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22 Weird and Unusual Things to do In Brussels

Looking for some unusual things to do in Brussels? Yeah, I was too.

I mean, touristy things do in Brussels are great since they’re touristy for a reason, but sometimes, you just want to see something that’s a little different and explore some of the more unique things to do in Brussels.

And I am just the perfect person to ask if you’re looking for cool things to do in Brussels. I mean, I hit up Brussels every time I’m in Europe and just love uncovering new offbeat things to do while I’m here.

So, that means that you’ll probably see some interesting things to see in Brussels that you haven’t heard of on this list.

This building is an art nouveau masterpiece that is home to the Musical Instrument Museum of Brussels (MIM).

So, if you’re interested in visiting MIM then grab an audio guide since many of the museum plaques are only in French.

And yes, this museum is totally worth a visit and one of the coolest things to do in Brussels.

After all, on display here are truly unique instruments that are exquisite pieces of art in their own right.

Yeah, my faves, while I was here, were the ornately decorated pianos that are adorned with beautiful etchings and paintings of all kinds.

But, after exploring over 2,000 instruments, you may feel a bit like a hangry beast. However, that is a problem that is an easy fix since the MIM Restaurant is located on the tenth floor of the building.

And from this restaurant, not only can you get an amazing view of Brussels but you can also enjoy a decadently, delicious Sunday, brunch buffet.

Just sayin’ because, to me, food is always a good idea.

Pro Tip: Admission is free on the first Wednesday afternoon of the month. So, enjoy one of the quirky things to do in Brussels before picking up some of the best waffles in Brussels just down the street.

Address: Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Hours: Open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Price: Tickets are €15.00 per adult, €13.00 per senior, and €8.00 per job-seeker.

How to Get There: Take the 2/6 line to Naamsepoort station and walk from there.

2. Atomium

View of Atomium structure in Brussels.

Umm, who doesn’t want to see a giant atom that stands at an astonishing 102 meters tall?

Okay, I’ll admit it, Atomium is rather touristy and expensive. But come on, how many times in your life are you gonna see a giant atom while enjoying one of the weird things to do in Brussels?

And this isn’t just any atom but an iron atom in its traditional, crystal lattice structure.

Real talk? I didn’t go to the top but I did visit and thought that this enormous, space-age structure was definitely one of the more unique things to do in Brussels and pretty cool in person.

But why a giant atom? I mean, this structure is almost as useful as a giant ball of string.

Well, believe it or not, this enormous atom was created as a symbol of postwar progress, for the 1958 World’s Fair, and has grown in fame to become one of the coolest things to do in Brussels.

Pro Tip: Definitely book tickets in advance because the line is insanely long, especially in the summer.

Also, I was pleasantly surprised that you can order some of the best fries in Brussels here during the perfect day in Brussels.

Address: Pl. de l’Atomium 1, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium

Hours: Open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Price: €16.00 per adult, €14 per senior, and €8.50 per child/student/person with a disability.

How to Get There: Take line 6 to Heysel station and walk from there.

3. Mannekin Pis

View of a statue of a boy peeing with Christmas decor all around. Manneken Pis is one of the unique things to do in Brussels.

Oh hey, guess what the icon of Brussels is?

Yup, that would be a 61 cm (tiny) statue of a little peeing boy. It’s one of the more hysterical things to see in Brussels and is formally known as the Geraardsbergen’s Manneken Pis.

Apparently, this little guy was designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy (the Elder ) and put into place between 1618 and 1619.

However, the original statue was replaced in 1965 by a copy that is now dressed up in hilarious outfits for various holidays and special events.

So obviously you must visit Brussels during a holiday so that you can see this little guy dressed up in all his glory.

Now, to find this statue (without getting pissed. Haha), head to the corner of the main square that lies in front of the turreted town hall of 1893.

You can even pick up some Belgium souvenirs featuring this cool dude too.

Address: 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Hours: Open 24/7, 365 days a year.

Price: Free

How to Get There: Take line 3 or 4 to Anneessens Premetro station and walk from there.

4. Mini Europe

View of Mini Europe where the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben are covered in snow as you enjoy the many cool things to do in Brussels.

