Brussels is Belgium's capital and the administrative capital of the EU. And while the cityscape might change from majestic to quirky to run-down, the enviable quality of everyday life remains constant.
Musée du Cinquantenaire is one of the city's biggest museums. The space has a rich collection ranging from ancient Egyptian sarcophagi to Meso-American masks. And because its sheer size can be overwhelming and visitors are advised to choose which exhibitions to see before they arrive.
Goupil le Fol is an eclectic little bar in the centre of Brussels with mishmash décor, delectable beverages, and a great atmosphere. Everyone who's visited Brussels in the past recommends dropping by for at least one drink before travelling further.
In need of a jazz fix? Head to Music Village in the city's centre. The venue is housed in two beautiful 17th-century buildings and offer visitors food and drink. Due to its popularity among locals, it fills up pretty quickly and reservations are advised.
Place du Châtelain Market is a foodie heaven. The leafy market is packed with stalls selling only the freshest ingredients. Drop in to pick up some delicious cheese, charcuterie, fruit, and vegetables or just to nosh on some hearty stew and tasty sweet things.
One of Brussel's most iconic buildings is a breathtaking Gothic church called Église Notre-Dame du Sablon. While the church is best known for its two magnificent Baroque chapels, other striking features include twelve statues of apostles, polychrome murals and a breathtaking triptych by the Flemish painter Michiel Coxie.