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Where to stay in Brussels

Updated: Oct 13, 2022

Frites, beer, and European politics are probably the first thing to come to mind when thinking about Brussels. However, Europe’s capital has plenty of personality beyond bureaucrats and diplomacy, if you know where to look.

For the sights

Stay in the centre, in and around the Grand Place. You'll be moments from the iconic Manneken-Pis (although, it's tiny (the statue we mean) and pretty underwhelming).

Ixelles offers a quieter base for sightseeing compared to the busy Grand Place, while still being central enough to not feel remote. The suburban district has its own special collection of fantastic architecture, galleries, and cafes.

To soak up culture

The EU Quarter has a great selection of hotels due to the businessmen and diplomats coming to visit. Staying here means being close to the EU Parliament and House of European History.

Staying just south of the Grand Place in near the Royal Quarter also offers you easy access to a number of great museums including the Jewish Museum and Bibliotheque Royale.

For some fun

The Marolles neighbourhood offers an authentic Brussels experience. There are great local bars, trendy vintage shops, and amazing art galleries - but the real jewel is Brussels' iconic Place du Jeu-de-Balle flea market.

Îlot Sacre has a number of live music venues dotted around the central area, perfect for travellers looking for good drinks and a good gig - check out Music Village to embrace a speakeasy jazz night.

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