Things to do in Brussels
There are a lot of things to do in Brussels, from its landmarks and museums to its shopping districts. Brussels is a fantastic city for shopping, a fact often forgotten because the town gets most of its press as the EU capital. Find out for yourself by window-shopping in the Galleries Royales St-Hubert, Europe’s first covered shopping gallery, which opened in 1847. Now its vaulted brass ceilings—state of the art then and beautifully antiquated now—cover 54 upscale shops retailing leather goods, books, clothes and more.
There’s also the city’s old botanical gardens. Le Botanique is a cultural centre, with its 19th century glass and wrought iron buildings, hosting French language theatre, performance art and dance, while a traditionally manicured formal garden surrounds it and is a lovely place for a stroll.
But we still haven’t touched on one of the best-known things to do in Brussels. If your stroll makes you thirsty, it might be time to take advantage of Belgium’s brewing tradition. Look opposite the infamous Manneken Pis, the statue of the small boy doing what it sounds like he’s doing; there you’ll find the Poechenellekelder, a non-tourist tavern whose large beer list is as good an introduction as any to Belgian ale.
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