What to do this winter in Brussels?

Thanks to its wealth of markets, palaces, museums, shops, squares and restaurants, Brussels is a magical destination for a winter break. There’s always something going on – explore the city on foot or by bus or enjoy popping into cafes and bars for a warming drink or a tasty hot snack of fresh local produce. So get your coat and join us on a quick guide to some of our favourite things to do in winter in Brussels!


Enjoy a glass of Belgian beer

The Belgians brew some of the world’s best beer, and touring a brewery offers the perfect opportunity to escape chilly weather while sampling the local specialities. And as night falls, discover some of the city’s many delightful bars. With live music and a warm, cosy atmosphere, you can sit back and enjoy a glass or two of traditionally-brewed beer. There are hundreds of Belgian beers, including wheat beers, pale ales and fruit lambics – unique beers that take on the colour of the fruit they’re made with.


Take a bus tour

A guided bus tour is an excellent way to get to know the city. While it’s easy to explore Brussels on foot, you can admire the city’s most famous landmarks while staying warm and comfortable on the bus. And you also have the advantage of a guide to tell you about the capital’s most interesting sights and attractions.


Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

If the weather’s rainy or cold, spending some time indoors at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert is an appealing option. This superb example of 19th-century architecture features a glass ceiling and beautiful stone flooring. Browse a range of boutiques and designer stores before enjoying a coffee and watching the world go by at one of the “outdoor” cafes.


Tuck into local specialities

  • You’ll recognise the mouth-watering smell of freshly cooked waffles at waffle stands and cafes all over the city. Whether you enjoy them with cream, fruit or melted chocolate, waffles are on the must-try list!
  • Belgians have raised the craft of chocolate making to a fine art, with the highest quality standards, moulds with unique shapes and the creation of intense flavours. Sampling different chocolates or sipping a sumptuous Belgian-style hot chocolate is the perfect winter activity!
  • Last but not least, Belgium’s national dish, moules frites, is not to be missed. Steamed mussels are served with crispy fries. Or enjoy fries with bacon and cheese topping as a meal in its own right.

Musée Royaux Des Beaux Arts

Take in a bit of culture at the Musée Royaux Des Beaux Arts, with its stunning collections of modern art and pieces by Old Masters such as Van Dyke, Memling, Reubens and Magritte. The museum is ideal for spending a few hours on a cold day.

Hotels near Grand Place Brussels: Hotel Hubert

The Hotel Hubert Grand Place is one of the best hotels near Grand Place Brussels and the perfect base for your winter adventure in Brussels. In the heart of the historic centre and just a few minutes’ walk from Central Station, this comfortable designer hotel is ideally situated for exploring all the capital’s attractions.