Almine Rech Gallery

Almine Rech focuses on perceptual, minimal and conceptual artists like James Turrell, John McCracken and Joseph Kosuth. Aside from the Brussels location, Almine Rech has locations in Paris, London, New York, Shanghai, Gstaad and Monaco. Galleries showcase works by new artists as well, with a focus on painting. Emerging artists featured have included Farah Atassi, Oliver Beer, Andrea Mari Breiling, Genieve Figgis and more.

Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden was created in the 1820s and now offers a piece of tranquility in Brussels. French-, Italian- and English-style terraces are found throughout, with an array of plants. Take a walk through the iris garden and the star-shaped rose garden, and admire the bronze and stone sculptures.

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Brasserie Cantillon at Musée Bruxellois de la Gueuze

This is a small, traditional and highly-regarded Belgian brewery exclusively brewing lambic (sour) beers. Travelers can take a self-guided tour and then do a lambic beer tasting.

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Comics Art Museum

The famous comic strip Tintin was born in Belgium, and the country’s obsession with the art form is celebrated in The Comics Art Museum, also known as the Belgian Comic Strip Center. The center, which is housed in a gorgeous Art Nouveau building by Victor Horta, was founded by comic strip fans and writers. Regular exhibitions and events are held in the center. To check the current offerings visit

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Fashion & Lace Museum

The Fashion & Lace Museum is located down the street from the Hotel Amigo. The museum highlights the history and craftsmanship surrounding lace-making in Brussels and houses a permanent collection of lace and garments. The museum often has rotating exhibitions. For instance in Fall 2023, there was an exhibition on the Belgian fashion designer, Diane von Furstenberg.

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Grand Place

Brussels’s Grand Place is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and rightfully so. The square is rich with examples of Gothic architecture and includes the Guildhalls, The Town Hall and Maison du Roi, or King’s House, which contains the Museum of the City of Brussels. Whether it’s street performers or an organized festival, this square is always bustling and is without a doubt the heart of the city. It is especially beautiful when it’s lit up at night.

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Horta Gallery

Discover the Art Nouveau treasures of Brussels at the Hortamuseum, located in the former private home and studio of Belgian architectural icon (and a father of Art Nouveau) Victor Horta. Built between 1898 and 1901, the buildings contain masterpieces of restored mosaics, stained glass and murals. The museum regularly hosts rotating exhibitions about Horta, his life and work, and his contemporaries, and there is also a library containing over 6,000 volumes on Art Nouveau. Horta's four major townhouses—Hôtel Tassel, Hôtel Solvay, Hôtel van Eetvelde, and the Maison & Atelier Horta (today the Hortamuseum)—are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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Le Monts Des Arts

The Hill of Arts offers a sweeping view of the city right near the The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Musée Magritte Museum and The Royal Palace.

 Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art


The Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art (MIMA) opened in 2016 in the Molenbeek neighborhood. It explores the communication revolution and how social networks are changing the relationship between artists and society. Rotating exhibitions and events are always on, and there is a permanent collection as well. An on-site restaurant makes it easy to grab a meal between strolling through artworks.

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Musée Magritte Museum

The Magritte Museum is right next to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts and near the Royal Palace. The museum is dedicated to its namesake, the Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte. In the museum, travelers can find an extensive collection of his works from paintings to his personal belongings. The museum underwent a six-month renovation in 2023.

Van Buuren Museum and Gardens

Museum David and Alice van Buuren

This former private home turned museum houses a wonderful collection of furniture, carpets, sculptures, stained glass works, furniture and paintings by Belgian and international masters from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The home was built in 1928 for a banker and arts patron, and today it is a wonderful example of the Art Deco style, with influence from Belgium, France and the Netherlands. The objects and paintings have been kept in their original placements, creating a true portal back in time. The picturesque and rose gardens are also a highlight.

The museum will be temporarily closed from February 12th to March 8th, 2024, for renovations.

NATO HQ Pass Office / Visitor Centre

NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, was originally based in London and then moved to Paris and then Belgium in 1967. The NATO Headquarters is the political and administrative center of the alliance, and the place where member countries meet and work together. We recommend taking a tour of the headquarters, as it’s fascinating for those interested in politics.

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Parc de Bruxelles

This expansive urban park is adjacent to the Royal Palace, and is one of Belgium’s oldest public parks. Stroll through the park and view the historic Royal Palace from the outside. In the summer there are tours of the palace.

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Place Royale Bruxelles - Statue de Godefroy de Bouillon

Brussels' Place Royale is a Neoclassical square in the Royal Quarter, built in the late 18th century. It's one of the oldest architecturally consistent and monumental squares in Europe. An equestrian statue of Godfrey of Bouillon is the central focal point, and the square is bordered by many of the city's most important museums and cultural institutions.

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Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

This is the must-see art museum in Brussels that houses a huge collection of historical and contemporary art. In fact, it’s actually four art museums rolled into one vast museum and is divided into two parts: Museum of Ancient Art (Musée d'Art Ancien / Museum voor Oude Kunst), which focuses on the 15th to 18th centuries, and the Museum of Modern Art (Musée d'Art Moderne / Museum voor Moderne Kunst).

Closed on Mondays.

Rue Antoine Dansaert

Rue Antoine Dansaert

Rue Antoine Dansaert is one of the main roads in Brussels, where you’ll find boutique shops and many homegrown designers. It’s just a few blocks from the Grand Place, and it’s a great street for walking and exploring.

Sorry We're Closed

“Sorry We're Closed” is a contemporary art gallery founded by Architectural Digest darling Sébastien Janssen in 2008. The gallery primarily showcases mid-career and up-and-coming artists hailing from Belgium and beyond. As of 2021, the gallery has been housed in a beautifully restored 19th-century mansion in the fashionable Sablon district. Offering a varied exhibition schedule, the gallery presents solo showcases as well as group exhibitions, ensuring a dynamic mix of artistic voices. They also showcase jewelry and photography.

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St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral, Brussels

The site of all Belgian royal weddings, this Catholic cathedral is worth walking into for the architecture and windows alone. Travelers can also do an audio tour for four euros.

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