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Art, Shopping and Parks in Brussels

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3 days in Brussels, a walkable city with lots to do but this guide concentrates on art, books and shopping

Good for
  • Solo
  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Senior
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover

9 Places

3 City Tips

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9 Places

Day 1

Le Pain Quotidien - Sablon

Restaurants

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Speciality Museums

Grand Place

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Day 2

Chocolaterie Zaabar

Restaurants

Avenue Louise

Neighbourhoods

Librairie Filigranes

Other Fun & Games

Day 3

BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts

Art Galleries

Musee des Beaux-Arts d'Ixelles

Art Museums

Parc de Bruxelles (Warandepark)

Gardens, Parks

John F's City Tips

  • A multicultural city with a large selection of cuisines
  • Apartments and B&B are plentiful
  • Public transport whether trains, buses or trams, is very good and cheap
    Day 1
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    Le Pain Quotidien - Sablon
    Restaurants (French, Cafe, European)
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    John F Says:

    Start the day, and the other days, with a fantastic breakfast and a short walk from the Mont des Arts and other museums

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #569 of 3,144 restaurants in Brussels
    • Perfect brunch 10/04/2018
    • Delicious brunch 24/03/2018
    • Le Pain Quotidien - Sablon
    Address:
    Rue des Sablons 11
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 513 51 54
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    07:30 - 19:00
    Sat - Sun
    08:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
    Speciality Museums
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    John F Says:

    Art museums all in one place! Modern, traditional and the Musée Magritte. They are not free but worth the entrance fees.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can spend all day in this area but might be too tiring so best to choose preferred exhibitions
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 406 things to do in Brussels
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great, Great, Great!!! 17/04/2018
    • Excelent museum not far from Central Station (up the hill) 16/04/2018
    • Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
    Address:
    Rue du Musee 9
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 508 32 11
    Other:
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    Grand Place
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    John F Says:

    Has to be mentioned but not my favourite. Great architecture but a tourist trap, particularly the restaurants. Better to visit the Galerie de la Reine, off Grand-Place, for its architecture, cinema, bookshops, chocolatiers etc.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 406 things to do in Brussels
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to people watch over a Brown Beer 19/04/2018
    • Beautiful especially lit up at night. 19/04/2018
    • Grand Place
    Phone:
    00 32 (0)2 279 43 65
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Chocolaterie Zaabar
    Restaurants
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    John F Says:

    In Chausée de Charleroi which also has Schleiper for everything you want in art and craft supplies - better than anything in UK, 2 good kitchen equipment shops and a card/paper/gift shop. Zaabar is great, chocolate with spices and you can taste every product before you buy.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Start here or at Avenue Louise, Charleroi is near bottom of Avenue Louise.
    From the community
    Ranked #455 of 3,144 restaurants in Brussels
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun fun fun Chocolate Tour for the whole family 27/12/2017
    • Zaabar Dark Chocolate Fun! 22/12/2017
    • Chocolaterie Zaabar
    Address:
    Chaussee de Charleroi 125
    Brussels 1060
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 533 95 80
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 18:00
    Sat
    11:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Avenue Louise
    Neighbourhoods
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    John F Says:

    The luxury shopping drag of Brussels, also with chains such as Zara and Cos

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #73 of 406 things to do in Brussels
    • Brussels' Avenue des Champs Élysées 08/04/2018
    • Gone glory 07/04/2018
    • Avenue Louise
    Address:
    Avenue Louise
    Brussels
    Belgium
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    Librairie Filigranes
    Other Fun & Games
    John F Says:

    One of the best bookshops in Brussels and a perfect place to unwind after shopping. Graphic novels, art, fiction, non-fiction and also novels etc in non-French languages

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Has café - soup, cakes, croissants, quiche etc.
    • Rucksacks have to be stored in lockers, €1 required but is returned.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 48 Fun & Games in Brussels
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent 30/03/2018
    • Annual visit 11/03/2018
    • Librairie Filigranes
    Address:
    Avenue des Arts 1040
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 511 90 15
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 19:00
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 20:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 19:30
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts
    Art Galleries
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    John F Says:

    Always has exhibitions and very near the Royal Museums

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #70 of 406 things to do in Brussels
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to meet with friends and enjoy some art 22/03/2018
    • Great gallery space 04/03/2018
    • BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts
    Address:
    Rue Ravenstein 23
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 507 82 00
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 - 06:00
    Thu
    10:00 - 21:00
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 - 06:00
    Other:
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    Musee des Beaux-Arts d'Ixelles
    Art Museums
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    John F Says:

    A small museum but always something worth seeing in addition to the permanent works

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Ixelles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent Museum 09/04/2018
    • Very nice museum 13/02/2018
    • Musee des Beaux-Arts d'Ixelles
    Address:
    Rue Jean Van Volsem 7
    Ixelles, Brussels 1050
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 515 64 22
    Other:
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    Parc de Bruxelles (Warandepark)
    Gardens, Parks
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    John F Says:

    For some peace and quiet but I prefer Parc Duden - less manicured and very peaceful

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 406 things to do in Brussels
    • Excellent 08/04/2018
    • Huge park 22/02/2018
    • Parc de Bruxelles (Warandepark)
    Address:
    Warandepark
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 279 61 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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