Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Charleroi

Musée de la Photographie

One of Europe’s biggest and most impressive photography museums, it has an engrossing collection of historic, contemporary and artistic prints. Don’t miss the area upstairs dealing with airbrushing, tricks of the tr…
Museum in Charleroi

Le Bois du Cazier

This sizeable complex occupies a mine site where a horrific accident killed 262 miners in 1956. A gripping multilingual video commemorates that; admission also includes access to a museum celebrating Charleroi’s hey…
Architecture in Charleroi

Tour Bleue

Rising some 75m above the city centre, the aptly named 'Blue Tower' is Charleroi's most eye-catching new building. Designed by celebrated French architect Jean Nouvel, the tapering blue-brick landmark houses the cit…
Books in Charleroi

Livre Ou Verre

One of Wallonia's most atmospheric bookstores, Livre Ou Verre sells a beautiful selection of secondhand books. But even if you don't read French, it's worth stopping in for a drink (coffee, wine and ample beer choic…
Italian in Charleroi

2 Fenêtres

At this warmly lit space in the upper town, owner and head chef Caterina Cesari cooks up seasonally inspired dishes using recipes handed down through the generations. Vegetarians should stop in on Jeudi Veggie (Vegg…
Wine Bar in Charleroi

BlaBlah Wine

Just off Place Verte, BlaBlah is an enticing spot for first-rate wines accompanied by charcuterie plates or flavour-packed sandwiches. On warm days, tables out on the quiet lane are the way to go.
Dance in Charleroi


Charleroi’s cultural high point is its world-renowned avant-garde dance company, which performs here at Les Écuries theatre.
French in Charleroi

Le Deauville

Wilfully old-fashioned, this place refuses to believe that Charleroi has fallen on hard times, though the blend of '20s, '70s and modern décor is curious on the eye. The menu, with a couple of Spanish quirks (includ…