You might think you know Brussels: after all, it’s the capital of Europe and a magnet for tourists, who flock to it in their millions to enjoy its great food, stunning Art Nouveau architecture and impressive range of attractions. But there’s so much more to the city than the usual tourist haunts, and even people who’ve lived there for years might be surprised to discover the upscale restaurant at the top of the Atomium, the classic Belgian brasserie nestled next to the Grand Place and the urban adventures to be had in the up-and-coming canal neighbourhood.
Get ready to step off the beaten track and immerse yourself in the real Brussels – these are the spots that only those in the know can tell you about. This guide’s got it all, from quirky cocktail bars to edgy art installations to secluded parks, with dozens of great addresses you’ll definitely want to tell your friends about. We’ve done the hard work for you, bringing together all these hidden gems and showcasing the lesser-known venues that make up the Brussels that its residents know and love.
These 200 unmissable addresses have been hand-picked by Emmanuelle Hubert and Mélissa Monaco, two longtime Brussels residents who are keen to share their love for the Belgian capital and who have already built up a devoted following with their blogs Au goût d’Emma and Mel Loves Travels. They’ll be your personal guides and point you in the right direction as you dive below the surface and discover the beating heart of this remarkable city.