Brussels travel guide

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You're Going to Love Brussels

There are few cities with such a multicultural feel as Brussels. As one of the major European centers for politics and with three official languages, this beautiful and multifaceted city will have you believing you're in a fairytale.

With all of its history and amazing gothic architecture, Brussels is sure to inspire you and transport you back in time. But you won't stay in the past for long - Brussels is one of Europe's most bustling, fashionable modern cities.

The people in Brussels are some the kindest you'll ever meet and the potential language barrier doesn't affect their happy disposition.

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When to Visit Brussels

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Deciding when you should visit Brussels depends on your personal weather preference. Summer is a popular time to enjoy the many gardens and parks, while the winter season is also popular for the Christmas markets. Temperatures in the summer are usually pleasant, rarely going above 85 degrees, but the winters can get quite cold, easily reaching below freezing with occasional snow. The shoulder seasons are also great times to visit Brussels for the changing colors of the leaves in the fall and bright hues in the spring.

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How to Get to Brussels

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Where to Stay in Brussels

If you're after luxury, there's the Sofitel, the Pullman or Warwick in the city center. Boutique hotels in renovated historic buildings are also common with options like the Augustin or Pantone, as well as Made in Louise in Ixelles. Brussels also has a wide selection of top-notch affordable hostels for those looking to spend less money.

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How to Get Around Brussels

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Shopping Streets

The best overall shopping street is Rue Neuve, just a short walk from Grand Place and home to many boutiques and chains. Avenue Louise in Ixelles is another great option, with this large boulevard lined with 19th-century townhouses and stores like Prada, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton.

Groceries and Other

Brussels has many small convenience stores throughout the city that offer pre-made food, groceries, drinks, as well as personal care items. Delhaize is one of the most common and also tends to be the most affordable, but you also have the option of Carrefour, Aldi, or Hema. A loaf of bread or a baguette will usually be around EUR1 and 10 eggs around EUR2. Most other snacks will be EUR4 or under.

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Where to Eat in Brussels

Some of the most authentic snacks, like Belgian waffles or frites, will be a euro or less from stands in the street. Branch out into Brussels' classic mussels and try Chez Léon near Grand Place or La Brouette nearby for a cozy, intimate dining feeling. Brussels also loves Thai and Vietnamese food so it's an ideal place to try cuisine from these regions as well. Prices can vary greatly, but a main dish will usually be around EUR15 or EUR20 at a moderate place and up to EUR40 from some of the more luxurious restaurants. Drinks, especially beer, can be quite cheap and for some real Belgian spirit be sure to try Délirium, with up to 2,000 types of beer for a few euros each.