24 Hours in Brussels, Belgium.

24 Hours in Brussels, Belgium.

Hey friends! Yesterday, I put out all of my Autumn/Halloween decorations, lit my Fall-scented candles, drank some hot chocolate, and watched Harry Potter. It’s not even September yet (at the time I’m writing this) lol but I am already so over summer. Autumn has always been my favorite time of the year and I’m ready for it to come already!! Anyways, you’re not here for me to ramble on and on about how I’m ready for it to Autumn so let’s get into it shall we? Brussels, oh Brussels. Our time there was short but very sweet. We had a full 24 hours in Brussels.

Contrary to what the title of this article says, we actually were there for 48 hours. But, I slept for almost 20 hours the first day we were there because I was so exhausted. At that point, we were in our third country in a week and a half. So I’m not going to count that day. The 24 hours that we were out and about in Brussels was beautiful and we did everything we wanted to do! So here’s how it went!

 24 Hours In Brussels

Parc du Cinquantenaire

We arrived in Brussels, from Paris, tired and hungry. We checked into our Airbnb – which was gorgeous, by the way. If you’re in Brussels, I would recommend checking this Airbnb out. The location was very convenient to all of the activities we had planned, as well as a quick Uber ride away from the Bruxelles-Midi train station. Since we were only in Brussels for a short period of time and were leaving for Amsterdam very early, we wanted to be as close as possible to the train station but also near all of the activities we wanted to do.

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Fast forward to the next day (since I slept the entire first day), we had breakfast at the flat then hit the town! We were a very short walk away from the Parc du Cinquantenaire so headed there first. I wish that we took more photos here because it was so beautiful and peaceful. We relaxed for awhile watching a family play soccer and read a few chapters from my book (Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone of course).

How to spend 24 hours in Brussels: Discover the best sights, foodie spots and hidden gems in the European Union capital!

Parc du Cinquantenaire.

The European Parliament

Then, we charted a course to the European Parliament. If you didn’t know (which I didn’t, before I started planning this trip), Brussels is actually the capital of the European Union! How cool is that? We visited the headquarters but didn’t go inside even though they were doing free tours. But it was awesome to walk around the outside and through the parks that surrounded it.

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How to spend 24 hours in Brussels: Discover the best sights, foodie spots and hidden gems in the European Union capital!

The European Parliament.

The Grand Place & The Royal Palace

Once past the European Parliament, we headed towards the Grand Place! When I was planning our visit to Brussels, the Grand Place was the number one thing I wanted to do. However, we accidentally stumbled across the Royal Palace of Brussels, and man oh man, would I love to live somewhere like that. They were also having free tours but we decided to pass.

How to spend 24 hours in Brussels: Discover the best sights, foodie spots and hidden gems in the European Union capital!

Inside the grounds of the Royal Palace.

How to spend 24 hours in Brussels: Discover the best sights, foodie spots and hidden gems in the European Union capital!

The Royal Palace of Brussels.

After the Palace, we came across a food truck (Los Churros) that were selling churros so we decided to pick some up. Guys, they were the best churros I’ve ever eaten. SO GOOD. Then, we arrived at the Grand Place! We immediately headed to Maison Dandoy to grab some Belgium waffles. Is it kind of sad that we only decided last minute to go to Brussels, so we could eat some authentic Belgium waffles?  Well let me tell you, it was so worth it. I got a chocolate chip waffle with chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream. I’m never eating another kind of waffle again because they will never be as good as that one. Chris got his waffle with the strawberry sauce and he agreed. I can still taste it, it was THAT good.

How to spend 24 hours in Brussels: Discover the best sights, foodie spots and hidden gems in the European Union capital!

Left – Belgium waffles from Maison Dandoy. Right – Churros from Los Churros.

After we ate, we just sat in the Grand Place and people watched! No pictures do the Grand Place justice, it is far more beautiful than anything I have ever seen.

How to spend 24 hours in Brussels: Discover the best sights, foodie spots and hidden gems in the European Union capital!

Within the Grand Place. I loved all of the gold detailing!

How to spend 24 hours in Brussels: Discover the best sights, foodie spots and hidden gems in the European Union capital!

Within the Grand Place. This gothic building was my favorite.

Once we were done at the Grand Place, we got a quick Uber back to our Airbnb (my feet were KILLING me) to relaaaaax. Since Brussels was in the middle of the trip, we decided to use our time there to slow down rather than go go go like the other cities we had visited. We just chilled out on the couch, read a book, made some dinner, did a load of laundry and it was so nice.

I definitely want to return to Brussels because I know that there’s a lot more than we what we had explored.

Have you been to Brussels? If so, what do you recommend doing?

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  1. September 13, 2017 / 10:45 am

    I’m planning on going in October so now I know how I will be spending my 24 hours

    • September 13, 2017 / 11:37 am

      Exciting, I hope you have fun! I imagine it’s just gorgeous during the autumn months.