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A literal hop, skip, and jump away from Atomium, is Mini Europe; a miniature park that presents guests with reproductions of famous EU monuments on a scale of 1:25.

In total, this shrunken Europe features models of 80 cities and over 350 buildings – all of which are enhanced by moving trains, mills, an erupting Mount Vesuvius, and cable cars too.

Personally, I had no desire to visit this attraction in Brussels. Not only was the entrance fee kind of expensive, but I dunno, the whole thing just felt like a giant tourist trap to me.

“A magnificent tour throughout Europe in the “shadow” of Atomium!!! Splendid overall experience!!!”

Chrysa (read more reviews now!)

But, maybe you’ll love it and agree with many others who think this is one of the best things to see in Brussels, Belgium.

What, interested in visiting one of the quirky things to do in Brussels? If so then save time and purchase tickets in advance.

Yeah, ain’t nobody got time to wait in line.

Pro Tip: You can save money by purchasing a combination ticket to Atomium and Mini Europe.

Address: Av. du Football 1, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium

Hours: Open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Price: Tickets are €19.00 for adults and €13.50 for kids.

How to Get There: Take line 6 to Heysel station and walk from there.

5. Cook and Book

Located on the outskirts of the city, this super cool bookstore in Brussels is part restaurant and part ultra-rad bookstore.

And while the food is delicious, you’re really here for the over-the-top decor.

So, as you walk through one of eight different sections of the store, be prepared to find a full-on Airstream caravan in the travel section.

Then, mosey on over to the comic book section and uncover heaps of toys lining the walls.

Continue on to uncover a model railway track winding its way through the children’s section before you see the rad vinyl records that fill the Rock n’ Roll room.

You’ll also find a greenhouse, a cooking area (La Cucina), and a British area that rounds out one of the weirdest things to do in Brussels.

Pro Tip: The burgers and Wok dishes are both really good since this place serves a contender for the best brunch in Brussels.

Address: 1 Place du Temps Libre, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Brussels, Belgium

Hours: Open daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Price: Entrees start at €15.00 each.

How to Get There: Take line 1 to Roodebeek station and walk from there.

6. The Belgian Center for Comic Strip Art

Smurfs exhibit at the Belgian Center for Comic Strip Art.

Nerds of the world rejoice and get your nerd on at one of the top things to do in Brussels!

Because you can now enjoy a Brussels museum dedicated entirely to the preservation and appreciation of comic strips since they are considered to be a genuine form of art.

And it really is! Because from the first sketches to the final color application, the Comic Strip Museum takes you through the entire, long and difficult process of creating a comic.

And then, of course, you get to see all these awesome comics that we all grew up with.

You know, classics like The Adventures of Tin Tin and the Smurfs; pieces of nostalgia that make this museum one of the epic places to visit in Brussels. 

Pro Tip: There’s a really interesting and totally free, comic strip exhibit across the street that you should deffo should after enjoying one of the unique things to do in Brussels.

Address: Rue des Sables 20, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Hours: Open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, except Monday.

Price: Tickets are €13.00 for adults, €10.00 for students/seniors, and €9.00 for teachers.

How to Get There: Take line 2 or 6 to Botanique station and walk from there.

7. Theatre Royal de Toone

Are you looking for one of the quirky things to do in Brussels that involves puppets?

If so then you’ll be delighted to know that the Theatre Royal de Toone sits a mere hop, skip, and jump away from the Grand Place.

In fact, this place was initially founded in 1830 and is now a two-hundred-year-old theater that still holds several puppet shows a week for eager visitors.

So, stop by and see more than 1,400 different puppets perform shows like The Three Musketeers, Romeo and Juliet, and more.

Plus, as an added bonus, this place sits adjacent to a bar that serves up some of the best Belgian beers in the city.

.So, get your drinky drink on either before or after seeing this ultra-rad puppet show.

Pro Tip: Don’t forget to check out their on-site museum during intermission.

Address: Rue du Marché Aux Herbes 66, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Hours: Shows are held Thursday/Friday at 8:30 pm and Saturday at 4:00 pm/8:30 pm.

Price: Tickets are €15.00 each.

How to Get There: Take line 1 or 5 to Centrale station and walk from there.

