Belgium

Things to do in Belgium

There are many things to do in Belgium. Chocolate is one of the Brussel’s main attractions. You can pick up pocket-friendly boxes at Leonidas and Neuhaus, or splurge at boutique chocolatier Pierre Marcolini. And don't forget to get your fill of Belgian brews, with over 1000 beers available at 125 breweries across the country.

La Roche-en-Ardenne is a great thing to do in Belgium to enjoy the outdoors. It is an excellent place to cycle or kayak. Ostend is where the rich and famous go. It offers incredible beaches. Make sure you visit the Mercator Navy ship and dine on fresh shrimp at the daily fish markets.

Bruges has the historic Markt city square, and Ghent is rich with sights, art, and medieval history. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium is another must see attraction. The museum highlights the work of the greatest Flemish painters from the Flemish Primitives through to Rubens and Delvaux. Also don't forget the unique Musée Magritte is located next door. Antwerp, often referred to as the Flanders’ second capital, is known for its diamond processing and fashion. It's also is home to one of the oldest zoos in the world. Below are more great things to do in Belgium.

For years the Zuid district was considered up-and-coming, now this glamorous nexus is considered permanently chic.

Rue Haute, like parallel Rue Blaes, traverses the Marolles district; both are dotted with antiquaries that grow more affordable the farther you travel away from the Place du Grand Sablon.

A building in two parts: the old wing, an 18th-century mansion that showcases re-creations of domestic life in that era; and next door, a modern extension with rotating exhibitions and a permanent collection that ranges from early-20th-century Art Nouveau cabinets by Henry van de Velde to whimsic

To go antiquing in Brussels is to bask in civility and ease. Stay hard by the Gothic, gilded Grand Place - a square called on of the most beautiful in the world by no less than Victor Hugo.

A jeweler?A metalsmith?An art gallery?Call it what you like, but definitely stop by. The pieces - made of sterling silver or hand-hammered 18-karat gold - are set with roughly tooled semiprecious stones and pearls.

Though they aim to emulate Axel Vervoordt, this design store is a more affordable and polite version of eclectic Belgian style.

A two-story, white-walled space in the southern part of the city, this museum is one of the best contemporary art museums in Belgium, with a permanent collection that includes works by late-20th-century artists such as Joseph Beuys and Luc Tuymans.

This year-old cooking school–cum–bookshop also sells esoteric ingredients like Orleans vinegar.

Take a break from antiques-hunting with a stop by this chococalatier in Place du Grand Sablon.

One of the few active breweries remaining in Brussels is the family-run Cantillon Brewery, built in 1900 in an old warehouse and famous for its acidic lambic brews (in March and November they invite the public to participate in the process, which may include adding hops or cleaning the 19th-centu

Haute Antiques houses 40 dealers whose wares span the full range of styles and periods, from a fanciful iron birdcage and a mod trapezoidal fireplace, to a flat-bottomed skiff suspended from the ceiling in the basement.

The multitalented Muriel Bardinet (dealer, interior designer, painter, photographer) puts the chic back into shabby.

Friday morning see an antiques auction in the Vrijdagmarkt (Friday Market).