Skip to main content

Frequent or Premium Pass

Please log in to use your subscription pass.

RegisterForgotten your password?

Verify it's you

To complete your registration, enter the 6-digit security code we've sent to

Didn't get the code?

Please check your spam/junk folder

Brussels city breaks

Make your Brussels holiday one to remember with our city trip guide. Discover tips on things to do and see and where to stay and eat.

Brussels holidays and city breaks

Welcome to Brussels, the capital of Europe – and arguably Europe’s most underrated capital. It may be home to political heavyweights, but this attractive and multicultural city knows how to cultivate the lighter things in life. Good food, good beer and good cheer are the foundations of Brussels city breaks, thanks to the many hip restaurants, breweries and coffee shops, and a buzzy, laid-back nightlife. There’s excellent shopping to be done too, whether you’re in the market for avant-garde designer gear or something vintage and collectible. Forget outdated clichés: from leafy parks and eye-catching architecture to unique museums, there’s so much more to a Brussels holiday.

Things to do in Brussels

There’s no shortage of things to do in Brussels, but the city’s relaxed way of life means you can pack in as little or as much as you want. It’s a joy to explore under your own steam, whether you’re ambling around the historic city centre or venturing further afield. Get reacquainted with Tintin, Bruegel or Magritte in the city’s small but intriguing museum scene, or take a tour at the Cantillon Brewery for a taste of local brews. The off-the-tourist-trail neighbourhoods of Ixelles, Matonge and Saint-Gilles are a tram or metro ride away. They’re worth a nosey for their markets, top brunch spots, independent boutiques and international influences. Still wondering what to do in Brussels? Read on for more inspiration.

A view of the storefront and through the open door of Nordic concept store CPHAGEN in Brussels.

Shopping in Ixelles insider’s guide

Independent shops and quirky boutiques thrive in lively Ixelles; here’s where to head.

Read more - Shopping in Ixelles insider’s guide
People sitting outside Café Maison du Peuple on a sunny day.

Brussels’ best beer terraces

Where better to sip a cool beer on a hot day and watch the world go by?

Read more - Brussels’ best beer terraces
Traditional Christmas market in Europe. Brussels, Belgium

Christmas market in Brussels

A great market for a family break or weekend shopping trip at 1hr 53mins from London.

Read more - Christmas market in Brussels
Tootbus Brussels

Brussels hop-on-hop-off bus tour

See everything that Brussels has to offer without breaking a sweat. Eurostar customers get 20% off a bus tour with Tootbus.

Book now - Brussels hop-on-hop-off bus tour

Brussels landmarks and attractions

Start at the Grand-Place: at the very heart of the historic city centre, this attractive baroque square is within walking distance of most Brussels landmarks worth a visit. The nearby Royal Galleries of Saint Hubert house chic shops and cafés, a theatre and top-tiers chocolatiers. From there, stroll up the Jardin du Mont des Arts to the Royal Palace and the city’s compact cluster of museums. Don’t forget to look up: the city’s art nouveau architectural details are integral to its charm. Other Brussels attractions include the Sablon, an attractive square that doubles up as a weekend antiques market, and the Atomium, a futurist steel structure offering wow-worthy views over the city.

Brussels’ top cultural spots

Handily, many of Brussels’ top cultural spots are within walking distance of each other. Just one of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts’ six branches, the Magritte Museum houses 200 of the iconic surrealist artist’s works. Cultural centre Bozar hosts gigs, film screenings and performances. The Comics Arts Museum pays tribute to Hergé’s Tintin, as well as other beloved Belgian characters such as the Smurfs and Spirou. Head to the Horta Museum for a glimpse inside Belgian architect Victor Horta’s former home and workshop – a wonderfully preserved art nouveau time capsule.

The Grand-Place (Grote Markt)

The Brussels Grand-Place, rebuilt after a bombardment at the end of the 17th century, has taken its rightful place on the Unesco list of protected sites. Once the seat of Brussels’ power, it now hosts year-round public events. You can tour the flamboyant Brussels Hôtel de Ville and the neo-gothic Maison du Roi, which now houses the City Museum, and gawp at the opulent guild halls surrounding them. Manneken Pis – a comical statue of a little urinating boy – is another must-see icon. If you’re lucky, you might even catch him wearing one of his many ceremonial outfits.