8. The Comic Strip Route

View of art along the Comic Strip Rote in Brussles.

Umm, who doesn’t like a scavenger hunt?

Yeah, I ask because the Brussels comic strip route is like one giant scavenger hunt.

So, if you’re wondering what to do in Brussels when you’re broke like a joke, then try this cool thing to do in Brussels.

And your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find all the comic strip murals hidden in the city of Brussels.

Just bare in mind that Brussels is home to over fifty comic strip murals that pay tribute to some of the most famous Belgian comics in the world.

You know, epic comics like The Adventures of Tin Tin (my fave), Lucky Luke, Gaston, Marsupilami, and Gil Jourdan.

But why a comic strip route?

Well, the project started in 1991.

This is when the government and the Belgian Comic Strip Center worked together to commemorate well-known comic artists by embellishing empty walls with art in Brussels.

Since then the project has grown so much that the Belgium Tourist Center actually gives out free Comic Book Walk Maps to help you find some of the most popular comic strip murals in the city.

So, this is a fun and unique way to explore Brussels while getting acquainted with some of the non-touristy things to do in Brussels.

Pro Tip: The Brussels tourist association offers a 2-hour bike tour, of the city’s comic strip murals, starting at the Bicycle Riders House (Maison des cyclists).

Address: The Comic Strip route takes you all across Brussels.

Hours: Open through the day.

Price: Free

How To Get There: It is a walkable trail so you don’t need transport for this one.

9. Delirium Cafe

A view of the pink elephant on a blue sign that represents Delirium Cafe in Brussels.

Hidden along a cobblestone, back alley Is the legendary Delirium Cafe.

Named for the Belgian pale ale, Delirium Tremens, this is one of the most unusual things to do in Brussels if you love beer.

Just follow the parade of pink elephants and you’ll know that you’re  headed in the right direction

Then, descend into the cafe’s cavernous basement and prepare for a beer lover’s paradise that includes a selection of over 2,000 beers!

What, do 2,000 different beers sound kind of overwhelming?

Well, no worries because the bartenders here are super friendly and will help you decide what to order since they really do know what they’re talking about.

But what if you’re not a drinker?

No problem! They have a nice water bar and a fine selection of cheese and sausages that are available for anyone and everyone.

So no matter who you are, Delirium Cafe is one of the great things to do at night in Brussels. It is also one of the best cafes in Brussels if you love beer.

Address: Imp. de la Fidélité 4, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Hours: Open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 3:00 am, Friday/Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 am, and Sunday from 11:00 am to 2:00 am.

Price: Beers start at €5.40 each.

How to Get There: Take line 1 or 5 to De Brouckere station and walk from there.

10. Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

View of the historic and clear Royal Greenhouses of Laeken surrounded by flowers and busges.

Wondering what to see in Brussels that is a little different? Then how about an impromptu photo shoot at the Greenhouses of Laeken?

Yeah, I would say go inside but, alas, the greenhouses are only open for two weeks of the year, from late April through early May.

However, the good news is that those are the same two weeks that most of the flowers are in bloom.

So, if you decide to visit then you’ll be treated to an exquisite assortment of azaleas and geraniums.

What, can’t visit Brussels at that time of year? Then you can always walk around the grounds since they are pretty dang impressive.

In fact, exquisite glass domes tower over the complex and illuminate the beauty of the surrounding garden and adjoining buildings.

So, take a moment to wander through the quaint paths of this historic place and go back to a time when kings, queens, and courtiers ruled the land.

Address: Av. du Parc Royal 61, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium

Hours: Only open at the end of April and in early May.

How to Get There: Take tram 3 or 7 to Araucaria station and walk from there.

11. Commemoration of Peter the Great’s Vomit

Umm, who doesn’t want their vomit to be commemorated for all eternity? Okay, totally joking. I hope I have more to contribute to the world than a pool of vomit.

Brussels is a quirky city that has actually commemorated a spot where the Tsar, Peter the Great, vomited in Parc de Bruxelles. But where can you find this infamous spot of royal ralphing?

Well, along the main path of Parc de Bruxelles, there are two strange, 8-meter pits that lie on either side of the path.

