Cheap EatsAfter Dark
Le Pain Quotidien, Rue Antoine Dansaert 16
Located just minutes from the Grand Place, Le PainQuotidien is arguably the nicest place for breakfastin the city. Choose from combo meals made up ofcroissants, tea and orange juice for €3.50 or simplysip on a coffee and nibble on a croissant for less.
Open daily from 8am-6pm.
Bar Sabir, Rue de Flandre 12
Bar Sabir is one ofthe coolest little eateries in the Belgian capital.Found deep in the heart of the St Catherine district,you can turn up in the afternoon for a steaming bowlof hearty soup or pop round after dark when youhave two main courses to choose from, each costingaround €10.
Open 12pm-3pm Mon-Wed, Thurs & Fri 12pm-3pm and 6pm-10pm.
Funny Lunch, Rue de la Régence 59
Easily founddue to its bright green and yellow front, Funny Lunchmakes for the perfect pit-stop at lunchtime aftervisiting Palais du Justice. Sandwiches, baguettesand paninis start from as little as €2 or you can treatyourself to some pasta for €5.
Open daily from 6am-4pm.
Moules et frites, s'il vous plaît!
Chez Leon, Rue des Bouchers 18
Dating backto 1893, Chez Leon is the best place to sampleBelgium's national dish 'mussels and fries'.Located on the colourful Rue de Bouchers, trythe 'Formule Leon' for €13.50 which comprisesof a rather large dish of steaming mussels andchunky, home-cut fries.
Open Sun-Thurs 11.30am-11pm, Fri & Sat 11.30am-11.30pm.
Dotted throughout the city centreare waffle stands that dish out hundreds of Belgianwaffles to ravenous tourists every day. Extremelysweet but equally tasty, they cost approximately€1.50 on their own. Decide you want themsmothered in syrup or any other topping and they'llcost a bit more, but it's worth it for the few extra cent.
Déleirum Café, Impasse de la Fidélité 4A
Withover 2,000 types of beer to choose from (yes,2,000), Déleirum offers one of the vastestselections of beer in the city. Even though it's founddown a basement in a building tucked down analley, throngs of backpackers and locals visit thisbar regularly. Thursday nights are particularly busydue to live music.
Open daily from 10am-4am.
Le Cirio, Rue de la Bourse 20
Le Cirio issomething of an institution in the Belgian capital,first opening its ornate doors to the flocking public in1888. Home to the city's famous 'half and half' tipplewhich is half champagne and half white wine, this isthe perfect place for a sedate night out, but not ahectic one.
Open daily from 10am-midnight.
Gay / Lesbian Brussels
As you would expect from a Western Europeancapital, the gay scene in Brussels is extremelyactive, with most of the bars and clubs locatedin the city centre. One of the oldest gay bars inthe city is
(Rue du Marché auCharbon 32) which attracts a somewhat oldercrowd. The city's two cabaret bars are
(Rue des Grands Carmes 7) and
(Rue du Jardin des Olives 10),while clubbers should check out the monthly
Zebra, Place St Gery 31
One of three bars thatborder the über-trendy Place St Gery, Zebra is alittle rough around the edges when compared to itsneighbours. The red-brick wall gives it a slightlyrustic feel, but the laid-back tunes and chilled-outatmosphere bring it right back up to date.
Open daily from 10am-2am.
Le Roi des Belges, Rue Jules van Praet 35
Whenyou get to this bar climb the steel, spiral staircaseand get a seat on the upper level. Here DJs spincool tunes to entertain the chic crowd while abarman mixes cocktails and pours beers to stopthem from going thirsty. Downstairs isnt that badeither.
Open Sun-Thurs 11am-2.30am, Fri & Sat 11am-4am.
O'Reilly's, Place de la Bourse 1
Every city has anIrish bar and O'Reilly's is Brussels'. Yes, drink isslightly more expensive here than in most of thebars, but it has an enticing balcony overlookingPlace de la Bourse making it a goodpeople-watching spot.
Open Sun-Thurs 11am-1am,Fri & Sat 11am-4am.
Don't MissMark Your Calendar
Swarmed with tourists regardless ofthe season or weather, nothing can deny the factthat the Grand Place is one of the grandest andmost beautiful squares in the world. Dominated bythe façade of the gothic Hôtel de Ville, it looks evenmore beautiful after dark so make sure to return aftersundown.
Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée, Rue desSables 20
The Belgians are famous for many things,and comic strip art is one of them. Tintin, LuckyLuke, The Smurfs...they all came from the minds ofcreative Belgian artists. This museum in the citycentre explains the importance of these comic stripsand has various galleries also.
Open Tues-Sun 10am-6pm; admission €3.
Beer, glorious beer
Musée Bruxellois de la Gueuze, Rue Gheude56, Anderlecht
Located south of the city centrein the Anderlecht district, this museum, otherwiseknown as the Cantillon Brewery, is the perfectplace for an insight into how the Belgians makebeer. On the short tour you can see thelarger-than-life instruments used to make beeras well as stroll through the dusty beer cellars.
Open Mon-Sat from 10am-5pm; admission €4.
Palais de Justice, Place Poelaert
Built between1866 and 1883, Palais de Justice was for manyyears the world's largest building. Today you canwander around the main hall or book yourself on toone of the free, organised tours.
Open Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm.
More a series of attractions than justone, around Place Royal is where you will find thesprawling Parc de Bruxelles, notable buildings suchas Palais Royal and Église St Jacques surCoudenberg, and museums such as the city'snumber one art gallery Musées Royaux desBeaux-Arts de Belgique.
March - Festival Pistes de Lancement
Brussels'Saint-Gilles district is where you will be treated to ahost of performances put on by clowns from all overthe world for the city's 'Clown Festival'.
April to May - Laeken Glasshouses
Locatedwithin the Belgian Royal Parks, the LaekenGlasshouses are usually closed to the public. Butonce a year between April and May their gates areopen and thousands flock.
May - Botanical Nights
Whether it's jazz, pop, orreggae music that rocks your boat, you will findsomething you like at the annual 'Nuits Botaniques'festival in the Botanique cultural centre.
May - Brussels Jazz Marathon
This free musicfestival is one of the most popular to take place inBrussels and annually attracts the biggest names in jazz music to the stage erected in the Grand Place.
May - Gay Pride
Over 15,000 gay and lesbianBelgians take to the streets of the capital each yearat the end of May for rallies, marches and parties.
July - Ommegang
Every year at the beginning ofJuly this parade, which has been taking place inBrussels since medieval times, attracts thousandsto the Grand Place where it finishes.
July - National Day
Ever since Léopold ofSaxe-Coburg-Gotha was elected King of Belgiumon July 21st, 1831, it has been the Belgian'snational day. Expect street parties, live music andfireworks displays.
August - Meyboom
The 9th of August is aneventful day in the Belgian capital when aMeyboom (May tree) is erected at the intersectionof Rue du Marais and Rue des Sables. A group ofcostumed giants then bring it to the Grand Place.
September - Brussels Beer Weekend
At thisfestival in the Grand Place beer tents are erectedby different breweries from all over the country.
October - Big Scarecrow Festival
People from allover Brussels compete against each other to havethe best scarecrow which are judged in the GrandPlace. One of the city's stranger events.
December - Christmas Markets
Every Christmassome of Europe's most enchanting markets can befound in Place Sainte Catherine and the GrandPlace, where there is also an ice-skating rink.
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