7. Take a stroll down Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
When we first arrived in Brussels, we really didn’t know what to do. After strolling around for a little bit, we entered a tunnel like building and was just mesmerized by the beauty above us. Our encounter with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert was accidental, but it remained one of the most memorable and beautiful spots in Brussels. Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert is somewhat like a short shopping street. This street isn’t too long, about 100m for each section, but you’ll definitely take your time strolling through. When you first enter, you’ll be hypnotized by the beautiful glass roof that provides bright lighting throughout the passage. Next, you’ll notice the beautiful storefronts that create a historic yet clean type of feeling. As you walk through Les Galleries, eye-catching and mouth-watering chocolate boutiques can’t help but pull you in. Most, if not all of these stores are pretty high end. So don’t be surprised at some of the prices you’ll see; we were definitely surprised. We couldn’t help ourselves at one chocolatier and ordered a hot chocolate from one of the local chocolate boutiques. The hot chocolate was extremely rich; it tasted like pure melted chocolate, nothing like the watered down stuff from back home. Overall, taking a stroll down Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert is a must! After all, it isn’t far off from all the other attractions and will not take too long either.
6. Try some Belgian Beer
Belgium is home to some of the best beer in the world. That’s not an understatement. If you’re an avid beer enthusiast, then you probably already knew that. For those of you who aren’t, you NEED to try some Belgian beer when you’re in Brussels, or anywhere in Belgium in fact. There’s nothing like a freshly crafted beer straight from the local tap. Don’t miss out on this when you’re here!
5. Pay a visit to the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral
This was actually where we were headed before stumbling through Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral is another one of those ancient European masterpieces. Some of the sculptures inside were just unbelievable. One that really struck my eye was an amazing wooden pulpit carved by Hendrik Frans Verbrugghen. Definitely, a place you should stop by as it is close to the city and not too far off from everything else.
4. Indulge in Belgian Chocolate
Who else is more known for their chocolate than Belgium? Try some of the most premium chocolate you won’t find anywhere else. Might as well indulge when you’re here because you won’t find anything like this back home to satisfy your sweet tooth. You won’t have troubling find chocolate for all kinds of taste buds. Unfortunately, some of the chocolate in Belgium is extremely premium and the price will surely reflect that.
3. Look at a little boy pee (Mannekin Pis)
This is a must do for anyone who comes to Brussels. I’m not going to lie to you, there isn’t anything spectacular about this little statue, but a visit to Brussels would not be complete without seeing the Mannekin Pis firsthand. On special days, you can see the little boy dressed up in certain costumes. You can see the schedule here. The Mannekin Pis usually draws a decently sized crowd throughout the day, so arrive in the early morning or late evening to avoid tour groups and large crowds. Come see for yourself and take a selfie with this little boy peeing!