Walk over to the pit on the left and you’ll find a spot that was used for prostitution back in the day. Once here, you’ll find a commemorative statue of Peter the Great that denotes where he yakked it up.

Apparently, on April 16, 1717, the Tsar Peter Alexeyevich wasn’t feeling well after an epic night of debauchery (hangover much?).

Everything seemed fine until around 3 pm when the iconic leader just sat down and puked.

 But it Gets Better! The plaque on the small basin immortalized the event by stating, in Latin, that,  “As he sat on the edge of this fountain, he enobled its waters with the wine of his libations.”

And while the basin is long gone. This statue remains as one of the more unusual things to do in Brussels and serves as a reminder that even the best of us have to puke now and again.

Pro Tip: Head over to Parc de Bruxelles with a picnic lunch (or dinner if its summer!) and enjoy the ambiance of the park.

Address: Parc de Bruxelles, Brussels Belgium

Hours: Open 24 hours a day

Price: Free

How To Get There: Take the subway to Parc.

12. Zinneke Pis

I think Belgium has, um,  er, a unique obsession with things that pee. I say this because as you probably guessed, from the “pis” in the title, this unique Belgium attraction has something to do with pee.

And you’re  right since this statue, one of the many unique Brussels things to do, is actually of a dog peeing!

Since 1998, this bronze statue of a dog lifting his leg and peeing on a Brussels’ street pole has stood at the corner of Rue des Chartreux and Rue du Vieux Marché aux grains.

Apparently, the creator modeled this statue after his very own canine companion and still lives in the surrounding neighborhood.

So if you feel lucky, swing by the statue and you might catch a glimpse of the artist’s real-life muse relieving himself on a nearby street pole.

Pro Tip: The place around Zinneke pis gets super crowded during the day which is not surprising because it is super famous. If you really want to get to this spot without the crowds then you have to head here really early in the morning.

Address: Rue des Chartreux 35, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Hours: Open 24 hours a day

Price: Free

How To Get There: Take bus 33 to Saint-Gery and walk from there.

13. Temple of Human Passions

Exterior view of the Temple of Human Passions with columns and one of the weird things to do in Brussels.

Located in the beautiful Cinquantenaire Park, this temple is open for only one hour a day (and closed Mondays)

Why the limited visitation? Apparently, the sculpture inside the temple is just too scandalous for public viewing.

Intriguing Right? Done in the Art Nouveau style of architect Victor Horta, this classic Greek temple departs from traditional architectural themes with minimal use of straight lines and details that are modified in spontaneous ways.

Originally built to house the “Human Passions” relief by Jeff Lambeaux. This sculpture was deemed too risque for visitors since it depicts explicit scenes of war, rape, and violence.

Today, you can visit this controversial piece of art at the Temple of Human Passions; a truly saucy addition to any Brussels itinerary.

Pro Tip 1: The Temple of Human Passions isn’t open to the public every day. If you are curious and want to visit, make sure to book the guided tour in advance.

That is the only way to see the museum these days. Tickets can be purchased at the Art and History Museum in Cinquantenaire Park.

Address:  Le Pavillon des Passions Humaines, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Hours: Currently accessible only via pre-booked guided tours on Sundays.

Price: 117.50 euros per group tour (15 people per group max) and 2.5 Euros per person entrance fee

How To Get There: Take Bus 63 to Michel-Ange and walk to the museum from there.

14. Maison de la Bellone

Tucked away from many of Belgium’s top tourist attractions, the Maison de la Bellone is a unique art center that simultaneously represents the city’s artistic past and future.

Built-in 1697, this edifice houses a treasure of Late-Baroque architecture; a facade adorned with the ancient Roman goddess of war and scenes from the 1697 Battle of Zenta (I’ve never heard of this battle but apparently the Austrians beat the Turks).

To see this hidden gem for yourself, stroll along the building’s covered passageway and enter a courtyard where a lovely glass roof protects the exquisite, ancient Baroque architecture within.

Address: Rue de Flandre 46, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Hours: 9am – 5pm

How To Get There: You can easily walk to Maison de la Bellone from almost anywhere in the main city.

15. The Chocolate Museum in Brussels

Eating Belgian chocolate will always be one of the top things to do in Brussels.

