DAY 1: The centre and the Canal district

DAY 1: The centre and the Canal district

Grote Markt bij zonsondergang

Let's get straight to it and head for Brussels' Grand-Place! This square never disappoints and it's the perfect place to start, while you still have enough storage space on your smartphone and in your own memory! Opposite the Town Hall, you'll find the King's House, which houses the Brussels City Museum. The capital's peeing icon is doing his business just a short stroll away. 
Are you overwhelmed by all this beauty? There's nothing better than a chocolate pit stop in the Royal Saint-Hubert galleries, although even here you'll be dazzled by the architectural splendour. Catch a cool exhibition at Espace Vanderborght, located at the end of this covered shopping street. 
Feeling peckish after the exhibition? A light lunch at Wolf Food Market will do the trick. You're bound to find something to your liking in this world cuisine mecca. The Sainte-Catherine neighbourhood also offers plenty of culinary options.

A stone’s throw from Saint Catherine's church, art aficionados will love the CENTRALE for contemporary art and fashion addicts will be in seventh heaven in the boutiques in and around rue Antoine Dansaert. 

If you walk all the way to the end of rue Antoine Dansaert, you'll reach the Canal district: a fine example of urban development. Creative entrepreneurs are transforming this former industrial heart into a genuine new hotspot in the centre of the capital. 
Street art fans will be spoilt for choice at the MIMA, along the banks of the canal, or at Ruby art gallery. The Pixel Museum at Tour & Taxis is an absolute must for video game fans. 
Fancy a beer? In this neighbourhood you'll find some of the capital's most successful and popular (micro) breweries: Brussels Beer Project on rue Antoine Dansaert, Brasserie de la Senne and En Stoemelings on the stunning Tour & Taxis site and La Source in the Be-Here sustainable urban village. 

Mima aan het kanaal

You can also enjoy a drink in a friendly bar! Choose a typical Brussels café like Walvis, Barbeton, Roskam, Monk, Le Coq, Les Brasseurs and Archipel. Who knows, you might even bump into some local celebrities. And when the golden nectar starts to go to your head, you'll want a savoury bite to eat. Luckily, you have plenty of choice in the centre of Brussels. 
Not ready for bed yet? At Boa Karaoke challenge your friends to see which of you can sing the highest note. Let loose in cafes like Bonnefooi, Archiduc, Café Central, or in nightclubs such as Fuse and C12
The tone of the city trip has been set. Tomorrow, more of the same!