When abroad, regardless of how much time you have, you want to see as much as possible. If you have 3 hours to spare in Brussels because of a layover this is how you can do it:
Get off at Gare de Bruxelles-Central where you can store your luggage, there is plenty of space. The price varies with the sizes costing €3, €3.50 or €4. You’re allowed to store it for 24 hours. Be aware that once it has been opened you have to buy another ticket.
1 – Eat a Belgian Waffle at The Waffle Factory. This is as authentic as it will get in a touristic area and the waffle did not disappoint. They have free Wi-Fi for their customers as well so it’s a perfect place to start off.
2 – See Manneken Pis. You know that famous little peeing statue? Yea, that one. It’s located just a few minutes from the Waffle Factory You shouldn’t go to Brussels and not see it apparently but I don’t know why, it’s tiny! If it wasn’t for the bunch of tourists gathered around the statue, I would never have even noticed it.
3 – Grand Place, this is a very pretty plaza. I wouldn’t travel out of my way to get here but it’s definitely something worth checking out on your way from the statue to location 4.
4 – Try Belgian Beer at Delirium. This place is hailed as the best beer in Bruseels and it won’t hurt your pocket! It costs €2 for a small pint and it’s tasty.
5 – Check out Jeanneke Pis, the female version of Manniken Pis, right next to Delirium.
The great thing about Brussels is that most places are in close proximity to each other. I walked around very leisurely during the three hours that I had. The locals are among the nicest I have come across so don’t be shy to ask for directions.
While you’re walking don’t forget to pick up some famous Belgian fries and chocolate. The chocolate itself is a little attraction. Walk around shops, browse, pretend to be shopping and just try whatever is on offer.
Basically, in 3 hour you can say – you ate, you saw, you conquered.