulous food stalls cluster around an elongated, leafy square at this market. Cheese, charcuterie, fresh fruit and veg, seasonal fodder – truffles, mushrooms, berries and so on – a Middle Eastern food van, Turkish …