While Brussels is known for delicious chocolate, addictive “frites” (french fries) and limitless reserves of beer it isn’t well known as a great photography hotspot. With its mix of history, diverse culture and artistic flair the capital of Belgium make it a great place for photographers to visit.
1. Grand Place & Galeries Royales
The first place to visit after arriving in Brussels is undoubtedly the Grand Place. Situated in the centre of Brussels, Grand Place is surrounded by opulent guildhalls. It is undoubtedly the cities most well known landmark a great spot to grab a drink to relax.
After enjoying a beer and perhaps a Belgium waffle, capture the stunning architecture of the Grand Place and wander around the square with its surrounding area to investigate the narrow cobbled streets.
Be sure to head over to the stunning glass-roofed Galeries Royales nearby which was built in 1847 and is home to numerous high end boutiques and cafes.
Once you have taken in the sights around the Grand Place, head over to Sablon to experience a quieter more traditional side of Brussels. Sablon is a short walk from Brussels’ city centre and is the perfect spot for some street photography with its charming cobbled streets.
If you're lucky enough to be in the area on a weekend be sure to check out the numerous markets. Also, while in Sablon, do visit the beautiful Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon which is a beautiful 15th-century Catholic church.
Once you have had your fair share of Brussel’s traditional offerings, head over to Sint-Jans-Molenbeek to experience a more artistic and edgier side to the city.
Sint-Jans-Molenbeek is known for its North African influence and is one of Brussels’ more vibrant neighborhoods. While in the area, capture the street art and investigate the canal. Also make sure to check out the MIMA modern art gallery.
4. Pennehuis Station
If you love capturing symmetry and interesting architecture, then the Pennehuis Station is the stop for you. Pennehuis subway station is located in the neighborhood of Laeken and is a short trip from central Brussels.
With its bright orange interior, circular ceiling elements and atmospheric lighting Pennehuis is among Europe’s most unique stations. Furthermore, the station can be visited during your trip to the Atomium, which you can read more about below.
Once you have had your fill of Pennehuis Station, hop back on the metro to the Atomium. With its huge reflective metallic sapphires shaped like atoms it’s the perfect place to capture interesting architectural photos
The Atomium was designed by Belgian engineer André Waterkeyn to represent nine iron atoms centered into a cube. The structure can offer many different photo opportunities depending on the days weather conditions while the interior is filled with symmetrical escalators and cool views of the city.
Eren Sarigul is a London-based photographer specializing in travel, lifestyle, and city photography.
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