EuroCheapo's Brussels Articles

Brussels: From Christmas cribs to concrete

Brussels: From Christmas cribs to concrete

Brussels is a class above so many other European cities. While spots from Strasbourg to Stuttgart clutter their main squares with standard-issue Christmas markets, Brussels takes an altogether more sensible approach to Advent. Top-of-the-range stables The magnificent Grand Place, the showpiece piazza in the heart of the Belgian capital, hosts a dramatic seasonal centerpiece: a » Read more

Luxurious Brussels and Budget Alternatives

Luxurious Brussels and Budget Alternatives

By C.H. Kwak— With plenty of Eurocrats flaunting their nontaxable income, Brussels can be a tricky place for Cheapos. But eating and shopping in Brussels don’t have to cost an arm and a leg (although they can, if that’s what you’re into). Let me give you a few splurge options–and their budget alternatives. Chocolate It’s » Read more

Luxurious Brussels and Cheapo Alternatives

Luxurious Brussels and Cheapo Alternatives

By C H Kwak— With plenty of Eurocrats flaunting their nontaxable income, Brussels can be a tricky place for Cheapos. But eating and shopping in Brussels don’t have to cost an arm and a leg (although they can, if that’s what you’re into). Let me give you a few splurge options–and their budget alternatives. Chocolate » Read more

5 free things to do in Brussels

5 free things to do in Brussels

Brussels is not cheap, but it does have some freebie gems which all Cheapos should take advantage of. While we have no secret tips for nabbing free steamed mussels and Belgian beer (alas!), we do have the skinny on the top free attractions in the city. (Don’t forget to check out our Brussels city guide » Read more

Brussels: Anima 2009, the annual animated film fest!

Brussels: Anima 2009, the annual animated film fest!

It’s well known that Brussels is a go-to when it comes to cartoons, comic strips, and animation. One need only browse the halls of the infamous Belgian Comic Strip Center to see that loveable characters like Tintin were first given life here. Now in its 28th year, the Belgian Anima 2009 Festival, hosted in Brussels, is a huge draw » Read more

Brussels cheap souvenir: Manneken piece

Brussels cheap souvenir: Manneken piece

Almost every visitor to Brussels finds themselves at some point standing and smiling at the city’s famous “Manneken Pis” statue, which depicts a youngster cheerfully peeing into a fountain basin. Cheapo-friendly Manneken Pis memorabilia flood the streets of Brussels. While large statues can be expensive and too heavy to carry, smaller and cheaper versions are easy to pack » Read more

Brussels: Go to the beach!

Brussels: Go to the beach!

We bet “sun” and “sand” are two words you don’t readily associate with Brussels, but an afternoon at the city’s free “beach” will change that. Each summer in the city of chocolate and comic strips, from mid-July to mid-August, a stretch of the Rue de la Dyle (north of the city center) is converted into a virtual beach. And, » Read more

New EuroCheapo guide: Brussels, Belgium

New EuroCheapo guide: Brussels, Belgium

Cheapo newsflash! We’ve just launched a brand spankin’ new city guide and budget hotel primer for Brussels, Belgium! Turns out, you can sleep cheap in the land of waffles, beer, and all those bandes dessinées. Our guide includes articles on transportation in and around Brussels, reviews of 27 centrally-located hotels, and more. Stay tuned as we’ll be adding more stuff soon. In » Read more

Local deal Brussels: Chez Leon

With the launch of our newest city guide, we’d like to give one big, warm shout-out to Belgium’s beloved Chez Leon. It’s not easy finding reasonable food fare in the EU capital city, but Leon’s menu and service make it clear why the locals recommend the “mussels in Brussels.” Mussels at Leon are fresh, cheap (a fixed price meal, including pommes frites » Read more

Brussels: Four chocolate shops to splurge for

Brussels: Four chocolate shops to splurge for

According to the experts, Belgians eat approximately 20 pounds of chocolate per year. (That’s the size of our family cat!)There’s no arguing then that we’re far behind on our cocoa intake and must catch up. We’re happy to know that while we’re getting our fix, too, we can also tour many of the chocolatiers (called chocolateries in » Read more

Brussels crush: Hotel la Madeleine

Having read repeatedly that Brussels, as the center of the EU, was more ”political” and “corporate” than “quaint European,” we anticipated streets filled with bankers and void of much character (save for a small central square and a famous statue of a boy urinating). Boy, were we wrong! From the bright, grafitti-lined streets to the yummy, chocolately waffles, steamed mussels, and » Read more

It Might Be Cold And Rainy In Brussels, BUT…

There are some FAB budget hotels! After Day #2 of braving the elements (and more than a few tour groups in search of the adorably bizarre Manneken Pis), the Cheapo squad is armed with some great finds! We’ve found a 3 room chocolate-themed gem in the middle of town; a wild EU-inspired international themed hotel » Read more

Calling All Cheapos: Brussels and Bruges advice

Calling All Cheapos: Brussels and Bruges advice

Dear readers, we’re packing our bags for Belgium, where we’ll be adding two new cities to the site! And we’re asking you for your advice! First, we’ll visit Brussels, the bulls-eye of the European Union. Known for its bankers, beer, and chocolate, Brussels is also known for rather expensive lodging, presenting us with both a challenge and an opportunity. Next » Read more