48 hours in Brussels with friends

48 hours in Brussels with friends

Coming to Brussels with your friends? Great choice! Our capital city is packed with places that will make your city trip an unforgettable success. Ready to discover the streets, businesses and attractions of Brussels? 

Travelling with friends often means having very specific needs as a group. Our recommendations and tips will help with that. Enjoy your stay, some culture, art, gastronomy and fun activities with your friends! 

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    Day 1: hit the city centre

    A day of culture, shopping and relaxation is in store

    After the mandatory stroll on the Grand-Place and a quick (chocolate) pit stop in the Royal Galleries, visit the Underwear Museum and have fun exploring the unusual exhibition created by Belgian artist and filmmaker Jan Bucquoy. You'll discover, in the heart of the lively Marolles district, the underwear of numerous famous and not-so-famous people. The museum's motto? We're are the same with our trousers around our ankles!

    You can spend endless hours browsing the neighbourhood's numerous antique shops, vintage boutiques and trendy concept stores or wind your way through the stalls at the Place du Jeu de Balle, which hosts Brussels' most famous flea market! Do you have keen music fans in your group? Then be sure to check out the following record shops: Balades SonoresCrevette Records and Sono Ventura Records!


    (c) Balades Sonores

    For a lunch in the area, we recommend chips at place de la Chapelle, pizza at La Pizza è Bella, Lebanese food at Al Jannah and tapas at Bar Tapas 177.

    Just above the Marolles district, on place Poelaert, you’re treated to one of the best panoramic views of Brussels. And if the upper part of town isn’t high enough for you, take a ride on the 55m giant Ferris wheel!

    You can head back to the city centre via the Royal district along the Mont des Arts and Place Royale, which is home to the Musical Instruments Museum the Magritte Museum, the BELvue Museum and Bozar.


    Place Poelaert

    Let’s play a game…

    Fans of escape games should go to the area around place de l'Albertine. Providers who have set up shop here offer a range of enigmatic fun in various languages. Put your brains to the test at Enygma, Escape Room Brussel and Get Out Bruxelles!

    Are darts just not exciting enough? Then, swap your arrows for axes! At Woodcutter you can smash the wooden target to pieces with an axe! The staff will advise and assist you. Anyone can throw an axe!

    Are there board game fanatics among your friends? If so, they'll love the Kings and Queens Café. This beer and board games bar has an extensive games library, and the staff will be happy to explain the rules to you.


    Enygma Escape Room Brussels

    Having a chat with a delicious drink or a nice meal

    Looking for the perfect place to round off the evening together? Ethiopian dishes are made for sharing, eaten with the hands or at least with the injera, a kind of pancake or wrap that serves as both plate and cutlery. For the best Ethiopian food, head to Toukoul or Kokob. Not sure what you fancy? Then Wolf offers a culinary round-the-world trip. This food market has no less than nineteen restaurants and two bars. Bon appetit!

    At Boa karaoke you can find out which of your group has the best singing voice, with private rooms available... just in case the evening ends on the wrong note.

    After that, it's time to hit the Brussels nightlife scene. Choose from the capital’s concert halls, bars and nightclubs! Visit agenda.brussels to find out what's on when the sun goes down.


    (c) Wolf Food Market

    An overnight stay to suit your needs

    Well-deserved rest can be found in the capital's hotels and alternative accommodation. Brussels offers a colourful selection to suit everyone's preferences and tastes. Yooma Urban Lodge, the 'hotel of comic strips', has rooms for two, four, five or six people and is dedicated to Franco-Belgian comic strips. The Meininger Hotel is housed in a former brewery along the canal. The Sleep Well, Generation Europe and Jacques Brel youth hostels are all ideally located. La Grande Cloche is a hotel between Brussels South Station and the Grand-Place.


    (c) Yooma Urban Lodge

    Day 2: the fertile banks of the Canal district

    The Canal district has become one of the capital's trendiest spots. With boundless ambition, creative people, residents, caterers and others are gradually transforming this former industrial hub into a must-visit neighbourhood. What is there to visit? Beer lovers will find some of the most influential and popular (micro) breweries of the capital here: Brussels Beer Project on rue Antoine Dansaert, Brasserie de la Senne and En Stoemelings at the stunning Tour & Taxis site or La Source a little further along, in the new Be-Here building. Feeling hungry? At Fermenthings you can enjoy brunch, lunch or a snack of fermented food. Another hip, and somewhat nostalgic, address is the Pixel Museum, which is dedicated to video games. It's right next door!


    (c) Brussels Pixel Museum

    If you are interested in contemporary art and emerging artistic talent, be sure to visit the Mima. This museum immerses visitors in the artists’ worlds, to give them a total experience.

    As you stroll along the canal, you'll notice there’s a huge amount of street art. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled, some artworks are high or well-hidden. The enormous Kanal-Centre Pompidou is a cultural eye-catcher.

    A little further along the canal you’ll find the Sewer Museum, which provides some fantastic underground activities - who knows what you'll find in Brussels' underbelly...

    If the night is still young and you’re not quite ready to head home, then you can round off your stay with a drink on place Eugène Flagey or parvis de Saint-Gilles.


    (c) Café Belga (2015) - Place Flagey

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