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Chocolate + a museum? Yeah, I am so in! But honestly, the Chocolate Museum had my heart at the word chocolate.

And my heart melted when I saw all the free samples! Free samples everywhere! Chocolate Lovers Wave Your Jazz Hands in the Air Like You Just Don’t Care!

“Very informative and fun experience to see how chocolate was made.”

Mateo (read more reviews now!)

But it Gets Better! Not only do you get to see (and taste) how pralines are created, but there is a chocolate fountain with Speculoos. Legit! What more can a girl ask for? Can I have my wedding here? Kidding…Sort of.

But it’s not just about the food (even though this museum is one of my fave foodie things to do in Brussels). 

At this unique museum, not only will you see antique, chocolate-related memorabilia (like coffee pots to warm hot chocolate) but you’ll also learn about the history of chocolate and see how it is transformed into the dessert deliciousness that we know and love today.

So grab your ticket and stop by. Just do yourself a favor and make sure that you’re wearing a super comfy pair of elastic waist pants first so that you can enjoy the best chocolate in Brussels.

Pro Tip: The Chocolate museum is one of the most popular things to do in Brussels. That means that there are always lines. It usually gets worse in summer. If you want to avoid the wait time book your tickets online.

Address: Rue de l’Etuve 41, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Hours: Open everyday from 10am to 5 pm.

Price: $14.20 per person

How To Get There: The chocolate museum is very centrally located. Take the bus to Grande Place bus station and walk from there.

16. Toy Museum

A mansion full of 25,000 toys? FAO Schwartz eat your heart out. Unless they’re scary clowns like the one in American Horror Story. Then I’ll just exit stage left.

Anyway, just think of this quirky museum as a place where you can play with the toys that you’re mom never got you.

Me? I’m still bitter about the Easy Bake Oven I never got.

In truth though, this museum is filled with toys from the 1950s-1980s, with some of the oldest toys in the collection dating back to 1830.

Seriously, where else can you actually play with toys this old? Pretty cool right? So embrace your not so inner child and frolic through three floors of pure imagination.

Pro Tip: The museum does not have English translations so the best way to really enjoy the experience is to use Google Lens. This helps you translate everything for you instantly.

Address: Nekkerspoelstraat 21, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10am to 5 pm. Mondays closed.

Price: 12.50 Euros

How To Get There: Take the train to Mechelen-Nekkerspoel. It is just a minute from there.

17. The Royal Palace

The beautiful Royal Palace of Brussels. One of the many top things to see in Brussels.

I bet you’re wondering how the Royal Palace even made it on this list of unusual things to do in Brussels since this building is consistently one of the top things to see in Brussels.

I mean, a city palace is found in almost every city in Europe, so why is this one different? Glad You Asked!

See, this exquisite palace is a true architectural delight; brimming with opulent rooms that are adorned with nothing less than the finest furniture and art available.

Walking through this palace, you feel as though you’ve been transported into some magical fairytale that you never want to leave. While all the Rooms in the Palace are Beautiful (and free since you don’t pay for admission):

The Mirror Room will forever stand apart for it’s one of a kind, iridescent, green ceiling.

And Here’s Where it Gets Weird! To create this unique color, artist Jan Fabre covered the ceiling, and one of the chandeliers, with over 1.5 million jewel beetles!!!

Crazy right? See, that’s why this is one of the best places to visit in Brussels!

So BEE (Get it? LoL) line it over to the Mirror Room and I promise, you will not be disappointed.

Pro Tip: Since 1965, the Brussels Palace has opened to the public every summer from July 21, after the National Holiday, through September.

If you aren’t visiting during that time, don’t cross it off your bucket list. The façade of the building is extremely pretty and walking around it is also worth your time.

Address: Rue Brederode 16, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Hours: Entrance inside the Palace has been temporarily suspended.

Price: Free

How To Get There: Take the tram to Palais and walk from there.

18. Museum of Costume and Lace

I am super fashion-challenged and kind of wanted to take half of the Museum of Costume and Lace home with me since, well, the lace garments on display here are THAT beautiful. 

I mean, I love pretty things, like the wedding dresses displayed here. 