  2. September 13, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    I loved Brussels so much! Girl, you missed out on a ton! That pretty gothic building you liked in Grand Place is actually the Museum of the City of Brussels. It’s really cool inside too. And you didn’t see the two main icons of Brussels: The Mannekin Pis and the Atomium! You’ll have to go back some time 😛

    • September 13, 2017 / 6:57 pm

      I really want to return!! We had to make some sacrifices for our short trip so the Atomium was cut, but I would totally return just to visit that as well as the Mannekin Pis.. and also the Belgium waffles 😉

  3. September 13, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    Your photos are stunning, everyone keeps recommending Brussels and I can see why!

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:02 pm

      Thank you! I wish we had gone a few weeks later because then the flowers would have been put out in The Grand Place. That place is even more beautiful then.

  4. September 13, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    I definitely want some of those Belgian waffles! They look delicious. Brussels is definitely high on my list.

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:03 pm

      Cant go wrong with sweets. Very delicious.

  5. September 14, 2017 / 2:35 am

    Looks like a wonderful city – I really like the photo of the Belgian waffle in the foreground and classical architecture in the background.

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:04 pm

      Thank you so much! It is very beautiful indeed.

  6. September 14, 2017 / 7:32 am

    Brussels looks like a wonderful place to visit! Sometimes I think 24 hours is enough to do a city justice, so I’ll accept the challenge with Brussels

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:04 pm

      This way you can move on to more cities across Europe.

  7. September 14, 2017 / 9:07 am

    I’m a huge fan of Bruges and Antwerp, but really just use Brussels as a launching pad. 24 hours is the perfect amount of time there if you ask me! Great guide; just Pinned this for future stopovers.

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:05 pm

      Thank you! Whenever we go back we will have to visit those cities.

  8. September 14, 2017 / 9:42 am

    Love that you can do so much in Brussels in a day. It’s also nice that you can get inside the grounds of the Royal Palace.

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:06 pm

      A tour of the palace would have been nice as well but when on a budget it isn’t necessary.

  9. Raksha Rao
    September 14, 2017 / 11:15 am

    Didn’t know Brussels was the capital of the European Union. That’s a cool fact! And,
    Beautiful pictures 🙂

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:07 pm

      It was very cool to see. Especially all the flags, which will have to change soon with Brexit.

  10. September 15, 2017 / 1:59 am

    Just for the waffles I wanna go now !!

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:08 pm

      They were definitely worth it!

  11. September 15, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Man you must have been so exhausted from travelling to have slept for almost 20 hours! I’ve not been to Brussels but loved Belgium when I visited Bruges and Antwerp. I recently visited Stockholm and only spent around 24 hours there so it’s totally possible to take in a lot of a city in only that amount of time (although granted yes, your feet and legs will be killing you by the end of the day from all the walking!).

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      My fiance’s family is so used to walking everywhere on their vacations but I am definitely not. The only other big vacation I’ve been with them on was Cabo San Lucas, Mexico so the only walking there was between the beach, the bar, and the room lol

  12. September 15, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    The Grand Place is the most beautiful city square I’ve ever been to. I was so giddy when I was there I danced (and I don’t dance)!

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      Me neither but I certainly felt like it, and perhaps I should have!

  13. Maartje
    September 16, 2017 / 12:51 am

    I have only been there on a not-so-fun-occassion, but love to go back! Thanks for the recommendations!

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:12 pm

      Oh no! I hope next time is better for you!

  14. Taylor Johnson
    September 16, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    Been to Brussels before, the chocolate and waffles are amazing! Great post!

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      I wholly agree! Thanks for reading :).

  15. September 16, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    Wow! With only a day, it seems like ya’ll were able to do a lot and get the most of your time in Brussels! Loving the photos as well!

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:13 pm

      We felt pretty good about how efficient we were.

  16. Lana
    September 16, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    Brussels is beautiful! And somehow underrated in comparison with other European capitals. Thank you for this interesting short stay insights 🙂

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:15 pm

      I hope to have the chance to compare it with more capitals but yes it is very beautiful indeed!

  17. September 17, 2017 / 3:30 am

    You crammed a good amount in that 24 hours and I remember why I so badly wanna go back because of all the gorgeous architecture! Luckily I have friends (that I met years ago on my travels) that live there and work at the EU HQs so may give them a visit next year!

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:17 pm

      Thats awesome! It’s good to have locals you can trust to get great advice from.

  18. September 17, 2017 / 4:15 am

    We go to Belgium a couple of times a year, and time spent in Brussels is always worthwhile. I’m a bit of an architecture addict, so simply marveling at the skyline is probably my favourite thing to do. If you have time to spare on future trips, I highly recommend a trip to Ghent which is less than an hour away from Midi. There’s a quote saying that Graslei there is the finest waterfront in Europe, and it’s always beautiful, whether in snow or sunshine. Great waffles to be had too!

    • September 18, 2017 / 8:17 pm

      I would love to explore more of Belgium! I’ve heard great things about Ghent and Antwerp 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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