Brussels On A Budget: A Complete Guide
How To Enjoy A Trip To Brussels On A Tight Budget
Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, is truly a godsend for luxurious and extravagant travelers. Known for its opulent and casual vibes, this Belgian city is a destination of café culture, fine food, and exquisite Art Nouveau architecture. As a home to several business tycoons and political bigwigs in Europe, this city has also become a paradise for shoppers, thanks to its wealth in upscale designer stores.
Yet, for it all its grandeur and lavish offerings, a trip to this Belgian destination does not entail you to spend a great deal of money. Yes, it is possible to experience the true essence of the city without breaking the bank, and spending a fortune. As a matter of fact, some of its finest and most beloved points of interests can be viewed and accessed for free. If you are on a tight budget, and you are planning a trip to this Western European destination, take note of the ideas and suggestions pointed out in this travel guide.
Visit the Gorte Markt
To start your trip to Brussels with a blast, make a stop at the Gorte Markt, or also referred as the Grand Place. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Grand Place is the crown jewel and most remarkable landmark in the city. As the city’s central square, the Grand Place is surrounded by a cluster of gorgeous 300-year Gothic architectural gems, including guildhall buildings, full-cobbler stone pavements, the City of Brussels Museum and the Town Hall.
The best time to visit this square is in the evening, when its buildings are brightly illuminated. In some evenings, the square’s buildings magically become a canvass of a charming light and music show. Of course, this eye-catching evening show is available to the public for free.
Get a taste of its culinary treats
No trip to the capital city of Belgium is complete without sampling its legendary fluffy and caramelized Belgian waffles. In Brussels, the waffles served are pretty large, and can be enjoyed for a very affordable price. You can buy a piece of these nectarous culinary offerings nearly at every corner of the city’s streets for two Euros or less. But if Belgian waffles are not your cup of tea, then try their addictive, salty and crunchy fries. Touted as Belgium’s national food, these culinary treats are also sold everywhere in the city.
Window shopping at Galeries Royales St-Hubert
Established in 1847, the Galeries Royales St-Hubert is the first ever covered shopping gallery in Europe. Nestled underneath beautiful glass ceilings, this shopping center houses a wide collection of high-end stores that sell leather goods, books, clothes and a whole more. While most people come here to spend lavishly on deluxe products like the Delvaux handbags, a lot of budget-conscious travelers would make a stop to this center to lay their eyes on a dazzling array of products. In addition, these people visit this center to take a short tour around Godiva and Neuhaus, two of the premier chocolate makers in the country.
Take a stroll at Le Botanique
A former botanical garden, the Le Botanique now serves as a cultural center, housed in a majestic wrought-iron building and neoclassical glass. As the city’s cultural center, the Le Botanique is home to the Francophone theatre, dance and performance art. Aside from that, the venue boasts lush manicured gardens that provide a pleasant and laid-back feel.
By the way, most of the activities included in this list are either free or would cost less than a couple of Euros.