But sadly, I can never own anything this stylish since I either spill random liquids all over my clothes or pair plaids with polka dots in a misguided attempt to be a designer on project runway. 

But my utter lack of fashion sense is what made a walk through this museum so neat. Plus, I had no idea that lace-making is actually one of the oldest crafts in Brussels. Who knew?

First developed in Italy, this craft was later transported to Brussels and became a major component of the city’s textile industries.  So take a walk through yesteryear (or century) and marvel at the historic, lace outfits that are on display throughout this unique museum. 

The exhibits here are constantly changing so there really is always something new to see. So if you have been there before and want to go back, do it! You will have as much as you did the first time!

Pro Tip: The museum has free entry on the first Sunday of every month.

Address: Rue de la Violette 12, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Price: 10 euros per person

How To Get There: Take the bus to Grand Place and walk from there.

19. Museum of Fantastic Art

Best name for a museum EVER!! But not overly descriptive since fantastic is a rather ambiguous term.

Opened in 2002, this museum houses some of the weirdest and trippiest art that I have ever seen. And while the pieces in the museum all come from different periods in time, they are all fantastical, strange, and surrealist…Oh my!

From an Elephant Man to killer flies to walking mummies, I promise that this museum houses art that you’ve never seen before and that you’ll never see again. 

Yup! A completely atypical collection of paintings, visual arts, and sculptures that will make you think, “WTF did I just see?”

Pro Tip: The museum is open till 5 pm but the ticket counter closes at 4pm so make sure you arrive early. Plus, you will need at least two hours to truly enjoy the place without rushing.

Address: Rue Américaine 7, 1060 Bruxelles, Belgium

Hours: Open everyday from 10 am to 5 pm. It is closed on Mondays

Price: 10 euros per person

How To Get There: Take the tram 92 to Jansen and walk from there.

20. Le Cercueil

Le Cercueil certainly ranks high on the list of weird things to do in Brussels at night. Inspired by all that is gruesome, Le Ceruceil actually translates into ‘The Coffin’.

You can see where I’m going with this right?

With grim reapers, coffins, vampires, blood and much more packed in the bar, this spot is morbid at best. The macabre scene has its allure when you want to do something different.

I mean it is cool in its own way. Then again I’m a fan of quirky so it really depends on your preferences.

Everything here is themed!

The mugs are shaped like skulls, the cocktails have intriguing names and the lights really set the mood. By mood I mean a corpse ridden graveyard mood… 

Fun? I think so. It definitely makes for an interesting change from the usual traditional bar set up which is why it is so popular.

Address: Rue des Harengs 10/12, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Hours: Monday to Thursday 4pm – 2am, Friday – Saturday: 1 pm – 4am, Sunday: 1pm – 1 am

How To Get There: Le Cercueil is conveniently located in the center of Brussels and you can easily walk to it from anywhere in the main city.

21. Vaan Buuren Museum And Gardens

View of the botanical gardens in Brussels.

Another impressive place to visit is the Vaan Buuren Museum. The entire museum is a piece of art. If you think that there is only Flemish work here, think again.

The museum decor is a collaboration of work done by Belgian, French, and Dutch designers. 

Not only does it have some impressive art installations, but it also has paintings by the famous Vincent Van Gogh! 

If you do head here, make sure that you don’t miss out on the gardens here.

The Large Rose garden, the ordinary garden, and the Picturesque garden were all designed by Jules Buyssens in the 1920s and are really pretty.

The gardens are a place where you can wander about and just relax. Make sure to enjoy every moment in them!

Address: Av. Léo Errera 41, 1180 Uccle, Belgium

Hours: Open daily, except Tuesday, from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

Price: 10 euros per person. Free for children below 12 years.

How To Get There: Take the tram to Churchill and walk from there.

22. The Sablon Nighborhood

The church near Petit Sablon.

If you are in Brussels make sure to visit the Sablon neighborhood. It is a fascinating district known for its historic beauty and cultural value.

Nestled in between the upper and lower town, Sablon offers you a mixture of traditional and modern buildings that create a unique vibe. The result is a popular destination among tourists and locals alike.