Place Sainte-Catherine

Locals have a soft spot for lively, vibrant Sainte-Catherine, the mainly Flemish neighbourhood where Brussels’ former fish market once stood. This laid-back warren of little streets is packed with casual eating and drinking spots. Perennial favourites include ice cream maestro Gaston, De Markten for its beloved terrace and Noordzee, a fish shop rustling up small plates for punters to devour at stand-up tables. Check out Centrale, a former power station turned art centre, now championing contemporary local artists with an intriguing programme of exhibitions, workshops and tours.


Overlooked by an ornate church, the elegant Place du Grand Sablon is perfect for a slow amble. You’ll find a few sweet-toothed hot spots around town (the Royal Galleries and rue de l’Étuve get honourable mentions), but none as delightful as this genteel corner of Brussels. If the names Marcolini, Leonidas, Wittamer and Neuhaus don’t ring a bell, all the better: it’s just the excuse you’ll need to sample their exquisite chocolate creations. Once you’ve run out of steam, grab a terrace table at Chez Richard for shrimp croquettes and other timeless bistro fare.

The best parks in Brussels

Bruxellois head outdoors at the first hint of sunshine, and with good cause: from flower beds to forests, the city has a green space for everyone. Parc du Cinquantenaire is perhaps the grandest of them all. Make a beeline for open-air bar Guinguette Maurice once you’ve worked up a thirst. Tucked away near the museums, Parc d’Egmont has a sculpture garden, orangerie café and fine palace views. For a deep breath of fresh air, head to Bois de la Cambre. This meandering forest trail comes complete with roaming deer, a café only accessible by boat and even a nightclub.

Best places to eat in Brussels

If Belgian gastronomy isn’t yet on your radar, you’ve been missing a trick: the capital has long attracted global culinary talent. The best restaurants in Brussels don’t necessarily offer fine dining, though you’ll find plenty of Michelin-worthy meals. Opt instead for neighbourhood restaurants with a reputation built on inventive cooking and a buzzy atmosphere. Ixelles is packed with such little gems, as is the foodie enclave of Saint Gilles. Eating well needn’t mean a hefty bill: if you’re after cheap eats, there are plenty of casual eateries to try, from sandwich hero Tonton Garby to meatball mecca Ballekes.

What to eat in Brussels

Though classic Belgian fare – shrimp croquettes, hearty stews and Dame Blanche sundaes – should definitely be on your must-try list, make time for Brussels’ trendier eateries. The city’s cosmopolitan dining scene is up there with the best: expect small plates, carefully sourced produce and biodynamic wines. Le 203 in Saint Gilles is a stellar example of the genre. Menus change every Tuesday with the chef’s seasonal whims. Venues can be small, so it’s worth calling ahead if you have your heart set on one. If not, here’s more foodie inspiration.

Brussels' best mussels

It would be criminal to leave without a taste of moules frites, the city’s signature dish. Where to find the best mussels in Brussels is a matter of heated debate, though the fact remains that bowls of plump mussels and golden fries are hard to beat. Chez Léon is a tourist favourite with good reason. But some might find the formal stylings in classy Aux Armes de Bruxelles more to their taste. At art nouveau brasserie Le Cirio, order your mollusks with a glass of ‘half and half’, a perfect pairing of white wine and champagne.

The best waffles in Brussels

Is your waffle of choice from Liège (soft, caramelised and craggy-edged) or from Brussels (rectangular, light and fluffy)? When it’s time to pick your fighter, Maison Dandoy handily serves both in its speculoos-scented tearoom. It’s not, of course, the only waffle joint in town: Brussels' favourite snack has many champions. Wildly popular Le Funambule serves theirs with all manner of fruit, cream and chocolate toppings, all the better to Instagram with. Minimalist Galet is innovating with savoury waffle sandwiches and healthy smoothies – traditionalists, look away now.

