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La Grand-Place (Grote Markt)

The former food market is still a popular spot for fine Belgian cuisine and is a protected World Heritage site.

Brussels’ town square, La Grand-Place, is one of the oldest features of the Belgian capital, with roots that date back to the 12th century. Today, the market stalls are gone but the square is full of history. Make a journey to the square to capture some historic Belgian flavor in the heart of the city.

For centuries La Grand-Place was filled with lively food vendors. Its primary function was as a food market, and the people of Brussels crossed the city to buy produce from local farms. Regal buildings from three distinct architectural periods, including the ornate Town Hall, surround the square. La Grand-Place is Brussels’ most prestigious attraction and was recognized as an internationally protected World Heritage site in 1998. 

Visit the square to see some of the most important buildings in the city. The gothic spire of the Brussels Town Hall rises above the square and is visible from most parts of the city. The nearby Bread House, the bakers’ quarter of the market, is adorned by a number of spires and detailed sculptures. The buildings surrounding the square have the architectural characteristics of the gothic, baroque and Louis XIV periods. 

While the food vendors haven’t been present in the square for many years, their legacy remains. The streets that surround the square are named for the foods that were commonly sold at the market, including chicken, cheese and herbs. You’ll find several traditional Belgian restaurants on the square, although the prices reflect the central location and can be pricey. Try Turkish and Mediterranean food in the smaller adjacent streets for a more modest dining experience.

La Grand-Place is located in the heart of Brussels, and can be reached by car or metro. There is some paid street parking in the area; however, these tend to fill early since the area is very busy. La Grand-Place is open daily and there is no admission fee.


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Hilton Brussels Grand Place ¥15,228
Hilton Brussels Grand Place

Hilton Brussels Grand Place

Carrefour De L'europe, 3, Brussels
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Upper Town, this romantic hotel is steps from Moof Museum, Square Brussels Meeting Centre, and Mont des Arts. Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts are also within 5 minutes. Brussels Central Station is only a 2-minute walk and Parc Station is 6 minutes.

    Warwick Brussels ¥13,054
    Warwick Brussels

    Warwick Brussels

    Rue Duquesnoy 5-7, Brussels
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Brussels hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Editions Jacques Brel, La Grand Place, and Manneken Pis Statue. Museum of Musical Instruments and Cathedral of St. Michael are also within 10 minutes. Brussels Central Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bourse-Beurs Station is 7 minutes.

      The Hotel ¥13,252
      The Hotel

      The Hotel

      38 Boulevard de Waterloo, Brussels
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Upper Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Egmont Palace, Place du Petit Sablon, and Law Courts of Brussels. Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon and Place du Grand Sablon are also within 10 minutes. Louise-Louiza Station is only a 2-minute walk and Porte de Namur-Naamsepoort Station is 6 minutes.

        ibis Brussels off Grand Place ¥11,919
        ibis Brussels off Grand Place

        ibis Brussels off Grand Place

        Rue du Marché aux Herbes 100, Brussels
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Lower Town, this hotel is steps from Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and La Grand Place. Brussels City Hall and Jeanneke Pis are also within 5 minutes. Brussels Central Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bourse-Beurs Station is 6 minutes.

          NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon ¥13,564
          NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon

          NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon

          Rue Bodenbroek 2/4, Brussels
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Upper Town, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Place du Grand Sablon and Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Museum of Musical Instruments are also within 5 minutes. Louise-Louiza Station is 9 minutes by foot and Porte de Namur-Naamsepoort Station is 9 minutes.

            Bedford Hotel & Congress Centre ¥6,886
            Bedford Hotel & Congress Centre

            Bedford Hotel & Congress Centre

            Rue Du Midi 135, Brussels
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Lower Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Manneken Pis Statue and La Grand Place. Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon and Cathedral of St. Michael are also within 15 minutes. Anneessens Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bourse-Beurs Station is 6 minutes.

              NH Brussels Bloom ¥7,980
              NH Brussels Bloom

              NH Brussels Bloom

              Rue Royale 250, Brussels
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Brussels, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Place Charles Rogier, Belgian Comic Strip Center, and Cathedral of St. Michael. Museum of Musical Instruments and La Grand Place are also within 1 mi (2 km). Botanique-Kruidtuin Station is only a 3-minute walk and Madou Station is 9 minutes.

                MEININGER Hotels Bruxelles City Center ¥7,021
                MEININGER Hotels Bruxelles City Center

                MEININGER Hotels Bruxelles City Center

                Quai du Hainaut 33, Brussels
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Brussels, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of MIMA, La Grand Place, and Manneken Pis Statue. Belgian Comic Strip Center and Cathedral of St. Michael are also within 1 mi (2 km). Comte de Flandre-Graaf van Vlaanderen Station is 5 minutes by foot and Sainte Catherine-Sint Katelijne Station is 10 minutes.