Brussels might be best known for its bureaucrats, but put the EU to one side for a moment and it’s clear that Belgium’s charming capital is an underrated spot on the European tourist trail. It might not boast the same allure as Paris, Madrid and Rome, but those who stumble upon the city’s hidden treasures return time and time again.
Belgium is renowned for its crisp and sparkling beers and there’s no place better to sample the local brews than the Grand Place, a huge and historic square that boasts countless bars and restaurants, with elegant architecture all around. Feeling peckish? Don’t miss the moules mariniere — a local favourite that features on most menus — and be sure to check out the abundant chocolatiers, whose shops and stalls dot the city’s picturesque streets. Like to see the sights? The iconic Atomium is always worth an excursion, whilst the Manneken Pis, Brussels’ famous fountain, demands a visit.