The beautiful streets are lined with stunning architecture, elegant chocolate shops, and gorgeous cafes, creating a vibrant atmosphere for visitors to enjoy.

In particuliar, two iconc twin squares sit at the heart of this charming area. They are known as the larger, Grand Sablon Square and the smaller, Petit Sablon Square, which has its own private garden.

Divided by the Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon, this fascinating building features amazing historic buildings and exciting establishments that are just waiting to be explored.

Additionally, this neighborhood is renowned for its antique shops and art galleries, attracting art enthusiasts and collectors from all across the city.

Visitors can also explore a wide array of artifacts, including everything from antique furniture to rare books.

Many art galleries also showcase contemporary works and host engaging exhibitions, making this spot one of the most unusual things to do in Brussels.

Unusual Things To Do In Brussels FAQ

What Is The Prettiest Street In Brussels?

This is a hard one. Honestly, there are loads of gorgeous streets in Brussels that it is really hard to choose. Rue de la Cigogne however is universally rated as one of the prettiest streets in the city.

Unlike the main city, this is a rather quiet street with lots of cottages. It isn’t one of the unusual things to do in Brussels but it is one of the prettiest!

One thing that you really should keep in mind to remain respectful and not make a lot of noise when you visit.

This is a residential street and you could be disturbing babies, children, old people and even people working from home.

Also please respect people’s property when you click your photographs.

What Should I Not Miss In Brussels?

It is hard to just nail down a few points when it comes to Brussels because there is so much to see. If you want just the highlights of the city then I highly recommend visiting the following places.

  • The Grand Place
  • Atomium
  • Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
  • Mini Europe

What Is Brussels Best Known For?

Brussels is almost synonymous with waffles and chocolates. When you wander through the city you will find loads of small and big shops selling waffles loaded with every topping that you could imagine. 

The chocolate stores aren’t scarce either. The only problem that you could potentially face is choosing just one store!

Looking for some epic unusual things to do in Brussels? I recommend the Chocolate Museum in Brussels. Why? Because you can never go wrong with chocolate! 🍫

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Sunday 17th of May 2020

Wow! I must admit, I've living in Brussels for some time but I didn't have idea about any of these completely unusual things! The Manneken Piss? The Atomium?? Goodness, never heard of them! And this hidden gem of a place, Delirium Cafe! I ended up there once after getting lost in the dark and labyrinthine alleys of Brussels only to find myself drowned in an ocean of Japanesse tourists flooding the place, who - I guess - just happened to have gotten lost in the exact same direction I did, AT ONCE. You missed one hidden gem in your list though, ALMOST NO ONE knows about but is truly worth it and will definitively make your intrepid readers feel that they've got to know the local Brussels: The Grand Place! Check some info about it and definitively add it to your list of weird and unusual things in Brussels! But don't spread it too much, it's one of the best kept secrets of Brussels!


Tuesday 19th of May 2020

Ah yes, the overt sarcasm is not lost on me and I get your point. Fair enough and thanks for reading and letting me know how you feel. All the best to you.

William S

Thursday 3rd of October 2019

This share is full of info, thank you for sharing! I have been to Brussels many times and some of the places you listed in the article have remain unvisited by myself, I loved reading what you have written about each place because of all the information you have given! After reading your share, I will make my next visit to Brussels soon :)


Friday 4th of October 2019

Thank you so much for such kind words, William! Enjoy your time in Brussels and thank you so much for reading!


Wednesday 17th of April 2019

This is such a cool list, I am planning my trip to Belgium and this really helped me!! Thanks a ton , Happy travels ;D


Friday 19th of April 2019

I am so happy to hear that! This makes me so happy. Have an amazing time!


Saturday 6th of April 2019

Wow I spent some time and Brussels and legit didn't know any of these things existed (besides Mannekin Pis of course).


Monday 8th of April 2019

LoL. I feel like when we live in a place we sometimes get caught up in daily life and forget about these things!


Sunday 27th of January 2019

'Love your blog. Hilarious, interesting & informative. Just what I want to do, in Brussels or anywhere, the unusual & weird stuff, or else each place would only feel & look the same to me, until I get bored. Thank you.


Monday 28th of January 2019

That makes my heart so happy and I am really glad that I could help you see something a little different!

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