17 Reasons You Should Visit Brussels

Between its historical architecture, idyllic parks and squares, and world-renowned cuisine, Brussels is a quintessential European city. In fact, with major French and Dutch influences, this Belgian capital also serves as the capital of the European Union.

But there’s more to this city than politics and chocolate (though there’s plenty of that, too). Check out 17 reasons we think Brussels should be on your radar this year:

1. Charming cafe-lined streets like Rue des Chapeliers

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Trover photo by Jim Nix

 

2. Opulent guildhalls surrounding the Grand Place

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Trover photo by Vera Milena

 

3. Picnics at the picturesque Bois de la Cambre

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Trover photo by Paula Lopez

 

4. World-renowned chocolates like those by Pierre Marcolini

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Trover photo by Alexandra Baackes

 

5. No, seriously. CHOCOLATE. Check out this fountain at La Belgique Gourmande

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Trover photo by Carmel Cardente

 

6. Awesome street art on every corner

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Trover photo by Chasing Amber

 

7. Frites!

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Trover photo by tn_nguyen

 

8. Shopping in the beautiful Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

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Trover photo by Jim Nix

 

9. The architectural and botanical allure of the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

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Trover photo by Prins Ramosa

 

10. Decadent cappuccinos at Maison Dandoy

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Trover photo by Traveling Mile Markers

 

11. The Atomium, a building shaped like a unit cell of crystal, magnified 165 billion times!

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Trover photo by Nita Gulati

 

12. Did we mention you can go inside? #nerdalert

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Trover photo by Travel & Discover

 

13. Beer! And lots of it. Like this pint of world-renowned Delirium from Au Brasseur

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Trover photo by Kathryn @TravelWithKat

 

14. Or the 2,000+ beers on tap at the Delirium Café. Yeah, 2,000

 

15. The incredible architecture of the 15th-century Brussels Town Hall

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Trover photo by Ankur Arora

 

16. Belgium’s most famous statue, Manneken Pis. Yes, seriously

 

17. And of course, Belgian Waffles!

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Trover photo by tn_nguyen

Hungry for more? Check out our full list of things to do, places to see, and sweets to eat in Brussels. Don’t forget to share your own Belgian discoveries on Trover when you visit!