Where to stay in Brussels

With such a compact city, you could hardly go wrong when choosing where to stay in Brussels. Whether you’re looking for boutique hotels or cheap hotels to stay in Brussels, the old town is one of the best neighbourhoods in Brussels for tourists. But it’s worth looking further afield. The gastronomic hubs of Ixelles and Saint Gilles are ideal for foodies. Staying near Louise will give fashionistas easy access to designer shops and luxury boutiques. Don’t discount the hotels near Gare du Midi: the vintage shops around the Place du Jeu de Balle flea market are enough to fill an entire weekend break in Brussels. If you're travelling to Brussels with kids, you're in for a treat as this is the home of comic book heroes - stay around Grand Place as you'll be in easy reach of all the museums and fun.

Book a train and hotel package to Brussels

Eurostar Brussels city breaks don’t begin and end with the travel, we also give you the opportunity to select your hotel and book the full trip with us.

Book a package

Best time to visit Brussels

All year round

Though summer’s open-air hangouts and festivals have many charms, the season isn’t the only one worth a trip to Brussels. The city’s reputation for rainy weather isn’t entirely without merit, but Brussels has wholeheartedly embraced the Scandinavian concept of hygge. Cosy up in autumn and winter with pints of Trappist beers, braised chicons and carbonnade stew, and explore your pick of the best galleries at your own pace. Spring’s brighter and balmier days mean you can make the most of Brussels' café culture. Head like a local to Café Belga’s terrace to bask in the first rays of sunshine. The best time to visit Brussels, in short, is when the urge takes you – whatever the weather.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, a Brussels city trip is perfect for the family. Home to comic book heroes, chips, waffles and chocolate. Head to the Brussels Comic Figurines Museum or the Children’s museum to keep your little ones entertained during you Brussels family holiday.

Yes, you can travel direct on a London to Brussels train in just 1 hour and 58 mins.

Yes, you can buy a Brussels Card and get 20% as a Eurostar customer. Enjoy discounts on the city’s top attractions, unlimited travel on the STIB public transport, Hop on Hop off buses, and access to the Atomium. Available for 24, 48 and 72 hours. Find out more about our discounts on attractions and tours in Brussels.

Not to be missed on a Brussels city trip, is a chance to gaze across Brussels from the iconic Atomium. Grab tickets through our partner Musement and see the massive metal marvel for yourself.

You may also like

London to Brussels trains

From comic books to Dutch masters, art nouveau style to ultra-modern, delicious chocolate truffles, hearty ales, Brussels is a city of curious contrasts.

Read more - London to Brussels trains
Delta - illustrations - Antwerpen - MAS - Museum aan de Stroom

Antwerp city breaks

The coolest town in Belgium is well worth a shopping trip or a foodie break.

Read more - Antwerp city breaks
Amsterdam canalside

Eurostar destinations

Between Amsterdam's canals, Paris' botanical gardens, Bruges' architecture, and London's royal parks, Eurostar has something for everyone.

Read more - Eurostar destinations

Ready to book?

Frequent or Premium Pass

Please log in to use your subscription pass.

RegisterForgotten your password?

Verify it's you

To complete your registration, enter the 6-digit security code we've sent to

Didn't get the code?

Please check your spam/junk folder

Top routes

  • London to Paris
  • London to Amsterdam
  • London to Brussels
  • London to Disneyland® Paris
  • London to Rotterdam
  • London to Bruges
  • London to Lille
Sign up to our newsletter

Download our app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play


  • Help us improve our website

View all our fares and fees.

Train + Hotel
† Savings based on Train + Hotel package bookings on when compared at the time of booking to the price of the same standalone train and standalone hotel booked separately on

Eurostar International Limited is an Appointed Representative of AWP Assistance UK Limited (trading as Allianz Global Assistance) which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). AWP Assistance UK Limited FCA registration number is 311909. FCA authorisation can be checked on the FCA register at | E-mail:

© 2024 Eurostar International Ltd. All Rights Reserved