In the heart of town, the immense Grand Place-Grote Market is a medieval square where many of the city's public events are staged. The main tourist attraction of Brussels, the Grand Place houses the impressive Gothic Town Hall and the Breadhouse, making it a great place to soak up the atmosphere of the city. Like the Mannekin Pis, a cheeky bronze statue of a boy, the silver sci-fi-style Atomium building has become an iconic symbol of the city. The structure’s upper sphere, with its own restaurant, offers spectacular views that reach all the way to Antwerp.
The world's first shopping mall, Galeries Saint Hubert-Sint Hubertusgalerijen, opened in 1847 and is still a popular for its boutiques, bookshops, cafés, restaurants, theater and cinema. Visitors head to the flea market, Marché aux Puces – Vlooienmarkt, for a seemingly endless assortment of bargains.
The city centre is home to the majority of Brussels' famous museums and galleries, including the Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire and the Palais des Beaux-Arts. Both of these museums house art and artifacts from around the world and multiple days are needed to truly explore their treasures.
Brussels is home to one of the greatest beer traditions in the world, and its city centre is a great place to sample some of the vast variety on offer, with tours of several breweries available. Popular with tourists, the Delirium Café, within five minutes’ walk of the Grand Place, holds the Guinness World Record for the most beers available. Waffles, chocolate, and French Fries are also produced locally and famous as Belgian exports, with lesser-known regional dishes like mussels and mashed potatoes other featured specialties.
There are accommodation options to suit all budgets, and hotels in the centre of Brussels are within walking distance of its main attractions. The recently revamped tram, bus and metro lines make it easy to get further afield. Bicycles can also be rented, and bike tours of the city’s major attractions are available.