Things to do in Brussels with a crowd or alone

leisure in Brussels
Updated 2022-01-07 14:11

When you move to a new place, it's always nice to find things to do with both your friends and solo. This can help you get adjusted and learn all about the great things your new city has to offer you. If you're moving to Brussels, then here are some things you'll want to do either with a crowd or alone.

Go to Cantillon Brewery

If you're a fan of beer, then you'll want to go take a tour of Cantillon Brewery. This brewery uses traditional brewing techniques that many other places don't use anymore, and you'll get to see those processes while on the tour.

After, you can sample some of their beers (their specialty is lambic beer), which makes this a fantastic activity to do with friends. However, you can always go visit Cantillon Brewery if you're thirsty.

Go bar hopping in Saint Gilles

Looking for a fun night out with your friends? Then Saint Gilles is the perfect place to go bar hopping at night.

Put away thoughts of wild nights out, as many other countries do bar hopping this way. Instead, you'll have a laidback atmosphere to walk around to each bar, sipping on a number of delicious alcoholic drinks.

Visit Mini Europe

This trip is ideal for those who love little things, so gather up all your mini-loving friends and go to Mini Europe.

This theme park is considered an open-air museum. Stroll through the park to see all of Europe, shrunken down into tiny buildings. There are 350 monuments that are built at 1/25th of their normal size. Have fun while learning about all the member states of the European Union (EU).

Experience an Escape Room

Escape rooms are all the rage across the world, and Belgium is no exception. There are several escape rooms to be found in Brussels, so you and your friends can test your smarts!

The good news is, because Brussels is such an international city, most (if not all) escape rooms can be done in English. So you won't have to worry about not understanding what to do.

Go shopping

What's great about the capital city is there are many shopping opportunities. And you'll find everything from luxury stores and trendy concept stores to antique shops and even a flea market in Place du Jeu de Balle.

Whether you like to shop solo or with friends, there are plenty of shops to keep you busy.

Take a stroll in a park

While Brussels is the capital city, it still has its green spaces. If you ever need a breather, you can head out to places like Parc Royal, Parc du Cinquantenaire, La Forêt-du-Parc, Bois de la Cambre, Parc Josaphat, and Parc de Woluwe. Sometimes, all it'll take for you to feel refreshed is a brisk walk in one of these beautiful spaces.

Get some fries

Belgium is well-known for its fries, so there are plenty of places to grab some hot crispy fries (or frites as they're known in Belgium). This can be the perfect snack to munch on while you take a walk around the city. Just be aware that most Belgians eat frites with mayonnaise, so if you don't like that, ask for the frituur to leave the mayo off.

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